Just a few years ago, locals rarely ventured downtown for leisure, except for the occasional Lakers game or concert. But the area has experienced a renaissance, and now urban professionals, artists, and young families enjoy downtown loft living and entertainment options. Top attractions include the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, the Geffen Contemporary, and Little Tokyo. On the second Thursday of every month, downtown's Art Walk attracts a huge crowd to its vibrant gallery scene. Make sure to visit the Angel Flight, L.A.'s historic funicular dating back to the early 1900s. LA Live is one of the newest attractions, complete with shops and restaurants adjacent to Staples Center. Top-notch downtown restaurants offer rooftop dining to make the most of city lights and sublime weather. Take the Metro Downtown, since most attractions are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from one another.
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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 New Downtown