Touring the Madness: Los Angeles, California
All photos courtesy of their individual attractions.
Los Angeles is not a place that one takes lightly. The traffic, the weather, the celebrities; it is a lot to take in. But if you are going to be there this weekend, then here are a few places to try and find to keep you busy before and after your team plays.
Boasting the “World’s largest hands-on science center,” it contains an IMAX Theater, the Sketch Foundation Gallery, Air and Space Exhibits, and the Science Center itself. In March 2010 they added the Ecosystems exhibition wing. The best part is that although the IMAX theater shows, the special exhibitions and reserved timing admission to see the space shuttle Endeavour cost a small fee, the main galleries are free.
This site is the only consistently-active and urban Ice Age excavation site in the world making it the only place where fossils are displayed where they are found. Visitors can watch the paleontological excavators extract fossils, watch the scientists clean, repair, and identify them in the lab inside the museum, and then of course see them displayed for public consumption. They are open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. almost every day of the year.
The Nethercutt Museum and collection is a one-of-a-kind display of more than 130 of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic, and special interest automobiles. Also in the collection are automobile mascots, antique furniture, clocks and watches, and one of the worlds finest collections of mechanical musical instruments. Admission is free, and while the museum is a self-guided tour, the separate collection is viewed by guided tour only. Don’t miss the fully restored 1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive, and 1912 Pullman Private Car.
L.A. gives you no shortage of breweries, with 73 on the books officially. But if I had to pick one, you really can’t go wrong with Beachwood Brewing and BBQ in Long Beach. They know what they are doing, with a few GABF medals under their belts. They are pouring 18 beers, all made in-house, and feature a bunch of guest taps, too. Plus anyone who has deviled eggs, tator tot casserole, and a sausage of the day on their menu, could never, ever be bad.
There are a whole fleet of Kogi trucks to track down on your trip to L.A., but it didn’t start out all that well for founder Mark Manguera and his friend Roy Choi. It took a while for the whole, “check Twitter and Facebook to see where the truck is going to be today,” thing to catch on. Nowadays there are lines around the corner waiting for their chance to get Korean/Mexican fusion items like Short Rib Tacos, Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla, and more. The menu is simple, the flavors big and the prices reasonable. Check it out.
So there you go, a few things to keep you busy in the City of Angels. What are your favorite places to hit when you are in town? Let me know in the comments below.
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