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Los Angeles One Day Tour via La Brea Tar Pits


La Brea Tar Pits

People look through the fence at the La Brea Tar Pits.

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Continue down Sunset to La Brea. Turn left on La Brea until you get to Wilshire (about 2 miles) Turn right on Wilshire. As you pass Curson, look for metered parking on the right in front of Hancock Park near the Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits. If there is no parking available on Wilshire, turn right on Fairfax and right on 6th Street to park on the other side of the park. There are entrance gates from 6th Street and from Wilshire, but the biggest tar pits are near the Wilshire entrance.

Take a quick stroll through the park to see these active tar pits where more pre-historic fossils have been discovered than anyplace else on earth. Active excavations are under way and there are daily tours of the current excavation pit at 1 p.m. Fossils from these pits have found their way into museums all over the world, but the largest collection is here at the Page Museum.

If you’re ready for lunch head up Fairfax to 3rd Street to the Farmer’s Market to grab a bite at one of the many food vendors in this permanent market building.

If it’s still early, continue West on Wilshire to Beverly Hills and the famed shopping area of the stars, Rodeo Drive, which only goes to the right. Metered parking is available on Rodeo and surrounding streets if you want to get out and walk around. If you happen to be here between 3 and 6 in the afternoon, stop by McCormick and Schmick’s at the top of the pedestrian walk way at the foot of Rodeo Drive for their happy hour food specials.

The designer shops only occupy a block or two, then Rodeo becomes a wide boulevard passing through a Beverly Hills neighborhood of multi-million-dollar mansions all the way back up to Sunset Blvd. Turn Left on Sunset heading west.

Sunset is a winding green route to the beach. Wilshire is an urban landscape of retail and commercial buildings with a green stretch through the L.A. Country Club.

If you want to take the Wilshire route, turn right at the Sunset 6-way intersection down Cañon Drive, then veer right at the next block on Beverly Drive, just to give you a different view back down to Wilshire, where you’ll turn right and pass Rodeo Drive again on your way to the beach.

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