Los Angeles - Background Information
Getting aroundThe Eagles once sang about "Life in the fast lane", and they were spot on: in Los Angeles, you live life in the overtaking lane. At almost every hour of the day and night, there are tons of metal storming along the 1000 km (600 miles) of motorways in the LA area. Even as a tourist, you are unlikely to be spared from the traffic completely. But the public transport system is better than its reputation and there are five metro lines (Red, Purple, Blue, Green and Gold) and five Downtown Shuttle Buses (DASH - A to E) so you can do without a car in Downtown at least. A sixth metro line is planned.
You can get the best overview of LA from Griffith Park, with its Observatory and viewing terrace high over the city. On a clear day, you can see from the massive Los Angeles Dodgers baseball stadium to the skyscrapers of the inner city to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 28 km (17 miles) away, the third largest airport in the world, and to the Pacific in the west. The famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign is also unmissable.