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One Less Thing to Stress

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We live in one of the busiest cities in an already complicated world, and it’s so easy to let stress get the best of you. The good news is there are things that can be done to fight off stress. Little things like waking up 15 minutes earlier so you don’t feel so rushed in the morning. Cleaning out a closet. Really. It’s that whole declutter your life, declutter your mind tactic that seems to help. Fix something that’s broken, and if you can’t fix it, donate it or toss it. Get rid of things that aren’t useful to you or don’t give you any pleasure.

Then there are things that may be more difficult to do. Like saying “no” when you’re already overburdened. Or fitting in some play time or rest time each day. Or quitting a bad habit. Or quitting a bad relationship. Something that really helps in situations like these is calling up a good friend. When you need to vent, when you need encouragement, when you need help, lean on someone you trust. Don’t try to bottle up your stress and frustrations.

Believe it or not, volunteering for a good cause is a great way to ease stress. When you feel good about what you’re doing, it’s hard for stress to creep in. Plus, when you’re helping people who really need it, you gain perspective and appreciate all the good in your life you may have taken for granted. Gratitude will kick stress into last week!

And finally, just be you. Just be human, and know it’s okay to have really bad days once in a while. And on those bad days, here are a few places to consider escaping to around the Los Angeles region to rejuvenate your mind and body:

Suiho-En The Japanese Garden, Van Nuys
http://www.thejapanesegarden.com

Yoga Circle Downtown
http://yogacircledowntown.com

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, Downtown
http://www.larchmontsanctuary.com

The Last Bookstore, Downtown
http://lastbookstorela.com

Tanner’s Coffee Co., Culver City
http://tannerscoffeecompany.com

Eaton Canyon Nature Reserve, Pasadena
http://www.ecnca.org

When you're searching for LAX rental cars to get you to your relaxing destination in Southern California, be sure to contact Sakura Rent A Car, conveniently located at LAX International Airport. We have all the modern rental cars, from economy to passenger vans, equipped with modern features you want at a competitive rate. We make your car renting experience as stress-free as possible.
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Great Kid Activities in Los Angeles

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Fall is pretty nice in the Los Angeles area. We still have mild weather for the most part and you can play outside as long as you bring layers, like we mentioned in our earlier blog post, What to Pack to Wear in L.A. If you’re visiting our region with kids, come visit us at Sakura Rent a Car where we have a nice little play area for your kids while you finish your LAX rental car reservation. We’ll keep the kids happy and get your family on its way as fast as possible. Meanwhile, check out some of these fun activities you can do with kids during your stay in the Los Angeles area...

Do you want to blow you kids mind and give them a memory they’ll never forget? Then take them out to sea with a whale watching charter and let them experience a piece of nature many people don’t ever get to see – the largest mammals on earth: humpback whales, orcas , blue and gray whales are a real possibility. You may also see dolphins and seals while you’re out there! Check out Whale Watching Los Angeles to get more information.

Do you have small animal lovers with you? Take them to Crumbs and Whiskers , the cat café where you can stop for coffee and cat cuddles. But it’s so popular you do have to reserve your spot. Cats not your thing? How about dogs? Visit the canine version of the coffee shop if your littles would rather play with dogs. The Dog Café is a unique treat for kids and grown ups alike. The cats and dogs are all rescue animals and the experience provides a perfect way to get to know the animals a little better before they go home with you.

Take your kids on a chocolate factory tour, a real-life Willy Wonka experience. Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory is going to be a little different, however, in that it is super modern and you might think you’ve stumbled into an art gallery instead. But hey, chocolate is chocolate and when you get to see chocolate being made in a chocolate factory, consider it a great day. Public tours are available every hour on the hour.

Visit the California Science Center which has amazing exhibits for all ages, but make time to see the new IMAX movie, Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D, which opens November 8th, and let your kids experience a colorful, vibrant world under the sea in 3D. The footage was filmed in the Bahamas and Fiji over a 3-year period.

Visit in an indoor playground. There are several in the area, which are particularly fun on a drizzly rainy day. The Coop in Studio City offers a cappuccino bar for adults, which makes it fun for parents too. You’ll get everything from ball pits, to sensory and motor skill toys and activities, bounce houses, indoor climbing spaces with slides and more. Check out AdventurePlex in Manhattan Beach for another option.

Swim indoors all year round at Great Wolf Lodge located in Garden Grove. This place is a whole resort with lodging, restaurant, indoor water park, splash pad, surf pad, bowling alley, arcade, movie theater, and more. Be prepared to stay here for a good two days if you can commit the time. Your kids will leave tired and fulfilled.

Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios right now. This is the season where we’re in-between the summer crowds and the holiday crowds, so if you’re in town and you have some Harry Potter fans you may enjoy a less crowded theme park. Same goes for the rest of the SoCal theme parks, autumn is a great time to visit and stand in shorter lines.
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Cool Neighborhood Alert: Larchmont Village

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You could get lost in L.A. and that may not be a bad thing. Los Angeles has so many cool districts and neighborhoods that are real escapes from the hustle and bustle of big booming city life. You don’t have to come to L.A. and feel like you’ll be stuck on busy streets the whole time. You can come to L.A. and find real retreats, charming neighborhoods such as Larchmont Village that are small, quaint and have a lot to offer in such a short distance. When you pick up your LAX rental car from Sakura Rent A Car, consider this unique neighborhood as your next destination...

What to Do. Get a jade hot stone therapeutic massage inside a restored 100-year old residence that is now the home of Larchmont Sanctuary Day Spa. Leave your cares at the door in this special boutique spa, which is part indoor, part outdoor spiritual garden that looks good enough for a Tibetan monk but hip enough for an L.A. hipster. Get a facial, body scrub, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, salt therapy, couples massage and more.

If you’re around on the weekend, check out the Larchmont Farmer’s Market and get stocked with organic produce, caffeinated with delicious coffee, take home beautiful flowers and try some yummy foods too.

What to See. Check out one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles and gawk at the gorgeous architecture of the well-kept homes in Hancock Park and Windsor Square. You’ll find perfectly manicured homes that range from 1920s bungalows to grand estates. If you’re a design buff or architecture geek, you’ll love exploring these neighborhoods. You can tell the residents take a lot of pride in their homes and their neighborhood.

What to Eat. Run, don’t walk to Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese. The gourmet sandwiches there are revered around the world, or so they should be. Aside from the mind-blowing sandwiches held in place by freshly baked baguettes and ciabatta, you’ll also find a fine selection of cheese and meat plates, candies, crackers, chocolate, caviar, teas, and even old-fashioned glass bottle sodas. Shop imported vinegars, oils, wine and spirits too. You just have to experience it for yourself to understand why this place excels above the rest.

For dessert, visit Salt and Straw, the most peculiarly awesome ice cream shop you’ll ever visit, hands down. If you’re bold enough to try, you can taste flavors like black olive brittle & goat cheese, or avocado & strawberry sherbet, or honey lavender, or salted, malted, chocolate chip cookie dough. For the season, you can try Dracula’s blood pudding and essence of ghost, among other spooky flavors.

Where to Shop. Go to Ampersand, a women’s consignment boutique with more style than you’ll find in a regular retail shop. If you want to look like everyone else, shop in a chain store, but if you want to wear something truly unique, dressed for compliments wherever you go, shop at Ampersand. The clothing, the handbags, the vintage jewelry, it’s truly an art collection in itself.
#larchmont #larchmontvillage #discoverLA #losangelestourism #rentacar #rentalcar

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Best Apps for Exploring Los Angeles

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Before you visit Los Angeles, here’s a tip: use your smart phone to help you make smart choices when it comes to food, logistics and entertainment. Sakura Rent A Car at LAX recommends some of these popular apps to help you navigate life in L.A....

TapHunter. Sometimes you need a good drink after a long day, and when in L.A. it’s never usually hard to find. Since there are so many options, let the TapHunter app help you decide where to have a beverage with its smart technology that pulls up places that pour your preferred drink – whether cocktail, wine or craft beer. Get in the happy hour know with this unique app.

L.A. Weekly. If you want to find a concert, a play, a bite to eat, a festival, the best happy hour, and so much more, you should download the L.A. Weekly app, which will always point you in the right direction for whichever style of event you’re seeking.

Roaming Hunger. Sometimes you just need a good food truck to be near so you can have simple but delicious, and generally authentic food choices to curb your appetite. Roaming Hunger will help you track the food truck vendors closest to you at all times. You can also sort vendors by who you like best and keep a list of your favorites on the map.

ParkMe. Parking in a busy metropolitan city is one of the most frustrating things. Take your LAX rental car out on the town with ease using ParkMe, an app that finds the nearest available parking to your destination, plus you can prepay and have a spot saved for you. Never hassle with the unknowns of parking again.

Curbstand. Aside from parking yourself, one of the wisest most rewarding ways to go out on the town is using valet to park your car for you. But who has cash on them these days? Don’t need it anymore with the Curbstand app which allows you pay your valet thru the app. You can even summon your car before you’re even out of your venue!

Lyft. It’s like Uber but with more options (for the moment). For instance, you can find a driver near you to take you somewhere, but if you opt in for it, you can be matched with other riders nearby going to same place so you can split the cost of the ride. You can request Lyft Plus, a bigger ride with more seating, and you can request Lyft Plus, a fancier ride so you can arrive in style.

Postmates. Are you in the mood for dinner from your favorite restaurant but it doesn't deliver and you just aren't in the mood to go out? The Postmates app can help you out by giving users the ability to order from a wide variety of restaurants and then a delivery rider or driver from the company will bring your order to you.
#LAtravel #mobileappslosangeles #discoverlosangeles #losangelestourism

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Deliciously Affordable Dining in L.A.

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Los Angeles is a city of wealthy hot spots, dining and shopping, but it also has a wealth of affordable food and entertainment too. At Sakura Rent A Car, we understand many of our customers who are visiting the region want to get the scoop on great places to eat out. Well, the culture in L.A. is so diverse, and the food options are so expansive, you will always have plenty of eateries to choose from. Here are a few of our favorite affordable options...

Fox News ranked Pink's Hot Dogs the #1 hot dog stand in the United States. Imagine every kind of topping to choose from, and then imagine the one hot dog you choose fills you up to the brim. That’s what you’re going to get at Pink’s. http://www.pinkshollywood.com/

Featured on Food Network, take a bite into Nickel Diner’s famous maple bacon donut, or a slice of their lemon pie, or red velvet cake, or cream-filled devil’s food cupcake, homemade pop tart...have we piqued your sweet tooth yet? http://nickeldiner.com/

Calling all ramen lovers, you cannot leave L.A. without visiting Daikokuya in Little Tokyo for less than $10/bowl. http://www.daikoku-ten.com/. Take a spin in your LAX rental car to Little Tokyo for the food and stay to see some of the unique cultural sights, as well as shopping, arts and entertainment.

Delicious sandwiches and gourmet salads abound at Simplethings Restaurant, but their real specialty is the pie. You can get a personal pie in every flavor you cherish. Warning: it might be better than mom’s family recipe. http://www.simplethingsrestaurant.com/

Eat at In-N-Out, the iconic California fast food chain, just so you can say you did. The food is pretty good too! Bonus: you get to watch the airplanes take off and land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). http://in-n-out.com/

When the name says it all, Dino’s Chicken and Burgers doesn’t need anything fancy to sell its food. Their chicken, burgers, breakfast, lunch and dinner items are all filling and delicious, and the price is right at under $10 a plate. http://www.dinoschickenandburgers.com/

Maybe you’re picky or indecisive. That’s okay because there’s a great variety of food vendors waiting for you at the Original Farmer's Market, with many cuisines for under $20. http://www.farmersmarketla.com/visitorInfo

Serving some of the best shawarma, kebab, falafel, schnitzel, mergez and other Mediterranean street food in L.A., Dr. Sandwich is ready to cure you of your hunger with excellent eats. http://drsandwich.com/

It seems like everything tastes better from a taco truck, and Leo’s Taco Truck proves that with the best al pastor in the region. They’ve got menu items that start at $1, but they’ve got lines of hungry customers during peak eating times, which just goes to show it’s something special. http://www.leostacostruck.com/

Shake Shack is the roadside burger stand of the future. Boasting 100% all-natural Angus beef with no hormones or antibiotics, you’ll get a mouthful of quality deliciousness. And if burger joints can be trendy, this would be the defining location. From vibe to menu, it’s a winner. https://www.shakeshack.com/

You can dine in or take out at Amaebi on Ventural Blvd., where you’ll get your sushi fix in a most satisfying way. It’s as appealing to the eye as it is the stomach, so grab a friend or three because you’ll want to sample several rolls, we promise. http://www.amaebisushi.com/
#diningoutLA #losangelestourism #discoverLA #losangelesfoodie #biteofLA

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Rental Car Destination: Anaheim, CA

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You know Anaheim is the home of Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland California Adventure, so it’s quite literally the address that hosts the happiest place on earth. For that reason alone, Anaheim is worth the drive with your Sakura Rent A Car. But this fun city just southeast of LAX is also home to several more day-trip worthy destinations, some of which you may not even know about – till now...

Rock City Climbing Gym. Whether you’re an old pro or new to climbing, this is the place to go. Described as fun, challenging, and unique. From bouldering to climbing with ropes, from going it alone to hosting a party, you’ll find just what your climbing heart desires here. The pass prices are reasonable too.

Public Skating at the Rinks. Feel like ice skating? You can get an affordable couple hours of fun during the Rinks public skating times.

Go Kart Racing at K1 Speed. Have a need for speed? K1 Speed in Anaheim has an indoor karting experience unlike any other. The course is professionally designed with quick turns and karts can reach 45 mph. These are not the putt-putt gas-powered go karts of the past. Expect to have an adrenaline-filled good time. Junior racers must be at least 48” tall.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Catch a Los Angeles Angels’ game if it’s MLB season. Aside from the game, they offer great food concession stands and family entertainment as well.

Camelot Golfland. For A LOT less than Disneyland you can experience an entire day of fun playing miniature golf, arcade games, bumper boats, laser tag and a go-kart racing, complete with pizza and shakes. Available for hosting parties and corporate groups, you get a lot of bang for your buck at this facility.

Oak Canyon Nature Center. Tucked away in the Anaheim Hills is a 58 acre park with hiking and jogging trails as well as canyons. The John J. Collier Interpretive Center is a small museum on site with live animal and regional natural history exhibits. This is a great place to visit and the admission is free. You can also plan to host a birthday party or a wedding at this location, or register for their popular day camps.

Knott's Berry Farm. A very popular theme park and less expensive Disneyland alternative is Knott’s Berry Farm, complete with roller coasters (even some screamers), a water park, a merry go round, characters, stage shows and yummy food. You will not be bored or disappointed should you choose to spend a day here.

Adventure City. It’s called “The little theme park that’s BIG on family fun.” This park is ideal for ages 2 to 10 and the price is right, especially with free parking! With 17 rides, shows and attractions, there is tons of fun for everyone. Climb the rock wall, visit the petting zoo, take the express train, and much more.

Get your Los Angeles rental car from Sakura and we’ll get you on your way to your fun destinations in Anaheim with ease. Renting a car with us will allow you to worry about one less thing during your visit to Southern California.
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Best Selfie Spots in Los Angeles

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If you’re visiting the Los Angeles region, you’re bound to run into some great photo opportunities, but if you need that next great profile pic for social media, try taking a selfie at one of these Sakura Rent A Car approved landmarks...

Santa Monica Pier. Sure, you can get the big wheel in the background and that makes for a great selfie shot. But you could also try for a selfie on the pier and hopefully catch some interesting humans in the background. There is never a shortage of great people watching on the Pier.

The Hollywood Sign. This one needs no description. You can take your pic close to the sign, having hiked up to it. Have a selfie stick to get a proper angle. Or, take it down below and use your pinchers to make it look like you’re pinching the sign, or put your palm up to make it look like you’re holding it up. Or position your mouth to make it look like you’re taking a bite out of it. Do something silly to up your selfie game with this overly-photographed landmark.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Find a star of a star you love. Lie down, and snap pic of yourself. Pretty simple. Snapping a selfie of your favorite movie star’s star on the walk of fame is totally Instagram worthy.

Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s curvy and cool. Get right up next to it so the building is towering behind you. If you have blue skies, even better.

Getty Center in the daylight. This place is a wonderland of natural light. If you’re looking to get that perfect Instagram shot with all kinds of flattering natural light, you’ll find the right pocket in this building for a great selfie, no filters needed.

Paul Smith. It’s a clothing store on Melrose Ave. But possibly even cooler than the clothes inside is the bright, hot pink building that houses them. This pink Paul Smith building has become somewhat of a photo landmark. On a bright blue sky kind of day, snap away, even if you don’t shop!

Griffith Observatory at night. See the city lights and pop yourself out there in front of that view so the world can see you were in Los Angeles. Might be tough to get the perfect pic at night, but it’s worth a shot anyway.

Barneys New York stairwell. Get up to the top, and thank yourself for the great workout just climbing those steps. Catch your breath and then look down to see what almost appears to be its own piece of art – the fancy black and white stairwell. Take a selfie so people can see you shop at Barneys, or at least, workout on their stairs.

Venice Street Art. Much like the Paul Smith building, you’ll find interesting street art and graffiti on this popular street. Might as well post up next to one and snap a fun shot with a unique, colorful background and make it your new profile pic.

Cruise around in a Southern California rental car that’s fun for the summer. We have Jeep Wranglers and Jeep Grand Cherokees, which are perfect for exploring any of the exciting terrain from foothills to sandy beaches, you’ll be cruising in style.
#selfiespots #DiscoverLosAngeles #PaulSmith #LosAngelesTourism

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Where to Celebrate the 4th in L.A.

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Are you still on the fence as to which Fourth of July fireworks show to see in Southern California? Well, just so you know, there are plenty to choose from. We’ve got parades, vendors, concerts, gourmet food, and patriotic events going on ‘round the Los Angeles region and beyond. So visitors, get your LAX rental car from Sakura and drive to one of these exciting destinations...

Pasadena

Buy tickets to the 90th Americafest celebration at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and get ready to be thoroughly entertained. It’ll be one of the best fireworks displays in the country, guaranteed. You’ll also get to see live music and motorcycle stunts. It’s a very family-friendly event full of big thrills and big booms.

Culver City

The price is so right (FREE) to picnic and play and watch the show from Culver City. In addition to the fireworks, you’ll get food trucks and carnival games, live music and raffle prizes. This is a great spot for all the foodies who can appreciate the food truck revolution and sample a ton of great bites. Come hungry!

The Hollywood Bowl

Featuring the famous group, Chicago, celebrate the Fourth at the Hollywood Bowl’s Annual Fireworks Spectacular. You actually have three nights to choose from and can purchase your tickets now. Kids under 12 are half off. A big fireworks display caps off the festivities just perfectly.

Marina Del Rey

There's something about watching fireworks over the ocean. Every year in Marina Del Rey, fireworks explode over the marina and people gather to watch. Although the fireworks start at nightfall, make an evening out of it by visiting many of the harbor side restaurants which will be offering a magnificent view of the light show. Getting there early will also help you avoid the parking hassle, since it fills up fast.

Grand Park

It’s a block party of epic proportions when you celebrate the Fourth at Grand Park in Los Angeles. You’ve got a couple music stages, a ton of food, and it goes on all day long. So bring your own picnic items but note you can’t bring coolers or any outside beverages of any kind.

Long Beach

Climb aboard the Queen Mary or find a spot anywhere along the waterfront to watch the fireworks spectacular. All day long you’ll be entertained by a variety of themed activities from a colonial opening ceremony, to a Coney Island style circus show, to a Nashville tailgate with live country music, to a hip hop DJ party, to a Hawaiian luau, to a Louisiana style dueling piano showcase. The whole day is sure to be a blast!

Pacific Palisades

Are you in it for the parade? Then make sure to join in the fun at the Pacific Palisades where you’ll see one of the top Independence Day parades in the nation. You’ll enjoy the best bands and equestrian units in the country, local celebrities, musical acts and much more. The Pacific Palisades High School puts on one of the best shows around the city. Gourmet food vendors and trucks will be around, because they know good food is a staple of any July Fourth bash. And the magnificent fireworks display is the perfect cap to America’s birthday celebration.

Studio City

Pack a picnic and get your kids amped for a day of fun at CBS Studio Center. There’s a fun kid zone, live music, a car show, an expo for local business, booze tasting, and a sparkling fireworks show to end the night. It has a little bit of everything for everyone, so you’ll head back to your Sakura rental car feeling satisfied, and likely very tired from all the fun.
#JulyFourth #LAXEvents #LosAngelesTourism #IndependenceDay

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Free Attractions in Los Angeles

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At Sakura Rent A Car we know you can find plenty of things to do in Southern California during your visit, but we want to help you out anyway. We’ve collected a list of a few great places to check out for FREE. Whether you’re on a tight budget or spending is unlimited, anyone can appreciate some good, complimentary entertainment...

Make Music Pasadena is a one-day festival featuring 150 music performances and it’s all free. They accept donations and sponsor support to fund their cause. If you appreciate up and coming talent, I-heard-it-first type of music, mostly indie music, you’ll love this event. You’ll also love the plethora of food and shopping right there. Get more details at http://www.makemusicpasadena.org

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: (LAMOTH) is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States. Inside it are housed precious artifacts from survivors of the Holocaust, items that miraculously weathered the war, the ghettos and ultimately, the death camps. The founders (Holocaust survivors) want LAMOTH to always be free to the public so that no one would ever be turned away from learning about the Holocaust due to an entry fee. Learn more at http://www.lamoth.org

For the horticulture enthusiast, check out the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. Drop-in tours are offered the first Saturday of the month at 1pm, starting at the Nest. No reservation is necessary. There is also a self-guided tour you can check out on your own if you want to stop and smell the roses for a little while: http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/tours.html

Feast your eyes on the Getty Center and Getty Villa. Get ready to see some stunning architecture as you overlook the California coastline and the Los Angeles skyline. The grand Malibu property, the Getty Villa, includes an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. The uber contemporary Getty Center hosts a world-class art collection including European paintings, contemporary photographs and decorative arts. Admission is free but parking your LAX rental car will cost about $15, $10 after 4 pm. Still worth that price! Get a glimpse of the properties at http://www.getty.edu/visit

More music, this time on the beach! Each Thursday from July through September, Santa Monica Pier hosts free live music. Pack a picnic, arrive early to get a spot on the sand near the speakers and enjoy, as the sun sets over the crashing waves: http://santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts

The public gardens at The Huntington library are divided into a variety of themes, including a prickly desert garden, a serene Japanese garden, as well as an ever-expanding assembly of Chinese pagodas, pavilions and bridges. The Library’s collection of rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, and other materials in the fields of British and American history and literature totals more than nine million items. The art collection houses 650 paintings and 440 sculptures dating back to the 15th century. So, to say you could spend an entire day at The Huntington is a huge understatement. Learn more at http://www.huntington.org

You can fill your senses with food, music, sights to behold in the art, landscape and architecture, and not even scratch the surface of all the free entertainment that awaits you in the LAX area. Let Sakura Rent A Car get you in a great car rental for your next adventure in and around our exciting region.
#LosAngelesEvents #LAXrentalcar #LAXEvents #LosAngelesTourism

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Worth the Drive: Santa Monica Beach

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Worth the Drive: Santa Monica...
Not far from LAX is a destination so iconic and fun, you’ll be wishing for more time there. Santa Monica beach is a sandy paradise. It’s not a rocky, pebbly beach where you feel the need to keep your shoes on. It’s an expansive, white soft sandy beach. You can run and run and run barefoot for miles watching the waves crash on the shore and taking in the hills that set up a pretty back drop.

Bring a volleyball or beach ball. Pack a picnic. You can also rent a bike or a skateboard for the long bike path. Renting equipment right there is easy enough to do, which is nice when you’re a visitor to the area. Just hop in your rental car and head to the beach where you can expect to pay about $7 for parking. Once you’re there, you can find stores to rent or purchase lots of beach toys.

Grab a bite on the famous Santa Monica Pier at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. or Pier Burger. Experience a full fledge soda fountain, ice cream, shake or malt at Soda Jerks where you will feel like you stepped back in time. And you’ll find many, many other places to eat at the beach as well.

Ride the Ferris wheel or roller coaster, roller blade, take a Segway tour, rent a beach cruiser, surf, swim, shop, picnic, play beach volleyball, build a sandcastle or visit the aquarium. For just $5, you can feel a spiky sea urchin, a sea star, and get close to a swell shark at the Santa Monica Aquarium, directly below the carousel near the pier. Learn about the marine creatures that live in the ocean for an educational experience! You will not lack for finding anything fun to do when you’re visiting Santa Monica beach.

The beach is a hive of activity; you can literally sit and bask in the sun and people watch all day long. When you’re done relaxing, head over to the Third Street Promenade for some outdoor shopping. Or, give your senses a treat by heading over to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. Smell the gorgeous flowers, taste the sweet treats and fruits, hear the live music playing, and see an amazing variety of goods for sale. You will not be disappointed if you’re an outdoor market enthusiast.

Your Sakura Rent A Car agent can help you get in the right car rental and onto your Santa Monica destination from the LAX airport. Call today to get help planning your beach vacation.
#SantaMonica #SantaMonicaPier #LAXDestination #LosAngelesTourism

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