DAY 34: Get Lost With "Carl in Silverlake"
"JR is the prolific street artist behind some of the world's most well-known building portraits...JR brought his "The Wrinkles of the City" project to Los Angeles, pasting striking images of wrinkled, weathered old people living in LA across the city to juxtapose "the image of perfection and regenerated beauty in the 21st century." Carl engages (a little scarily) with passerbys, while most of JR's other subjects across LA look either at each other or off into the city; if you happen to catch him on your way to or from freeway traffic, his look probably mirrors yours. Also, with all due respect to JR, we have to argue that Carl is in fact in Echo Park, not Silver Lake—but we'll concede that the borders are blurry, as always."
DAY 35: Get Lost in Downtown Santa Monica
"Easily accessible by a major freeway, yet tucked away on the peaceful bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Downtown Santa Monica feels far from the hustle of the rest of Los Angeles...Downtown Santa Monica, home of the world-famous Third Street Promenade which consists of retail stores, entertainment, dining, commercial and residential space, all located just blocks from the beach, Palisades Park and the iconic Santa Monica Pier. At the center of bustling Downtown Santa Monica is Third Street Promenade—a quintessentially Southern California experience. This three-block, pedestrian-only stretch boasts a vibrant street scene with outdoor dining, throngs of local and out-of-town visitors, street performers and terrific shopping along both sides of the street. Adjacent to the Promenade is Santa Monica Place, an outdoor shopping center featuring luxury retailers, gourmet restaurants and some of the best ocean views…"
DAY 36: Get Lost at The US Open of Surfing in HB
Huntington Beach Pier Main Street & Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA, 92648
"The U.S. Open of Surfing is a week-long surfing competition held annually during the summer in HB. Generally held on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier, the U.S. Open is part of the qualification process for the ASP World Tour and is an ASP Prime event. It is the largest surfing competition in the world. As part of the event, notable people in the world of surfing are added to the Surfing Walk of Fame and to the Surfers' Hall of Fame, both directly across from the pier." The event this year is from July 26 through August 3. It's a great time to spend with the family at the beach, while spectating some world class surfers and skaters.
DAY 37: Get Lost at LAB ART LA
"LAB ART is the largest art gallery in the nation dedicated to street art. Spanning 6,500 square feet of spac. Drawn from the street art movement, LAB ART brings together approximately 300 works, by various street artists—both recognized names as well as up-and-comers. The unprecedented line-up includes some of the most renowned urban artists in the world including: Alec Monopoly, Kai Aspire, Thank You X, Mar, and Dog Byte among many other talents. LAB ART works with some of the most exciting and innovative artists who collectively defy categorization. Curated under the watchful eye of former fashion designer Iskander Lemseffer, and art collector Rachel Joelson, LAB ART's collection showcases a movement that will deservedly make its mark in contemporary art history." This place is absolutely out of this world, definitely a new favorite spot in LA
217 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
DAY 38: Get Lost with Alec Monopoly
"Alec Monopoly (born c. 1986) is a pseudonymous American street artist, graffiti artist, and painter. He is known for his satirical spins using the Monopoly man, in reference to contemporary styles or situations.Monopoly is from New York, He moved to Los Angeles in 2006. He found working there was easier because of the many billboards in the city. He had been arrested in New York and was on probation. Monopoly is best known for his tuxedoed and top-hatted graffiti character of Monopoly Man, an idea originally inspired by the stockbroker Bernie Madoff.”
DAY 39: Get Lost at Elysian Park
835 Academy Rd, Los Angeles, CA
A mix of paved road and rugged dirt path, L.A.’s oldest park leads to a blufftop recreation area with sweeping views of Dodger Stadium and the San Gabriel Mountains. The 600-acre Elysian Park, which includes Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Police Academy, is the city’s oldest park and second only in size to Griffith Park. No stranger to controversy, this park saw three of its communities uprooted to make room for the stadium in 1950, and later it was divided in half by the Pasadena Freeway. Still, it’s a great place for a solitary run or hike, though its lack of good trail maps can be confusing for those unfamiliar with the area...On weekends, the park is full of picnicking families, exercise hounds, and nature lovers. If there happens to be a home baseball game, the area is even livelier; just try to plan your visit so it doesn’t coincide with the beginning or end of a game, or you will likely find yourself caught in a massive traffic jam..." www.trails.com
DAY 40: Get Lost in Little Tokyo
"At its peak, Little Tokyo had approximately 30,000 Japanese Americans living in the area. Little Tokyo is still a cultural focal point for Los Angeles's Japanese American population. It is mainly a work, cultural, religious, restaurant and shopping district, because Japanese Americans today are likely to live in nearby cities such as Torrance, Gardena, and Monterey Park. However, the recent boom in downtown residential construction is changing the nature of Little Tokyo...What is left of the original Little Tokyo can be found in roughly five large city blocks...A timeline has been set into the concrete in front of these shops, using bronze lettering, showing the history of each of the shops from the early 20th Century until the renovation of the district in the late 1980s."
DAY 41: Hollywood Historic Hotel
5162 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, CA 90038
"The Hollywood Historic Hotel proudly opened its doors in 1927...The LA Times headlines announced "One more beauty from architect S. Charles Lee". Decades later, this beautiful historic landmark remains the beauty of Hollywood and an exclusive destination and hotel. A true landmark hotel in the heart of Hollywood where the view from the rooms is the Hollywood sign itself...The Hollywood Historic Hotel is only one block away from the famous Paramount Pictures and Raleigh Studios. The Hollywood Historic Hotel was the premier choice for celebrities, diplomats and dignitaries for many years..." This landmark is a dime on Melrose Blvd. I peaked my head inside, and a sense of old Hollywood glamour seems to carry through the hotel. Definitely a nice place to stop by and take a peak if you're going down Melrose.
DAY 42: Universal CityWalk
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
"Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, dining and shopping promenade.Options include more than 30 great places to eat,a 19-screen movie theater featuring an eightstory-high IMAX®, seven hot night spots including the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge, indoor skydiving and more than 30 stores." If you want a nice night out on the town, the Universal CityWalk offers a diverse dining experience, along with a very unique nightlife atmosphere.
DAY 43: Get Lost at the Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90015
"STAPLES Center has clearly established itself as the sports and entertainment center of the world. As the home of four professional sports franchises – the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Spark. The AEG owned and operated arena continues to distinguish itself as the host of several high-profile events of national and international distinction including “Music’s Biggest Night” the GRAMMY Awards twelve of the last thirteen years, the 2004 & 2011 NBA All-Star Game, 2002 NHL All-Star Game, 2000 Democratic National Convention and 2009 World Figure Skating Championships. STAPLES Center hosts over 250 events and over 4 million guests annually with events ranging from professional sports, live music, family shows, boxing and special events."
DAY 44: Get Lost in Chinatown
"Chinatown in Los Angeles, California is known as a commercial center for Chinese and other Asian businesses in Central Los Angeles. The area includes restaurants, shops and art galleries but also has a residential neighborhood with a low-income, aging population of about 10,000 residents. The original Chinatown developed in the late 19th century, but it was demolished to make room for Union Station, the city's major ground-transportation center.A separate commercial center, known as "New Chinatown," opened for business in 1938. There are two schools and a branch library in Chinatown, as well as a city and a state park and a medical center/hospital. Many motion pictures have been filmed in the area."
DAY 45: William Muholland Memorial
Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
"The William Mulholland Memorial Fountain serves as a not-quite-legal wading pool for children and a photogenic backdrop for wedding parties. Motorists see it as they whiz past the entrance to Griffith Park at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive. But few stop and walk around its 90-foot-diameter reflection pool, or know much about the man it honors. Water appropriately shoots up from this memorial to William Mulholland, the man who built a concrete and steel river through the Mojave Desert and brought water to L.A.'s doorstep. August 1 will mark the anniversary of the memorial's dedication. Growth--explosive and unending--was the fondest wish of many local businesspeople, land owners and other civic leaders in Mulholland's time. They realized by the 1890s that water--which until then had come exclusively from the Los Angeles River and local wells--limited further development.”
DAY 46: Malibu Hindu Temple
1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
“Malibu Hindu Temple, a temple of the Hindu god Venkateswara, built in 1981, is located in the city of Calabasas near Malibu, California in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is owned and operated by the Hindu Temple Society of Southern California. Built in the traditional South Indian style, it is frequented by followers of Hinduism in Southern California. The priests are situated and live on the grounds of the temple. The temple has many gatherings for ceremonies, and provides numerous space for meditation, picnic, it has a full stage for special cultural and Hindu programs. The Hindu temple has two complexes – the upper complex with Lord Venkateswara as the presiding deity and the lower complex with Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. In addition to the presiding deity, both complexes have shrines for other deities."
DAY 47: Commons at Calabasas
4710 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302-3364
"The Commons at Calabasas is a crescent of high-end retail stores, restaurants and entertainment choices set against the hillsides of Calabasas, one of the wealthiest communities in California. The Commons at Calabasas is the most dominant retail center in the region. With this upscale shopping center, a town center was created where none had existed before. The developer provided urban amenities that encourage shoppers and residents to make it a destination, thereby “seeding” the Park Centre area for further development as a commercial and civic center. The Commons at Calabasas has free parking lot and numerous outdoor dining areas.”
DAY 48: King Gillette Ranch
26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302
"One of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains, 588-acre King Gillette Ranch is situated in the heart of the Malibu Creek Watershed, by the confluence of five major tributaries, and adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park. This scenic parkland at the lower end of the Las Virgenes Valley is a haven for larger mammals of the Santa Monica Mountains. At the same time, it offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archeological, cultural, and historic resources, including a Chumash settlement, and nationally significant structures designed for razor magnate King C. Gillette in the 1920’s by Wallace Neff, architect of California’s Golden Age." This is also the location of the show "The Biggest Loser". While we were there, we did see people working out.
DAY 49: Los Angeles Central Library
630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA
"The historic Central Library Goodhue building was constructed in 1926 and is a Downtown Los Angeles landmark. The Richard Riordan Central Library complex is the third largest public library in the United States in terms of book and periodical holdings. Originally named the Central Library, the building was first renamed in honor of the longtime president of the Board of Library Commissioners and President of the University of Southern California, Rufus B. von KleinSmid. The new wing of Central Library, completed in 1993, was named in honor of former mayor Tom Bradley. The complex (i.e., the original Goodhue building and the Bradley wing) was subsequently renamed in 2001 for former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, as the Richard Riordan Central Library."
DAY 50: Get Lost at the Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
"The Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA, is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD, including the Lansdowne Heracles and the Victorious Youth. The UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation is housed on this campus. The collection is documented and presented through the online GettyGuide as well as through audio tours."
DAY 51: Get Lost on Olvera St.
845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
"Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles,” is a Mexican Marketplace that recreates a romantic “Old Los Angeles” with a block-long narrow, tree-shaded, brick-lined market with old structures, painted stalls, street vendors, cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Olvera Street was created in 1930 “to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California." Many of the merchants on Olvera Street today are descended from the original vendors. Visitors from around the world stroll around the marketplace smelling the ever-present taquitos and tacos at the outdoor cafes, listening to the strolling mariachi music, and watching Aztecs and Mexican folkloric dancers. The puestos offer handcrafted items such as pottery, belts, wallets, purses, leather and Mexican folk art. Olvera Street continues to be a major tourist stop attracting as many as two million visitors per year."
DAY 52: Get Lost on Melrose Ave
If your idea of a good time is shopping, eating, and street art gazing then Melrose Ave is the place for you. With one of a kind boutiques and restaurants, Melrose Ave has become a tourist attraction for foreigners and locals alike. This stretch of Los Angeles is not only a Mecca for shoppers, but street artists and enthusiast as well. Within the back alleys of Melrose Ave live artworks by the likes of @alecmonopoly, @humansmakeart, @freehumanity, @wrdsmth and @plasticjesus, just to name a few. Definitely worth spending an afternoon strolling up and down the streets. Thanks to @pm1217 & @impermanent_art for their tips, and continued commitment to sharing all the beautiful art this gorgeous city has to offer.
DAY 54: Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills
905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
"Built in 1927 by oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny and perched in the storied and scenic hills of one of the most elegant neighborhoods in America, Greystone Estate is a Beverly Hills and Los Angeles treasure, recognized since 1976 as a historic landmark in the national registry of Historic Places. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the property in 1965 and in 1971 the entire 18.3 acre site was formally dedicated as a public park by the City of Beverly Hills. The exterior grounds of the park are open to the public free-of-charge during regular business hours."
DAY 54: Wattles Garden Park
1824 N Curson Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046
"[Wattles Mansion] was built in 1907 by wealthy Omaha, Nebraska, banker Gurdon Wattles as a winter home. It has been split into several areas, including the Wattles Mansion, Wattles Park, and Wattles Gardens. The estate has been recognized as "the only remaining intact example of the once plentiful Hollywood estates from the period preceding the film industry, when Hollywood was primarily agricultural and was a wintering home for wealthy Easterners and Midwesterners.” According to the City of Los Angeles, "'Jualita' is one of the few remaining landscapes reminiscent of another era and tradition, possessing a genuine integrity of setting, design, workmanship, and association.” Wattles Garden Park is a very tranquil and luscious green oasis in the middle of a residential area. A preferable hangout for families, dogs, and exercisers. This hilltop home offers stunning views of the skyline, as well as a hidden getaway to just kick off your shoes, and lay down in the cool grass.
Day 55: Get Lost at Rancho Los Alamitos
4600 Virginia Road Long Beach, Ca 90807
"Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is a public museum open for tours, programs and events. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican and American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s. The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes historic gardens and a research library and archives."
Day 56: Get Los in Laguna Beach, CA
"Laguna Beach is a seaside resort, known for its mild year-round climate, scenic beaches and coves, and artist community...Laguna Beach was settled in the 1870s, officially founded in 1887 and incorporated as the City of Laguna Beach in 1927. The city has remained relatively isolated from urban encroachment by its surrounding hills, limited highway access and a dedicated greenbelt. 5.88 miles of Laguna Beach coastline is protected by a State Marine Reserve and an additional 1.21 miles of Laguna coastline is a State Conservation Area. Tourism is the primary industry with an estimated 3 million people visiting the community annually. Annual large events include the Festival of the Arts, Sawdust Festival, Art-A-Fair, and Kelpfest."
Day 57: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038
"Hollywood Forever is a cemetery unlike any other in the world. One of the world’s most fascinating landmarks, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on earth. Founded in 1899, the cemetery was an integral part of the growth of early Hollywood. Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios, as well as writers, directors, and, performers, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is now listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Visitors come from all over the world to pay respects to Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and hundreds more of Hollywood’s greatest stars.”
DAY 58: Ronald Reagan Library
40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley, CA 93065
"The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the presidential library and final resting place of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. The Reagan Library is the largest of the 13 federally operated presidential libraries. The Reagan Library is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with the exception of a few holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day)." This place is beyond breathtaking with one of a kind panoramic views of Simi Valley. If you plan to visit don't miss going to Air Force One, as well as President Reagan's Oval Office replica.
DAY 59: Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
"The PDC houses the West Coast's top decorating and furniture market, with showrooms, public and private spaces, a branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and two restaurants operated by chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck. The Center has 130 showrooms which display and sell 2,100 interior product lines to professional interior designers, architects, facility managers, decorators and dealers. The PDC hosts many screenings, exhibitions, lectures, meetings, special events and receptions for the design, entertainment and arts communities. The annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party has traditionally been held at the PDC." (Wikipedia)
Parking is a bit expensive, so if you're planning on visiting try parking somewhere off the premises.
DAY 60: Korean Bell of Friendship
"The Korean Bell of Friendship is a massive bronze bell housed in a stone pavilion in Angel's Gate Park, in San Pedro, Ca. Located at the corner of Gaffey and 37th Streets, the section of the park is alternatively called the "Korean-American Peace Park" and occupies part of the former Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur...The bell was presented by the Republic of Korea to the American people to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States and to symbolize friendship between the two nations. The effort was coordinated by Philip Ahn, a Korean American actor. It was dedicated on October 3, 1976, and declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 187 in 1978." (Wikipedia)
DAY 61: Ken Genser Square
1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(directly in front of Santa Monica City Hall & across the street from Tongav Park)
"The arroyo theme continues through the 1-acre Ken Genser Square, which is located in front of the landmark City Hall and is named in honor of a long-serving Council member and Mayor of Santa Monica. Though much smaller and more formal than its neighbor, the new plaza is more than just a space to pass through when going to City Hall for permits and business licenses; seating areas and a water feature make it a great place to sit and have lunch or to enjoy the sunshine. Although the parks have only been open for a few months, they have already enriched the community significantly and become a magnet for visitors from outside the neighborhood who come to enjoy the quiet spaces, walking trails, and inclusive play areas."
DAY 62: Get Lost with a Rubber Duck
As suggested by @downtownsanpedro "...avoid Harbor Blvd...if you're coming from the 110, get off on Gaffey, left on 6th Street and drive down to 6th and Centre Street. Parking is available in the parking structure for $5." #RubberDuckLA will be at the #TallShipsFestival through Sunday. A special thanks to @dataguy for the heads up!
DAY 63: The Lost Sunken City
500 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, Ca 90731
Well this place is a hidden gem, and quiet a nerve racking one. You have to be a bit of an outlaw in order to access The Sunken City, ignoring trespassing signs and ducking through gates. However, this place is heaven for anyone who has a deep rooted fascination for street graffiti art. Apparently The Sunken City is the ruins of an old road that was destroyed during an earthquake in the early 1900's. Now this place is filled with vibrant graffiti art from locals who have been brave enough to go a little further. This hidden cliff oasis is now a local hangout spot for an eclectic range of people spanning from: taggers, smokers, hikers and art enthusiast alike. People here are very reserved and too themselves, you don't bother them, they won't bother you. Remember that you are at your own risk and it is trespassing going into area. Life is a risk and an adventure and some rules are meant to be broken.
DAY 64: El Molino Viejo, San Marino
1120 Old Mill Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
"Completed about 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel, the original two-story structure measured 53 by 26 feet. It is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. The lower walls are five feet thick and are composed of oven-baked brick and volcanic tuff, while the walls of the upper level are built of layers of sun-dried adobe slabs. Rafters, ceiling, and beams are made of local pine and sycamore; the roof is tiled. The whole surface of the building is covered with mortar made from lime derived from burnt sea shells, and additional strength is supplied by buttresses supporting three corners. These were needed not only as reinforcement against earthquakes, but also to counteract the vibration of the machinery.”