Thanks to riding Chicago's L system so often I can sense my stop in my (literal) sleep, I think I'm finally ready to tackle Los Angeles' underutilized & unappreciated
for some day trips between Ventura County and LA proper. What are some can't miss attractions that are A) easily accessable by rail in a city of cars and B) fairly safe for a tiny semi-lost solo female and C) totally awesome?
There's lots of maps on the Metro site
, but since I don't know LA very well (or, you know, at all) I have a hard time figuring them out. I'm an obsessive planner, though, and if y'all will just point me in the right direction (there's THIS AWESOME THING ner THIS STOP on THIS LINE) I can figure out the rest.
I grew up in the Valley but got around just as well as you imagine someone who can't drive would. I've taken the Metro before, usually just to Union Station. It's been years and years since I've been to Los Angeles alone.
I'm visiting family late this month and instead of being bored to tears in the 'burbs, I'd like to flaunt my new big city street smarts and do some sightseeing during the day while my hosts are at work.
I like craft beer, obscure electronic music, lowbrow pop art, local/seasonal/pretentious gourmet food, cupcakes, speakeasies, weird inexpensive clothing, plus a bunch of other hipster d-bag interests you're free to mock me for.
I know for a fact I'm going to go to Little Tokyo on the Gold Line, shop for octopus and natto and red bean buns and knockoff Hello Kitty merch at the Little Tokyo Mall, and eat lunch at Mr. Ramen. My outdated teenage knowledge pretty much ends there. What else can I do?