Walking tour #1
Starting point: 3.2 miles South East of Baxter 5 (Vacation Rentals, Corporate Suites & Hotel)
Olvera Street & Historic Center
At LA's historic core, a colonial-era street, historic buildings, popular restaurants, and shops selling folk art, clothing and collectables affirm the city's latin roots.
- Begin @ Union Station (1; 800 N. Alameda) at Los Angeles Sts and N. Alameda St. (Bus line: Dash "B"), Mission style rail terminal built in 1939. Cross N. Alameda, then veer left on N. Los Angeles St. toward the Old Plaza and the bell tower of
- Firehouse #1 (2; 134 Paseo de la Plaza), the city's first firehouse. Built in 1884, the building is now a museum brimming with period equipment, including a horse-drawn tanker. Walking northwest on the Plaza, detour left down Sanchez St. to the
- Chinese American Museum (3; 425 N. Los Angeles St.), housing original photos, implements and a re-creation of a turn-of-the-century Chinese herb shop, before continuing to on of LA's most historically significant buildings,
- Pico House (4; 430 N. Main St.) on the northwest end of the Plaza. The ornate palazzo was built in 1870 by the last Mexican governor, Pio Pico. Leaving the Plaza, cross N. side until you reach
- "La Placita" (5; 535 N. Main). The first church built in LA (1822), it remains a cultural pulse point for the Latino Community. A crosswalk adjacent the church's entrance will lead you back across N. Main and to the Plaza. Continue southeast toward the towering fig tree and bandstand of the Plaza. Turn left here onto Olvera St., where colorfully shops sell everything from Mexican wrestler masks to silver jewelry. Start with the delicious tacos made with handmade tortillas at
- Luz del Dia (6; W-1), then explore the street lined with 27 historic buildings, including the oldest structure in Los Angeles, the nineteenth century
- Avila Adobe (7; E-10). Exit north on César Chávez Blvd. to catch Bus #30, 31 or 330.