Los Angeles short getaway day one, morning
Pick up a rental car and start your Los Angeles short getaway in Old Town Pasadena. Grab a pastry from an outdoor café and browse the Colorado Boulevard boutiques and bookstores. Art lovers can stop in the Pacific Asia Museum to see its small but well-presented collection. The building itself is a work of art with a traditional Chinese courtyard and koi carp pond.
Start: Old Town Pasadena.
Nearest metro: Gold Line Memorial Park
As lunchtime nears, drive south down the oldest freeway in Los Angeles, the 110, or hop on the Gold Line and head to Chinatown. On weekends Angelenos will already be crowding the dim sum joints. Grab a table and point out what you want to eat as steaming carts wheel by. Just a little south is Olvera Street, the oldest part of the city. Wind your way through the colorful stalls hawking Mexican souvenirs. Some weekends you’ll find mariachi bands and Aztec dancers performing on the plaza stage.
Nearest metro: Gold Line Chinatown
A hop on the Red Line or a quick drive north on the 101 Freeway will take you to Hollywood & Highland. Choose from one of the chain restaurants in the complex or have an old-school Italian dinner at Miceli’s, where the waiters show you photos of themselves with celebrities before your spaghetti arrives. Top the evening off with a family movie at El Capitan, a Hollywood blockbuster at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre or art-house fare at the Egyptian Theatre.
Start: Hollywood & Highland.
Nearest metro: Red Line Hollywood & Highland