Day 5 – La Brea Tar Pits and LA

Elephant Stuck in the Tar, La Brea, Los Angeles

Spent the day in Los Angeles today and visited the La Brea Tar Pits.

Itinerary:

  • 9:00 am Checked out the local Bulletproof Coffee Cafe in Santa Monica
  • 10:30 am Visited the La Brea Tar Pits
  • 2:00 pm Drive by the Chinese Theater
  • 2:30 pm Ride through Griffith Park
  • 3:30 pm Drove up the hills to view the Hollywood sign

Our Adventure:

Our first night in the tiki hut was very relaxing and peaceful. The location is great being steps away from the beach and 1.5 miles to Santa Monica.

BulletProof Coffee Shop

We started our day checking out the Bulletproof Coffee cafe in Santa Monica. Bulletproof Coffee and all of their products and food options work excellent with our diet. If you’re ever in the area it’s worth checking out. Dirty Windshield loves butter in our coffee, so this did not disappoint.

La Brea Tar Pits

After filling up, we took a ride into the city to the La Brea Tar Pits. It’s pretty cool to see something like the tar pits right in the middle of a major city.

Remnants in the Tar Pit, La Brea, Los Angeles
Remnants in the Tar Pit

Tip: 

  • There is a good portion of the tar pits that are viewable free of charge outdoors.

La Brea is next door to the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Arts), which, unfortunately, is closed on Wednesdays. The outdoor portion of the Tar Pits and LACMA are open to the public. You are able to view some pretty neat sculptures and a few tar pits.

Bubbling Tar at La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
Bubbling Tar

We did pay to go to the museum at La Brea as well. Inside there are tons of fossils and an observation pit that are totally worth checking out. Another cool aspect is that they have an area inside of the museum where visitors can watch paleontologists work on recent finds.

Timeless Beauty within La Brea, Los Angeles
Timeless Beauty

Downtown L.A.

After La Brea, we took a drive in and around downtown Los Angeles. For me, the city was a bit run down so we decided to drive rather than walk. We drove by the famous Chinese Theater then proceeded on to Griffith Park.

Tip: 

The Los Angeles Zoo is accessed through Griffith Park. (Due to it being mid-afternoon we decided it wasn’t worth checking out this time around, but there is always next time.)

Hollywood sign

Hollywood Hills Black and White, La Brea and LA
Hollywood Hills Black and White

To get a break from the heavy L.A. traffic, we rode through Griffith Park which is a big loop situated behind the Hollywood sign. From there, we were able to find the road less traveled up to view the Hollywood sign.  To be honest, I’m not sure of the names of the streets we were on, but they were insane winding roads up and down. If you’re in the area, be sure to drive slowly around the corners since visibility is poor and the roads are two ways.

Overall, today was low-key. Tomorrow, we will be leaving California and going to either Nevada or possibly all the way to Arizona. We shall see where the wind blows us.

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