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Transcript of LOS ANGELES
•Los Angeles International (LAX) is the major gateway.
•Public transportation connections for the airport are not the greatest. LAX FlyAway runs shuttles to/from Union Station (half-hourly, $7.00 one way), Westwood, Van Nuys, and Irvine Station. There is no train service directly to the airport, but free shuttle buses run to the Metro Green Line at Aviation Station. Taxis to Downtown cost $45.00 and take 30 min in good traffic but can be far slower (and more expensive) in rush hour.
•The other airports in the Los Angeles area are Long Beach Airport (LGB), Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport (BUR), Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA), andLA/Ontario Airport (ONT) east of L.A. All five airports lack direct train service, only the Burbank Airport is somewhat in walking distance of a Metrolink commuter rail station (not to be confused with the Metro rail service). •The Greyhound terminal is at 1716 East 7th Street, near I-10 and South Alameda Street, south of the city's Downtown Arts District and east of the vast, notorious Skid Row district. by BUS by PLANE •The main Amtrak station is at Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St. next to the Hollywood (US-101) freeway in downtown Los Angeles. The train station also has a Metro Red Line subway station (platforms in station's basement) and Metro Gold Line light rail station (on platforms 1 and 2, parallel to the Amtrak and Metrolink trains), while local city buses stop at various locations around the terminal, including some in the MTA (Patsaouras) bus plaza at the east portal of the station. by TRAIN the MUST VISIT list TRAVEL TIPS The best time to visit Los Angeles is in summer, from June into September when there’s a lot of action at the beach. Los Angeles weather can reach into the 90s, but average temperature in the summer is in the mid-80s during the day, and the 70s at night. Reservations are a must at restaurants, but they’re not difficult to come by. Crowds can tend to be a little bit larger at some of the attractions and you might have to wait a little longer in the lines at Disney. PEAK SEASON:
JUNE - SEPTEMBER OFF-SEASON:
DECEMBER - MARCH Except during the holidays, Los Angeles sees the fewest visitors in winter, from November to March. Rains generally start in December or January and end in March. Nights are cool enough to require jackets, and can sometimes get down as low as the 40s. Days can be sunny and balmy, requiring only a long-sleeved T-shirt or light wrap. Hotels may be offering winter deals, but since L.A. is also a big business destination, a lack of tourists doesn’t necessarily result in deals. Some of the best times to visit L.A. are the spring months of March and April and the fall months of October into November. Days are warm but not hot, and nights are cool enough to require jackets. The sky is generally clear—in spring, it’s washed by rains, and in late fall it’s blown clear by the fabled Santa Ana winds. SHOULDER SEASON
MARCH : APRIL; OCTOBER - NOVEMBER Beach Cities / LAX Venice Beach includes the beach, the promenade that runs parallel to the beach ("Ocean Front Walk" or just "the boardwalk"), Muscle Beach, the handball courts, the paddle tennis courts, Skate Dancing plaza, the numerous beach volleyball courts, the bike trail and the businesses on Ocean Front Walk. Besides, the recreational fitness, family fun activities and shopping, Venice also has a fishing pier at the end of Washington Boulevard. Beverly Hills This world-famous city with its world-famous zip code is synonymous with wealth, status, and celebrity. The understated elegance and grace of the residential neighborhoods are balanced out by Rodeo Drive , which offers some of the finest—and most expensive—shopping in the world. THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, The Paley Center for Media is the foremost public archive of television and radio programming, with an international collection of nearly 150,000 programs spanning almost 100 years. Throughout the year, the Paley Center celebrates television with a wide range of events that examine the creative process behind great entertainment. VENICE BEACH With coastal attractions stretching from Malibu all the way south to San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles, LA’s beach communities are the epitome of Southern California’s Endless Summer. Malibu is the home of the Getty Villa, 27 miles of beaches, and numerous activities in the Santa Monica Mountains. Known for its Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach is also home to Muscle Beach, the Venice Skate Plaza and numerous basketball, handball and paddle tennis courts. Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard is known for its eclectic shopping and sophisticated eateries. Marina del Rey is one of the world’s largest man-made, small-boat harbors. South of LAX, San Pedro is home to LA’s World Cruise Center, Battleship IOWA, as well as CRAFTED, a marketplace for hundreds of local artisans. Downtown / LA Metro With its world class entertainment venues and museums, incredible restaurants, a thriving nightlife scene and walkable streets, Downtown Los Angeles is experiencing a renaissance. L.A. LIVE is a spectacular entertainment complex offering nightlife, restaurants and live music venues, including the GRAMMY Museum, ESPN Zone, Lucky Strike Lanes and Regal Cinemas. Across the street, STAPLES Center hosts major concerts and sporting events. While not exactly in the center of town geographically due to the sprawling nature of the city, Downtown Los Angeles is still teeming with activity. There are cultural hotbeds like Olvera Street and Chinatown that are just minutes away from Los Angeles landmarks like the Bank of America Building and the Walt Disney Concert Hall . And if you have a hankering for more art and culture while Downtown, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a definite must-see. Hollywood The big sign just about says it all: Hollywood is glitz, glamor, and unavoidable. While many people are critical of Hollywood, they still can't help but satiate their curiosity by visiting this busy area. Things to do in Hollywood include must-see shows and attractions, celebrity-frequented restaurants, and world class hotels. Hollywood is rightfully known as the entertainment capital of the world. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience!
With thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.
Go behind the scenes and explore where Hollywood movies are made on the legendary Studio Tour.
Universal Studios Hollywood also offers event space. From intimate events of 100 to receptions for up to 20,000, find classic style and glamour throughout the 45 unique event venues at Universal Studios Hollywood. Surround yourself with mouth-watering cuisine from "Chef to the Stars", Wolfgang Puck Catering. Neighboring Regions Five counties make up Greater LA – Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. From the desert to the sea, and the mountains to the valleys, the diversity of the Greater Los Angeles area is astonishing. High-mountain adventure is available at Bear Mountain and its sister resort, Snow Summit, located in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains. Anaheim is located just 45 minutes south of Downtown LA, and a little farther south, a day of big splashy fun at SeaWorld San Diego awaits. For bargain hunters and shopping fanatics, sprawling outlet malls are the place to be. Several top-notch centers are located just outside LA, including Camarillo Premium Outlets and Desert Hills Premium Outlets. DISNEYLAND RESORT From the charm of Main Street, U.S.A to the whimsy of Mickey's Toontown, explore eight "lands" of nostalgia, color and delight. Let your imagination run free in a Magic Kingdom where life is a fairy tale and dreams really do come true. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is a contemporary art museum with three locations in greater Los Angeles, California. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, near Walt Disney Concert Hall. Know the Weather Get a Hotel Bargain Know the Geography Save Money on Admissions