Downtown Los Angeles Adventure: A Scavenger Hunt

How long has it been since you had a scavenger hunt?

Last Thursday, our HR manager arranged us into teams of 5 and we played a scavenger hunt game around downtown LA, starting from the Central Library and ending at LA Live. For an hour and a half, we power-walked and solved puzzles, such as:

  • Locating animal sculptures or specific parts of a complex structure, like the Cabrillo Venetian Quadrant
  • Studying the cryptic symbols on the steps of the library (aka the Well of Scribes)
  • Finding historical places (such as Engine Co 28) and comparing them to the pre-renovated photos from the visitor guide posts
  • Matching words/numbers on floor plaques to spell a phrase.

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Solving Puzzles inside Figueroa Hotel

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Some of the sights we explored today:

  • Staples Center and Nokia Plaza
  • An Indian restaurant hidden inside a tiny Figueroa Hotel
  • The original The Pantry restaurant
  • The 10 Areas of Study fence – LA Central Library
  • US Bank Tower Plaza (lots of stairs)
  • The Grammy Museum
  • Zanja Madre
Corporate Head at Ernst & Young Plaza

Finding Clues by the Corporate Head at Ernst & Young Plaza

I was exhausted and sweaty afterwards, but I was really glad we had El Cholo for lunch afterwards. I’m so amazed that LA has so much to offer and yet very few know this. A few weeks ago, a brought a friend of mine to see Central Library and a few other historical places. He had been living in Koreatown for more than 20 years, and he’s never seen that part of LA. Me neither, till I worked there.

The day inspired me to visualize scenes in my novel – instead of having crazy monsters demolishing the place, why not incorporate something more creative, like a treasure hunt in downtown! I’ll let this simmer in my head for a bit. Thanks for reading! 🙂


3 thoughts on “Downtown Los Angeles Adventure: A Scavenger Hunt

  1. Or even better, monsters being assigned on scavenger hunts around the downtown area? (nevertheless great story idea about having employees assigned to do this)

  2. Pingback: Richfield Tower, Downtown Los Angeles | The Golden West Review

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