“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Just a few years ago, locals rarely ventured downtown for leisure, except for the occasional Lakers game or concert. But the area has experienced a renaissance, and now urban professionals, artists, and young families enjoy downtown loft living and entertainment options. Top attractions include the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, the Geffen Contemporary, and Little Tokyo. On the second Thursday of every month, downtown's Art Walk attracts a huge crowd to its vibrant gallery scene. Make sure to visit the Angel Flight, L.A.'s historic funicular dating back to the early 1900s. LA Live is one of the newest attractions, complete with shops and restaurants adjacent to Staples Center. Top-notch downtown restaurants offer rooftop dining to make the most of city lights and sublime weather. Take the Metro Downtown, since most attractions are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from one another.