With a year and a half of escape rooms under our belt and an increasing involvement within the online community, our interest as to what the city of Los Angeles had to offer had been peaked. We set out to pack our five-day trip with as many must-hit places as we could – both local attractions and escape rooms alike.
By tracking some of the most frequently recommended rooms in enthusiast groups and mapping out what made the most sense geographically, we settled on the following list (ranked in no particular order):
After finding some extra time in our schedules, we were also able to add in:
In terms of experiences, we built in an immersive theatrical show – Creep LA: Awake and strategically booked our flight so that we could catch the tail end of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
Read on for our break-down of our day-to-day itineraries including some great food and drink spots.
For our stay, we opted to lodge in the Silverlake neighborhood. Slightly removed from the direct bustle of Hollywood and DTLA, but still close enough to the 101 for travel, Silverlake proved to be an ideal and centralized location.
After landing at LAX, picking up our rental car, and getting settled at our Airbnb, we grabbed some Jack In The Box and quickly got on the road to Universal Studios. As we arrived, the theme park was in a transitional state between it’s normal daytime setting and the darkness that is Halloween Horror Nights. In order to experience as much as we could, we purchased the Express tickets to give our group shorter wait times. Overall, we had a great experience at the park. Find out more details here.
Starved, our group ended our night chowing down on Tommy’s Original World Famous Chili burgers.
To fuel up for the day, we visited Alfred Coffee Silverlake and photographed some of the amazing street murals of Silverlake.
First things first, our team had to hit up the iconic Amoeba Records and take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard to see some local tourist traps such as the Walk of Fame and Chinese Theater. As far as food was concerned, there was an In-n-Out nearby that seemed to be the best local bet.
Needing an additional caffeine fix, we stopped at Coffee for Sasquatch before embarking on our first room of the trip.
Our team was able to escape Quest Room: Red Giant and Hatch Escapes: Lab Rat pretty comfortably as they were not far from each other in Koreatown. Booking with an hour travel window left plenty of time and we never had to rush to make our next appointment.
Our group rounded out the night with our breathtaking experience at CreepLA located in RowDTLA.
On Saturday, we took a trek down to Anaheim to hit Crossroads: Hex Room & Escapade: Zoe. Our time before and after these rooms was sprinkled with treats including some caffeine at Dinosaur Coffee (some of the best coffee we had out in LA) and some lunch and bubble tea at Mini Monster in the Anaheim Packing House.
After that, we drove to Upland to watch a serial killer give us a proper show at MurderCo by Black Market Escape Rooms. At night, we stopped by Two Bit Circus before chowing down at Guerrilla Tacos (amazing!).
We headed back to Hollywood to visit some local themed bars including Scum and Villany (inspired by the Star Wars cantina), Good Times at Davey Wayne’s (a bar designed to be a 70’s house party where you enter through a refrigerator door), and Beetle House (some spooky Tim Burton decor and ambiance).
Itching to throw another room in, we were able to last-minute book 60out: Grandma’s Master Plan to close out our Saturday night.
In an effort to see the Pacific, we drove out to Leo Carrillo State Park and explored some rocks and coves on this beautiful beach. We even found a keyhole shaped formation!
We stopped for lunch at Lemonade for some much-needed healthy food before arriving at the WB Studios Tour. Being that it was a Sunday, the film crews were off for the afternoon so we were able to experience a more in-depth walk around much of the sets.
We found the most precious pie shop in Burbank for a snack and got back on the road to experience THE BASEMENT. Excited to complete such a highly regarded and spoken about company, we were just a bit early and had the great opportunity to talk shop with owner, Kayden Ressel. We dissected some of the rooms we had done thus far on our trip and learned about an extreme haunt out in Kansas City – (next trip???). Our experience there was riveting and we were luckily able to add on Chapter 4 for the next day (so worth it).
As an end to our night, we stopped at LA’s oldest bowling alley, Highland Park Bowl. They had a special promotion running with Sanrio character, Gudetama including themed food packages, decorated bowling lanes, and tons of available merch. The cross-over runs through February 2019.
With less than 24 hours left on our trip, we were determined to pack in as much as we could. As such, it ended up being our busiest day yet.
We dove straight into rooms and hit up 60 Out: Jumanji as well as the trendy Stashhouse.
With a stop at Venice Beach to walk its boards and an even quicker stop at Santa Monica Pier, we were back on the 405 for our final room, the final chapter of THE BASEMENT.
Full review to come, but Chapter 4: The Courtyard was nothing short of an incredible experience. With that being our final room, we made our way back to LAX, covered in dust and dirt from this hands-on experience.
Our time in the city of angels was a whirlwind of experiences moreso than a restful vacation. We were able to pack in so much, but there still seemed like there was so much more we would have loved to do. Perhaps a return trip in the near future!
In the mean time, keep glued to our social media channels for in depth reviews of each of our LA escapes over the next few months.