Visiting Los Angeles? Take Your Trip To The Next Level And See It On Foot With Downtown LA Walking Tours!By Delaina Dixon | October 24, 2018 | Travel
Sure you’ve heard of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City. But what about downtown Los Angeles?
Yes, it does exist. During my visit to the city, I decided to check in out in the most unusual of west coast ways: by foot! Luckily downtown is very walking friendly. And Downtown LA Walking Tours makes sure that you don’t miss a beat during its fun-and-fact filled tour.
We started at Angels Flight Railway, a downtown landmark since 1901 when residents lived in Victorian homes on Bunker Hill. For a $1 you can ride up the 298 feet track: the shortest railway in the world.
Across the street is Grand Central Market, a food shopping emporium that’s been around since 1917. Offering a global array of delicacies, groceries and essential items, each shop’s name is displayed in some cool form of neon lights.
Walk through the Market and you’ll come out on Broadway, where the famed Bradbury Building stands. Commissioned in 1893 by Los Angeles gold-mining millionaire Lewis L. Bradbury, it was formerly used for office space.
Now the national landmark is a prime location for television shoots and music videos, and itΓÇÖs the city’s oldest landmarked building.
Not far from the Bradbury building is the “Pope of Broadway,” a 70-foot painting of Latino actor Anthony Quinn wearing Victor Clothing Co., a men’s suiting company that had its heyday in the 1940s and 50s.
A few more blocks in, we passed The Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, a former cathedral church building that is now used for events.
It was then on to DTLA’s neighborhood-y Spring Street, with a mix of old and new bars and residential establishments, plus a former office building that has been converted into loft apartments and open-air dining market on its ground floor.
Downtown LA boasts the largest jewelry district in the U.S., with nearly 5,000 businesses, some located in an old Warner Bros. Theater. Speaking of theaters, some of the oldest and grandest celebrity theaters are also in DTLA.
There’s so much more to see and do in downtown Los Angeles, you just have to book a ticket and see for yourself! Visit Downtown LA Walking Tours for more information!
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