Just a few steps from the Los Angeles Harbor sits the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel. From its rooms you can see far-reaching views of the water as well as the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Taking a note from these maritime surroundings, the hotel’s decor incorporates nautical navy blues and whites in the guest rooms. In the chic Blu Restaurant and Lounge, you can have dinner or a cocktail among shimmering blue accents that call to mind the ocean glinting in the sun.
Guest rooms are spacious and feature 32-inch TVs and separate workspaces. In the morning, you can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast before heading out for the day. There’s plenty to do and see nearby, including the Aquarium of the Pacific and Fanfare Fountain, a synchronized water display set to the sounds of popular songs.
About a block from the hotel you’ll find the USS Iowa. Built in 1940, it was once known as “the world’s greatest naval ship” for its guns, armor, and speed. Two tickets for touring the warship are included with this Groupon, so you can look at the officers’ quarters and the view from the front turrets.
San Pedro, California: Los Angeles's Seaside Port
Situated to the south of downtown Los Angeles, San Pedro is a small seaside community best known as the home of the Port of Los Angeles. For those looking to soak in the sun, Cabrillo Beach is rife with swimmers, confused cross-country skiers, and windsurfers tackling the elements as massive cargo ships pass in the background. Cabrillo essentially spans two beaches: one oceanfront area where surfing is popular, and a separate, more gentle area ideal for young swimmers within the harbor. Nearby, the Frank Gehry–designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium houses a wide range of aquatic creatures, including black sea nettles, jellyfish, and California sea lions.