If you want to make a day and visit vintage Los Angeles, you must take a trip to first the Union Station. This beautiful landmark opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing the older La Grande Station and Central Station. One of a number of union stations built in the early 1900s it served trains from the Union Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railways. Built on a grand scale, Union Station became known as “Last of the Great Railway Stations” built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
It is really beautiful and the main station looks almost exactly as it did when it was first opened. This has been the site of MANY movies including the most recent Gangster Squad. Its a classic part of Los Angeles history and a must see during your next visit!
Next stop should be Olivera Street. http://olvera-street.com/
Olvera Street is in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, California, and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Many Latinos refer to it as “La Placita Olvera.” Since 1911 it was described as Sonora Town.
Having started as a short lane, Wine Street, it was extended and renamed in honor of Agustín Olvera, a prominent local judge, in 1877. There are 27 historic buildings lining Olvera Street, including the Avila Adobe, the Pelanconi House and the Sepulveda House. In 1930, it was converted to a colorful Mexican marketplace.
There is lots of art and culture to be found in this area and a great way to spend the day!
Please check the main website for events as it is always more fun when there are things going on! There is lots of good places to get something to eat in the area so get ready to spend the day walking, shopping, and eating!