Shevin Wiggins' Foot's Guide to the UCLA Game - An Ongoing Series
Having lived in Los Angeles for 12 years now, Iím just one gang initiation and/or botox injection away from being able to claim native status. For those of you coming to town for the UCLA game I thought Iíd write up a general travel guide. This is by no means the end all be all. It's just the opinion and insight of one guy who lives in the middle of all the action and has played tour guide quite for out-of-towners quite a bit over the years. Definitely give a holler if youíve got any questions and locals please feel free to chime in if youíve got anything to add.
This first installment will focus on Pasadena and Burbank- the two towns closest to the Rose Bowl. (If it's cool with everyone we'll just pretend Glendale doesn't exist.) In the coming days I'll add similar information for Hollywood, West Hollywood, Downtown, Santa Monica and the South Bay and will put together lists of attractions and itineraries that can be realistically done in a single day.
LA in a nutshell-
If youíve never been, LA can be a more than a little overwhelming. Think of a really busy, never ending version of Omaha. What you see on TV is a good caricature. Itís not as glamorous or crime ravaged as youíve been lead to believe but it does have its moments. If you stick around long enough you will become immune to weirdness. Nothing will make you blink. One thing thatís not an exaggeration is the traffic- even Tom Osborne would dispense with the dag-nabits and start using real cuss words. A GPS is mandatory unless you want to get lost for weeks at a time.
Out here the space between points A and B isnít measured in distance but in time. Donít believe anyone who says you can get from Pasadena to Disneyland in Ĺ an hour. The only way thatís possible is if you made the attempt at 3am with the Bandit himself running blocker and youíre behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon.
The best advice I can give for sightseeing is donít try to cram too many things into one day. Youíll just end up rushing from place to place and spending a lot of time in stuck in traffic.
Tickets- (Most important thing first)
*This is general ticket info
Single game tickets likely wonít be on sale till the summer. For 2011, they went on sale in early July. Right now UCLA is taking deposits on season tickets if you really wanted to lock yours down. UCLA definitely isnít a sought after ticket these days so it could be a lot of work trying to flip the rest just to break even. Other than Nebraska, USC is their only marquee game on the home schedule.
The Rose Bowl seats 91,000 and last season UCLA hit 65,000 twice. The rest of their home games drew under 50,000 so there are plenty of reasons not to stress about finding tickets. Thereís really not a bad seat in the entire Rose Bowl. One interesting aspect is that the sections behind the end zones are general admission and very inexpensive. Last season general admission tickets were in the $25 range and could be worth a look if youíve got a large group you'd like to sit with that can't get organized enough to buy a block of tickets.
LAX- If youíre not staying in Pasadena or the Burbank area, LAX should be your first option. My favorite airlines to use are Southwest, American, or United. As theyíre in the first and last terminals respectively, itís a little easier to get in and out of the mess that is LAX traffic. Picking up and dropping off a rental car takes a chunk time because all the agencies are off airport property. The agencies all have free shuttles to take you to and from.
There are plenty of hotels around LAX but I wouldnít recommend staying at any of them. Theyíre basically in a no manís land and not very close to anything worth visiting.
Burbank (aka Bob Hope International) Makes Eppley look like JFK. Super easy to navigate. If youíre staying in Pasadena, Burbank or even Studio City, itís definitely worth a look as a first option. While the flights can be a little more expensive ($50 Ė 100) youíll save yourself the time and headache of trying to cut across town.
Long Beach- Smaller than Burbank with fewer options. Consider only if you find a deal thatís way too good to pass up or if you have a reason to set up shop in Long Beach or Orange County. Otherwise, itís just too far out of the way.
Ontario- About 30 miles or so east of Pasadena. Consider ONLY if youíre staying in Pasadena and donít plan to do too much exploring.
Where to set up home base-
There are two things to consider about Pasadena. 1) Itís where the Rose Bowl is located. 2) Itís not that close to anything else- especially beaches which are 30 miles away.
With that in mind consider whatís more important- a short trip to and from the game, or being closer to all the other things you want to see and do.
Regardless, Pasadena, especially Old Town, is a very nice and walkable area. Tons of high end shopping and a wide variety of restaurants. To me it feels like Santa Monica if it were dropped next to the mountains.
All these hotels are within walking distance to Old Town (Colorado Blvd) and to the Gold Line (Del Mar or Memorial Park stations). The Gold Line takes you to Union Station downtown and links up to the Red Line which goes from downtown to Hollywood and onto North Hollywood. (A future post will focus on public transit.)
Marriot Pasadena Ė closest hotel to the Rose Bowl.
Vagabond Inn Pasadena
Howard Johnson Pasadena
Link to all Pasadena hotels
*If you'd like to stay close to Pasadena but want something a little more economical, consider staying in East Pasadena near the last Gold Line stop at Sierra Madre. It's a quick couple stops on the Gold Line to get to Old Town. Here are the nearby hotels according to google maps. Another option is Arcadia which is about 10 miles futhur east and has a lot of hotel options but unfortunately the Gold Line doesn't go that far quite yet.
Huntington Library - a drop dead gorgeous facility with amazing gardens and a wonderful art collection.
Descanso Gardens - another amazing garden.
Norton Simon Museum - Art museum with a wonderfully diverse collection. Lot of great work packed into a small (in the scheme of things) space.
Wayne Manor from the Batman TV series! 380 S. San Rafael Dr.
NASAís Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) - Tour information
Ice House Comedy Club A very historic club in comedy world. Weekends have A-list line ups.
iPic Theaters - Takes the concept of dinner and movie to a whole new level.
Moore n Moore Sporting Clays - A short drive up the 210 from the Rose Bowl. Warm up for hunting season at a mountain side sporting clays course. Lot of fun to say the least if you like to shoot. Rental shotguns available. Cory and his dad are good people.
Hikes in the San Gabrielle Mountains - Take advantage of the scenery and pre-emptively burn off some tailgate calories. The Echo Mountain trail is a great hike very close to downtown Pasadena. I often mountain bike on this trail and the views are spectactular on a clear day.
Restaurants I like
The Dog Haus - If bacon, scrambled eggs, and maple syrup on a hot dog sounds like fun, you'll dig this spot.
Barney's Beanery- Best sports bar in Pasadena. Huge menu. Part of a small chain with locations in Burbank, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.
The Oinkster Gourmet burgers and a lot of pork based products. Can't go wrong.
Casa Bianca Depending on who you listen to this is pizza ranges from pretty good to the best in the entire country. That debate has been raging for years.
More Pasadena Restaurants
A good choice for base camp that's near Pasadena but a little more economical. Very clean city. Downtown Burbank has a lot of shopping in a walkable area. The shopping isn't as exotic as what you'll find on Colorado Blvd but there's a lot of good stuff including an Ikea! Burbank is close to movie studios and has convenient freeway access so escaping is easy.
These are good hotels with equally good locations.
Holiday Inn Burbank - Located in downtown Burbank and was featured in the Movie Spinal Tap.
Safari Inn - Classic 60ís style motel.
Link to all Burbank hotels
Bob's Big Boy - Classic car show every Friday Night
Warner Bros - More of a "field trip" style tour compared to Universal's theme park.
Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Ticket Information
Conan O'Brien - Ticket Information
Ellen Degeneres - Ticket Information
Universal Studios - Theme Park and City Walk with a ton of stores and restaurants. Definitely will suck up a whole day especially if you have kids. Good alternative to Disneyland if you don't want to make the schlep to Anaheim. Avoid like the plague if you don't want to be surrounded by tourists. Tickets are expensive but you can always find a deal. Don't pay full price!
What is the best choice at the Oinkster?
Big fan of the Reuben, pulled pork, and the Royal for a burger. The Belgian Fries are great and a close second Wurstkuche.
Originally Posted by RedondoRed
How could you go to LA and not visit an In-and-Out Burger? For some extra flare and dare, I believe there's one in Inglewood. Avoid 2-1 and Lewis.
Nebraska fans, this is called someone in your conference having your backÖwelcome to the Big Ten. - HawkeyeNation
In N Out will definitely be getting some props. Just going town by town/neighborhood by neighborhood right now but plan to do an entire post about must visit dining spots. Considering how long it took to compile info for just Pasadena and Burbank I'll probably be working on this until April.
Originally Posted by jikastew
Here's part 2...
If you're looking for more of a "city" feel, downtown would be the place to set up shop. It's about as city-like (in the NY or Chicago sense) as LA gets.
While its nightlife and restaurant scene have gotten way better over the last few years, downtown remains a business district and sees a mass exodus after 5 which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Regardless, if you're a foodie or cocktail hound you'll be in heaven with all the options.
For the most part downtown is clean and perfectly safe but there are enough vagrants and/or crackheads to make things interesting and have you walking a little faster at night. The big key is to just ignore them and they'll ignore you.
If you really crave adventure and opt not to rent a car, downtown is the major hub for public transit making it much easier to get around without wheels. Unfortunately, the subway to the beach is another 10 - 15 years out so you'll be stuck riding the bus if you want to dip a toe in the ocean. The one upside to riding the bus is you will have a crazy story or five to impress your friends with when you get back home.
Hotels downtown can be on the pricey side but deals can be found. Be sure to hit up your favorite discount travel site. One thing to note is parking can run between $20 - 40 a day so keep that in mind.
Millennium Biltmore - Huge classic hotel that has stayed current with the times. Great bar in the lobby with all the free mixed nuts you can handle.
Hilton Checkers - Across the street from the Biltmore. On the tiny side and getting a little long in the tooth.
Hotel Bonaventure - Classic 60's style skyscraper hotel. Worth a visit just for the elevator ride and the revolving bar on the top floor.
The Standard - Definitely not a family hotel. If you're heading to the game with a bunch of your single friends, The Standard can't be recommended enough. At night you'll feel like you're walking through an episode of Entourage. The rooftop bar gets pretty wild. On weekends the bar is typically open hotel guests only but the doormen can be greased. During the week you can slide in at the start of happy hour no problem and stay as long as you like.
Figuroa Hotel - A clean, classic hotel with a kitschy Moroccan theme. Poolside bar is a lot of fun. Definitely a steal as far as downtown hotels go. It's right next to LA Live and The Original Pantry.
Omni - Pretty straightforward nice hotel.
JW Marriott at LA Live This is the newest hotel in downtown. Only a couple years old. It's the anchor of the LA Live entertainment hub across the street from Staples Center. The building itself is also home to a Ritz Carlton but the Marriott side gives you about 8/10ths the wow factor of the Ritz. Very few differences between the two.
Link to all Downtown hotels
Grand Central Market Huge open air market that's basically a giant, exotic food court and fruit stand. The sights and smells can be a little overwhelming (in a good way). Be sure to ride Angel's Flight, the world's smallest railroad, across the street and Pershing Square is a block down the street.
Disney Concert Hall- An architectural landmark you see in every other car commercial. Tours are held during the day and if you didn't want the full tour you can roam around outside and inside a bit.
Central Library - Go here if you get homesick for the state capitol. It was designed by the same architect, Bertram Goodhue, and the look and feel is uncanny. The library is basically the stubby, semi-identical cousin to the Nebraska capitol.
LA Live - The new entertainment hub for downtown. Club Nokia and the Nokia Theater are great places to see a concert. Several good restaurants and bars to choose from.
Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA is directly across the street from the Disney Concert Hall. Definitely the "edgiest" of art museums in town. If the classics are your thing you might want to skip it.
Olvera Street - One of LA's rare historic landmarks. Oldest street in downtown and pretty much where LA started. Interesting shops and great Mexican food.
Santee Alley - Crazy shopping district. While The Man has put the brakes on a lot of knock offs and bootleg items, this is still the place to go if you want to find "Gucci" purses and other big ticket items for prices so low they can't be real. My mom loves going here when she's in town and always finds some good scores. Definitely read up so you know what to expect.
Dodger Stadium - About 5 minutes northwest of downtown. The Dodgers are out of town the week of the UCLA game but if you're a fan of checking out stadiums it's worth the trip. You can take a guided tour or visit the Top of the Park Gift Shop which is open during normal business hours and even if you don't buy anything you can explore the Top Deck and even take a picnic lunch to eat in the seats. Great photo op especially on a clear day.
Natural History Museum - About 10 minutes south of downtown pretty much on the USC campus and right next to the Collesium. Great kid friendly spot and a good educational experience for them if you feel guilty for plucking them out of school so early in the year.
Restaurants I Like
The Original Pantry - Restaurants don't get any more classic. Definitely a must visit. Never closes and often has a quickly moving line out the door at all times. The menu is right in the wheelhouse for 99.9% of Nebraska's population. Skip if you're vegetarian.
Philippe The Original Restaurant - Two words- French Dip.
Border Grill - Mexican restaurant owned by Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (they've been on the Food Network since the last century).
Wurstkuche - On the "adventurous" end of downtown and can be a little tricky to find but once you get there you'll be treated to a German style beer hall with sausages and beer for days. Don't let the line scare you. Everyone orders at the counter and the lobby area is small. Once you get inside though a waitress will take your beer orders right away.
Frying Fish - Fun sushi bar in the heart of Little Tokyo. Just grab what you want off the conveyor belt and when you're done they tally up your plates. Be careful, if you're hungry it can get expensive.
Bottega Louie - Sit in the dining room and it's fancy or eat at the bar to keep it casual. Amazing pastry counter.
Nickel Diner - Three words- Maple bacon donut. Three more words - Biscuits and gravy.
The Gorbals - A dining adventure right out of New York City. Owned by a Top Chef winner. Bacon wrapped Matzo Balls and bone marrow are amazing. This place isn't for everyone but if you're a foodie it's worth taking a look at the menu.
Pacific Dining Car - One of the best steaks in town and impeccable service that you will pay for. If you saw Training Day with Denzel Washington, this is where he goes to get permission and pay off the wise men.
Bars I Like - Be warned. Depending on your tolerance level getting tipsy can be pricey. Expect a beer to run $5 - 9 not including tip. Mixed drinks can go anywhere from $9 - 15 if you get fancy. Don't drink and drive ethier. Even if you don't kill someone, getting a DUI will cost a a pretty penny. Just isn't worth it.
Golden Gopher - All round good time.
Seven Grand - If you like whiskey this is your dream come true.
Cole's - Skip the food and head for the speakeasy style bar in the way back.
Big Wang's - If you need a sports bar. Good wings and pizza.
Casey's Irish Pub - About as casual as downtown gets without going to the full dive bar route.
None of this really applies to me since it'll be a day trip, but it was pretty nice of you to put this all together. Very informative
Now this is a good hotel name:
Vagabond Inn Pasadena......
You never stand so tall as when you kneel to help a child.
Great read so far, lots of good information for those making the trip. Thanks for doing this.
You never stand so tall as when you kneel to help a child.
A couple of Downtown omissions - you forgot the Petersen Automotive Museum (great historical collection and static displays), and the La Brea Tarpits.
Great series, SWF! Will you be doing Santa Monica/Venice Beach?
Great information. I am studying the recommendations and making plans. Thanks, SW.
I've already got the Petersen and the Tar Pits/LACMA set for a post about mid-city/West Hollywood/The Grove area. Those two spots are right in my 'hood so there's no way I can't mention them ; )
Originally Posted by Quality Czech
Thanks for kind words so far. It's my pleasure to try and help out. I'll be working my way west all the way the to the beach and then some. Should hit Santa Monica/Venice next week at the rate I'm going.
Excellent work SWF!
Originally Posted by Shevin Wiggins' Foot
Griffith Observatory http://www.griffithobs.org/
LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens http://www.lazoo.org/
Been out of town so this project had to go on the back burner for a bit. This installment covers the "Tourist" part of Hollywood plus Griffith Park.
Hollywood Blvd 74
You wonít see anyone famous but youíll see plenty of imposters. If you've never been, the freak show is worth experiencing at least once and maybe you'll go back home with a story to tell. Iíd suggest making this a quick stop unless thereís something specific you want to do. During the day is much better than at night as there's better people watching and it's less sketchy.
Park at the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center. If you plan to do a shopping trip in another part of town, you can skip the stores in this mall. Other than the Oakley store, there's really nothing to write home about. Thereís much better shopping to be found elsewhere.
Stop at Starbucks to fuel up and get your parking validated. It's only $2 for 2 hours which is more than ample time to take in the sights and the smells. If you see a movie at Grauman's, they validate for 4 hours.
Also, the Hollywood and Highland Red Line stop drops you off right at ground zero which could be a good alternative to driving if you're staying close to the Metro.
Word of warning - a tour of starís homes is more like a tour of starís mailboxes and gated driveways. That being said a guided tour can be a good way to see the town with someone else doing the driving. My mom always goes on one when sheís visiting just for the people watching and being able to learn new obscure trivia from the guides.
Starline and TMZ are the the most reputable. Starline even offers a hop on hop off service which could be a fun way to get around town without having to resort to riding the bus.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Check out the hand and footprints of all the legendary movie stars out front. Get your picture taken with a poorly dressed movie character or five. They can get aggressive on the tipping but you're not required to pay them. A buck or two per photo is perfectly acceptable. If you've got the time and a movie you want to see is playing in the Chinese, definitely go. It's a truly amazing theatre. Skip the multi-plex part though.
Madam Tussauds Wax Museum - The highest quality tourist trap attraction. Skip all the others.
Hollywood Walk of Fame - See some famous names immortalized on the sidewalk. How much of this you want to see is up to you. The stars go all the way past Vine and then along Vine down to Sunset Bvld. Little trivia- Muhammed Ali's is the only star not on the Walk of Fame. It's tucked away by the box office for the Chinese Theater because he didn't want people stepping all over him.
El Capitan - this classic theatre is owned by Disney. If you've got kids and you're not going to Disneyland this could be a manageable alternative as Disneyland is "really, really far away." Then again as I kid I was talked into believing Doniphan was a big city. Even if you don't see a movie there's a soda fountain and gift shop.
Also, the El Capitan is where Jimmy Kimmel tapes his show. Here's ticket info. His outdoor concerts tape around the back and could be a fun way to catch a show.
Even T-Magic could throw a football of his back foot and hit a souvenir shop. If you need to bring something home with somebody's name on it Hollywood Blvd is your place.
Sunset Blvd - (Far enough away that you'll want to drive if you parked at Hollywood and Highland)
Amoeba Records - If you're a serious music or movie collector, Amoeba is Memorial Stadium. It's too big of a place to go for a casual browse so only go if you're prepared to spend at least an hour looking around.
ArcLight Hollywood - Right next door to Amoeba and home the iconic Cinerama Dome. While the Dome isn't as ornate as the Chinese, I'd give it the edge as the place to go if you wanted to experience seeing a movie in Hollywood. The rest of the theater complex is great too. Thereís even a full service restaurant and bar. If you're keeping score at home this is where I see most of my movies.
Chain restaurants are all over the place in the Hollywood and Highland area. Way too many too many to list but here are some key ones.
In N Out Burger - If you've never had one, you MUST go. There's no room for debate. The Hollywood location is barely a five minute walk from straight down from the Chinese Theatre. I like to get a Double Double Animal Style with Animal Fries and a Chocolate Shake. While the actual In N Out menu is ridiculously small, their secret menu is almost endless.
Umami Burger - (A block north of Amoeba Records) No offense to In N Out but Umami just might make the best burger you'll ever eat. The Manly Burger with a side of tempura onion rings are high on my list should I ever have to select a death row meal.
The Happy Ending Ė (Kitty corner from In N Out) This is the official Hollywood watch site for Californians for Nebraska. If you somehow manage to lose your tickets, this would be a great spot to watch the game though most of the Husker fans will probably be at the Rose Bowl.
Hooters - (The one in Santa Monica has a better staff if you know what I'm sayin'.)
Fresh and Easy - (a block west of the Chinese Theater.) This odd little grocery store is basically the British version of Trader Joe's and specializes in meals ready to go (aka bachelor food). This is an under the radar spot if you want a quick good cheap lunch that won't clog your arteries.
Roscoe's Chicken N Waffles The Hollywood location of Roscoe's is the most tourist friendly. Thereís also an outpost in Pasadena but Iíve never been. If the menu is up your alley, I can't recommend it enough. The Carol C. Special with a side of corn bread is my favorite.
Yamishiro Ė Up in the hills, this sushi-centric restaurant has killer views at night. Worth it for that alone. The menu is solid all round. Moderate to spendy but not nearly as expensive as the view.
Palmís Thai Ė Authentic Thai food featuring an Authentic Thai Elvis. Donít be deterred by the fact that this restaurant is connected to a self-storage building. The food is great and the prices are very reasonable.
Hollywood Bowl - Amazing concert venue. BB King plays Wednesday (9/5) and The LA Philharmonic plays Thursday and Friday 9/6 and 9/7. A word of warning- getting to and finding parking for the Bowl can be more complex than Bill Callahanís playbook.
Pantages Theatre - The Broadway production of The Book of Mormon opens September 5th. If you're so inclined this will likely be a tough ticket. The Frolic Room right next door is a wonderful dive bar.
The Theatre formerly known as The Kodak Theatre - Home of the Oscars and Cirque Du Soliel's IRIS show.
This is a hard part of town to suggest staying in unless partying like a rock star is at the top of your itinerary. The amount of congestion can really make coming and going a hassle.
The Roosevelt and The W would be your top party pads.
The Renaissance Ė basically connected to Hollywood and Highland.
Hollywood is the where youíll find the bulk of the all crazy nightclubs in town these days. Be prepared to spend as much as a night out in Vegas. Iím more of a dive bar kinda guy and I rarely go these spots so weíll just skip this part if thatís OK. If Hollywood after dark is on your itinerary, hit me up and I can give you a recommendation or two. A good buddy is a GM for a company that owns many of the clubs and could get you on the guest list at one of their clubs.
The Hollywood Sign
The easiest and most accessible photo-op is in Griffith Park from the Observatory. Trying to drive up close to the sign is a guaranteed way to get lost even with a GPS. Plus, trying to find parking on crowded, steep and narrow streets is a major pain. If you must get close, Iíd suggest looking at the sign from the Lake Hollywood Dog Park.
The Batcave Ė Go on a moderately strenuous hike and pay your respects to Adam West and Burt Ward.
Thanks to the magic of traffic patterns Griffith Park is 20 minutes from Hollywood and Highland and 20 minutes from Pasadena assuming the freeway isnít on fire.
At 4,000 acres Griffith Park is the largest city park in the US and is a great desitnation if youíre traveling with kids or want to give your wallet a break. There are plenty of fun things to do that are free or don't cost a whole lot.
Griffith Observatory - This landmark was renovated a few years ago. Amazing views of the city (on a clear day you can see all the way to Catalina Island) and great photo-op for having the Hollywood Sign in the background. The Observatory is free. The only admission charge is for the planetarium shows.
Greek Theatre Ė Outdoor concert venue nestled in the hillside underneath the Observatory. With a seating capacity of 5,800 itís about half the size of the Hollywood Bowl. Crosby, Stills & Nash play Friday, September 7th.
Travel Town Ė Outdoor railroad museum. Large collection of trains spanning many eras with mini-train rides for the kids. Free admission.
The Autry Museum - In a simple nutshell the Autry is a museum dedicated to cowboys and Indians. If youíre an American history buff this can be a very fascinating. Closed Mondays.
The LA Zoo - Directly across the street from the Autry. Itís no Henry Doorley but itís a fully capable zoo.
Golf Ė Griffith Park has four public courses. Iíve only ever played the Roosevelt course and itís very nice 9 hole. If you want to play the fastest round ever check out The Los Feliz Par 3. The Wilson and Harding courses have a driving range but if you just want to hit balls taking a trip to the Aroma Golf Academy in Koreatown always makes for a fun golf adventure. Try not to get vertigo swinging clubs from high up on the fourth level.
Horseback riding Ė Rent a horse and cruise the trails. Griffith Park also offers pony rides for the kids.
Hiking - Tons of trails to choose from. Keep an eye out for coyotes and rattlesnakes. Seriously.
Merry Go Round Ė A Griffith Park fixture since 1937. If you ever saw the move Face/Off this is where Nicolas Cage gunned down John Travolta's kid.
Trails Cafe Ė Wonderful coffee shop/bakery at the base of the park. Fuel up on your way to or from the observatory.
The House of Pies - Family restaurant straight down the hill from the Observatory (approx half a mile south of the park). Just look for the giant House of Pies sign. Open early till very late this was my second home for 7 years when I lived a couple blocks away. The Banana Creme pie can't be beat.
Forgive me if I'm repeating anything that's been said, as I've only skimmed the posts, but having lived in the South Bay, I would strongly consider staying in Hermosa or Manhattan Beach. I would consider them non-touristy areas that are very safe and have lots of entertainment. When we played USC there were thousands of Husker fans roaming the Strand. I didn't see the Petersen Auto Museum listed as an attraction. I think that is a must for any car enthusiast. Getty Villa is really cool. Rose Bowl in and of itself is pretty cool. I used to work in Glendale and we had an office golf league at the courses that surround the stadium and are literally a parking lot for tailgating on game day.
I have always avoided of LA for the following reasons:
San Andreas Fault Line
But I think I may just make this trip!
If you have a chance to fly-in after dark - nice view: