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Questions about travel relating to the City of Los Angeles, California, in the United States.+

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Why did the metro bus stop at each railway crossing, despite no warning indicating a train was coming?

I'm travelling in LA and we went to Knott's Berry Farm for a day out. We took the metro 460 bus, which goes to DisneyLand. During the drive on the way there and back, I noticed a peculiar habit. The ...
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If I visit Los Angeles, am I better off renting a car or not?

California has a pretty notorious reputation for having bad traffic, so I am wondering if it would be worth my time to rent a car when I visit there. If I stay within the LA area, is public ...
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Forgot baggage at Dubai. How to get it to Los Angeles?

Last week, I travelled via Dubai to Los Angeles. During the security checking at Dubai Airport, I was asked to remove my laptop from my bag and after that I forgot to to take it back. i realised that ...
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Is it possible to drive in the movie-famous LA canal?

In the movie Drive (and many others) the main characters are driving within some sort of a canal: What is the exact location of this canal in LA? And is it legal/possible to drive there?
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San Francisco to Los Angeles: bus or plane?

Coming from Europe, I have been living in San Francisco for a month, and this is my first visit to America. In two months, I will have to go to Los Angeles for a meeting. Obviously, taking the plane ...
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How can I get a reliable taxi/car service in LA?

I am fully aware LA is based around the car and has limited public transport. But I'm planning to be there a few days and will not be able to drive a car of any kind. I already have the airport ...
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What should I expect when I stay in a hotel?

I plan to stay in a hotel in Los Angeles, CA by myself for a few weeks in the near future. Is there anything important I should know about staying at a hotel? Things that I have considered but I'm ...
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Best way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by public transport (no Greyhound)

What is the best (cheapest) way to get from San Diego to Los Angeles by public transport? I don't want to take Greyhound because I've had bad experiences with them and their locations are inconvenient....
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What are the name and purpose of this domed building in Los Angeles?

The building with 3 domes in the foreground on a hill top. The city in the background is Los Angeles.
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LAX to Anaheim - how much slower is the Super Shuttle than a cab?

I am flying to LAX and need to get to the Anaheim Hilton (essentially the convention centre). Although it's only 29 miles, I am told it will take 90 minutes and cost $100 by cab. That's quite a cab ...
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Gasoline beggars in and around Los Angeles — scam?

Last weekend, I was driving a car back to Los Angeles. I filled up in Victorville and topped up again near the LAX rental car return. On both occasions, a man approached me asking/begging to put ...
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Getting around in California [closed]

We are a group of up to 8 people traveling to San Jose in first week of February. We are planning to travel to following locations - San Fransisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles and Las Vegas over 10 days. ...
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8 hour Los Angeles layover - going to the beach?

Some friends and I have an 8 hour layover at LAX and, since it'll be summer, we'd like to get out and go check out Venice beach or something. Say we take a taxi - How much $ are we looking at and how ...
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Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA?

Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA? I'll be arriving at 9:00 PM with my 5-year-old son, so I'd rather not have to then take the subway to LAX or walk ...
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What does the small print below “ESTA” and “non-US citizens” on the LAX immigration signs say?

In this image, there's small print below "ESTA" (left green sign), "Non-US citizens" (right green sign) and "Non-US citizens" (Grey sign). Does any one know what it actually says? Also, what is ...
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Is there an area in Los Angeles that is known for selling used photography equipment?

Some big cities (Paris, Tokyo) have a street or neighborhood with a concentration of camera and photography equipment stores. Is there such an area in Los Angeles ? To be specific I'm not looking ...
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Received parking ticket in LA which I think is wrong. I don't live in US anymore. What to do? [closed]

My former landlady just sent me a photo of the violation, which is overdue now. I didn't have a parking ticket on my car. I didn't park on the red zone as the ticket says. I don't have a photo proof ...
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Best way to obtain Canadian Dollars traveling from the US

I'm travelling from Los Angeles to Canada. I need a few hundred Canadian dollars in cash. What is the best option (minimum rates + processing fees)? As I see it I have 3 options: 1) Get cash from the ...
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Baggage locker in downtown Los Angeles

I have a morning flight into LAX and I'd like to do some sightseeing before taking a Metrolink train out to the suburbs in the evening to stay with a friend. I'm looking for luggage storage so I don't ...
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Is it possible to get out from the L.A airport during a connection?

I'll have to wait for 4 hours at the LAX airport in a flight from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro. I'm not a U.S citizen (have Business visa, though), so I would like to know: Is it allowed to leave the ...
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Does the Amtrak SW Chief serve breakfast prior to arrival in LA?

Amtrack runs a passenger train from Chicago, IL through to Los Angeles, CA. This is an almost 2 day trip, with meals provided in a dining car. Since LA arrival is in the morning is breakfast served ...
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Shopping in Los Angeles

After returning from a cruise to Hawaii, we will be spending a single day in Los Angeles. We will already have spent a couple of days there before the cruise, so the plan is to just spend that day ...
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What is the most dangerous area of Los Angeles (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?

I will be travelling to L.A. soon and I am wondering which areas should be avoided to stay safe. Are there official no go zones? Do you maybe know of any maps?
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Are there any “brand” museums in Los Angeles?

Atlanta has the Coca Cola museum, Munich has the BMW museum, in Maranello there is the Ferrari museum. Similarly, are there any "brand" museums in LA or its neighborhoods? I know these museums are ...
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What museums and art galleries in Los Angeles are open after 5pm?

I will be arriving at LAX in the afternoon, and will have eight hours until my next flight. I have noticed that most museums and art galleries shut at 5pm. Are there any prominent ones that are ...
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How to get from downtown Los Angeles to Disneyland and back without a car?

I'll be staying in downtown Los Angeles (near USC) soon and would like to plan a day out to Disneyland. What good options are available for getting to Disneyland in the morning and back into downtown ...
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Trains from SFO to LA and vice-versa

I want to go to LA on the weekend. I am a student and so I wanted to try out the most economical way to travel. I know the bus is one of the cheapest ways, but the problem is sleep, since the journey ...
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Arriving at a different port of entry in the same state in USA?

I am a girl in my early twenties traveling to USA from India and in my visa application I have provided the contact address for a relative in San Francisco, and their invitation letter. I would like ...
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Best option between downtown Los Angeles and LAX

I'm planning to visiting LA soon and will need to use public transit to/from the airport. The place I'm staying is on the Antelope Valley Metrolink line, so it looks like the best way to get to the ...
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Conference in Los Angeles, visa?

I'm going to LA next month to attend a conference. I went to South Korea in the past (for few days) and I didn't need to do anything. Except signing a couple of things at the airport before leaving (...
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Cheapest way to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles?

I will visit San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas next winter and I will have 15 days to visit the 3 cities, which one is the best option to visit and connect the cities: Rent a Motorhome Rent a ...
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When is the cheapest time to visit LA?

I'm planning a trip to Southern California. I know that rainy/hurricane season is a cheap time to go to Florida and works well if you plan to do indoor activities. When is the cheapest time during the ...
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Visiting Los Angeles Culvert

I'll be visiting Los Angeles in May and one of the things I would like to see is the river culverts featured in so many movies (quick visit and a few photos). The section I'm most interested in is ...
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LAX to Downtown LA

I'm going to go from LAX to Downtown LA (let's say Walt Disney Concert Hall for definiteness), and I'm going to take metro since it's cheaper than the flyaway bus. I found some news (https://www.metro....
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Transfer between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and John Wayne Airport (SNA)?

I'm arriving at LAX, and my friend has accommodation basically next to John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Yep. My research indicates that it'll take about 4 hours by public transport. Is there ...
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Why do many parking lots in downtown LA use retractable tire spikes as access control devices?

I'm currently on a road trip to LA to see a show. Trying to find parking in downtown LA is quite the challenge. And it's made much worse when I saw a sign saying "Warning: Do not back up - severe ...
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Traveling from Downtown, Los Angeles to John Wayne Airport

I am traveling to Los Angeles in August and I will be staying at a hotel located in Downtown. I have a friend to meet at John Wayne Airport in Orange County and I will stay at his place for one night ...
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What companies offer through bus tickets from Mexico City to Los Angeles?

I've been searcing for ways to get from Mexico City to Los Angeles by bus, and so far the only thing I've found is Greyhound, which, combined with partner companies, takes you to LA with changes in ...
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Last name typo on a Saudia Airlines flight from Bangalore BLR to Los Angeles LAX

I have my last name typed in wrongly(xxx Tumakuru instead of xxx yyy Tumkur) while I was booking the ticket on Saudia for my trip on OCt 1, 2017 from BLR to LAX. The reason being my passport was ...
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Where can I buy MLS jerseys?(Las Vegas, LA, San Fransisco) [closed]

I'm from the UK, I want to buy an MLS Jersey, quite like FC Dallas' jersey or Colorado Rapids. I'm visiting The USA in May as my girlfriend has to go back home to graduate(been doing her degree ...
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How long will it take to get from Los Angeles Metro's 7th St./Metro Center to Hollywood and Highland via Metro Red?

I plan to take Metro's Red Line subway in Los Angeles to get from Metro's 7th St./Metro Center station to Hollywood and Highland station on a Friday at around 1:00-1:30pm, and would like to know how ...
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This roadtrip through California and National Parks possible? [closed]

I'm from europe and I want to do a roudtrip thorugh California and national parks which are closeby. I know, that every national park and every bigger city has it's own "vibe". But to take the most ...
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driving from LA to San Francisco [closed]

I will be travelling from L.A. to San Francisco in later February 2015. I will have my little boy 10 months old and my mother in law (65) with me. I was wondering, if someone can suggest some routes, ...
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Admission Ticket for Universal Studios

I am going to LA for 2 day trip i.e. on 11th November and 12th November. I am thinking to spend whole one day in Universal Studios. I saw there is one 105$ ticket which is General Admission ticket ...
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How to pay a California traffic ticket driving under Indian License?

I am from India, and planning to visit the USA. I have plan to self drive at Los Angeles with my family and have a doubts if someone can help me. I have gone through the regulations and driving rules ...
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Bus tours from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon without side trips [closed]

I have been looking for bus tours that depart from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon. I am interested to visit Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam on the way. Most of the tours that I found online include ...
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Travel (living) cost in the US for two weeks (New York and Los Angeles) [closed]

PLEASE NOTE that this question is more about finding out people's experience. I would appreciate it if someone shares his/her experience during US travel. I am open to anything. I will be visiting US ...
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Visiting software development companies in LA area/Silicon Valley [closed]

I'm a norwegian, headed for the 2015 CES show in Las Vegas in january. We're landing at LAX and we're renting a car. I'm VERY interested in software, hardware and everything that has to do with ...
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What park has the most rides: Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park in the US?

Compared to Disneyland Paris, in the USA both Disney parks seem to have more activities. I'm planning to buy 1-Day Ticket for Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park depending on the ...
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Lime scooters at LAX

In a little over 24 hours I'll be landing at LAX from an international flight and have 5 hours to fill before my connecting domestic flight. I'd like to get out and see some local shops, particularly ...