We went on a date, to a different city to visit places we have never been. It was fun and YOU should try it too!
I had been dying to go on an adventure and Finally had the opportunity! I wanted it to be epic and spontaneous, but not to epic that it would scare my soon to be husband away. I came across a post along time ago about visiting LA via metro and decided to recreate that in a mini version.
The metro is a fun way for people to travel to tourist locations easily, quickly and on the cheap. We had never ridden a train before and we were not familiar with how it worked but the goal here was to have fun and not dig too deep into our pockets.
For this date we chose to take the metro RED line.(click here to read more about it) The red line is probably one of the best day tours to take when exploring LA. There is almost something to do at every stop including visiting Hollywood and Universal studios. Because we had been to a few of those places already we chose to only stop at a few selected locations and explore from there.
Our first stop: Little Tokyo.
My biggest regret visiting little Tokyo was that I only took pictures and videos on my snap chat! Those are now long gone with my other deleted adventures. Sad face. When we visited it was bustling and full of flowers! This lively place is so worth the stop. The mix of authentic food and the quirky shops make this stop all the more cooler. Totally worth your time!
After stuffing our faces with sushi we ventured to the metro station and paid a measly $6 dollars for both of us! Let me repeat that!! A full day pass for two people: 6 bucks! I was over the moon. I'm sure my husband was pretty happy about that price too. I bet you he was already thinking about how to spend the money we saved on our next meal.
Our next stop: Pershing Square
I’ll be honest, when you step off the metro and into the city at this stop it’s not pretty. It doesn’t smell good either. I remember making Jorge(Hubby) stop at Walgreen to buy some hand sanitizer in case I touched something I didn’t mean to. IF you can make it pass the off putting smell and the lines of people this stop actually holds two amazing gems. One of which was my favorite part of the Trip. Gem number one is The Down & Out Bar. This bar is super neat. We went in with the realization that neither of us were driving thanks to LA’s awesome transportation and popped in for a drink. After Chatting up the bartender we had to get in some trouble and take some photos with their police photo booth. It totally made our day.
The second Gem Is a big store literally just across the street The Last Book Store. This book store is not your ordinary book store! It has a maze of books! Seriously! A whole labyrinth of books on the second floor. You can walk right in and tour it, take some awesome photos and really appreciate the work and artistic skill that went into creating it. Besides selling books they also have a great collection of records. Worth checking it out.
Our third stop: West-lake
Before we got to this stop we accidentally got off at the Metro Center and just circled around. There are a few bars there if you wanted to stop for some drinks. Once we got our heads on right and came out of the West-lake center we were immediately met with tons of street vendors. It reminded me of our hometown swap meet. People were selling a variety of things from fresh foods to homemade shoes. Left of the station and across the way is a place called Langer’s. I heard about this place in an Laweekly post a while back which inspired our day trip all together. They are famous for their pastrami sandwich, which my husband Gave a 10/10. They make a mean sandwich and they are pretty big too.
Our Fourth and Final stop: Vermont
Here we had to catch the bus to our final destination. Surprisingly our day pass card also covered the bus fare so we didn't have to pay for the ride. Shatto 39 lanes is where Jorge and I discovered he has a real knack for bowling, and I ...well, I did not. After playing two rounds we headed to the mini arcade in the front of the building and wasted the rest of our quarters. It wasn't that packed when we visited which was such a plus! Also, bring your IDs they serve alcohol to accompany your bowling.
After being totally annihilated at bowling, we caught our bus back to the station and hopped on until we got back to our car. Taking this mini adventure was just enough to itch that need for travel+. It was cheap, fun and full of new experiences. I encourage you to try it out, there is something to do at almost every stop! You never know what you might see or who you might meet! Good travels and share your travel ventures with us when you go!
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