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Thursday, August 4, 2005

If you're going to Los Angeles on a budget and would like to get a bit more sightseeing in, let Getaway show you a few ways of doing it.

Los Angeles is a sprawling city of freeways and there's not much in the way of visitor-friendly public transport. But the Metro Red Line was the city's first modern, heavy-rail subway and takes passengers under Downtown Los Angeles with some good stops along the way.

It branches in two directions from Union Station — you can take the colourful direction towards the mid-Wilshire area, or the other to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. At Union Station you're in the right place to visit Chinatown and the colourful Mexican district at Olvera Street, with loads of retail outlets and also the setting for many a holiday celebration and south-of-the-border dancing and music.

The first stop on the first line is Civic Centre, home of City Hall, LA County Courthouse, Little Tokyo and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Pershing Square has the Regal Biltmore Hotel, plus the Broadway retail area and the jewellery district. At Westlake/MacArthur Park is Westlake retail and the famous MacArthur Park where someone "left the cake out in the rain". On to Wilshire/Vermont is Lafayette Park, the Korean/American Museum and Bullocks Wilshire. Next stop, Wilshire/Normandie, is where you can see the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and St Basil's Church. Last stop is Wilshire/Western for the Wilshire Centre, the Wiltern Theatre and Koreatown.

The other line goes to 7th Street for Macy's Plaza, Wilshire Grand Hotel and Seventh Market Place. It then goes on to Vermont/Beverly for LA City College and then to Vermont/Santa Monica to Cahuenga Library. Vermont/Sunset Boulevard is the stop for Griffith Park and Los Feliz Village. Hollywood/Western is the home of the American Film Institute and the next stop is the famous Hollywood & Vine.

That's where you find Pantages Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Capital Records Tower and the Henry Fonda Theater. At the next stop — Hollywood/Highland — you'll find Mann's Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Roosevelt Hotel and Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum.

Finally, Universal City is the stop for the fantastic Universal Studios and North Hollywood is where you find NoHo Arts District and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Location

California, on the west coast of the United States.

Cost

Metro Red Line runs every day with a frequency between five-15 minutes. A day pass covering all Metro Rail and Bus costs around $4.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Metro Red Line www.metro.net

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