Offbeat Activities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is sometimes a little impenetrable, but if you stick in there and start to learn your way around the place is full of fascinating and odd places to discover.

This city has a lot of architecturally highlights, especially Art Deco and modern buildings. Santa Anita Park and the downtown Coca-Cola building are two examples of Los Angeles Art Deco.

L.A. has often been portrayed as the city of the future and indeed it was so when the Los Angeles area established a model for a suburban, car-based metropolis in the '50s. The googie-style commercial vernacular from this era is another L.A. highlight (places like Pann's and Mel's). And of course there are always the dingbat apartement buildings.

L.A. has been home to an astonishing array of religious movements, some of which have an impact on the landscape. The Self-Realization Fellowship's Lake Shrine is a garden around a small lake that is open to the public; I have so say that being in the presence of Ghandi's ashes there is moving. Eastern religion has been very present in Los Angeles, a few more examples are listed here.

Christianity is definitely on the scene too, with notable places like the Angelus Temple, Church of Our Lady the Queen of the the Angels, and the Crystal Cathedral.

And lastly, if tombs are your thing, check out this cemetery run-through listing some of the fabulous ones.

Santa Anita Park

285 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia

Hoofs and tails... read more

Farmer John Mural

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3049 East Vernon Avenue

Folksy farm art decorating a large slaughterhouse...
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Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

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10 Chester Place
Mount St. Mary's College

Gothic chateau in L.A... read more

Coca-Cola Building

1334 South Central Avenue

Grounded ocean liner... read more

Museum of Jurassic Technology

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9341 Venice Boulevard

One-of-a-kind museum... read more

Lake Shrine

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17190 Sunset Boulevard

Home of Gandhi's ashes... read more

Lake Hollywood

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2600 Lake Hollywood Drive

A Hollywood oasis... read more

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

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1218 Glendon Avenue
(South of Wilshire)

For stars who have faded away... read more

LA Fashion District

Olympic Boulevard to Pico Boulevard

Couture minus the cost... read more

Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park

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1765 East 107th Street

Nations best known folk art sculpture... read more
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