Go on an urban hike that reveals the true heart of El Pueblo de Los Angeles - yes, it does have one. Discover that LA is more than "72 suburbs in search of a city"
Benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance
Discovering the real LA Story: An Urban Hike
Over the course of a three-hour afternoon, you'll be introduced to the origin of El Pueblo de Los Ángeles. The journey starts at the historic Echo Park Lake, followed by a quick introduction to LA's public transit system. You'll then bus down to Union Station, where art, history and vital transit all merge. Next up, after a brief walk across Alameda Street, visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Walk the rooms of a 200-year-old adobe, and view the first public outdoor mural in LA and learn about it's significance to the Mexican and immigrant population. While exploring the museums of Olvera Street and the historic El Pueblo Plaza, you'll learn about how the LA River gave birth to the city and the names of all the trees, native and non-native, shading your way. From Olvera Street, you will head forward in time to a more modern LA. You will ascend City Hall, cool off in the Grand Park Fountain, then take an architectural tour of Dorothy Chandler's Music Center, followed by the Department of Water and Power Building. End the day in Vista Hermosa Park, surrounded by native California Chaparral.
- Three-hour urban hike in LA, where you'll learn the history and true heart of El Pueblo de Los Angeles
- Visit several important Olvera Street museums showcasing the first residence of Los Pobladores in Los Angeles and the city's first outdoor mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Tropical America
- LA Metro/public transportation introduction
- Shop the Olvera Street Mexican Market
- Tour of public art and historical importance of Union Station
- Climb to the top of City Hall for a great view of historic and modern day downtown LA
- Get your feet wet in the Grand Park Fountain
- Grab a bite from the various food trucks parked in Gand Park
- Tour the LA Music Center, home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Bend the day back to nature in one of Los Angeles' newly developed native flora parks, Vista Hermosa
- Explore the Department of Water and Power Building, "Designed by Albert C. Martin and Associates and completed in 1965, the seventeen-story Corporate International-style building rises from the center of an enormous reflecting pool punctuated by fountains."
- Prepaid Metro TAP cards (for bus and train fare) will be provided; it is recommended to bring along cash or card for the Olvera Street vendors and food trucks
- Please wear comfortable shoes for hiking around town and dress for the day's weather
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