Three thousand miles from the famous SoHo in New York City, you’ll find it’s sister city (okay, maybe not officially, but they really seem related) in NoHo, Los Angeles. NoHo, short for North Hollywood, has a different vibe and feel than the rest of Los Angeles. Here you can experience the nuances of the new hipster generation as well as reflect on its dominance back in the 1970s.
Let’s be honest, Los Angelinos are proud of their hard work and they drive in luxury to show it. Take a ride in the fast lane with KIA’s first GT (Gran Tourismo). As their first attempt at a high-performance sports car, this model is extremely impressive in its appearance and performance. Plus, it makes you feel like a queen for half the budget.
Let’s get the day started.
The most important meal of the day: Coffee. Obviously.
Check out Moby’s Coffee on Cahuenga Blvd. They have delicious coffee that is organically roasted and their waffles (because you probably need to fuel up too) are exquisite. Coffee For Breakfast, off Burbank Blvd., is another great choice (the name says it all!). Their South American twist to breakfast will make your soul happy and get your day started right.
Take the scenic route around North Hollywood through the Los Angeles National Forest. Just off the 210 Freeway, make a sharp turn onto Los Angeles Crest Highway. This highway is 66 miles in length full of twists and turns, perfect for a road trip for the day.
There are plenty of places to pull over for photo ops. Because let’s face it, who doesn’t want a photo with their KIA Stinger in the middle of the forest?
Side note: the Los Angeles National Forest is packed with hiking trails ranging from easy to hard including a 5-mile hike to the Bridge to Nowhere. Literally, a bridge in the middle of nowhere, but you can jump off of it. And yes, I’ve done it! For more information, visit Bungee America.
If you feel adventurous, stay on Los Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2) to drive through the mountains. Or, take the San Gabriel Freeway back to the city for more fun North Hollywood adventures.
Fuel up, your ride and your stomach. Here are a couple lunch spots that are trend certified.
Rodini Park is located along the NoHo Arts District and the food is not only healthy but delicious. Try the chicken shawarma, in a salad, pita, or bowl. And if you can’t resist the temptation, finish it off with the baklava cheesecake.
Nearby, in a cute NoHo neighborhood, you’ll find Vicious Dogs, a funky twist on serving hotdogs. The ‘Surf Dog’ is a bacon-wrapped dog with sweet and spicy chili glaze, grilled onions and peppers, topped with chopped pieces of fried shrimp. It’s a bit of a savory mess, but worth the visit.
If you are still exploring the Los Angeles National Forest which is what someone like myself would do, keep trekking. If you are looking for some fun daytime activities, consider these.
Have a blast at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Located nearby in the city of Santa Clarita, you will find this 262-acre theme park full of thrilling rides, entertainment, and tons of food. New in 2018: CraZanity, a 17-story tall pendulum ride for your inner daredevil. Be sure to check out Six Flags Magic Mountain’s website for their park operating schedule.
Visit the Brady Bunch House
See the house that was built in the 1970s and made famous on the iconic Brady Bunch television show. The property still has a familiarity even with the modern updates that have been added. The residents that live in this house now are no longer part of the ‘bunch’, so be respectful of the current private owners.
Drive the Famous Mulholland Drive
The winding roads of Mulholland Drive deliver a scenic route with epic views of Los Angeles. The homes are breathtaking and the drive is serene. Take your Stinger though the twists and turns with ease.
Full of character and eclectic vibes, NoHo is known for its artistic culture, quintessential theaters, and plenty of unique coffee shops and bars. Be sure to check out the ACME Comedy Club after hours. You will laugh more than you know and you can enjoy dinner and drinks here too. Get tickets here.
Where to stay:
Just a few miles from Mulholland Drive and Universal Studios, you’ll find this gorgeous hotel tucked away off Vineland Street. The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood is right in the middle of all the Hollywood action. The hotel includes a suite of top-of-the-line service and amenities while maintaining a throwback 1970s vibe.
A huge thank you to KIA Motors USA for sponsoring this mini-tour of North Hollywood for the day. The KIA Stinger allowed us to travel a perfect North Hollywood route fast and in style. Look out for its release in January 2018!