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You might think that sightseeing in Los Angeles may cost a pretty
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31. Get close to the sign:
Feeling uninspired? Try changing your perspective on a familiar sight.
While the Hollywood sign’s grounds are barred from public access, you
can walk or drive near it to get great angles for photos. From Franklin
Avenue in Hollywood, go north on Beachwood Drive; turn left at
Ledgewood Drive and twist and wind uphill. Then go right at the
three-way intersection onto Deronda Drive.
32. Tour the Los Angeles Central Public Library: The Los Angeles Central Public Library reflects the Egyptian-style architecture mania that swept the country in the 1920s post-King Tut discovery.
33. Discover fossil fun: At La Brea Tar Pits
in Hancock Park, the site of the richest discovery of Ice Age fossils
in the world, more than 100 tons of fossilized bones representing
nearly 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have been
unearthed from pools of sticky asphalt dating back to prehistoric time.
34. Stroll the historic Farmers Market: The LA Farmers Market
opened at the corner of Third and Fairfax in 1934 and retains much of
its original flavor — the freshest produce, made-to-order peanut
butter, gourmet meats and cheeses, corned beef and hot donuts — while
adding a few modern touches (Brazilian barbecue, Cajun chicken, sushi).
35. Hollywood Walk of Fame: Since the 1960s, more than 2,300 terrazzo and brass stars have been unveiled on Hollywood’s major sidewalks.
36. Korean Bell of Friendship:
Intricate reliefs represent spirits and goddesses of liberty, victory
and peace, while architectural details impart the colorful nature of
Korean culture. Best visited on a clear, sunny day for a picnic and a
stroll, the area features pristine views complemented by the yachts and
charter boats of the harbor below.
37. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels:
This is one of LA’s most innovative buildings, and although it’s the
third-largest cathedral in the country, it’s able to inspire visitors
with its warm, inviting interior perfect for introspection. Read more about the cathedral.
38. Self-guided tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall: Take a brief tour of the concert hall's highlights, complete with architectural facts and historical trivia to look for when you visit.
39. Venice canals:
Winding through quaint little (and very expensive) houses, the canals
feature arched bridges, the occasional gondolier and LA’s beautiful
weather, all of which contribute to the serenity of the canals. All in
all, it’s a great place to cruise along on a bike. Start between
Washington Avenue and Venice Boulevard.
40. Visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery:
At the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, fans still gather every August 23 to
pay homage to Rudolph Valentino. Cecil B. DeMille and Douglas Fairbanks
Sr. also rest here. Plus, catch free movies here during the summers.
41. Step back in time 100 years:
The Victorian era had its influence on local architecture, as evidenced
by the homes in the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue in Angeleno Heights.
42. Bradbury Building:
The one-of-a-kind interior features a five-story atrium finished with
glazed bricks and wrought-iron grillwork (including the cage elevator
that will be familiar from the many movies filmed here).
43. Watch the ceremonies on Hollywood Boulevard:
The best way to see your favorite celebrities up close and personal is
to check out the bimonthly handprint ceremonies on Hollywood Boulevard.
Visit the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for more info.
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