Los Angeles, California. It's the home of Hollywood, Beverley Hills, sprawling beaches and Sunset Boulevard. It's the home of A-List celebrities and the infamous In'N'Out burger chain.
Indeed, this was our first stop off after our 10 hour Air New Zealand flight.
Not that we really needed any thing else to eat after the incredible food onboard but it provided an entertaining stop off on the hour long drive to our first destination as we tried out the two very different lifestyles California has to offer; laid back surfing and sparkling city nights.
Huntington Beach the home of surfers, sun and sea
Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway to reach Huntington Beach (HB) you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stepped straight onto the set of noughties TV favourite The O.C.
Palm trees line the promenade as tanned and toned beach bums languish on the sand from morning to night.
The pace of life in HB is decidedly laid back, with surfing being the most popular pastime for both tourists and locals alike.