The Shrine Auditorium is home to a variety of events. Past events have included the Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards. The Shrine Auditorium is located 0.1 miles southwest of our Los Angeles (USC) property on Royal St at Jefferson Blvd.
Koreatown, just west of Downtown, is a neighborhood nearly every Angeleno travels through, but few take the time to explore. What a shame. For starters, sample the outstanding Korean barbecue at Woo Lae Oak or Soot Bull Jeep. Those with insatiable appetites might consider Shilla, an all-you-can-eat buffet where the lobster is plentiful. In the rear of Shilla are some of the most plush and high-tech private karaoke booths around; the system even scores your performance. (Talk sbout pressure!) Korean and Korean-American artists exhibit their work at the Korean Cultural Center Art Gallery. Two other area favorites are the indoor driving ranges along Olympic Boulevard, and Beverly Hot Springs, a popular spa.
In addition to the Japanese American National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Geffen, Little Tokyo offers dozens of restaurants, from inexpensive Suehiro, a favorite late-night hang of artists who live in nearby lofts, to chic R23, a hard-to-find sushi bar where the decor is minimal and the sushi pristine. A Thousand Cranes in the New Otani Hotel, another good choice, offers a view of a serene Japanese garden; the garden alone is worth a visit. For shoppers, the area is especially rich in ceramics; don't miss Little Tokyo Clayworks. At night, check out the scene at Downtown's premiere rock haunt, Al's Bar. Or test your karaoke skills with the 20-something crowd at Restaurant Oiwake.
Vendors at Olvera Street, a permanent open-air marketplace just north of Little Tokyo, sell all varieties of knickknacks. But there are real finds here, too. Casa de Souza, for instance, imports folk art from Mexico and Central America. Bazaar de Mexico specializes in sterling silver jewelry and traditional Mexican clothing. And the area represents the city's beginnings. In fact, Los Angeles' first home, Avila Adobe, built in the early 1800s, still stands here. Don't leave without sampling fresh tortillas from La Luz del Dia, or margaritas and mariachi music on the patio at La Golondrina. Also worthwhile is a quick trip across the street to poke your head into Union Station. To the east, on a corner in Boyle Heights, Mariachi Plaza is a striking new 40-foot-tall, blue-tiled dome pavilion and sculpture at a spot where mariachis have gathered for decades.
The biggest draw at nearby Chinatown might be dim sum on the weekend. Thousands of people pour into banquet-style restaurants such as Empress Pavilion, Ocean Seafood, and ABC Seafood for savory dumplings that won't break the bank. Chinatown is also home to beloved Phillippe the Original, one of two L.A. eateries that claims to have invented the French dip. After lunch, stroll along Broadway, the main drag. Here you'll find dozens of herb shops selling a mind boggling array of ginseng as well as colorful gift shops stocked with silk pajamas, embroidered slippers, decorative fans and jade bangles. One of the best is Imperial Dragon Gifts, a favorite of fashion stylists.
Leimert Park, location of the recently cancelled 'Moesha' show on UPN, is enjoying a renaissance spurred by the recent renovation of the 70-year-old Leimert Plaza Park (host to more festivals, including an annual Kwaanza celebration, than any other park in Los Angeles). At Babe & Rickey's Inn, you can sit back and listen to some of the best Blues around, while Fifth Street Dick's Coffee House and The World Stage remain the destinations for jazz. Several boutiques around Kongo Square sell authentic African clothing. And you won't find more talented braiders in one area. The Museum in Black is especially popular with young people.
The California Science Center has hands-on exhibits relating to physics, space, the environment, and health. An IMAX Theater is also on-site which uses a five-story screen and surround sound to take audiences on three-dimensional experiences. The California Science Center is located in Exposition Park, 0.6 miles south of our Los Angeles (USC) property. Explore the world of science and how it relates to everyday life through more than 100 interactive exhibits, art, live presentations and an IMAX-3D Theater.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is the only institution in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to art from 1940 to the present. Robert Rauschenberg's "Untitled Combine (Man with White Shoes)", 1955. 250 South Grand Avenue.
Watts Museum of Art, History and Culture, 10950 South Central Avenue. Historical events and cultural legacies provide a view into a collection of memorable experiences through the gathering of people, documents, and artifacts.
411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Seven centuries of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century are on view as well as an outstanding collection of Asian Sculptures spanning a period of 2000 years.
The Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion will be opening on October 30, 2012 where the Space Shuttle Endeavour will call home. Along with the Space Shuttle Endeavour, the pavilion will also house videos and artifacts from the Space Shuttle Endeavour's missions. Tickets for specific timed showings are recommended and can be found here:Space Shuttle Endeavour Information and Tickets
The Santa Monica Mountain Range and Recreation area, offering breathtaking views of the L.A. Basin and San Fernando Valley from its summits, is L.A.'s premier outdoor spot. The sprawling 65,000-acre park runs from the Hollywood Hills to the Ventura County line and features some splendid hiking trails, lush rolling hills broken by stream-cut canyons, shady oak groves, meadows, waterfalls, valleys and sandy beaches. The park is open year-round, and most park sites are open from sunrise to sunset.
Griffith Park is the country's largest and boasts picnic grounds, horseback rides, pony rides, golf courses, a major zoo and an observatory. A trail from the observatory offers a close-up view of the famed Hollywood sign. Interestingly enough, you don't have to leave the urban jungle to escape it. Runyon Canyon Park in Hollywood, once owned by Irish tenor John McCormack, is a much-beloved hiking destination.
University City offers many attractions such as Universal Studios Hollywood, and the recently expanded City Walk which contains shops and restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe. Universal City is located 12 miles northwest of our Los Angeles (USC) property.
Owned by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan, the Pantry opened its doors in 1924 and offers all-American basics in an old, coffee-shop environment. Open 24 hours. The restaurant is located at 877 South Figueroa St, 1.8 miles north of our Los Angeles (USC) property.
On Western at 4th Street. A Korea Town original. Featured in the Los Angeles Times, this microbrewery is a spacious, beautiful locale. The hand-crafted ales are some of the tastiest to be found in Los Angeles. The 188" television features sports video, while soft rock is played. The food is excellent. The huge bar is full service. Worth a stop, if even only to sample the Korea Town Ale!
Macy's Plaza features Macy's department store along with many other specialty stores and restaurants. The shopping area is located at 750 W 7th St, 2.3 miles northeast of our Los Angeles (USC) property.
7+Fig is an open-air, three level shopping center that features more than 35 specialty stores along with a Robinsons-May department store. There is a food court as well as a California Pizza Kitchen restaurant. The mall is located at 735 S. Figueroa St, 2 miles north of our Los Angeles (USC) property.
Universal City has just added an IMAX 3D theater, a dozen specialty shops and more than 20 new dining and entertainment choices in its biggest expansion since the complex opened. New to the mix are virtual racing, rock 'n roll bowling, vintage clothing and Harley Davidson boutiques, Cafe Tu Tu Tango and a dueling piano bar. Perched on a picturesteque hill northwest of the Hollywood Hills, the promenade connects Universal Studios, Universal Amphitheatre and Universal City Cinemas. 9 miles northwest of the Inn.
The University of Southern California (USC) is adjacent to our Los Angeles (USC) property. Founded in 1880, USC is the oldest and largest private research university on the West Coast and is the largest private employer in Los Angeles County.
The Staples Center is the current home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kings, Sparks, and Avengers. The venue is located 1.2 miles north of our Los Angeles (USC) property on Figueroa Street. The Staples Center is a $375 million, state-of-the-art arena located next to the Convention Center, and is downtown L.A.'s most significant and exciting new sports and entertainment complex. Not only home to the sports teams mentioned above, it also hosts top-ticket acts like Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler, and the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Staples is a riot of unusual shapes. One end resembles the bow of a ship; the tilted roof has a surfboard-shaped super truss.