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Proposed Los Angeles itinerary, almost exclusively without a car

Proposed Los Angeles itinerary, almost exclusively without a car

Apr 22nd, 2017, 01:34 PM
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Well maitaitom given that it's nearly 90 miles between the two, that really isn't bad, is it?
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 01:57 PM
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Turns out the relatives doing the driving also were keen to visit both presidential libraries. They're not baseball fans but were happy to do a drop-off at the stadium since it isn't all that far from the Nixon Library. Will head back via train after the game.

With an extra day, could have taken Metrolink to Simi Valley and a pair of local buses to the Reagan Library and back, but it would eaten up the better part of a day. Same to a fair extent for the Nixon Library, reachable by train to Fullerton, a bus ride, and a good sized walk. Would have had to choose only one without the driving help, but luckily won't need to.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 02:53 PM
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Here's an idea. Drop Long Beach and go to Santa Barbara instead. There's a train leaving Union Station at 7:35a, arrives SB at 10:19a. The return train departs SB at 6:59p, arrives Union Station at 9:45p. The station in SB is within walking distance of the wharf and the main shopping/dining street, and/or you could take a pedicab or Uber/Lyft from the station to the mission (2.5 miles) and then walk back.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 03:48 PM
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Or you could go to San Juan Capistrano from Union Station,there are multiple departures on the Pacific Surfliner and the trip is about an hour. Then you'd have more time. The train station is a short walk to the Mission and historic district. YOu can go to Doheny State Beach (about 3 miles) by bus or taxi.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 04:44 PM
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Good plan mlgb...Wonderful mission.

http://travelswithmaitaitom.com/mission-san-juan-capistrano/

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Apr 23rd, 2017, 12:04 AM
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Boy are you going to get tired of bus rides. Has anyone told you how cheap it can be to use Uber Pool rideshare?

After the Autry, take the 96 to Riverside and then the 780 to Glendale, connect to the 501 bus to Pasadena. You'll save at least 35 minutes.

Your Getty day has you spending about 7 hours on the bus or rail. For maybe 90 minutes at each museum? You don't seem to be figuring the time it takes waiting for buses between transfers etc. And for instance, leaving Getty Center 20 minutes before your departing bus arrives in order to get down the hill via the tram, followed by a walk out to the bus stop, arriving a few minutes early because sometimes buses are a bit early. And at other times they are 12 minutes late, causing you to miss your scheduled connection. You could Uber between the two for about $20 and have an hour more at each museum, well worth it.
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Apr 23rd, 2017, 02:17 AM
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DDD: am expecting to spend a long time on buses and Metro. That's the way it goes given how spread out this city appears to be. Am expecting to spend ca. 2 hours (10am-12pm) at the Getty Villa, but Saturday the Getty Center is open until 9 pm so can spend several hours there. If these museums are as good as advertised, it'll be worth the time spent in transit. A weekly transit pass is $25, so intend to get my money's worth out of it.
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Apr 23rd, 2017, 02:42 AM
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DDD: also, thanks for the post-Autry bus combo. Hadn't seen that option for some reason.
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Apr 23rd, 2017, 09:24 AM
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IMHO, the Getty Villa is a nice visit more for the grounds and location than the art. I wouldn't spend two hours each way on a bus to get there.

Most of your itinerary looks amazing (not that I would do it, but it looks great and mostly very well thought out)
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Apr 23rd, 2017, 11:45 AM
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"Jean on Apr 22, 17 at 2:53pm
Here's an idea. Drop Long Beach and go to Santa Barbara instead"

I totally agree with that one.

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Apr 23rd, 2017, 11:48 AM
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"sf7307 on Apr 23, 17 at 9:24am
IMHO, the Getty Villa is a nice visit more for the grounds and location than the art. I wouldn't spend two hours each way on a bus to get there."

I also agree with that one. Of the two Gettys, I would just do the Getty Center off of the 405, if I were going to do all of this on public transportation. In a car, it would be another story.

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Apr 23rd, 2017, 12:24 PM
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BTW there is a weekend day pass on the Metrolink to SJCap which is only $10 RT.

I think I would switch out Long Beach of SJC. Even if that means shuffling days. Downtown sightseeing is generally better during the week. Be sure to check your musuem days, as a final check.
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Apr 23rd, 2017, 12:37 PM
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Also, since yo aren't paying for parking, there is really no reason to do both Gettys on the same day. You can combine the Villa with Santa Monica, there is also in Malibu

http://www.adamsonhouse.org/visit.html

You can combine the Getty Center with Westwood. I like the Hammer, and there is also UCLA, which has the Fowler. Both are free admission.

Fowler has a late night Weds. Closed M-T.

http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/

Hammer is also open til 8 W-Th

https://hammer.ucla.edu/visit/
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Apr 24th, 2017, 07:41 AM
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Thanks all, this has been extremely helpful! Given the chance that a government shutdown might perhaps be in effect during the trip, it's good to have alternatives to the two presidential libraries, which would likely be the only attractions affected. SJCap or Santa Barbara could make good alternatives if I either drop Long Beach or decide not to revisit LACMA.
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Apr 24th, 2017, 08:05 AM
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I love Santa Barbara!! The town was rebuilt following a 1930s quake, and the architecture is cohesive and beautiful. Right near the train station, there’s the Funk Zone with wine bars, etc. Walking up State Street there’s the Art Museum, and maybe a mile up from there, the Mission. The Courthouse has beautiful gardens.

We eat at Olio Pizzaria, around State and Victoria, for amazing Italian food.
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Apr 24th, 2017, 11:51 AM
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Even though you already have digs in Pasadena, if you go to Santa Barbara, stay the night, at my favorite place, harborhouseinn.com

Walk down to the waterfront, turn right and around the bend into the harbor, put your name down at a fish restaurant and, while waiting, walk out onto the concrete spit for a bit of seaspray and great photo ops.
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