With any luck Ruth and I will be on the road soon. One of our scheduled destinations at the present time is Los Angeles, a city we have often visited. A new approach to a popular and often seen destination is my goal this time. We will not, as a result, visit the Getty Center, Universal Studios, or the Griffith Observatory. We will not even see middling but worthwhile attractions like the Hollyhock House, the Disney Concert Hall downtown and its relatively new and great neighbor The Broad Museum, The Eames House, or the La Brea Tar Pits. So I’m looking at and considering some of the eight following places.
There are a couple of must repeats. I want to see Mystery Pier Books at 8826 West Sunset Boulevard again and the dream-producing Pacific Design Center that we did not have time for late in 2019 when we last visited LA. At that time we toured The Eames House and saw the city of Palmdale just north of the San Gabriel Mountains. The Pacific Design Center is at 8687 Melrose Ave. and a hard place to leave.
So what will we see in such a familiar city in 2020 depending on availability? Below is a list of destinations we are considering.
- LAX No kidding. People who still fly tell us that the scariest place to be in any big city during the COVID epidemic is its airport. Ruth & I have been told that social distancing is very abused until its time to board your flight and you must put your mask on. Airports are all of a sudden the ghost towns of the 21st century. We have been to LAX many times over the years and can’t imagine it virtually deserted.
- The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
- The Hollywood Forever Cemetery where, among other celebrities, Judy Garland is buried.
- The fabled Hollywood Bowl that we have never seen up close.
- The TCL Chinese Theater that we have not been in for many, many years. It was called Grauman’s the last time we were there.
- Runyon Canyon Park a few blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, which is often described as an overlooked place with great views.
- Paramount Pictures Studio. Paramount is said to be the only historic film studio remaining from the Hollywood Era. If you want to really experience it, you must reserve a spot for a guided tour. The more costly one will set you back $60 per person, but it lasts 2 hours to half a day and sounds like nostalgic fun. If this is too dear, there’s a standard tour offered every half hour from 9 am until 3:30 pm for $18 per vehicle.
- I must see the redone, largest passenger terminal in the western US again. I was 18 years old the last time I was there.