4 Interesting things you should do while you’re visiting Downtown Los Angeles. If you do have the time check it out because there is a lot to do. For starters, there are some incredible buildings. Even our hotel, the Millennium Biltmore was so grand once you walked within the doors. Union Station and hall also are worth a visit if you’ll . Los Angeles, a fascinating city and a dream destination for many, has so much to offer. Beautiful beaches, legendary Hollywood, famous Universal Studios, iconic Muscle Beach at Venice, eclectic art, amazing museums, delectable restaurants…just to call a couple of highlights.
4 Things You Should Do in Downtown Los Angeles
Visit OUE Skyspace LA for the Skyslide
Most major cities have an observation deck on top of a skyscraper. Los Angeles finally has one too. OUE Skyspace LA is a pair of observation decks on the 69th floor of the tallest building in L.A., the US Bank Tower. To go beyond the typical observation deck experience, OUE installed a glass sliding board from the 70th to the 69th floor. It’s only a three-second experience, but you can’t beat the view.
Take a Tour of Los Angeles City Hall
Built-in 1928, the 32-story Los Angeles City Hall was the tallest building in the city until modern building methods allowed taller high rise buildings to appear in the 1960s. The building is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. It is still home to the mayor and city council office and council chambers. It is part of the Civic Center district, which also includes county, state, and federal buildings, and has appeared as itself and stood in for other locations in dozens of TV shows and movies. You can walk in (through the metal detectors) and explore on your own with the self-guided tour materials available at the information desk on the third floor. Be sure to require the elevator up to the observation deck on the 27th floor.
Explore the Art at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles, designed by Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo, was completed in 2002, replacing the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, which was damaged beyond repair in the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 and has now been converted to a rental wedding and event venue. The modern structure towers over the 101 Hollywood Freeway from its perch between Olvera Street and Chinatown. Even if you’re not interested in the religious significance of the church, the art pieces, from the courtyard windows over the freeway, through the grand bronze doors to the
community tapestry murals, are worth a visit.
Visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument at Olvera Street
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, also known only as Olvera Street, is the location of the oldest remaining structure in Los Angeles, the Avila Adobe. The building itself is often overlooked since people are primarily drawn to Olvera Street for its Mexican Marketplace that offers a cleaned-up taste of old Mexico. It is the home of the LA Plaza de Cultural y Artes museum of Los Angeles history and The Chinese American Museum. Olvera Street is a one-block pedestrian zone across from Union Station, which is served by the Red and Gold Lines of the Metro.