I have a dream to travel to America with my family and we are very exited to make it come true, because for us LA have magnet for its spectacular Hollywood industry.
And, finally the dream come true that we arrived at the hectic Los Angeles International Airport a few days before Christmas and we could felt the Christmas holiday atmosphere at this hustle and bustle Airport.
Although our friends suggest me to rent a car, we finally decide to use public transportation since we like to know the culture and the transportation system.
As that reason, we looked for our accommodation near the Metro Station.
I chose to stay at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel in downtown area because it has best location in front of the 7th Street / Metro Center and have many options for eating, also near the Target Store, where we bought some fruits and milk.
From LAX Airport to our InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel we used Metro and first we have to get in the free G line bus from Airport to reach Aviaton/LAX Metro Station.
The Metro is clean and not crowded when we got in from Aviation Station to the Downtown (7th Street / Metro Center).
After Hotel check in, we took our lunch at Noda Sushi, a Ramen restaurant near the Hotel.
USA is running at 120 Voltage and use 2 plug types, plug which have 2 flat parallel pins and, plug which have 2 flat parallel pins and a grounding pin.
USA use United States Dollar
This time we spend 3 days at LA, although we know that it’s impossible to explore this big city with 3 days.
My 3 days itineraries are:
- Day 1, Hollywood Blvd
- Day 2, Santa Monica Pier, LACMA, Farmer’s Market
- Day 3, Downtown Angels Flight Railway, Grand Central Market, Hollywood Sign
We went to Hollywood Blvd by Metro from 7 Street / Metro Center station and exit at Hollywood / Vine Station.
The first building we saw after exit the Metro Station was Hollywood Pantages Theatre, a huge theatre for movie, events and live performances.
As we walking Walk of Fame are found a long side of Hollywood Blvd with many Star sign with the name of the Celebrities likes pictures below
While walking through Walk of Fame we can find The Egyptian Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Dolby Theatre (the venue of the annual Academy Awards), Madame Tussauds, the historic The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
We saw that there was a long queue at Shake Shack, and it attract me to visit. Wow, I love the Shake Shack Burgers, it is delicious, you should try yourself if you don’t believe.
Today we went to Santa Monica Pier by Metro (E-Line). The nearest Metro station from my hotel was 7th Street / Metro Center and exit at Downtown Santa Monica. It was Saturday and the Metro was full with people with the same destination to Santa Monica Beach.
From Downtown Santa Monica we can reach the beach by walking. It took around 60 minutes from our Hotel to the beach.
While we came, the car park was almost full and the Pier was crowded.
There is an amusement park at the Pier name Pacific Park. It’s a family park, so you can bring your kids or you can try the Pacific Wheel and get in to the Solar powered Ferris wheel. They have West Coaster, too if you want to test your adrenaline.
From Santa Monica Pier we were heading to In-N-Out Burger at W Washington Blvd for lunch.
Our next destination is Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). My daughter want to see the Urban Light, the installation of street lamp at LACMA.
From LACMA, we were heading to The Original Farmers Market. It’s Christmas season, so there was a Christmas tree and Christmas ornament along the market. Although the market was very crowded, we still could enjoy the moment in the market.
That’s all my activity at Day 2.
My plan today was to visit the famous Bradbury Building, but we stop by at Angels Flight Railway and Grand Central Market, first.
Angels Flight Railway is a funicular and operating in the shortest railway connecting the South Hill Street (Lower Station) and South Grand Avenue (Top Station). You can visit this link to get more info.
Grand Central Market located in front of the Angels Flight. Grand Central Market is one of Los Angeles landmark, where you can find a lot of culinary vendors. If you are curious with Grand Central Market please visit this link.
And finally from Grand Central Market we visit the famous Bradbury building which well known for it’s architecture.
You can learn more about Bradbury Building with this website.
Leaving Bradbury, we continue walking to Walt Disney Concert Hall, but unfortunately it’s close when we arrive.
The Broad museum located in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall
In the evening we went to Lake Hollywood Park to see the Hollywood Sign from here. Actually this is a resident area and you can see the sign from other place likes Griffith Observatory, where you can experience telescope viewing and some exhibits.
Hollywood sign was my latest destination at Los Angeles, someday we’ll back to explore another part of this city.