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LA sightseeing by public transport - comments

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Family of 4 (kids 16 & 11) visiting from UK July 2012 with 3 nights in Anaheim as start of a 3 week road trip around Western USA. Arrive early evening of Sat 21/7 at Ananheim hotel. Advised via previous TA post to sightsee LA on the Sunday, with full day Monday in Disneyland, picking up car on Tuesday to San Diego. Decision made to sightsee LA via public transport. Having read FAQs, have come up with following ('loose') itinery, and comments are welcome.

- taxi/bus to Fullerton / Anaheim Rail Station

- train to Union Station (will buy TAP cards & day pass)

- Red Line Metro to Universal City for approx 4 hour visit to Universal Studios.

- Red Line Metro to Hollywood & Highland for lunch at Mel's drive in (possibly), then Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, Graumans Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theatre etc.

- Then No 2 bus? to Fairfax Ave for Sunset Boulevard / Strip / Melrose Avenue.

- Then combination of buses (920?) and Metro for Beverly Hills / Rodeo Drive

Would look to get a late train back from Union Station to Anaheim.

- What is the last train back to Anaheim ?

- Is the above doable in a day ? - we are used to walking around cities.

16 year old daughter is keen on doing 'celebrity' based sightseeing !!

Thanks for any input.

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1. Re: LA sightseeing by public transport - comments

Do-able, but you'll have to use the Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) Pacific Surfliner train rather than the Metrolink train as the Metrolink's schedule on a Sunday is too restrictive (first train to LA Union Station doesn't arrive until 10:50AM and last train back leaves at 4:45PM). Amtrak's last train to Anaheim on a Sunday is at 10:10PM from Union Station.

To go from the Hollywood / Highland area to the Sunset Strip, the easiest is to walk south about 1/4 mile to sunset Blvd. and take the 302 bus (not the 2 bus - 2 bus runs the same route as 302 but stops more often and is therefore slower). You'll want to exit more in the middle of the Sunset Strip - Fairfax is really at the far eastern edge - somewhere around La Cienega Blvd. is a better choice.

When you're done at the Sunset strip, you could walk south on La Cienega or another major street to Santa Monica Blvd. and take bus 720 (920 doesn't run any more IIRC) west to Beverly Hills and exit at Canon Drive. This will put you on the north side of the famous Rodeo Drive shopping area - Rodeo Drive itself is two (short) blocks from Canon Drive, but the surrounding streets also have the Rodeo Drive type shops.

You might also want to go to Rodeo Drive first and then backtrack to the Sunset Strip and Hollywood & Highland, as Rodeo Drive shops close relatively early.

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2. Re: LA sightseeing by public transport - comments

Thanks MachThree.

Exactly what I'm after.

Do you know what time the earliest Amtrak train is from Anaheim to Union Station? ( I tried the website link but there was an error)

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If I'm reading the Amtrak schedule correctly, the earliest train leaves Anaheim for LA at 8:06AM and from Fullerton to LA at 8:15AM. Looks like Amtrak also has buses in the early AM hours that go to Union Station.

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Minor correction--the bus along Santa Monica Blvd. that you'd take from La Cienega Blvd. to Beverly Hills would be line 704 (the 720 is on Wilshire Blvd.--you would use it to take you back from Beverly Hills to Downtown LA near Union Station). But if you're traveling on a Sunday, the 704 bus doesn't run, you'd need to take the 4 local bus on Santa Monica Blvd. instead. It's not a terribly long ride, so no worries.

Similarly on Sunset Blvd. (further back in your itinerary, sorry) you'll need take line 2 on Sunday, because the 302 only runs on weekdays. Again, from central Hollywood to Fairfax Ave. isn't a real long ride, so you'll be fine.

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5. Re: LA sightseeing by public transport - comments

Your daughter may enjoy the TMZ tour. You may be trying to squeeze a bit much into the day but go for it and see how much you can get done!

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6. Re: LA sightseeing by public transport - comments

-snip- Looks like Amtrak also has buses in the early AM hours that go to Union Station .-snip-

You might want to double check with Amtrak regarding the bus. In the recent past, Amtrak only allowed booking a bus along with booking the train. Rules might be different now though. :)

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7. Re: LA sightseeing by public transport - comments

The rule that you need to take a train with an Amtrak bus still generally applies. But while the timetable specifically notes that for the other buses from Orange County to LA, it doesn't have that note for the 5:20 am bus from Santa Ana (5:50 am from Fullerton)--you could check if you can use that bus without a train ride.

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