Things to Do in Downtown Los Angeles, California

Things to Do in Downtown Los Angeles, California
Downtown Los Angeles is the business hub of the city, and is home to the U.S. Bank Tower and the Richard Riordan Central Library. If you are traveling to Los Angeles for business and find yourself in downtown Los Angeles, make your day off something special by checking out some of these famous Los Angeles landmarks.

Los Angeles Convention Center

The Los Angeles Convention Center, or LACC, is home to the Anime Expo, the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, and the Los Angeles Ski Show and Snowboard Expo. WIth an event happening almost every day at the LACC, there's sure to be a convention that interests you throughout your stay in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151
lacclink.com

Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall was designed by architect Frank Gehry, with acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota. The Concert Hall was a gift from Lillian Disney in 1987, but the hall did not open until 2003. Tickets for music hall performances are available at the website or by phone, but if you would rather just see the concert hall, both guided and self-guided tours are offered for free throughout the week.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 850-2000
laphil.com/philpedia/wdch-overview.cfm

La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits are located slightly north of downtown Los Angeles, but it is worth the trip to travel north a few streets to see this natural phenomenon. Natural asphalt bubbles up to the surface at the location, and has trapped and preserved thousands of prehistoric animals. The La Brea Tar Pits are free to view (and smell), but the fairly priced museum adjacent to the Tar Pits is well worth the cash.
La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-PAGE
tarpits.org

U.S. Bank Tower

The U.S. Bank Tower, which was first called the Library Tower and then the First Interstate Bank World Center, is not only the tallest building in Los Angeles, it is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Although the inside of the building houses offices and is not very exciting, the U.S. Bank Tower features an observation deck with spectacular views of all of Los Angeles.
U.S. Bank Tower
633 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 615-6300
usbank.com

Richard Riordan Central Library

The Richard Riordan Central Library, part of the Los Angeles Public Library, has the third-largest library book collection in the United States. The library was subject to a debilitating fire in 1986, which destroyed a vast amount of the collection. The library was renovated in 1993, and has murals, chandeliers and an ancient Egyptian theme.
Richard Riordan Central Library
630 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000
lapl.org/central

Article Written By Megan Smith

Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.

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