La Brea Avenue

La Brea Avenue of Los Angeles, which marks the western boundary between West Hollywood and Los Angeles is a prominent site for a number of museums, boutiques and restaurants.

The English translation of "la brea," meaning tar, refers to the La Brea Tar Pits, which are registered as a National Natural Landmark. Located around Hancock Park at the northern end of La Brea Avenue, these pits contain tar that has seeped from underground sources for thousands of years, occasionally trapping animals and preserving them. Their remains are displayed at the George C. Page Museum.

Other museums located on the northern end of La Brea Avenue include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Peterson Automotive Museum, the Museum of Television and Radio, the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum, comprising Museum Row.

Continuing south, between Melrose Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, visitors will find various antique stores, trendy boutiques and restaurants. Most of the shopping on La Brea Avenue is located between 6th Street and Beverly Boulevard and offers a variety of the latest fashions.

La Brea Avenue passes through Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area towards the southern end as well as the neighborhoods of Windsor Hills, Baldwin Hills, and Ladera Heights.

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