One of the great things about the Internet is the amount of information that is one (or two) Google searches away. If you’re a history buff like myself, do some searching for an LA map of downtown during a time period that interests you (the roaring 20’s? the film noir age of the 40’s?) – then explore the area like an archeologist might, keeping your eyes peeled for historic landmarks and other sites that may have an interesting past just beneath the surface. And you don’t have to limit your searching to downtown; there are plenty of other fascinating places in LA to explore with the past in mind, like Hollywood and Studio City.