You don’t have to travel to Rio to get a taste of this year’s summer Olympics. From swimming and diving to beach volleyball and soccer, summer sports rule supreme in the land of sun and surf. Now get out there and celebrate the summer Olympics (and all thing Rio) the LA way.

See Where It Began (in LA)

Discover LA's historical Olympics roots with a trip to Exposition Park. This area was called Olympic Park for the duration of the games in 1932, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was known as Olympic Stadium. The Olympic Cauldron (also known as the Olympic Torch) was built here and used for both Olympic games (LA also hosted the games in 1984).

Here's another fun fact: the torch is still lit during the fourth quarter of USC football games, and while the Olympics are being held in other cities, so this month you can get a peek at an Olympic flame burning live, without a plane ride. In fact, you can just take the Metro. Tours are available.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Historic Tours
3911 S. Figueroa St.
Exposition Park

photo: LeTania Kirkland

What’s your favorite summer Olympic sport?  Let us know in the comment section!

—Christina Fiedler