With the price of gas and travel on the rise, staycations are now a popular option for people who want to take a break from the daily routine of work, and maybe even life in general. If you’re living in Studio City, lots of stuff to do is only a mile or two away.
Some of the schools (particularly the private schools) already had their spring break. The Los Angeles Unified School District Schools will be having their spring break in two weeks.
So, now is the time to plan for what you're going to do.
There are many things you can do locally, and for free. Click on links below to get more details.
1. Take a hike!
Feel like you’re on vacation with a change of scenery. Several trails around the valley offer amazing views and a chance to just get away from it all (see our latest for some of the vistas—.)
Some of the most beautiful parks in the city are here. Jog, hike, take the dog or just walk alone. If you've tried , then try . If you've done, then try
Also go to Griffith Park. Explore the Old Zoo area, go to the Los Angeles Zoo, play at Shane's Inspiration, take a ride on the old Merry-Go-Round or go to Train Town
Just a short drive away is the Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, O’Melveny Park in Granada Hills, and Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth are some of the trails that you may want to try out. Perhaps even grab a picnic basket after your hike for lunch under some trees or an orange grove.
2. Be a tourist!
If you’ve never been to any of the studios in Burbank, this may be a good time to explore this option. Take a tour on the WB lot or even watch a TV taping of one of the talk shows on NBC. You may want to spend the whole day at Take the long tram ride through the park again because you probably haven't done that in a while. Explore the new stores on Universal City Walk and let the kids play in the fountains in the center if it's warm outside.
3. Listen to live music beneath the stars!
Bring a blanket or a low lying chair and enjoy some music under the stars at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. You can pack your own meal and even bring in some beer and wine. For more information and for the schedule, visit their website atwww.starlightbowl.com.
4. Explore the night life.
Studio City has some of the hot clubs right now. There's the , , and the standards like , Also, nearby, explore the night life at the NoHo Art District: The newly revitalized North Hollywood Art District offers several local bars and comedy clubs for a lively night out on the town. There's The NoBar, a neighborhood dive bar, offers a casual environment with an old school jukebox and a pool table. The drinks are very reasonably priced. Also, check out some of the other unique bars around that area: , Tonga Hut, and The CIA (California Institute of Abnormalarts).
5. Make it a Spa Day!
Never underestimate the relaxing power of a wonderful spa experience. The Valley is sprinkled with a variety of spa locales, offering competitive prices for a day of pampering. A lot of them are right in the neighborhood. Check in the brand new and get away from it all. Get a pedicure and massage, too. Feel like you're in the without having to pay as much for it.
rA Organic Spa (raorganicspa.com), located in Burbank, is a nice, intimate getaway. There’s also Burke Williams spa in Sherman Oaks, nestled inside the Sherman Oaks Galleria. For Studio City locals, check out Spoiled (spoiledadayspa.com), a day spa located on Tujunga Avenue.
Do you have any other ideas? Let us know below.