Things to do in L.A.- visit history

Do like the locals and stay out of the tourist traps! Captions are links.

rent a convertible in L.A.
Go ahead and rent a fancy car.

One of the things I like to do when visiting is check out lots of old stuff- buildings, restaurants, neighborhoods. Most of the time I just drive around but since L.A. is so huge, you can check out some of the local historical societies for guidance. Then of course, you’ll want to eat and drink, so I’ve included some ideas on where to do that.

Glendale Historical Society

Los Angeles Historical Society

Pasadena Museum Of History

Burbank Historical Society

Mid Century Modern Glendale Federal Building
Mid Century Modern Glendale Federal Building
vintage window decorations
A vintage window decoration at what’s currently a Sprint store on California and Brand in Glendale
Historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA
Historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA
Chilaquiles from Mi Corazon, Glendale, CA
Have some breakfast- Chilaquiles from Mi Corazon In Glendale
banana pancakes. mi corazon, glendale, ca
Or try their delicious banana pancakes
recess, glendale ca
Or, if you want lunch, they have that, too!

Go visit the upscale shopping center Americana At Brand, where there’s a new Nordstrom and a new Bloomingdales┬ánext door at the Galleria. See a movie, check out the Mac store, or just have a coffee and walk around. I don’t usually approve of the destruction of all the old buildings they did to put this thing up, but downtown Glendale was pretty far gone and this is a big improvement.

Americana at Brand
The Americana At Brand- happy hour! at Amici

Then you can go to Pasadena for more shopping, visit the Norton Simon Museum, which is small enough to explore in a couple hours but holds a ton of great art.

Do some shopping in OId Town. Old Town is a great example of restoring and reusing the old buildings instead of just tearing them down and putting in a mall.

old town, pasadena, ca
Old Town Pasadena
cafe linda's, pasadena, ca. Thai food
Such good Thai food and a lunch special, too! Cafe Linda’s
Lunch at Cafe Linda, Pasadena, CA
Lunch at Cafe Linda, Pasadena, CA
cassell's burgers, los angeles
So vintage! Cassell’s Burgers at 3266 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 So vintage, they don’t have a website!
cassell's, los angeles
Old Fashioned burgers at Cassell’s, Los Angeles
Fun vintagey decor at Cassell's
Fun vintagey decor at Cassell’s
Pick what you want at Cassell's
Pick what you want at Cassell’s
No, that's not an egg, it's a peach! Love the nostalgic food at Cassell's
No, that’s not an egg, it’s a peach! Love the nostalgic food at Cassell’s

I’m sure you all know some cool out of the way spots in the L.A. area, so be sure to let me know about them in the comments!