A few years ago, most locals rarely ventured downtown for leisure outside of a Lakers game or a concert. But the area has experienced a renaissance, and now you find young professionals, artists, even some families enjoying modern loft living in the City of Angels. Some highlights: the Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, the Geffen Contemporary, Little Tokyo, and top-notch restaurants with rooftop dining for enjoying a sea of lights and sublime weather. LA Live is one of the newest attractions, complete with shops and restaurants adjacent to the Staples Center. It's advisable to take the Metro Downtown as most attractions are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from one another. Make sure to visit the Angel Flight, LA's historic funicular dating back to the early 1900s. On the second Thursday of every month, Downtown's Art Walk attracts a huge crowd to its gallery scene.
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Getting Around Los Angeles
The best way to get around Los Angeles is by car. There is an excellent public transportation system available as an alternative, but generally L.A. is best covered by car. No one walks in L.A., except on the beach.
Nearby Airports
  • Los Angeles International Airport-LAX
  • Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) LA/Ontario International Airport-ONT
  • John Wayne Airport-SNA
Airport Taxis
  • $60 LAX to Downtown
Things to Do and See Near Downtown