On this best-of list we have focused on the downtown area (and passed over sites in Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown). Downtown, although just a small piece of the greater Los Angeles area, is full of notable cultural and historical destinations.
The Los Angeles Central Library
is an Art Deco/Egyptian site that makes quite a visual impact from the street; the interior is also open to the public. Another architectural item is included: the Coca-Cola building
, a Streamline Moderne landmark with nautical stylings. (For more Art Deco sites in the area please check out this guide
Please note that the Avila Adobe
is in the middle of the very popular Olvera Street
marketplace. Across Alameda Street from here is Union Station
, one of the great North American train stations.
The Museum Contempory of Art
is a major art institution with two branches in the area; we have included them both on this list. (Paying admission at either location grants access to both).
Also included here are two vibrant neighborhoods, Little Tokyo
; both are good dining, shopping and people-watching destinations.
For more the Historical Theater District
, you can check out our theater guide
. Also note this downtown guide
for even more sites (as well as bars, restaurants, and hotels) in the area.
630 W. 5th St
Between Flower St. and Grand Ave
10 East Olvera Street
250 South Grand Avenue
152 North Central Avenue
304 S. Broadway
At 3rd St
E 1st Street & S San Pedro Street
Downtown, southeast of the Civic Center; bounded by 1st, 2nd, San Pedro, and Los Angeles Sts
College Street & Hill Street
Downtown; bounded by N. Broadway, N. Hill St., Bernard St., and Sunset Blvd
351 South Hill Street
A historic ride up the the hill costs a quarter...
1334 South Central Avenue
Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets