Offbeat Los Angeles



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California has always been a haven for misfits and eccentrics. Accordingly, Los Angeles has many hidden locales that just make you wonder. Because the Southland is so huge, the more you look then the more odd stuff you will find. Listed here are a variety of sites to get you started.

The Days below are organized geographically:

Day 1 --- Westside
Day 2 --- Hollywood
Day 3 --- Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown
Day 4 --- Near Downtown
Day 5 --- San Fernando Valley Sites
Day 6 --- Sites to the South
Day 7 --- Sites farther East
Day 8 --- Outside the City

Photo: Venice Beach performer. By Irene

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Author: John Speke


Day 1 - Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Malibu, Topanga


Westside Sites


1

Lake Shrine

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Location:

17190 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90272-3099

Contact:

tel: +1 310 454 4114
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2

Camera Obscura

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Location:

1450 Ocean Avenue
Senior Recreation Center
Santa Monica, CA 90407

Contact:

tel: (310) 458 8644
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3

Venice Beach's Ocean Front Walk

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Location:

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact:

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4

Bergamot Station

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Location:

2525 Michigan Ave
East of Cloverfield Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Contact:

tel: 310/829-5854
fax: +1 310 586 6487
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5

Greystone Mansion

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Location:

905 Loma Vista Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Contact:

tel: +1 310 550 4796
fax: +1 310 858 9238
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6

Beverly Gardens Park

Location:

Along Santa Monica Boulevard
(Between Doheny and Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Contact:

tel: +1 310 285 1000(Tourist Information)
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9

Spadena House

Location:

516 Walden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Contact:

tel: +1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 213 624 9746 (Tourist Information)
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11

Museum of Jurassic Technology

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Location:

9341 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90232

Contact:

tel: +1 310 836 6131
fax: +1 310 287 2267
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14

CLUI

Location:

9331 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90034

Contact:

tel: (310) 839-5722
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15

UCLA, Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

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Location:

10619 Bellagio Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Contact:

tel: +1 310 794 0320
fax: +1 310 267 2247
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18

Point Dume State Beach

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Location:

39996 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Contact:

tel: 310-457-8143
fax: 310-589-1522
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19

Hidden Treasures

Location:

154 S Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290

Contact:

tel: (310) 455-2998
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Day 2 - Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood


Hollywood Sites


3

Musso & Frank Grill

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Location:

6667 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Contact:

tel: 1 323 467 7788
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5

Frolic Room

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Location:

6245 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Contact:

tel: +1 323 462 5890
fax: 818 955 9013
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6

Palms Thai Restaurant

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Location:

5900 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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7

Whitley Heights

Location:

Franklin Avenue near Whitley AVe
Hollywood, CA 90068

Contact:

tel: +1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 213 624 9746 (Tourist Information)
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9

Mulholland Drive

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Location:

Los Angeles, CA


10

Necromance

Location:

7220 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Contact:

tel: (323) 931-2997,(323) 934-8684
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13

Amoeba Music

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Location:

6400 Sunset Blvd
(One block west of Vine Street)
West Hollywood, CA 90028

Contact:

tel: 323/245-6400
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15

Dearly Departed Tours

Location:

5419 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite C404
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Contact:

tel: +1 212 209 3370
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Day 3 - Los Angeles


Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown


1

La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

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Location:

5801 Wilshire Blvd
East of Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Contact:

tel: 323/934-7243
fax: +1 323 933 7546
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2

St. Elmo Village

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Location:

4830 St. Elmo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Contact:

tel: +1 323 931 3409
fax: +1 323 931 2065
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3

Taylor's Steak House

Location:

3361 W. 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Contact:

tel: (213)382-8449
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4

The Wiltern

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Location:

3790 Wilshire Blvd
Off California St, Burbank
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Contact:

tel: 213/388-1400
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5

HMS Bounty

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Location:

3357 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Contact:

tel: 213 385 7275
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6

The Prince Café

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Location:

3198 1/2 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 9005

Contact:

tel: +1 213 389 2007


7

Bullocks Wilshire Building

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Location:

3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Contact:

tel: +1 213 738 6700
fax: +1 213 383 1688
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8

Shatto 39 Lanes

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Location:

3255 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Contact:

tel: (213) 385-9475
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Day 4 - Los Angeles


Sites near Downtown


2

Echo Park

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Location:

1632 Bellevue Avenue
South of Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Contact:

tel: +1 213 847 8524
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3

Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

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Location:

535 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 213 629 3101
fax: +1 213 629 1951
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4

Bob Baker Marionettes

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Location:

1345 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Contact:

tel: +1 213 250 9995 / +1 213 250 4093
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5

Higashi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

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Location:

505 East Third Street
Corner of Third and South Central Avenues
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact:

tel: +1 213 626 4200
fax: +1 212 626 6850
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6

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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7

Cole's

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Location:

118 E 6th St
90014 Los Angeles, US

Contact:

tel: 213 622 4090
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8

Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

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Location:

648 South Broadway Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Contact:

tel: 1 213 627 1673
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9

Bona Vista Lounge

Location:

404 South Figueroa Street
The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contact:

tel: +1 213 624 1000
fax: +1 213 612 4800
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10

Cicada

Location:

617 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Contact:

tel: 1 213 488 9488
fax: 1 213 488 9546
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11

Skeletons In The Closet

Location:

1104 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Contact:

tel: (323) 343-0760
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12

Museum of Neon Art

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Location:

501 West Olympic Boulevard
Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Contact:

tel: +1 213 489 9918
fax: +1 213 489 9932
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13

The Velaslavasay Panorama

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Location:

1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact:

tel: (213) 746-2166
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14

Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

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Location:

10 Chester Place
Mount St. Mary's College
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact:

tel: +1 213 477 2962
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15

California Science Center

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Location:

700 State Dr
Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Contact:

tel: 323/724-3623
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16

The OranZ Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum

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Location:

3742 West Martin Luther King Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Contact:

tel: +1 323 299 8829
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Day 5 - Los Angeles, Mission Hills


San Fernando Valley Sites


2

Great Wall of Los Angeles

Location:

Coldwater Canyon Road and Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA 91401

Contact:

tel: +1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 213 624 9746 (Tourist Information)


3

Mission San Fernando

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Location:

15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd
Mission Hills
Mission Hills, CA 91345

Contact:

tel: 818/361-0186
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Day 6 - Los Angeles, Inglewood


Sites to the South


1

Watts Towers & Art Center

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Location:

1727 E. 107th St
Watts
Los Angeles, CA 90002

Contact:

tel: 213/847-4646
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4

Marine Mammal Care Center

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Location:

Angels Gate Park
Los Angeles, CA 90731

Contact:

tel: +1 310 548 5677
fax: +1 310 548 6394
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9

Grevillea Art Park

Location:

230 S. Grevillea Avenue
Inglewood, California 90301

Contact:

tel: (310) 412-8750
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10

Village Green Owners' Association

Location:

5300 Rodeo Road
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Contact:

tel: (323) 294-5211
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Day 7 - Los Angeles, San Marino, San Gabriel, Mt. Wilson, Rialto


Sites to the East


2

Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Location:

5702 York Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90042

Contact:

tel: (323) 255-7115
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3

Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center

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Location:

3540 North Mission Road
Lincoln Park
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Contact:

tel: +1 323 223 2475
fax: +1 323 223 1804
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5

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Location:

323 East 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact:

tel: +1 323 512 5697
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6

Self Help Graphics & Art

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Location:

3802 Cesar East Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Contact:

tel: +1 323 881 6444
fax: +1 323 881 6447
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7

El Molino Viejo

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Location:

1120 Old Mill Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Contact:

tel: +1 626 449 5458
fax: +1 626 449 1057
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8

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

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Location:

428 S. Mission Dr
San Gabriel (15 min. south of Pasadena)
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Contact:

tel: 626/457-3048
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10

Mount Wilson Observatory

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Location:

Red Box-Mount Wilson Road
Mt. Wilson, CA 91107

Contact:

tel: +1 626 440 9016
fax: +1 626 405 9814
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11

THE WIGWAM MOTEL

Location:

2728 West Foothill Blvd
US Highway Route 66
92376 Rialto, US


Day 8 - Cabazon


Outside the City


2

Cabazon Dinosaurs and Wheel Inn Restaurant

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Location:

50770 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230

Contact:

tel: (951)922-0076, (951)849-7012
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