Hear about travel to Los Angeles as the Amateur Traveler talks to Wendy Lee from EmptyNestersHitTheRoad.com about the City of Angels.
Wendy says, “It’s such an iconic city. Because of the film and movie industry, I think that people all over the country and even all over the world have seen more of LA than they even realize: famous buildings, parks, shopping centers. It’s so fascinating how much of LA creeps into our daily lives whether or not we know it. The other thing is the diversity. Now, most American cities these days are wonderfully diverse places but in LA you get a great combination of Asian influence, all different Asian immigrant groups, combined with Mexican and Latin American. Those two groups have had such an impact on our food, our music, and our entertainment in LA and that’s made it really fun.”
Wendy starts us downtown which has changed significantly since we last covered LA. One of the new museums downtown is the Broad museum of modern art. It is a free museum. They even have apps you can download to tell you more about the art. If you enjoy theatre, musicals, or opera right down the street from the Broad are the Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Mark Taper Forum. This has become a center for the arts in LA.
She recommends the cathedral which is a postmodern architecture cathedral. Inside there are John Nava tapestries of the saints.
The Arts District used to be the orange packing warehouses but now has street art, art galleries, and trendy shops. She highly recommends taking a walking tour of the Arts District to explore street art.
We stop at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tarpits to see the giant mammoths and sabertooth tigers. We pay homage to the movies at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. We explore the heart of Spanish/Mexican LA in Olvera Street. There are has six small museums in the Olvera Street area including one to Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Wendy recommends skipping Hollywood and doing a studio tour at Paramount Studios instead. One of the highest-rated museums on TripAdvisor is the Peterson Automotive Museum which has one whole floor with vehicles from movies, including the convertible from Thelma and Louise and a batmobile.
We stop for food at various times at the Grand Central Market, Olvera Street, Koreatown, and The Original Farmers Market. Wendy tells us of some of her favorite restaurants.
We also talk about the world’s shortest railway, which art museum is the best, trying to get around by public transportation, the best views, and a new distillery.
Discover Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel DTLA
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Mark Taper Forum
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Divining the Human
Grand Central Market
Los Angeles Arts District Walking Tour
El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Monument
La Gondrina Cafe
América Tropical Interpretive Center
Olvera Street Events
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena Museum of California Art (closed)
Petersen Automotive Museum
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Sun Nong Dan
The Original Farmers Market
French Crepe Company
The Grove LA
Walk of Fame
Paramount Studio Tour
The Getty Villa
The Omni LA
Two Days in Los Angeles
Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles with Kids
I discovered the Amateur Traveler podcast a few years ago and became an instant fan. When one episode a week isn’t enough for me, I go back to listen to old ones. Recently I decided to go back to the very beginning. It wasn’t easy to find, them but I’ve really been enjoying them! It’s fun to note the changes that have developed over the years such as the debate about the theme song after you introduced it somewhere around episode fifty-something. I particularly enjoy the personal vignettes and episodes about your own travels which were more common at the beginning.
I was listening to episode 129 which was from about 10 years ago and at the end of the episode you read a letter from a young woman from Israel named Tamar. As you were reading the letter something started to sound familiar. She mentioned her blog in the letter and you said that you’d put a link to it in the show notes. I went to the link and was both surprised and delighted to find a picture of my daughter! I don’t even think I knew what a blog was 10 years ago and I certainly didn’t know that she had been writing one! That letter gave me a good laugh and I’ve been chuckling about it for the past few days.
Ten years later and she’s still listening every week. I’m pretty sure that hearing this letter read at the end of an episode would give her a good laugh too!
Thanks again for the great podcast.
(also from Israel)
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