We woke up in a haze of tiredness and yet still full of eagerness to start a new day in the USA.
Putting our original plans aside, we spared a couple of hours for attending church, and after that we have to get a replacement car from Hertz at the Orange County Airport.
It was 4pm when we finally had a horribly expensive lunch at the airport and got a new car, this time, a Dodge Avenger. Excited, we got on with as much as our LA tour as we could, racing the sunset.
In LA we weren’t very interested to visit Hollywood because we are not all that into movies. However LA has one of the most concentration museums in the whole of USA so I really wanted to visit at least a couple.
There are some fast food experiences that are uniquely LA or were at least born here, so checking them out is part of a truly LA cultural experience. These include In N Out Burgers, Pink’s Hot Dog’s and the not-remotely-authentic Tito’s Tacos. When we arrived, we drove straight for the famous Pink’s Hot Dogs where numerous famous people has visited. The queue was also famously long but that was expected. We took the opportunity to take some photos, and even got the people queuing up behind us to help us take a photo.
Pink’s Hollywood: LA iconic hotdog stand, since 1939
Address: 709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039, United States
Hours: 9:30am – 2am
After a delicious meal, it was dark and cold and we were so tempted to just go back to the hotel and sleep. However it felt like we didn’t even give LA a chance. Since we were there already, we decided on driving to the Wilshire Ave for 2 main atractions: La Brea Tar Pits and the LACMA. I’m pretty glad we did!
La Brea Tar Pits: The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in urban Los Angeles. Natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. — Wikipedia
Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States
Hours: 0930 – 1700
Since it was late and the museum was closed, we just walked the grounds.
The LACMA aka Los Angeles County Museum of Art was just a short walk away.
LACMA modern art installation: Urban Lights
After getting in touch with our artistic side and freezing out in the LA winter, we went back to our hotel at about 8pm.