The New LA to Santa Monica Expo Line: Where to Stop
Published 30 March 2016
Expo/La BreaA more unusual stop, Expo/La Brea is the jumping off point for the famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Here, among the pools of bitumen, you can swot up on your prehistoric history and learn all about the creatures that roamed these lands 11,000 years ago, which include the American mastodon, the sabre-toothed cat and the dire wolf, the skeletons of which have been found preserved in the asphalt.
Culver CityShopaholics and film-lovers rejoice! Culver City is home to MGM studios (now Sony Pictures Studios) and the retail haven of Westfield Culver City. After an exhausting day touring the film sets and numerous boutiques you might want to stay overnight. If so, try the 1920s-built Culver Hotel. Screen legends Clark Gable and Greta Garbo have checked in here and the building was once owned by John Wayne.
Image: Expo LineWestwood/Rancho ParkIf all those shiny LA cityscapes have got you hankering after a bit of greenery, hop off at Westwood/Rancho Park. Here the trees and open spaces of Rancho Park are a welcome respite from the skyscrapers and make for a peaceful people-watching spot, while the park is especially photogenic in autumn when the fall colours come out. Shoppers are in luck too, for the 150 stores of the Westside Pavilion and a 12-screen cinema are just around the corner.
Image: Expo LineExpo/BundyExpo/Bundy is the jumping off point for the Grammy Museum, where you can learn all about the history of the Grammy Awards and their past winners. Or perhaps take a walk around Sammy Lee Square, named after the first Asian-American to win Olympic Gold for the USA in London in 1948 in the 10m diving event, a feat he then repeated in Helsinki in 1952.
Downtown Santa MonicaThe final stop on the Expo Line, Downtown Santa Monica is ideal for exploring the fairground rides, aquarium, bars, restaurants and concert venues of Santa Monica pier. There’s a great beach here too, the perfect spot for lazing the days away on the soft sand. This is also the end (or for some the start) of the iconic Route 66 drive – don’t forget to pose for pictures by the sign.
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