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When it Rains Purple in Los Angeles

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New York and DC promote the arrival of Spring and the cherry blossom as a great reason to visit those cities in late April but Los Angeles has its own blossom season when the Jacaranda comes into full bloom – not once, but twice a year.  In May and October Los Angeles is awash in a purple so vibrant and so beautiful that it could make Prince sing its praises.  You can find Jacaranda trees in other cities but Los Angeles is the only city in the world where you have two opportunities a year to see them!

The best places to see Jacaranda blossoms in Los Angeles.

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Downtown Los Angeles

The area around city hall, Grand Park and Little Tokyo are some of the best places in Los Angeles to see the Jacaranda tree and there is plenty to do while you’re at it!  Explore Little Tokyo which is an exciting 24 hour community of restaurants, bars, shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Contemporary and the Japanese American National Museum.  Before the sun sets enjoy an epic walking tour exploring Downtown LA as the world’s largest filming location with Red Line Tours’ A Journey Through Time in Film walking tour plus OUE Skyspace observation deck at the top of the US Bank Tower.   In the evening head to the Arts District adjacent to Little Tokyo for dinner at Manuela inside Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles – one of the largest art galleries in the United States.


Beverly Hills / West Hollywood

Many of the residential streets in Beverly Hills are lined with Jacaranda trees.


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