North America Trip 2016 – Downtown Los Angeles
Frank Lloyd Wright is said to have quipped, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles,” a quote that has since been repeated both by those who love and hate L.A. The “City of Angels” is a city of sharp contrasts, home to people who hail from all parts of the globe and an important center of culture, business, media, and international trade. However, it’s most famous for being a major center of the world’s television, motion picture, and music industry, which forms the base of the city’s status and lures visitors for its show business history and celebrity culture. Visitors are also drawn to Los Angeles for its Mediterranean climate and numerous beaches, which gave birth to California’s famed surf culture.
GETTING ARROUND: PUBLIC TRANSIT OR CAR?
Los Angeles has a well-deserved reputation as a very car-dependent city, with an extensive network of freeways and a historically underdeveloped public transit system. Nevertheless, while far from perfect, the public transit network in L.A. is slowly being expanded and has come a long way in recent years. With a rapidly expanding rail system as well as an extensive and growing network of frequent “Rapid” bus lines, transit might be a good option depending on where you are traveling and what you’d like to see.
Unfortunately, given L.A.’s sheer size and general dependence on the automobile, distances are often quite far and some regions have better transit access than others. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re in the L.A. basin transit service is generally pretty extensive and frequent, but if you’re going to areas to the north or east, service gets a lot more sparse and infrequent. There isn’t a bus line to reach every nook and cranny, and as such it’s not uncommon to find yourself walking up to a mile or more to your destination after you’ve gotten off at the nearest bus stop—and you may find yourself walking even further to catch a better Rapid bus since their stops are much further apart! Consider checking a trip planner like Google Maps first to see if transit is right for your needs.
THE DISNEYLAND RESORT
The Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, California. It is home to the original Disneyland Park, which opened on July 18, 1955, a favorite among visitors to Southern California from all over the world for well over half a century. It was joined in 2001 by a sister park, Disney California Adventure, which is a stylized recreation and celebration of California’s rich history and culture.
Local trains and buses are the cheapest ways to get to the park. Anaheim’s main bus and train station, referred to as ARTIC, is located about two miles east of Disneyland on Katella Avenue, near Angel Stadium and the Honda Center. The station is served by Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner (Paso Robles to San Diego, via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles) and Metrolink’s Orange County Line (LA to Oceanside) rail service, as well as Megabus and Greyhound bus service.
Visiting Disneyland is an expensive affair. Tickets are sold at several levels: the base ticket is the Single-Day Theme Park Ticket which enables admission to only one of the two parks for a full day. By contrast, the 1-Day Park Hopper allows you to see both parks on the same day, and to move back and forth between the parks. Many tickets sold online through auction websites such as eBay or Craigslist are partially used multi-day park-hopper tickets. While this is a very common activity, it is prohibited by Disney: the tickets are non-transferable. There is also an inherent risk to you as a buyer, because you don’t know for certain how many days remain on the ticket. If you are purchasing tickets online, only purchase from authorized brokers; resold tickets are subject to rejection at the gate.
VISITING THE MUSEUM
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (between Main and Alameda Streets north of US; across from Union Station). This small district is where Los Angeles was founded as El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Today, this touristy district holds a collection of museums and historic buildings sandwiched in a few square blocks centered around the Old Plaza and along Olvera Street, which is lined with Mexican-themed trinket stands and restaurants.
The Broad, L.A.’s new contemporary art museum, whose name is pronounced “brode,” built to house the collection of billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad. Opened in September 2015, the museum has a collection of almost 2,000 pieces of postwar and contemporary art.
We have been around North America for almost 5 weeks, and the experience we got from the whole travel is amazing. Now we know the difference of culture between Western & Eastern of America, difference climate, and most importantly difference people. Each city has it own specials. We love Nevada for it amazing nature landscape from freezing Snow Mountain of Lake Tahoe to humid dessert of Las Vegas, We love New York City for its grand megalopolitan skyscraper, Washington DC & Philadelphia for theirs Historical building. And finally Los Angeles for its AMAZING sun light & friendly climate.
We have been travel on winter time for the past 3 year, and on the next one, we plan to travel on summer this year. So stay tune on our updates… If you have any question regarding Travel to United State, please don’t hesitate to contact me or drop some comment bellow 🙂