Arts District Downtown Los Angeles
The American Hotel is located in the heart of the Arts District, steps away from amazing street art murals, galleries, restaurants, bars and shopping. World famous for its vibrant creativity, the Los Angeles Arts District is an area of formerly abandoned industrial buildings that has become a thriving mecca for young professionals in creative ventures, including L.A.'s huge TV, Film and Fashion industries, as well as cafes, galleries, apparel shopping.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
World renowned for its stunning architecture, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and features performances from musical artists from around the world. In addition to live performances, tours of the facility are available on a regular basis.
For just 50 cents you can board one of the two orange and black incline railway cars and ride "The Shortest Railway in the World." This funicular dates back to 1901, when Bunker Hill was one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Los Angeles and the cars, Olivet and Sinai, ferried prominent citizens up and down the steep slope between Hill and Olive streets. The beloved landmark was dismantled for "urban renewal" of the area in 1969. In the early 1990s, the Railway was refurbished and relocated a half-block south, reopening adjacent to California Plaza in 1996. As short as it is (298 feet), Angels Flight® is an essential Los Angeles experience.
Founded around the beginning of the 20th century, the area, sometimes called Lil' Tokyo, J-Town, 小東京 (Shō-tōkyō), is the cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California. It was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995.