One of the most rewarding ways to visit Los Angeles is to explore some of the many places to see off the beaten path. Not only will your experience be unique, but you will visit places that are not always advertised in the typical tourist brochure such as Lake Shrine, home to the cremains of Gandi
Places to see Off The Beaten Path In LA
Dinosaur lovers are sure to enjoy the Cabazon Dinosaur display fashioned by Claude Bell, an artist of Knotts Berry Farm fame. Bell created these creatures in an effort to drive traffic to an eatery he opened in 1958. The original dinosaur, Diny, is the result of an 11 year artsy/crafty project using construction scraps. This 45-foot-tall, 150-foot-long creature is actually a building that is entered from his tail and among other rooms contains a gift shop. Although not accessible by the public, the structure contains a tunnel for the purpose of replacing the lights in Diny’s eyes. A second dinosaur, 65-foot-tall T-Rex, provides companionship for Diny. T-Rex’s gigantic dentures afford visitors a unique way to look out of a window.
Heritage Square Museum
In a city replete with museums of all genre, Los Angeles is home to a most unique museum, Heritage Square Museum, which is not just a museum but a work in progress. The overall mission of this museum is to chronicolize the development of LA beginning in the 1850s. In an effort to preserve pre-1900s history, several structures including an octagonal house, a Pasadena church and a Century City train depot have been carefully relocated to the grounds. Heritage Square features a very unusual tour opportunity referenced as The Mourning Tour. Costumed guides are always ready to acquaint guests with the grief, death and mourning rituals practiced in the Victorian age.