Los Angeles is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States, but there are still a lot of things that many people don’t know about our little slice of paradise—a fact that is about to change! Interestingly enough, we’ve lived here our entire lives, and some of this stuff was new to us, so have a seat, pour yourself a drink, and prepare to be educated on some unique quirks special to the city of Los Angeles!

Everyone Loves a Souvenir from LA

You can purchase small gifts for your friends and family back home from the strangest places. For example? The LA Coroner’s Office has a gift shop! A gift from there could be the most unique one ever purchased!

Los Angeles is Just a Nickname

The original name of our fair city was quite a mouthful: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula was how LA was once known as. Imagine that fitting on your Expedia travel or bragging about all the good times you had in “the town of our lady queen of angels on the Porciuncula river!

Just Another Billboard?

The Hollywood Sign is an iconic tourist attraction, one that is most likely on your list of “things to do while in Los Angeles.” But did you know that it was originally built as an ad for a new real estate development? Constructed in 1923, it originally said Hollywoodland and used to have flashing lights. The last 4 letters were removed in 1949 and the sign itself was rebuilt in the 1970s after a fundraiser was held by Hugh Hefner for restoration funds.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an Architectural Wonder

The curves of the stainless-steel walls that comprise the exterior of the concert hall are known throughout the world, and the reflection of the city lights at night give this building a moving picture show appearance, but when it was first built, the reflection of the sun in the daytime soon became a hazard to drivers. In addition, sidewalk temperatures around the building often hit 140 degrees during the hottest day of summer! Today, the music heard inside is hot, and the outside remains cooler after the stainless steel was sanded down to reduce the glare.

Where the Stars Sleep Forever

Hollywood’s Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s top celebrities and makes for an interesting afternoon of exploring—especially if you want to “meet the stars” without seeming like a stalker! Douglas Fairbanks, Judy Garland, and Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) are among the many stars who have made the Forever Cemetery their forever home. Maps are available at the flower store right inside the main gate.

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