Los Angeles Discovered
There's more to LA than the Hollywood sign and Disneyland!
Los Angeles – the arrival point into the USA for many Australians who often pass straight through, not knowing just what this diverse city can offer.
Last year I travelled to the neighbourhoods, areas not usually on a visitors “to do” list. Armed with my Los Angeles “TAP” (Transit Access Pass), I embarked on a memorable week-long adventure.
Top neighbourhood picks:
1: KOREATOWN – Located west of Downtown L.A. and south of Hollywood, Koreatown is one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Los Angeles. The area was once the epicentre of Golden Age Hollywood, home to the Ambassador Hotel, the Cocoanut Grove and the Brown Derby. Today, Korean and Latino populations contribute to Koreatown’s rich cultural diversity.
2: PASADENA – Located 20 minutes north of Downtown L.A., Pasadena is the home of the world-famous Rose Bowl Stadium and wide, tree-lined residential streets with Arts & Crafts-style architecture. Visit its many cultural venues, including the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Museum of History. Stroll through Old Town Pasadena with its upscale boutiques, pubs and cafes.
3: MANHATTAN BEACH – More relaxed than Santa Monica or Venice, with less tourists. Known as “The Pearl of L.A.’s South Bay” and immortalized in the Beach Boys classic, “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, take in the impressive beachfront real estate as you walk, run, bike, rollerblade or skateboard on The Strand. Downtown Manhattan Beach is a culinary force and a must for foodies, with great seafood shacks, gastropubs and fine dining options.
THE VALLEY– Explore Sherman Oaks, a haven for shoppers and diners alike. Cruise down Ventura Boulevard, immortalized by Tom Petty and featured in movies like Crash and Transformers. On The Thirty, a wine bar known for carrying 30 boutique California wines by the glass, 30 California craft beers on draft and by the bottle and a fabulous mixology menu.
My advice? Extend your stay in L.A. – you won’t be disappointed!