LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The first freeway in the Western U.S., the Arroyo Seco Parkway, takes you from Pasadena to downtown L.A. It became part of Route 66 when it opened in 1940. Just off the road we discovered a few must-dos on Route 66, the iconic Lummis House and Mom's Tamales.
One of L.A.'s most iconic homes, the Lummis House was built by 19th century journalist, historian, activist and all-around adventurer Charles Lummis. Also known as "El Alisal," it was considered the Playboy Mansion of its day.
Exit Route 66 in Lincoln Heights and you'll find this special tamale shop and restaurant that will transport you to old Mexico.
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VIDEO: Eye on L.A.: Route 66 from the Arroyo Seco to downtown
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