Downtown Landmarks Entertain Out-of-Towners

Got out of town guests or important clients in town from out-of-state? Sometimes living and working in downtown Los Angeles keeps us from realizing just how many great things to do and see there are in the nerve center of our great city. Below is an alphabetical list of suggested "things to do in downtown LA" and a few nearby hot spots thrown in for good measure.

Angelino Heights

Restored Victorian period homes dominate L.A.'s first suburb.

Bradbury Building

This national historic treasure, built in 1893, is an architectural masterpiece.

Broadway Historic Theatre District

Theatres in a six-block area echo the glamour of the movie industry's early years.


Colorful, lavish architecture offers a dramatic contrast with the surrounding skyscrapers.

Dodger Stadium

Home to the sometimes great Dodgers.

East Los Angeles

Home to specialty shopping, dining, Self-Help Graphics, Plaza de la Raza and colorful murals.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Park and Olvera Street

Spanish adobe defines L.A.'s birthplace. The atmosphere is filled with the aroma of Mexican food and mariachi music.

Exposition Park (Coliseum, Sports Arena, USC, Museums)

Three museums, the Memorial Coliseum, Sports Arena and Rose Garden are located in this park.

Garment District

High fashion is available here at below retail prices.

Grand Central Market

L.A.'s largest and oldest food market offers produce and cuisine representing the city's cultural diversity.

Jewelry District

Look for sparkling deals on precious stones, fine jewelry and watches.


This business district is teeming with Asian culture and commerce.

Little Tokyo

Peaceful gardens, plazas and shrines enhance L.A.'s largest Japanese-American community.

Los Angeles Central Public Library

Dramatic architecture and peaceful gardens make this library a bestseller

Los Angeles Children's Museum

Touch and play exhibits are featured, including a kid's television station.

Los Angeles City Hall

A 27 story classic structure, once the only exception to L.A.'s 13 story height limit.

Los Angeles Convention Center

The 810,000 square foot facility features twin 155-foot lobby pavilions.

Los Angeles ConventionVisitors Bureau Visitor Information Center

Multilingual assistance and information on L.A. is available here.

Museum of Contemporary Art

This museum houses a collection of International scope, including paintings, sculpture, live performances and environmental works.

The Music Center of Los Angeles County

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre Downtown's cultural riches are centered in this unique complex, the hub of performing arts.

Pershing Square

A fascinating futuristic park with a 1 28 foot sculptured tower

Shrine Auditorium

Magnificent 6,300 seat auditorium has hosted major TV shows, including The Academy and Grammv awards.

Southwest Museum

L.A.'s first museum is one of The nation's largest repositories of Native American art and artefacts.

Union Station

This dramatic Art Deco passenger station is the last of the great train stations built in the U.S., and is very popular with film and TV crews.

Watts Towers

A soaring folkart monument that is fashioned from steel rods, ceramic tiles and more than 70,000 seashells.

For reprint and licensing requests for this article, CLICK HERE.