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Los Angeles City Hall

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The grand, white concrete tower has stood tall as a city icon since 1928, and today it's the easiest way to take in an elevated view of Downtown and beyond. If you’re ever passing through the Civic Center during public hours—weekdays 9am-5pm, enter on Main Street—then you owe yourself a visit to the 27th floor observation deck. While you're there, walk around the surrounding park and look for the 1984 Olympic torch near the Spring Street exit. 


Venue name: Los Angeles City Hall
Address: 200 N Spring St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Price: Free
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While it's only open on weekdays, it's worth a stop by if you have a free half day or an errand brings you downtown.  Start off by admiring the views from the least known roof deck in LA.  You'll enter through the back of the building (the side opposite Grand Park), and enter some ornate old elevators to get to the highest floors.  There, you'll see a conference room with a towering roof--literally, because you're in the tower.  Outside, walk around all sides of the building to get a panorama of views.  Then, descend down to the main floors and take a look at the staggering rotundas (similar feel to the beautiful downtown branch of the LAPL) and exhibits from sister cities.  All in all, a worthwhile place to visit, whether you're bringing out of towners or just want to really know your city.