Greater Los Angeles County Points of Interest

Hello and welcome to sunny Southern California! We are so happy that you will be joining us for the 1st Annual McNair Scholars Conference: Changing the Face of Academia. We anticipate that these two days in early October that you will be with us will be of great academic interest and opportunity for your scholars. We want to ensure that your visit is a memorable one where you have engaged in academic stimulation and also in visiting some of the great attractions and locales that Southern California has to offer.
Below you will find just some of the wonderful places you and your scholars can visit. As you will see, all of the different attractions listed have the estimated distance from the CGU campus. Additionally we have provided you with the website for the different places so that you and your scholars can get a better idea of what is at each venue and from there decide what the itinerary for the evenings that you are here will look like. At the very bottom you will also find a list of local museums that you can visit. We hope that this is helpful in planning your trip to the conference. Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Claremont, CA (1.3 miles from conference site)


Claremont Village
Once the galvanized heart of the citrus industry, the historic Claremont Packing House now brings a new energy to the Claremont Village. Check out the edgy architecture. Explore fine restaurants, upscale boutiques, artist studios, and the Flappers Comedy Club. Enjoy belly dancing, jazz jams, stand up comedy, wine tastings, art walks and festivals. Start your visit to the Village at the Claremont Packing House. 

Laemmle Theater - The famous Los Angles Chain of up-scale art house cinemas opens their first Inland Empire multi-plex (5 screens), playing an eclectic range of indie, foreign and small release films—the perfect anecdote to the mega-plex.


Pasadena, CA
(30 miles from conference site)

Old Town Pasadena

Old Pasadena is nationally recognized for its vibrant main street revitalization. Old Pasadena offers memorable architecture and reflects the traditions of early California, blending in a cultivated collection of shopping, delectable dining and endless entertainment.The historic streets and alleyways, rustic brick façades and architectural accents of Pasadena's original business district are alive again with open-air eateries, specialty boutiques, galleries, theaters, antique shops—a skillful blend of old and new that has reclaimed the heritage of Pasadena's early downtown charm.
Pasadena Heritage offers patrons a walking tour of Old Pasadena that illustrates the unique history of the City’s original business district. Cost is $10 per person and advance reservations are required. The learn-as-you-stroll walking tours take place on a quarterly basis.

The Pike @ Rainbow Harbor – Long Beach, CA
(45 miles from conference site)
The Pike
Located in downtown Long Beach, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor is a vibrant dining and entertainment district linking the Long Beach Convention Center to Rainbow Harbor's waterfront and the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Pike at Rainbow Harbor is a 369,000 square foot waterfront entertainment district located in downtown Long Beach, California, between Long Beach Entertainment and Convention Center and the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific. With a variety of restaurants, entertainment venues, Ferris wheel and open-air marketplace, The Pike is one of the most unique waterfront locations on the West Coast.

The Pike at Rainbow Harbor is owned and managed by Developers Diversified Realty which owns and manages approximately 735 retail properties in 45 states, plus Puerto Rico, Brazil and Canada, totaling 155 million square feet.

L.A. Live - Downtown Los Angeles, CA
(40 miles from conference site)
LA Live!
L.A. LIVE is the leading entertainment destination for all of Los Angeles and the event capitol of the world hosting the GRAMMYs, EMMYs, American Music Awards, ESPYs, American Idol Finals and hundreds of other events. L.A. LIVE was created to give its guests an unforgettable experience. There is a place for dining, for music, for sports, for living: a place for an experience unlike any other.

Hollywood, CA
(40 miles from conference site)
Welcome to Hollywood, it is the home to the stars and to the most recognizable attractions in the world. Walk among the “stars” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and bring your camera to capture the world famous Hollywood sign. For the best restaurants, the hottest nightclubs, the swankiest hotels and the most luxurious spas, Hollywood is your one stop shop. Whether you want to work, live or play, Hollywood can make all of your dreams come true. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce provides you with exclusive access to events and activities in Hollywood that you won’t want to miss. Welcome to Hollywood where a star is born every day!
Event and meeting planners are invited to learn what’s happening in Hollywood’s tourism industry. Find out where to get the best information for your next visit. Click on travel & meeting services to book your next meeting or special event in Hollywood. For visitors and more detailed information, be sure to check out all of the links under "Visitor Information".

Santa Monica, CA (50 miles from conference site)

Santa Monica
Both a seaside town and bustling city, Santa Monica has activities for young and old, from beach games and bike paths to art galleries and nightclubs, from shopping and fitness to theater and concerts. In the pages that follow you will find comprehensive listings of what to do on your Santa Monica, CA vacation.

There are world-renowned designers, name brands and independent boutiques line the streets of Santa Monica. Santa Monica Beach is unique among California beach vacation locations because of the array of activities available. From swimming and surfing to biking and volleyball, from outdoor chess to beachside gymnastics, Santa Monica is a haven for those seeking an active, outdoors vacation. Both daytime and nighttime activities are abundant in Santa Monica. Bars, clubs and performance venues dot the city streets, making leisure and indulgence, live music and eye-catching people easy to find and there are over 50 happy hour specials offered at restaurants and bars around town.

Universal (Studios) City Walk – Universal City, CA (42 miles from conference site)

Universal Studio/City Walk
Universal CityWalk is part of Universal Studios Hollywood, features over 60 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options as well as Universal CityWalk Cinemas, offering the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles.

Universal Studios Hollywood, the Entertainment Capital of L.A., is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.


Leimert Park – Los Angeles, CA (42 miles from conference site)

Leimert Plaza
This is a community within Los Angeles that is richly cultural and vibrant. On any day of the week there is jazz and African-style rhythms echoing throughout its streets. There is laughter and conversation on its walks. Every Sunday, by way of illustration, Leimert Park in South Central Los Angeles, has drummers thrumming rhythmus measures. Afro-Caribbean style combat dancers practice a couple of yards away and on the grass sits a casual audience occasionally standing from their reclined positions to dance, feeling the sounds - almost entranced by the beats. Children run about the attractive turf – weaving through drummers, dancers and listeners.

Placita Olvera – Los Angeles, CA (33 miles from conference site)
Olvera Street

Olvera Street is the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, otherwise known as El Pueblo Historic Monument. The colorful village features 27 historic buildings with a traditional Mexican style plaza area. Wander around the marketplace and shop for souvenirs including handcrafted Mexican wares typical of old Mexico. There are also free docent tours by Las Angelitas.

Stroll through this beautiful street and stop for the popular taquitos or tacos at the outdoor cafes. Olvera Street also offers a variety of traditional authentic Mexican cuisine, with delicious enchiladas, mole and other native dishes. On weekends you can enjoy outdoor entertainment by strolling bollero musicians, Mariachis music and performances by Aztec Indians and folkloric dancing.

The original pueblo was built by the 44 settlers of Los Angeles in 1781. (For more information please visit History, Fiestas to find out about our event schedule. Today Olvera Street is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the City of Angels, located right across the street from Union Station, La Placita Church and one block from Chinatown.

Chinatown – Los Angeles, CA (33 miles from conference site)
As early as 1852, a Chinese settlement was recorded near the site of today's Union Station. The community resettled some 86 years later a few streets over, and in 1938, with the dedication of Central Plaza, became the first modern American Chinatown, owned and planned from the ground up by Chinese.

Start your visit at Central Plaza where you will be enchanted by the quaint walkways and tiny shops. The sound of clicking mahjong tiles can be heard from upstairs windows where many of Chinatown's family associations hold their social meetings. A popular place for filming, Central Plaza with its distinctive "Gate of Filial Piety" also boasts a statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, founder of the Republic of China, a wishing well dating to 1939, and a five-tiered pagoda. On the building at 951 N. Broadway, you will find a dragon painted by Tyrus Wong. A step outside and to the left of Central Plaza brings you to the doorstep of Phoenix Bakery. This is the oldest and largest bakery in Chinatown with a citywide reputation for its strawberry whipped cream cakes.

Ontario Mills Mall – Ontario, CA (11 miles from conference site)

Ontario Mills Outlet
Welcome to Ontario Mills, the most incredible shopping destination in Southern California, with more than 200 manufacturer and retail outlets, brand-name and specialty stores all under one roof! Discover our imaginative eateries in the Food Court or enjoy dining at one of our four restaurants. Entertainment for all ages makes Ontario Mills an exciting place...comedy club, billiards, arcade games and over 30 movie screens. With our oval racetrack design it is easy to end up right where you started. Our Guest Services is located in Neighborhood 8, by Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, where our friendly representatives will be happy to assist you. It's all part of the Ontario Mills experience.