Discover the Ultimate 3-Day Los Angeles Vacation Itinerary, According to Katie Austin

The 2023 SI Swimsuit model knows all the must-see spots.
Katie Austin was photographed by James Macari in the Dominican Republic. Swimsuit by Montce.

Katie Austin was photographed by James Macari in the Dominican Republic. Swimsuit by Montce.

Katie Austin is the gift that keeps on giving. The three-time SI Swimsuit model, who was discovered through (and named co-winner of) the 2021 Swim Search open casting call, was named co-Rookie of the Year in ’22. She returned this year for a gorgeous Barbiecore styled photo shoot with photographer James Macari in the Dominican Republic.

View Katie Austin’s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

The fitness influencer recently conducted an “Ask Me Anything” on her Instagram story. Tons of questions about fiancé Lane Armstrong and the couple’s wedding planning process flooded in, as well as a travel question about the Virginia native’s current home city of Los Angeles.

“Spending 3 days in LA, any recs?” one person asked, looking for suggestions for a quick trip.

Austin responded by saying that only three days in Los Angeles is difficult, as the city is “sooo spread out,” but the travel guru continued to create her perfect itinerary as follows.

Day 1: Malibu and Westside

Austin suggested Malibu Farm for lunch and then a walk along Abbot Kinney Boulevard, a mile-long strip of the fashion, art and food scene near Venice Beach.

She added that a nice Italian dinner at Elephante in Santa Monica would be the perfect way to end the day.

Day 2: West Hollywood

“Explore Melrose or Larchmont [Village], go for a hike and get dinner at a really LA stop to get the vibe,” Austin said.

She suggested Delilah or The Nice Guy for a meal, and then a rooftop drink at Harriet’s.

Day 3: South Bay

Austin said Martha’s is the perfect breakfast or brunch spot and then suggested a walk around Manhattan Beach, which has endless options for dinner.

South Bay is also close to LAX, making getting to the airport and out of Los Angeles easier.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.