As one of the top travel destinations in the United States, Los Angeles has plenty of popular tourist attractions. But the Hollywood Sign and Walk of Fame aren't the only iconic sights worth seeing. Students at the David Geffen School of Medicine can also visit some of the more unique attractions in LA.
Below are six legendary locations that have been immortalized on film and television, but aren't on every tourist's itinerary:
Known as "Hub City," Compton is located at the center of LA County and surrounded by major highways. The hometown of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, it is the setting of the 2015 Academy Award nominated film, Straight Outta Compton. It is also home to some of LA's best homestyle eateries, such as Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles and the original Bludso's BBQ.
2. The LA River
With its concrete riverbeds and numerous bridges, the LA River is a recognizable backdrop for many memorable movie scenes. For example, Danny Zuko drag races through it in Grease. Arnold Schwarzenegger rips through it on a motorbike in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and alien robots do battle there in Transformers.
3. Mulholland Drive
One of the most iconic roads in LA, Mulholland Drive follows the ridgeline of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills. It features some of the most expensive homes in the world and some of the most breathtaking views of the city. The famed highway has made appearances in feature films — most notably David Lynch's 2001 neo-noir thriller Mulholland Drive — as well as television shows, novels and even songs.
4. Bradbury Building
Built in 1893, the Bradbury Building is the oldest commercial building in the central city. The light-filled Victorian building features open-cage elevators, marble stairs and iron stair rails that make it a memorable sight in dozens of movies and television shows, including Blade Runner, Chinatown, Pay It Forward and CSI: NY.
5. Union Station
While it was the setting of Gotham City's courthouse in The Dark Knight Rises and a police station in Blade Runner, Union Station is actually the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. Also a cultural hub, Union Station hosts a variety of events, from theatrical performances to live music to art exhibitions.
6. Sunken City
Movie lovers might recognize Sunken City from the ending to The Big Lebowski or the season finale of Fear the Walking Dead. One of the most unique attractions in LA, Sunken City is a beach along the San Pedro hills that houses the remains of an exclusive subdivision destroyed by a landslide in 1929. The city installed a fence in 1987 to ward off trespassers, but it remains a popular site for graffiti artists and young people. Now the city is considering opening it up to the public.
For more on what medical students can do and see while living in LA, check out the Geffy Guide.
By Taylor Mallory Holland