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Old 02-19-08, 06:10 PM
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best time to go to L.A

whens the best time to go to L.A im thinking either April or may.im going by train
 
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Old 02-19-08, 06:47 PM
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LA? Lower Alabama or Los Angeles?

Any time is good. Spring is better. Less smog. Big busy place; lots to do. Don't miss the Pacific. Santa Barbara is nice. Good Beaches. HAVE FUN!
 
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LA? Lower Alabama or Los Angeles?

Any time is good. Spring is better. Less smog. Big busy place; lots to do. Don't miss the Pacific. Santa Barbara is nice. Good Beaches. HAVE FUN!
L.A California any suggestions as to what to see
 

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Check out the weather. Best time is when it doesn't rain so you can be out and about! If you fear no rain...then it doesn't matter. At least I don't think so. Go when it's not Easter Break At least that way there's no kids running around and tons of people off of work and school and or on vacation. Have you ever been to LA?

Stay away from Hollywood, Melrose, Downtown LA. J/K I'm from around here but I don't go out much b/c these people scare me!

What type of stuff do you like? Haven't been too?

Go to Disney, Magic Mountain, Hollywood, stroll down Melrose, go to a Dodger game...do you like museums? Do you like going out late at night? Strolling? Quiet places? Doesn't really matter?
 
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Old 02-20-08, 11:01 AM
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sorry, it has been years. if you could get to the back lot of some of the movie sets it might be fun. Jay Leno taping? a good view of L.A. is seen i think on Mulhollan(?) Drive at night. beware of street vendors!
 
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im staying close to downtown L.A I want to go the l.a zoo but the metro does not go anywhere near there. im not renting a car. does l.a have bicycle rentals how much what about a cab.
 
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I'm cheap so I wouldn't take a cab. No rental car? Why not? Just curious... I'm not familiar with the metro (or buses or bikes, etc) but is that the MTA? There's gotta be a bus that will take you! Never heard of renting bikes but I'm sure it possible. I'll drop you off MY bike

oh yeah...you should go to the Santa Monica Pier too (just thinking here...)

This might help you out a bit (not sure):

http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/rou...n/downtown.pdf
http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/rou.../downtown.html
 
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I'm cheap so I wouldn't take a cab. No rental car? Why not? Just curious... I'm not familiar with the metro (or buses or bikes, etc) but is that the MTA? There's gotta be a bus that will take you! Never heard of renting bikes but I'm sure it possible. I'll drop you off MY bike

oh yeah...you should go to the Santa Monica Pier too (just thinking here...)

This might help you out a bit (not sure):

http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/rou...n/downtown.pdf
http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/rou.../downtown.html
well the maps don't go past dodger stadium

looking up cabs i found a general rate

$2.65 * Flag drop (first 1/7 mile or 30 secs. or fraction thereof)

$ .35 * Each additional 1/7 mile or part

$ .35 * Each 47.5 sec. waiting time and/or traffic delay ($26.53/hr. wait).

$ 2.50 * Airport-mandated surcharge for taxi trips originating at LAX

$42.00 * Flat rate per trip (group) in either direction for trips between LAX and Downtown

(Area bounded by Alameda St., Santa Monica Fwy., Harbor Fwy., and Ceasar Chavez Ave., Plus Union Station, and Chinatown).

so based on that what am i looking at round trip to the l.a zoo. the zoo is 9.8 miles from union station and takes 11 minutes
 
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there are lots of options in traveling in LA. you can try hotel shuttles, or shared ride services.they also have the union station flyaway which runs every half an hour from LAX to Union stations, L.A.'s Downtown rail travel and Metro hub for $3.
 
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well heres a review on how it went

ok my trip started by me staying up all night packing and watching tv. Left the house at 5:40AM to catch the 5:50AM city bus to the royal oak train station. Bus arrived at 6:25AM train arrives at 7AM. Train was about a few minutes late but no big deal. Once under way they announced the snack car was open so i got a pepperoni pizza and a Pepsi. about 45 minutes either before or after Detroit i forgot. CSX decided to run a freight train across our path. NS had a lot of freight congestion getting near Chicago so it was stop and go. manged to get to Chicago about 42 minutes late.

The Texas eagle departs at 1:45PM. the started boarding us at 1PM. once on board there was a guy behind me who was complaining to Amtrak's number about one of the DHS agents or something he didn't know being a little too noisy asking questions like why were you in NY can we search your luggage. he doesn't think it was race but he said the guy was being un-professional.

Once under way they passed out the new diner menu for the CCC (cross country cafe). I had both seats to my self no assigned seats this time. made it easier to sleep by stretching out on both seats.we got caught in a storm somewhere in Texas. it was raining hard and very windy so UP stopped us until the storm passed.Now around this time we had 100+ kids get on going to the next station. Must have been boy scouts they were they with there teachers but not in uniform.

Now at fort worth TX the train has to back up to get to it. well a freight train blocked our path due to a signal malfunction so we sat there for while outside the station waiting for Up to fix the signal so the freight train could back up out of the way.Once he was out of the way we were able to get to the station.

on the 2nd day may 2nd about 30 minutes from san Antonio about 11:30PM we slammed into a car that went around the gates. didn't feel anything the only clue was the whoosh of the emergency brakes and the train squealing to a halt. it was a smooth stop didn't go flying to floor when he hit the emergency brakes. the car we hit landed on its side in a ditch 2 people in the suv one was knocked un=concise.

I was told later that both people survived. arrived into san Antonio about 90 minutes late cause of the crash.I stayed on board the train while they were taking my car and 1 sleeper and attaching them to the sunset limited. we departed san Antonio on time. later on that day 2 people were kicked off the train for smoking one had pot. we stopped somewhere in Texas. we stopped somewhere between alpine and el Paso and they were escorted off into the arms of waiting sheriff deputy's.

sense this was the last full night before L.A i decided to have dinner. had a 6:45PM reservation. I had the build your own burger which was all beef with potato chips lettuce and tomatoes on the side with a pickle spear. had a Pepsi for a drink then had cheese cake for desserts both were great.

we managed to to be 1 hour early into Benson AZ and Tucson AZ. one conductor or crew member couldn't believe they were this early. He was saying I looked at my watch and figured we were in Benson then i saw the sign said Tucson i can't believe where this early. It didn't last though during the night we had some delays that set us back a bit.

Up was doing track work replacing the old wooden ties with new cement ones so during the work zone it was stop and go. We managed to get into L.A about 73 minutes late. Sense i had 6 hours before catching the southwest chief back I rode the metro red line for awhile. Got out at a few stops and took pictures.

About 5PM they started boarding us for the SWC. Once on board the guy behind me had a can of skoal(chewing tobacco) and it stunk. He was spitting it into a little Dixie cup. once under way then started coming around with dinner reservations. I chose the 6:30PM time when we got a Fullerton,CA some Mexican dude sat next to me and sense i didn't like sleeping next to him i decided to go to the lounge and wait for dinner.


They never called the 6:30PM time.Must have been P.A trouble as i hardly heard the women call the earlier time. I went to the dining car but there were busy and i didn't want to wait for them to realize i was there so I went downstairs to the lounge cafe and got a pepperoni pizza and a Pepsi. I ended up sleeping in the lounge.the guy was only going as far as Albuquerque so one day in the lounge wasn't that bad cold in the lounge though. the next day when we arrived early in Albuquerque we had over a 1 hour lay over sense it was a service stop and sense we arrived early I decided to get out and walk around. Picked a blanket for $5 that this one stand was selling.

I managed to tape the rail runner coming into and leaving Albuquerque NM. later once back on board i decided to try the diner again. this time also a 6:30PM time. This time we got called. Again i had the burger and the cheese cake both were great. after that went back to my seat and after while i stretched out and went to sleep.

I slept on and off finely staying up after it was light outside. I decided to go to the lounge car and got a pizza and Pepsi to hold me over till Chicago. We arrived into chicago about 30 minutes late. There i waited to the catch the 6PM wolverine back to royal oak. About 5:15Pm then started pre boarding passengers.one guy fell over in the station and some passengers helped him up about 5:30 they boarded everyone. Once under way i again went to the snack car and got a pizza and a pepsi.

was early getting into Kalamazoo and battle creek MI and kept that up till about ann arbor. But on the way to Dearborn we hit a bunch of faulty signals that was flashing red so we couldn't go faster then 15MPH when we normally go 79MPH. We ended up getting a whole section of bad signals for a while.When we finely got working signals we were 53 minutes behind. so instead of arriving into dearborn at 11:59 we arrived at 12:50 or so. I arrived into royal oak 53 minutes late from 12:53PM so it was around 1:43 when I arrived into royal oak. I had a ride take me home and here i am.
 
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Old 05-16-08, 04:20 AM
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Sounds like an adventure!! Nothing about LA, however, just the train ride. And you diet needs refining a little.
 
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Sounds a little like an old troop train ride out 'o Detriot..........
only the food was better..................
 
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