Downtown L.A. – San Pedro – Palos Verdes – Beach Cities
Our favorite route from Pasadena to Downtown Los Angeles is via the 110 Fwy AKA the Arroyo Seco Fwy as there used to be a twisty river. Hill Street will take us through Chinatown (not as typical as San Francisco Chinatown though) to the heart of the old city: Olvera Street. This ride is one of the most historical ride of all and it offers a great opportunity to learn or to be reminded of the Hispanic origins of the city of Angels. After parking under and walking through the grandiose Union Station, we will show you around and for about a couple of hours we will tour the Mexican market of Olvera Street, la Placita where the city saw major pro-soviet demonstrations in the 30’s (!!), the old Church of our Lady of the Angels, The Pico House, the Siquieros mural and finally la Plaza Museum that tells the whole story.
Our next stop is the most unbelievable contemporary religious construction west of…Europe! The Cathedral of Los Angeles is an amazing place for the believer and the non-believer alike. A place to breeze a special kind of air…the kind that inspires you. Forms and lines and material are just superb. Then we keep going South to San Pedro Harbor, the economical lung of L.A. and the bigger industrial port of the USA. But dont let that fool you, San Pedro has become a very quaint community… Cabrillo Marina, Ports o cal , Warehouse 10 and Point Fermin with a stop at Walker’s Cafe open a totally different chapter to this ride.
The last “leg” is all about the Pacific and beach communities, going up along the coast through Rancho Palos Verdes and the beach cities of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan…expect to see a very authentic piece of the SoCal beach culture. More stops and high view points looking over the Queen ‘s Necklace…
Duration: 6-8 hrs including commuting
from and to your place of residence
or motorcycle rental agency
Mileage: +- 150 miles
Olvera Street /La Plaza de Cultura y Artes Museum
Cathedral Our Lady of the Angels
San Pedro Harbor & Ports O’Call
Redondo, Hermosa & Manhattan Beaches
Availability: year round