Monday, May 26, 2014

#294-300: Hummingbird Trail, Tongva Park, Origami Records, Snow White House and more!

Tongva Park in Santa Monica
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Howdy Adventurers! How are you Angelenos doing? As we are approaching summer, there's something in the air, and it's not just allergens. It's that tug to get outdoors, to hike, go to the beach, or have a picnic.

Whether it's walking around the new Tongva Park, taking an architecture tour of Angelino Heights, or hiking the Hummingbird Trail, there are so many places to get your sun fix. What are your favorite outdoor L.A. places to visit?

#294: Angelino Heights

Angelino Heights is the second oldest district in Los Angeles. It is known for its steep hills and Victorian architecture.  The LA Conservancy offers a walking tour for $10.

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#295: Origami Vinyl Record Shop

Origami is a small local record store located in Echo Park. It also hosts in-store concerts. If you are a fan of Amoeba, you'd love this more intimate store. (Thank you to Zerve for recommending this place!)

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#296: Tongva Park

This 6.2 acre Santa Monica park includes an amphitheater, garden, playground, picnic area, fountains and restrooms. It was dedicated in October, 2013.

#297: Cove Skatepark

Even if you don't skate, it's still fun to visit the Cove Skatepark, a 20,000 square foot skatepark located at 14th and Olympic. 

#298: The "Snow White" House 

Fans of Storybook Houses should check out this Tujunga house on the corner of Commerce and Apperson. (Thank you to the reader who recommended this!) Note: You can't go in--just admire from the sidewalk. For more Storybook Houses in L.A., click here

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#299: Casa Adobe De San Rafael and Park

This Glendale house was built for Tomas Sanchez, the first sheriff of L.A. County. It was restored in 1932 and is now a museum and California Landmark #235. Free tours are offered on select days. 

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#300: Rocky Peak Park

Yes, #300 is a hiking post! One of the things I miss most of L.A. is the hiking, and this Simi Valley park has it all---rocks, caves, and the delightfully named 'Hummingbird Trail'. Check this site out for cool pics of the Hummingbird Trail. 

Have you been to any of these places? How did you like them? Leave me a comment below! :)