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LAtourist Itinerary - Downtown LA Side Trips and Alternatives

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Union Station from the Observation Deck at City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Union Station from the Observation Deck

Side Trips after MOCA Grand Avenue

Observation Deck at City Hall: When you're finished at MOCA, instead of taking the DASH B all the way to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, exit the bus after it turns left onto Los Angeles Street, just past City Hall. The public entrance to City Hall is on Main Street, between Hill Street and Temple Street. The security guard will issue a visitor pass and provide a leaflet with directions to the Observation Level on the 27th Floor. Afterward, when you leave City Hall you can easily walk to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument on Los Angeles Street (near Union Station), where you can continue the Itinerary. The Observation Deck offers unobstructed views of Union Station, Disney Hall and other major attractions in downtown Los Angeles. You can find tourist attraction brochures and guides in the lobby.

Angel's Flight Railway and Angel's Knoll Park: When you are finished at MOCA, instead of taking the DASH B to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, walk south (away from Disney Hall) past the fountain in the back of MOCA, through One California Plaza, and then take the Angel's Flight Railway to the bottom (a small fee is charged). On the way down you will pass by Angel's Knoll Park, which was used as a setting in the movie, "(500) Days of Summer." At the bottom, enter the Pershing Square Metro station on Hill Street near Fourth Street. Take the Red Line train to Union Station, and then walk to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. TIP: Before you leave MOCA Grand Avenue, ask a museum attendant to tell you how to get to Angel's Flight by walking through One California Plaza.

Alternatives to MOCA Grand Avenue

Little Tokyo: After the Performing Arts Center tour at Disney Hall, instead of going to MOCA Grand Avenue, you could take the DASH A bus from 1st Street near Grand Avenue (right outside of Disney Hall) to Little Tokyo, and visit the Japanese American National Museum (GoLA). Directly across the street from the museum there is an entrance to the Japanese Village Plaza Mall, which is full of Japanese ethnic stores, restaurants and souvenir shops. Afterward, take the Gold Line train from Little Tokyo station (near the museum) to Union Station, and then walk to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

Jewelry District: After the Performing Arts Center tour at Disney Hall, you could go to the Jewelry District instead of MOCA Grand Avenue. Take the DASH B bus from Grand Avenue (right outside of Disney Hall), and exit at Olive Street near 6th Street. Then walk on 6th Street to Hill Street. You will find a large concentration of jewelry outlets along Hill Street between 6th and 7th Streets. Some are large plazas containing hundreds of stores inside. Here are a few of them:

  • Western Jewelry Mart - 606 S Hill Street.
  • California Jewelry Mart - 607 S Hill Street.
  • The Jewelers Mall - 625 S Hill Street.
  • New York Jewelers Exchange - 629 S Hill Street.
  • St Vincent Jewelry Center - 640 - 650 S Hill St.
After you're finished at the Jewelry District, take the Red Line train from Pershing Square station to Union Station to continue the Itinerary at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

Citadel Shopping Outlet Center: A large retail outlet shopping center, south of downtown. You can get there on the Metro Local 62 from 6th and Flower (near 7th Street Metro Center). This is not a short side trip. It will probably occupy most of your time in downtown LA.

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