Located in the downtown area, the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (or Los Angeles Plaza Historic District) is a historical site and open-air museum. Dating back from 1781, when the first settlement took place on Olvera Street. It would eventually grow into the city of Los Angeles.
While some people tend to think of Olvera Street and the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument as the same thing, they are really not. Olvera Street is only one small street, and the Historical Monument covers a much wider area. There is a separate review for Olvera Street itself.
In addition to Olvera Street, there are a bunch of other places to check out. There is the Old Plaza, where there are performances that happen there, that do give the place a bit of a festive feel. Plus some statues around the Plaza, of historical figures from the colonial era in California.
Also, there is the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, also known as the La Placita Church, consisting of a church worship area and a chapel. I think the chapel is the only thing that was open when I was there. But worth a quick look, to see the golden altar. And the Garnier Building, which was part of the original Chinatown, and showcasing the diversity of this area.
There are other buildings to check out, like the Pico House and Sepulveda House. And additional museums to check out. You may want to pick up a map of the area, and tour around the area that way. Or go on one of the guided tours.
Located across the street from Union Street, it is accessible by the Metro. And a good place to kill some time, if you have a long wait until your next train or FlyAway bus. Or if you want to do something different.
I won't say that this is a must-see, but it is a nice and sometimes festive place to check out.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.