Seeing L.A. Like a Local

Published Date Author: , March 30th, 2014

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Anyone who’s familiar with Los Angeles knows there are a few major restrictions when it comes to exploring the U.S.’s second most populous city: traffic, for starters. But also, LA’s disorienting urban sprawl can leave some travelers scratching their heads as to where to find – in the midst of so many desolate strip malls, sketchy bus stations, and disconnected, pseudo-suburban residential areas – a sense of the “real” LA. When it comes to exploring by foot, dining, and finding decent accommodation without getting sucked into the black hole of Hollywood, we suggest starting in Downtown LA. Here are a few reasons why:

No Car Needed

Though cars are everyone’s favorite mode of transportation when it comes to getting around in LA, Downtown is the one area where you can rely solely on the Metro and not feel encumbered by its limited route. For example, two main stops (Civic Center and Pershing Square) serve the entire Downtown area; from here, most attractions are walkable. And if you prefer to head up to Hollywood for the afternoon, that’s only a 15-minute metro ride away.

Art Galore

Walking around Downtown’s “Gallery Row” (spanning a fourteen-block radius between West 1st and Pico Boulevard), visitors can enjoy a wealth of public art, historic architecture, and even several green spaces. Overlooking Pershing Square, the PacMutual campus is set to debut an 80-foot vertical garden on one of its buildings in July. Meanwhile, a Downtown Art Walk, hosted monthly every second Thursday from 6-10 p.m., is a free way to acquaint yourself with local galleries (over 40 of them) at your own pace.

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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