All right, so I am traveling to Los Angeles during the summer with a friend and plan on staying for 1 week. (July 2 - July 9)
Just so everyone knows, I am 18 years old, from Iowa, and everything is really... new (not to mention scary!), so I am probably going to be asking a lot of questions that might sound like common sense. Also, I won't be able to rent a car due to my age.. and will be relying heavily on public transportation (and also I am on a budget). I'm going to Los Angeles to attend Anime Expo, but decided to stay around a few more nights to see more things. Thank you in advance.
So far, this is what I have come up with... If I am mistaken or wrong about any plans, please tell me! I will put a * in front of my major questions...
My plane is scheduled to arrive at LAX at 4:20pm. From there, I was planning to take a FlyAway to Union Station and walk to Cesar E Chavez/Vignes where I will take a bus to the first hotel I am staying at, the Millennium Biltmore (4 nights). -I have already booked this hotel-
Luckily, the Millennium Biltmore offers free shuttles to and from Anime Expo, which is what I will be going to most of my time in Los Angeles.
*Any food recommendations in the area??
*Any fireworks or 4th of July events for under 21 in/near LA??
I was thinking to visit Little Tokyo during my stay in LA. I was thinking taking DASH A and B to get there, and then taking a bus back. I was wondering if it is safe walk about 8 minutes to get to the bus stop in this area?
*This is where I am kind of lost in my preparations... (Sunday) Check-out at the Millennium Biltmore is at 12pm, but check-in to my next hotel isn't until 4pm. I don't know how I should go about doing this, since I will probably have a suitcase and a backpack with me, and so will my friend. Is there anywhere I could store this? Or is it okay to walk with this for a few hours? Or would the hotel let me store my baggage before the room is ready? (Apparently there is luggage storage at this hotel, but I don't know if I would have to wait for my room to be open to get this privilege. (Or if there is an awesome tour or something I could do to pass the time that allows for luggage storage, that would be great)
My next hotel I will be staying at is called Baymont Inn and Suites LAX (3 nights). -I haven't booked this yet-
I chose this hotel because it seemed to have good reviews, free breakfast, super reasonable price, free shuttle to airport, and it is sort of in the middle of the other things I wanted to check out.
I was planning to get here by taking two Metro lines and then a bus.. From what I can tell, my luggage will be okay to take with me on these.
While I am staying here, I plan on taking some form of public transportation to the Pacific Square shopping center (Monday). From what I can tell, I will have to walk a bit from the bus stop to and from the shopping center, so I was wondering again if that is safe/advisable.
On the other free day I have here (Tuesday), I plan on taking 2 buses to visit the Hollywood and Highland Center where I will hopefully get a picture of the Hollywood sign, do the TMZ tour bus thing, and check out a movie at the Chinese Theatre.
Sadly, my flight leaves at 11:20am on Wednesday.. Luckily, there is a free shuttle service starting at 7am.