Downtown



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Los Angeles is not New York or Chicago. It developed primarily in the 1920s and again in the 1950s. It became the epicenter of a national experiment; people were tired of the congestion of Eastern US cities. Fifty years later, Los Angeles is a city unlike any other in scope or design. Downtown Los Angeles, long neglected and overlooked, has awakened in the past ten years. It is now a vibrant community, replete with some of the tallest skyscrapers in the country, cultural neighborhoods unique to the area and a rich historical past. It is still a transitional neighborhood, but it now offers any visitor an experience rich in culture and history. This is a two day trip designed to give the visitor a glance into the silent heart of this massive metropolis. This isn't Disneyland or Universal Studios; this is a chance to experience the violent and exciting jolt of a city moving forward.

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Day 1 - Los Angeles


This is the Downtown of Los Angeles's Past. Visit the historical districts that flourished in the period before the invasion of the Entertainment Industry with tours of Mexican-infused Olvera Street and Zen-inspired Little Tokyo. Afterwards, visit the iconic landmarks of the Historic Theater District to experience the opulence of the 20s deco style theaters and their subsequent fall into disrepair. Also climb the Bunker Hill Stairs and catch a glimpse of City Hall, made famous in Dragnet. Make sure to visit the Central Library, arguably one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world.


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Traxx

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Location:

800 N. Alameda St.
(Inside Union Station)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: 1 213 625 1999
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2

Little Tokyo

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Location:

E 1st Street & S San Pedro Street
Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro, and Los Angeles Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 213 620 0570
fax: +1 213 625 0943
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Historic Theater District

Location:

Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Contact:

tel: +1 213 623 2489 (Los Angeles Conservancy)
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4

Bunker Hill Steps

Location:

550 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: +1 213 624 7300(Tourist Information)
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Olvera Street

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Location:

845 North Alameda Street
El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Park
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 213 628 2525
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L.A. Central Library

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Location:

630 W. 5th St
Between Flower St. and Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: 213/228-7168
fax: +1 213 228 7069
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City Hall

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Location:

200 N. Spring St
Between 1st and Temple Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: 213/485-2121
fax: +1 213 473 9938
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Engine Company No. 28

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Location:

644 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Contact:

tel: 1 213 624 6996
fax: +1 213 622 8780
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Day 2 - Los Angeles


This is the Downtown of Los Angeles's Present and Future. Experience the First Interstate World Center - the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Feel the pulse of the city's energy at Pershing Square. Visit the Geffen Contemporary and the Museum of Contemporary Art for a quick download of everything ultra modern in the Art world. Afterwards, wind down for some spiritual exploration at the new Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral and nearby Disney Concert Hall. Afterwards, unwind with a glass of merlot at San Antonio Winery.


1

Water Grill

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Location:

544 South Grand Avenue
Between 5th and 6th Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: 1 213 891 0900
fax: 1 213 629 1891
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First Interstate World Center

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Location:

633 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: +1 213 689 8822 (Downtown L.A. Visitor Information Center)
fax: +1 213 624 9746(Tourist Information)


3

Pershing Square

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Location:

532 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact:

tel: +1 213 485 1645
fax: +1 213 485 0985
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4

Patina

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Location:

141 South Grand Ave.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: 1 213 972 3331 / 1 866 972 8462 (Toll Free)
fax: 1 213 972 3531
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5

The Geffen Contemporary (MOCA)

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Location:

152 North Central Avenue
Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact:

tel: +1 213 621 1745 (Special tours) / +1 213 621 1741(Visitor Services)
fax: +1 213 620 8674
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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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Location:

250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 213 633 5330 (Group Admissions)
fax: +1 213 620 8674
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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Location:

555 W. Temple St
At Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: 213/680-5200
fax: +1 213 620 1982
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