We're Riding the Los Angeles Wave in This Week's Travel Guide!
Last night, we joined Eric Dowdle as he toured the Golden Coast's most famed city, Los Angeles, in Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle!
Now that he has experienced the City of Angels in all its sunny, sandy glory, Eric is stoked to spill his new SoCal secrets. So we joined forces with him to create the traveler's dream guide to navigating this Hollywood beach town!
This travel guide is the perfect companion on a trip to explore the history, beauty, and ever-evolving culture of this celebrity hotspot. So pack your bags and read on—we're going to LA!
Famous Landmarks Worth Giving A Visit:
Homeboy Industries (130 W. Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Primarily gaining funds through its bakery services, this nonprofit organization has embarked on an inspiring mission to help ex-gang members and convicts in the Los Angeles area redirect their lives by offering them job training, education, therapy, and more.
Eric: "Homeboy's provides the opportunity for people to change their lives and then help others."
La Brea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Discover these pools of natural asphalt that have been springing up from the earth for thousands of years, now serving as an excavation site for the discovery of ancient animal remains.
Seventh Wave Surf Shop (2714 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814)
Seventh Wave or seventh heaven? This old-school surf shop fulfills the true beach bum's ultimate fantasy with a surfboard-making style that hails back to the 60's, which means every hand-carved board is 100% custom.
Skyspace Slide and Observatory (633 West Fifth Street, Suite 840, Los Angeles, CA 90071)
The waves aren't the only thing you can ride in LA! Take a trip down the Skyscape slide at the top of the US Bank Tower—about 1,000 up—and see one of the most breathtaking cityscapes in the nation. Tickets range from $19 to $40 per person.
The Queen Mary (1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802)
This beautiful boat, which is twice the size of the iconic Titanic, seamlessly blends its antique charm into the contemporary glamour of the city that surrounds it. Whether you're staying aboard or just taking a tour, this lovely vessel will take you back to the height of its 1930s popularity.
Eric: "The best part about the Queen Mary was all the stories of the commodore who took us on a tour."
Best-Kept Secret of the Town:
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of this coastal metropolis lies impressive historical and cultural emblems, particularly out on Catalina Island. In the city of Avalon, skilled artisan Robin Cassidy works on restoring the Spanish tiles that decorate the city. Book a private tour to discover how these vintage tiles are made and painted!
Silver Canyon Tile (22 Pebbly Beach Rd, Avalon, CA 90704)
Eric's Favorite Places to Eat:
While Los Angeles is definitely known for its Hollywood fame and stunning beaches, it's also known for some truly scrumptious cuisine. Take a look at Eric's favorites!
Avalon Grille (423 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704)
This modern Catalina trademark features not only unique menu items ranging from fresh calamari to spicy ahi but also an exquisite waterfront view of Avalon Bay.
Pink's Hot Dogs (709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038)
Pink's hot dogs have known the mouths of many an LA celebrity, but this quick-bite eatery serves up delicious creations that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Eric: "I like a place that allows you to make your food customized. Pink's allows you to do that. Sometimes, like a great piece of art, less is more. A simple hot dog with sauerkraut is pretty darn good."
Randy's Donuts (805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301)
We know how Eric feels about donuts, so it's no wonder Randy's got well-deserved high marks from him for its donut masterpieces. Randy's offers everything from a traditional glazed donut to a wheat and honey donut, ensuring that every customer is satisfied.
The "Los Angeles" Painting
With all the enchanting scenery, both vintage and modern, pervading Los Angeles, Eric had plenty of inspiration for his newest painting. Check out Eric's beautiful representation of the City of Angels!
And if you love this painting, don't forget to buy the puzzle!