North East L.A. has a wealth of opportunities and places to explore, enjoy and inform yourself! Here is a list of many of our favorite places to visit in this particular section of Los Angeles!
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles has experienced a wonderful renaissance. No longer is it associated with skid row and tired old buildings. It has been transformed into a hub of activity, new condos, hotels, restaurants and entertainment galore! L.A. Live is a hub of activity for sporting events, concerts, the convention center, the Grammy Museum, a Bowling Alley, trendy restaurants, and an ice skating rink in the winter!
There is a plethora of museums, including the Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art, just to name a few. A little further south you will find the Natural History Museum and the California Science Center, which is the home to the Endeavor Space Shuttle.
There are many spectacular examples of architecture which are must visits. Disney Concert Hall, the Bradley Building, the Public Library on 630 W 5th St and Union Station are some of the best examples of architecture downtown Los Angeles has to offer.
Another must see attraction is the recently renovated Clifton’s Cafeteria. The inside is spectacular and spans several floors.
La Canada / Flintridge
Heritage Square is a living history museum that explores the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century, offering visitors a look into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the 19th Century. We happened to visit on an extremely hot summer day. It was amazing how cool the insides of the houses were — without any air conditioning. I guess people really knew how to build houses back then!
I just recently stumbled upon the restored Highland Park Bowl! The Highland Park Bowl is a stunning masterpiece in restoration. Even if you don’t bowl, do yourself a favor and head on over there one night for a pizza, just so you can experience the awsomeness of this place!
On the weekends, Pasadena’s Rose Bowl is bustling with joggers, bike riders, and pet walkers all around the perimeter of the Rose Bowl. Every 2nd Sunday of the month is the Rose Bowl Flea Market. To the south of the Rose Bowl is the Kids Space Museum and the Aquatic Center.
If you haven’t ever attended the Rose Parade at least once in your lifetime, do yourself a favor and visit it in person. You don’t have to spend the night on the sidewalk — just buy yourself a seat and a parking spot and get there first thing in the morning. It is well worth it. You can also see the floats the next couple of days up close and personal.
Of course, no visit to Pasadena is complete without visiting Old Town Pasadena. What once was a sleepy section of thrift shops is now a thriving section of shops, restaurants, businesses and cafes.
For something on the fun side, check out iPic Theaters. It is an upscale cinema chain with plush seating, gourmet light bites & cocktails, plus in-theater service. Make sure you check out the website and check well in advance because popular shows tend to sell out quickly due to the limited amount of seating. There are only 35 seats in the theater because they have lazy boy reclining chairs with a table in between two chairs.
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The Huntington Gardens and Library is truly worth a visit. The Library is a is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States. Several famous books and bibles are on display. The garden covers 120 acres with more than a dozen specialized gardens arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. Among the most remarkable are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese garden.