Sightseeing in Downtown Los Angeles


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  • Esotouric
    Many people feel an indescribable urge to follow in the footsteps of celebrities long passed?hoping that a connection to their genius or charm still lingers in the air of their apartments and favorite pubs. The guides of Esotouric understand and share this urge, though they prefer to roam the paths of history by bus. After scouring the famed neighborhoods of Los Angeles in search of interesting and outlandish locations, they share their findings on bus adventures that retrace the trails blazed by local artists, filmmakers, writers, and actors. Esotouric's odysseys wind through haunts such as Raymond Chandler's favorite breakfast spot and the salon Charles Bukowski visited for his weekly knuckle-hair perm. Coloring their tours with anecdotes about the films adapted from his noirish stories, guides also visit locales captured in the cinematic landscapes of James M. Cain. Various tours explore Southern California?s culture, literature, and architectural sides, giving history hounds the chance to sniff out sinister deeds in old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and crime scenes.
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    648 S Broadway
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • Scavenger Blitz
    Generally, adulthood forces people to give up childish pleasures, robbing them of the joy associated with playing in puddles, unearthing hidden treasure, and being silly in public. The folks at Sierra Adventure Sports wants grownups to regress, if only for a day. That's where Scavenger Adventure Races comes in. The Amazing Race-like event pits multiple teams against each other in puzzle-solving and physical challenge events throughout the city. Teams traverse 5?8 miles, utilizing public transportation and their own feet before they hit the finish line, crown the winners, and head to the after-party.
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    750 Broadway
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • Downtown Flea
    On the fourth Sunday of every month, Downtown Flea transforms four parking lots into a party, and turns the traditional flea market experience on its ear. Indie designers, crafts folks, vintage retailers, food trucks, and a DJ collide, then stand back up and welcome guests to an all-day event that eliminates the musty enclosed markets and drags shopping excursions in the open air. VIP passes let guests take a load off in the Chill Lounge, sip complimentary drinks, and use upgraded restrooms, but every visitor can browse the wares of the eclectic vendors or participate in a monthly scavenger hunt to earn Flea Bucks. Recent participants include Cigar Box Guitars, Blossom Vintage, and Combustion Glassworks.
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    246 South Spring Street
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • Peace Yoga
    If you want a unique place to experience the benefits of yogic exercise in downtown Los Angeles, come to Peace Yoga Gallery in Main Street. Featuring a variety of yoga classes taught by certified instructors, the classes at Peace Yoga can help you keep fit in body, mind and spirit. You can opt for private instruction or for group classes, and even get discounts on multi-class packages. Peace Yoga even offers a program for people whose budgets are extremely tight, where yogic instruction is given in exchange for volunteer work. There's no reason not to check out Peace Yoga, so visit the studio today and find out why people flock from all over L.A. to learn the secrets of ancient India here.
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    903 S Main St
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • Los Angeles Conservancy
    If you've ever stood on the second floor of the Los Angeles Central Public Library and marveled at the explosion of color within the rotunda or the 12 adjacent murals depicting California history, then you have the Los Angeles Conservancy to thank. When the library was scheduled for demolition in the mid-1970s, concerned citizens formed the Conservancy to save the rotunda, the exterior limestone sculptures, and the library's many other architectural treasures. The group finally convinced the City Council to preserve the library in 1983, after years of public discussion, debate, and book-sniffing sit-ins. Ever since, it has advocated for greater Los Angeles's historic sites and educated people about the city's architectural heritage. The Conservancy is responsible for saving and revitalizing landmarks such as the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, and the world’s oldest remaining McDonald’s restaurant. To accomplish its mission, the membership-based nonprofit offers a number of ways people can experience these beautiful and storied places. The Last Remaining Seats series earned a Reader Recommendation for Best Film Series and Best Downtown Event in the Los Angeles Downtown News' 2012 poll, in which the conservancy’s walking tours also earned the title of Best Downtown Tour. But the organization does more than save grandiose public buildings: increasingly, it also focuses on smaller community projects such as garden apartments and sites that reflect the area's rich Latino culture. Executive director and 20-year Conservancy veteran Linda Dishman explained to Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times, "People are becoming more vocal. …That's one of the great secrets about Los Angeles: People really identify with their neighborhoods." The Conservancy also presents annual preservation awards to honor the efforts of individuals who fight to save places such as Pann’s Coffee Shop and Griffith Observatory.
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    523 W Sixth St.
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • Moca Geffen Center
    Since its inception in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art has devoted itself to post-1940 artwork, a focus that sets it apart from all other Los Angeles museums. Its permanent collection harbors more than 5,000 art objects, encompassing media from video installations and documentary photography to pop art. Works from renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Diane Arbus share gallery space with pieces from up-and-coming artists across the museum?s three facilities. To complement its permanent collection, the museum hosts rotating temporary exhibits, such as the current Mike Kelley exhibit, which explores american pop culture through irreverent, multimedia pieces. The museum staff also augments these displays with events, such as their screening series in collaboration with the Los Angeles Filmforum, which explores the intersection of experimental film and art like a projection screen sewn with pages from DaVinci?s journal.
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    152 South Central Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA US

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