Are you visiting Downtown Los Angeles? If you plan on visiting the Downtown area, you must do this walking tour scavenger hunt! In fact, it will take you around downtown to every major site. You will have challenges to solve every step of the way. Meanwhile, you will also be exposed to the area’s history and many local tips.
What you will see
- Union Station
- City Hall
- Calle Olvera
- Walt Disney Music Hall
- Bradbury Building
- The Broad
- Grand Park
We visited Downtown L.A. and completed this scavenger hunt in July 2017. This allowed us to optimize it with many extra features you will discover along the way!
- Starting Location: Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA
- Distance: 3.2 km / 1.98 mi
- Time: 2:15 – 2:45 hours – This depends on your walking speed and riddle-solving time.
- Method: Walking is ideal.
- A fully charged Smartphone with internet access to Google is necessary.
- Google Maps and Wikipedia will also come in handy at times.
- Bottled water (convenience stores can be found along the route where you can buy some)
- As well, a local street map or tourist map of downtown Los Angeles will come in handy.
- The courage to ask questions of locals if you need help!
- Moreover, pen and paper will also be of use unless you have other people with smartphones who can take notes.
History of Downtown Los Angeles:
Known by its initials L.A., Los Angles is Spanish for The Angles. The city was founded in 1781 by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It was part of Mexico from 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence (from Spain) until 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War.
When first founded, the city’s full name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula”. This translates from Spanish to “the town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River”. The Porciuncula River has since been renamed the Los Angeles River.
Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the United States after New York City, with almost 4 million people living here. However, when you consider the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the population goes up to 18.7 million! The city covers an area of 469 square miles.
Indeed, Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district for the area with only 58,000 residents and over 500,000 jobs. Moreover, the city’s roots start in this neighborhood. Finally, it is also the hub of the city’s Metro transit system.