On the way to Los Angeles for BYU Football at USC

If you’re traveling to sunny California this weekend for the final game of a great season so far for BYU Football, we’ve got some suggestions for ways to spend your time.

The Cougars game against USC at Memorial Coliseum begins Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. PT. By then, some of our BYU Twitter BFFs, Jen and Dave Holtkamp and Jake Welch, were kind enough to give us some tips on where to go and what to eat in LA.

As always, let us know if you try out any of their recommendations and leave more in the comments.

Things to do:

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) /The Brea Tar Pits – ‘A gateway back to the Ice Age, right in the heart of LA’: These two are on the same property, but tickets are sold separately. You can go around the tar pits for free!

Griffith Observatory – Jess and Mary visited the observatory a few years ago on a visit and wholeheartedly agree with this suggestion. The observatory itself is beautiful and has a lot of entertainment, but the views of the city really are second to none.

The width and MOCHA (Museum of Contemporary Art) – These are two separate museums, but they are very close together and are free.

With children:

California Science Center – Free entry with the exception of special exhibitions

Los Angeles Natural History Museum – Both this museum and the science center are right next to the stadium, along with the Rose Garden.

* Museums during COVID must be reserved online, even for free museums, and require a vaccine or negative COVID test evidence

Places to eat:

Stews (Mexican)

Phillipes (Historic French Dip Sandwiches and More!)

The grill café (Breakfast, open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Big central market – Cool food hall with a good variety of food (including pupusas;)) Jess and Mary ate here when they visited – lots of great options. Everyone can find something tasty to eat.

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