Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is a city of neighborhoods and history. Despite its less than glamorous reputation, Downtown is a bustling micro-metropolis during the day. Broadway is a mix of ethnic swap meets, evangelical churches and beautiful theatre from another era. Downtown has been heavily featured in many movies as itself and as a proxy to Chicago and New York. A visitor who wants to learn about the historical truth of Los Angeles' past absolutely must take a tour of Historic Downtown. The Orpheum Theater and the Roxy are one of many ancient movie palaces from the early 20th Century. End the day by taking a stroll through some of the more commercial districts and visiting neighboring Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Olvera Street. Combined, the visitor will get a great sense of the cultural and sometimes emotionally charged political divisions that have shaped the city.