Los Angeles is one of the most well-known cities in the world. The majority probably have an idea of it—the abundance of beaches, theme parks, nightlife, the warm weather, walk of fame, and of course, Hollywood. If anything, it sounds too good to be true but when people travel or move to Los Angeles, they quickly realize how precise those assumptions are. Living here may sound like a dream which is why it has constantly been one of the fastest-growing cities in California since 2010. Moreover, the nicknames for this city aligns with its raw elements—“City of Angels” because Los Angeles means “the angels” in Spanish, “City of Flowers and Sunshine” for its warm and sunny weather, “The Big Orange” due to the fact that the fruit thrives in warm climates, “Tinseltown” because of the embodiment of Hollywood, and “La-La Land” for the first letters of Los Angeles.
People often move here to pursue a career in the center of the rich and famous or simply to revel in a bustling city of diverse culture. The word “boredom” doesn’t exist in this city as there are many things to see and do—that even locals still revel in the beauty of this city. A walk around downtown Los Angeles is already a tour in and of itself. Here are some of the best spots that lead to a whole new adventure.
Across the City Hall of Los Angeles situates the Grand Park. This is the perfect place to unwind and relax at any time of the week as it hosts a number of performances and community events that are interesting to watch or be a part of. It gives a sense of play and romance which makes it an ideal place for both couples and families. While it is dog-friendly, another great thing about it is that dogs have their own gated dog park where they can play without being tied to their leash. Indeed, with its fountains, picnic lawns, nooks, and neon pink benches, gathering in this area can never get boring.
Los Angeles Union Station was built in 1939 and is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It has been regarded as “the last of the great railway train stations.” It also features halls, courtyards, and buildings rich in history that are a joy to wander around in despite the influx of passengers. With its signature Mission Moderne style, marble tiles, faux-wood beamed ceilings, and art decorations, it easily became one of L.A’s architectural gems.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Another one of L.A’s architectural gems is Walt Disney Concert Hall. This striking building represents the unique character and creative nature of Los Angeles. Aside from the fact that it holds one of the best acoustics, this place boasts The Library of Congress/Ira Gershwin Gallery, The Blue Ribbon Garden, The W.M Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheater, REDCAT, Patina, and LA PHIL Store. It also has self-guided audio and guided tours where people could go in-depth into its history. Walt Disney Concert Hall has also been one of the go-to places for private events and events as it has both outdoor and indoor spaces that can cater to more than thousands of guests.
Grand Central Market
Recognized as Downtown Los Angeles’s food court, Grand Place Market consists of different cuisines that would certainly fit the budget yet satisfy the taste buds. This has existed for decades but it’s still widely visited by people from all corners of L.A. Trendy eateries such as Eggslut, Belcampo, Wexler’s Deli, and PBJ.LA are those that are usually packed but other eateries such as Sarita’s Pupuseria and China Cafe are also worth the try. Given that the city is famous among foodies, Grand Central Market is a must-visit.
Featured in the movie La La Land, Angel’s Flight is a fun cable railway ride built on an inclined surface. It was built in the early 1900s as a tourist attraction and a means for people to avoid the steepest streets of Downtown L.A. In addition, Angels Flight was designated as the 4th Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in August 1962 and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places in October 2000. Riding this short train ride feels like a step back in time—it gives a unique experience that every local and tourist would regard as a practical yet beautiful way of appreciating the Los Angeles culture and lifestyle.
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