|CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
CLASS: History and Overview of Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a one-of-a-kind destination encompassing an array of unique and exciting regions---each one culturally distinct. With so much to see and do, we'll explore a different region each day to help us experience the city to the fullest.
FIELD TRIP: After class, begin an all day exploration of downtown with John Daugherty, our local expert. John has lived in LA for over 50 years, is passionate about the city and eager to share some of his favorite areas with us. From the first settlement at El Pueblo Historical Monument to today's modern urban center with its world-class institutions, we'll see how the downtown area has evolved.
During the day, we'll continue riding through some of downtown's diverse 'districts' such as the Fashion District, Financial District and Little Tokyo, each with its own personality, economics and history. In the Historic Core, we'll visit the 1893 Bradbury Building, the oldest commercial office structure remaining in downtown LA and a popular film location, and view the facades of Vaudeville-era movie houses on Broadway.
In the Bunker Hill District, we'll drive by the Music Center and stop at the Walt Disney Concert Hall gardens and Grand Ave. lobby. In the Civic Center, we'll find Spanish architect Jose Rafael Moneo's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, where we'll visit the sanctuary and mausoleum and view John Nava's tapestries. We'll also make a stop to admire the architectural features of Union Station. Constructed in 1939, it was the last of the nation's great train stations to be built.