I lived in LA for a bit back in the late 90's. Before I officially moved out west, a friend of mine had to go out there for business. So I went along, and in between the rare 'meeting' he had to pop into, we trained at the outdoor section of World Gym.
Amazing experience, being able to see and smell the ocean, seeing the bit of rust on the DBs and thinking that these are the same weights that Arnold n Franco may have used... Golds was a huge tourist trap in so far as the store section was enormous. The gym however was equally vast, and seeing the old life size posters of past greats on the walls was pretty damn cool. We hit up the Firehouse restauarant (of course) and I got to see Gary Strydom eating breakfast. Even mostly covered up, his melon-sized calves were potruding from his shorts, and just blew my damn mind.
Great experience, of course I'm sure I'd get much more out of a trip now, even though the 'glory days' may be gone by some people's thinking. I think my own mindset, as a competitor compared to my former gym rat-ness, would make a big difference. Gotta talk the girlfriend into a meat-head west coast vacation