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#21 cirdan

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 04:42 AM

Is there anything especially worth seeing or doing in the immediate vicinity of LAX? What's the area like? Or should one head straight for the destinations mentioned upthread?



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 05:41 AM

Yes, kind of, on the same side of LA but not immediate vicinity, look at a map. The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo takes the cars out and gives people rides every Sunday afternoon. They operate like a normal car museum the rest of the week. The guy who started it likes Packards and he or his son is often around for a fun talk. Even when they are not having a special event, other Packard owners will often bring their project cars by to talk cars with anyone they can snag. They are very near a Metro stop. The museum is in a commercial area that is pretty abandoned on weekends, the reason that is a good time to take out the cars.

 

If you do any wandering around, the old section of El Segundo (near the refinery) is pretty interesting and has some good places to eat/drink. Old Town Music Hall shows old movies and has concerts, especially ragtime. The owner retired from the film industry a long time ago and still plays the organ, although he doesn't have the stamina he used to so no more silent double features. The newer section of El Segundo is blocks and blocks of boring chains and subdivisions. All of it is safe to walk, at least I've never felt uncomfortable.



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 05:43 PM

I've heard good things about the Flight Path Learning Center (in the Imperial Terminal at LAX) as well.

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Posted 29 November 2014 - 02:17 AM

I'm going to be in Los Angeles in December. Don't know how many days I'll be staying yet. I'm not a beach person but I like some good scenery. I'm strictly running no-car so I have to be able to access it by transit.

 

I thought maybe one option would be going to Pacific Palisades on the 2 and then to Malibu on the 534. Or maybe I should go south to Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, etc. Or maybe ride the Gold Line to Pasadena. Or Metrolink Antelope Valley Line? Or 761 Sepulveda? Or Venice Canals? 90/91 Foothill?

 

I'm very confused. So many options! And suggestions? Thanks.


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Posted 20 December 2014 - 05:07 PM

The New York Times travel section has a fairly detailed article with many good ideas:

"Los Angeles, as a Pedestrian" by Stephanie Rosenbloom, Dec 19, 2014

 



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 11:49 PM

I'm going to be in Los Angeles in December. Don't know how many days I'll be staying yet. I'm not a beach person but I like some good scenery. I'm strictly running no-car so I have to be able to access it by transit.

 

I thought maybe one option would be going to Pacific Palisades on the 2 and then to Malibu on the 534. Or maybe I should go south to Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, etc. Or maybe ride the Gold Line to Pasadena. Or Metrolink Antelope Valley Line? Or 761 Sepulveda? Or Venice Canals? 90/91 Foothill?

 

I'm very confused. So many options! And suggestions? Thanks.

 

Try some of the routes to Griffith Park (the 96 and the Observatory Shuttle), Baldwin Hills (217 and the Baldwin Hills Link shuttle from the Expo Line), Antelope Valley Line through the rural Santa Clara River Valley, and the 234/734 to Getty Center. 



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 10:42 PM

If you are hungry and have a layover of at least an hour at LAUS, consider walking up the street a few blocks to Chinatown.

Good choices are Little Jewel (authentic New Orleans food, $10-15); Buu Dien (vietnamese sandwiches, $3, great to take with you on the train); and Yum Cha (dim sum, $1-2, also great to take on the train). All three of these are within a block of each other, so you can mix and match.

 

I was underwhelmed by Phillippes. Mushy beef on soggy bread. I think it's one of those things -- like Tito's and Tommy's -- where the best part is remembering your dad taking you there when you were seven years old.



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 04:36 PM

Thanks to the RailPAC newsletter for this gem. It is a book review of "Loving L.A. The Low Carbon Way" by Grace Moremen and Jacqueline Chase.

 

Includes a link to the book's website with sample pages and also mentions a couple of other resources for things to see in LA and how to get there car-free.  ($15 paperback Amazon)

 

Here is where the bookstore photo was taken.



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Posted 06 January 2016 - 10:51 AM

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Posted 21 May 2016 - 01:37 AM

Phillipe's delivers says LA times Philippes delivers

For the many of you who have posted that Phillipe's is a must-visit food place near LAUS.

The LA times article doesn't specify the delivery charge to  LAUS, but it might be a good way to try the Famous French Dip between trains :)


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 08:42 PM

They have great apple pie too.

I've ridden on Amtrak on the Cascades #516 (SEA-STW), Coast Starlight #14 (LAX-SLO, LAX-PDX, KFS-SEA), Southwest Chief #4 (LAX-CHI), Cardinal #50 (CHI-NYP), Northeast Regional #85 (NYP-WAS), Capitol Limited #30 (HFY-WAS), Cascades #501 (SEA-PDX), Coast Starlight #11 (SLO-LAX, PDX-KFS), and many Pacific Surfliners with Amtrak. I've seen in stations, including the previous, the California Zephyr #5 at SAC (lucky), what I guess to be Crescent #19 (at WAS) and Silver Meteor #97 (at WAS), Empire Builder #28 at PDX, Sunset Limited #2/Texas Eagle #422 at LAX, and Empire Builder #27 at PDX. I have also ridden the Hokutosei in Japan, Ueno - Sapporo (now discontinued).


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 11:04 AM

Has anyone done a “hop on hop off” tour? We are schedule to be in LA one day ( coming in on #3 SWC), before transiting the Panama Canal on the way back to south Florida (Ft Lauderdale), and after reading all the suggestions, wondering if we should just forget the HOHO and try some of the suggestions?


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 03:33 PM

There are great walking tours of the downtown LA area run by knowledgeable staff at a very reasonable price. We've taken their Old And New LA Downtown and their Chinatown and Japantown tours. Here's the link www.dtlawalkingtours.com/.

 

To be honest, there's enough to see and do in the immediate area of the station that I wouldn't bother with the HOHO bus tours if you only have one day. (And I am generally a fan of them as a quick orientation to a town). LA is pretty spread out, so the HOHO sights are less condensed than in a typical HOHO tour. 

 

Olvera st (directly across from LAUS) is touristy, sure, but the stalls are photogenic (and we bought a frilly Mexican dress and fancy fan for our 4 year old granddaughter that she absolutely loved!). There are several Mexican restaurants there that are just what you'd imagine they are, but to my mind, the can't miss eat there is the Mr Churro stand, where you can get freshly made churros that will spoil you forever. They also do a pretty mean breakfast burrito. Olvera St is the site of the oldest non-native settlement in LA, and the oldest surviving house still stands and can be visited--it's filled with period furniture and accessories. 

 

 
MOCA and the Broad Museum are in the neighborhood, too, if you enjoy modern art. The Broad is free (yay!) but you have to book in advance (boo!) by logging onto their website on the first day of the month before you plan to visit. There's also a standby line, I believe. Honestly, I always mean to go there when I'm traveling through Union Station but I forget to get tickets in advance, and at this point in my life, I'm not standing in line for much of anything. 
 
Want a great and unobstructed view of the downtown area? Head for the free observation deck at the iconic City Hall Building. Open normal business hours. 
 
Also, no railfan will want to miss the Angel's Flight funicular, adjacent to the Grand Central Market. It touts itself as the world's shortest railway, and it's finally running again. 


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 05:36 PM

Well, even though our trip by train across county was cancelled due to the derailment and we had to fly to LA we did have a good time and had a couple of extra days.

We took the red line from downtown to the Santa Monica Pier. That was fun and there is lots to do and see!

Then we used our hop on hop off ticket to see the city. We took the various different buses and saw a good part of the city and all the usual Hollywood etc sights.

We stayed downtown and walked over to Union Station where we would have come in. Enjoyed the Station and then walked across the way to El Pueblo area, the original settlement of LA. Fun stalls and Mexican food. It ‘‘twas a Sunday and a fiesta was in progress with dancing etc.

Lots to do and see in LA without question. Riding the subway/light rail was easy, full of sights, and cheap - $.35 non prime for seniors and $.75 prime after buying a $1.00 card.


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 05:39 PM

We took the red line from downtown to the Santa Monica Pier. That was fun and there is lots to do and see!


Just want to clarify for future readers of this thread that it's the Expo Line (light blue on the map) that goes from downtown to Santa Monica.

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 06:27 PM

Correct: I forgot that we had transferred from the Red Line to the Light Blue line. Thanks for correcting.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 11:50 PM

Curious what people's thoughts were who have taken the Coast Starlight in to LA. I'll be arriving in LA later at night on the CS, and am trying to figure out the best way to go about travel/lodging for that evening. We want to rent a car, but the rental car stations will be closed by the time we get there. I know we can go to LAX and get a car there (that's where we'll be returning it as well a few days later) on the Flyaway bus after we arrive at the station. But if there are things close to the train station to do the next day, it might make more sense to get a hotel right near the station and go rent a car at the station in the morning. Does anyone know if there are 24-hour car rentals in/near the train station?


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 06:51 AM

If you are getting I later at night, you could stay at the Doubletree, and get a rental car I The morning.

Union Station is dry walkable but I wouldn’t do it at night.


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