LA in One Day
We know. LA is not meant to be experienced in one day, however because of timing we had to make it work! And to make matters worse, it rained all day. However there is no holding us back when we travel.
So here is how we experienced "downtown" LA in one day, in the rain. Warning: there is nothing glitzy and glamorous about this 12 hour trip.
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Our first stop of the day was the LACMA for our very favorite stop of any trip, local art museums. The museum is more like an art campus with various buildings and outdoor installations. If the weather wasn't unusually rainy, this would have been a great way to still enjoy the outdoors however the rain made for a bit of a soggy experience.
Although we could not see Levitated Mass up close because of the rain, we still explored everything LACMA had to offer both indoors and out.
La Brea Tar Pits
Directly adjacent to LACMA is the La Brea Tar Pits which we just stumbled upon. Since the rain has pretty much subsided and was just a light mist, we decided to take a walk through and see what the tar pits were all about.
The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed in urban Los Angeles. Natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the tar preserved the bones of trapped animals.
A Drive Downtown
Sounds not exciting however due to the rain and our short amount of time, we chose to drive around LA and take in the sights. On separate occasions we have both been to California and LA before so we didn't feel like we were missing anything. If this is your first time in the area, then Katelyn definitely recommends making a stop and walking through Rodeo Drive.
Church of Scientology
Katelyn is a big fan of all of the Scientologist shows and documentaries including Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath so we had to at least drive past a couple of their LA landmark buildings.
Enough said, right?
Santa Monica Pier
By the time we made our way to the Santa Monica Pier it was a thick mist, a little chilly, and a whole lot of wind but we made our way down the pier to watch the waves break against the pillars. We then made our way into the pier's arcade to play some Dance Dance Revolution and some old school coin-operated games before heading back to the car.
Despite the rain, it was a great trip. Very chill and low-key, which was exactly what we needed!