A quick jaunt south of Downtown LA by DASH bus, the family-friendly Exposition Park began as an agricultural fair ground in 1872, then devolved into a magnet for the down-and-out, and finally emerged as a patch of public greenery in 1913. It contains three quality museums, a robust and rambling Rose Garden, and the 1923 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The latter hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games, the 1959 baseball World Series and two Super Bowls, and is the home stadium for USC Trojans (American) football team. The adjacent indoor Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena dates from 1959 and is still used for the rare rock concert.