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


Westside Sites


1

Lake Shrine

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Location:

17190 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90272-3099

Phone:

+1 310 454 4114


2

Camera Obscura

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Location:

1450 Ocean Avenue
Senior Recreation Center
Santa Monica, CA 90407

Phone:

(310) 458 8644


3

Venice Beach's Ocean Front Walk

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Location:

Los Angeles, CA 90013


4

Bergamot Station

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Location:

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

Phone:

310/829-5854


5

Greystone Mansion

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Location:

905 Loma Vista Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone:

+1 310 550 4796


6

Beverly Gardens Park

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 310 285 1000(Tourist Information)


9

Spadena House

Location:

516 Walden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone:

+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)


11

Museum of Jurassic Technology

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Location:

9341 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90232

Phone:

+1 310 836 6131


14

CLUI

Location:

9331 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90034

Phone:

(310) 839-5722


15

UCLA, Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

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Location:

10619 Bellagio Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Phone:

+1 310 794 0320


18

Point Dume State Beach

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Location:

39996 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Phone:

310-457-8143


19

Hidden Treasures

Location:

154 S Topanga Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90290

Phone:

(310) 455-2998


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

Phone:

1 323 467 7788


5

Frolic Room

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Location:

6245 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Phone:

+1 323 462 5890


6

Palms Thai Restaurant

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Location:

5900 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028


7

Whitley Heights

Location:

Franklin Avenue near Whitley AVe
Hollywood, CA 90068

Phone:

+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)


9

Mulholland Drive

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Location:

Los Angeles, CA


10

Necromance

Location:

7220 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Phone:

(323) 931-2997,(323) 934-8684


13

Amoeba Music

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Location:

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

Phone:

323/245-6400


15

Dearly Departed Tours

Location:

5419 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite C404
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone:

+1 212 209 3370


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

Phone:

323/934-7243


2

St. Elmo Village

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Location:

4830 St. Elmo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Phone:

+1 323 931 3409


3

Taylor's Steak House

Location:

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

Phone:

(213)382-8449


4

The Wiltern

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Location:

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

Phone:

213/388-1400


5

HMS Bounty

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Location:

3357 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Phone:

213 385 7275


6

The Prince Café

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Location:

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

Phone:

+1 213 389 2007


7

Bullocks Wilshire Building

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Location:

3050 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Phone:

+1 213 738 6700


8

Shatto 39 Lanes

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Location:

3255 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Phone:

(213) 385-9475


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

Phone:

+1 213 847 8524


3

Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

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Location:

535 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:

+1 213 629 3101


4

Bob Baker Marionettes

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Location:

1345 West First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Phone:

+1 213 250 9995 / +1 213 250 4093


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

Phone:

+1 213 626 4200


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

Phone:

+1 213 620 0570


7

Cole's

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Location:

118 E 6th St
90014 Los Angeles, US

Phone:

213 622 4090


8

Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

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Location:

648 South Broadway Seventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Phone:

1 213 627 1673


9

Bona Vista Lounge

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 213 624 1000


10

Cicada

Location:

617 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Phone:

1 213 488 9488


11

Skeletons In The Closet

Location:

1104 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone:

(323) 343-0760


12

Museum of Neon Art

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Location:

501 West Olympic Boulevard
Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Phone:

+1 213 489 9918


13

The Velaslavasay Panorama

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Location:

1122 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Phone:

(213) 746-2166


14

Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

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Location:

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

Phone:

+1 213 477 2962


15

California Science Center

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Location:

700 State Dr
Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Phone:

323/724-3623


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

Phone:

+1 323 299 8829


Day 5 - Los Angeles, Studio City


San Fernando Valley Sites


2

Great Wall of Los Angeles

Location:

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

Phone:

+1 213 624 7300 (Tourist Information)


3

Mission San Fernando

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Location:

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

Phone:

818/361-0186


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

Phone:

213/847-4646


4

Marine Mammal Care Center

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Location:

Angels Gate Park
Los Angeles, CA 90731

Phone:

+1 310 548 5677


9

Grevillea Art Park

Location:

230 S. Grevillea Avenue
Inglewood, California 90301

Phone:

(310) 412-8750


10

Village Green Owners' Association

Location:

5300 Rodeo Road
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Phone:

(323) 294-5211


Day 7 - Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Bernardino


Sites to the East


2

Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Location:

5702 York Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90042

Phone:

(323) 255-7115


3

Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center

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Location:

3540 North Mission Road
Lincoln Park
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Phone:

+1 323 223 2475


5

Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Location:

323 East 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:

+1 323 512 5697


6

Self Help Graphics & Art

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Location:

3802 Cesar East Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Phone:

+1 323 881 6444


7

El Molino Viejo

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Location:

1120 Old Mill Road
Los Angeles, CA 91108

Phone:

+1 626 449 5458


8

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

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Location:

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

Phone:

626/457-3048


10

Mount Wilson Observatory

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Location:

Red Box-Mount Wilson Road
Los Angeles, CA 91107

Phone:

+1 626 440 9016


11

THE WIGWAM MOTEL

Location:

2728 West Foothill Blvd
US Highway Route 66
92376 San Bernardino, US


Day 8 - Los Angeles


Outside the City


2

Cabazon Dinosaurs and Wheel Inn Restaurant

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Location:

50770 Seminole Drive
Los Angeles, CA 92230

Phone:

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


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