Downtown LA Gold Walk

Let's do a walk around downtown LA and see some of the places that were profiled by Huell Howser!

Please note:

This walk is about getting exercise while exploring places that have been profiled by Huell Howser.

This is NOT a guided tour, where historical information about every building is given.  So questions like; "When was this building built?  or Who was the architect?"  are best answered by Google.

Sights and Buildings on the Walk

Roughly the order and list of places we will see during the walk.

Little Toyko- 442nd Memorial and Ellison Onizuka/Challenger Memorial.

Coles-the inventor of the French Dip sandwich.

Pershing Square

Bradbury Building.

Grand Central Market

Angel's Flight-We will take stairs up or you can ride the railway cars up Bunker Hill for 50 cents.

City Hall

Olvera Street

Chinatown

Union Station

Philippe-The copy cats of the French Dip sandwich

San Antonio Winery

Main Street Bridge

1st Street Bridge

Route- About a 7 mile loop.

Pace Moderate pace. But as always, it is your responsibility to keep pace with the group.  If you are unable to keep pace, you are on your own to get back to the starting point.

We will spend some time at each building/site.

Walk will be about 5-6 hours.  Easy bailout points, either by walking or public transportation, so you can leave when you want.

Meeting Time: Please arrive at the Little Tokyo Gold Line Station by 10am.  Walk will start promptly by 10:15am.

Meeting Place:

Little Tokyo Gold Line Station

1st and Alameda

Los Angeles 90012

Parking:

Nearby paid lots run about $5 & up for the entire day.

Do not park at the meters because of time limits.

You may consider taking the Gold Line train.  Many Metro stations have free on site parking-though the Little Tokyo Station is NOT one of them.  Go to Metro's site for more information or to plan your trip.

To use Metro, a new TAP card policy has been implemented.  They no longer sell paper passes.  You will need to buy a TAP card for $1 AND then add the cost of the fare onto the TAP card.  Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted. Tap card can be reused.

If you need to take two train lines (Red, Purple or Blue) to get to the Little Tokyo Station, you should buy an all day pass which is $5 PLUS the $1 TAP card.

A $1.50 one way pass plus $1 for TAP card=$2.50.  All day pass runs $5 plus $1 for the TAP card=$6.00.

More details about the walk to follow.

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  • Cristina

    Thanks David for the wonderful day in L.A, it was fun and interesting, also a very nice group.
    Cristina

    January 28, 2013

  • Eddie H

    Good walk, good people, unexpectedly good weather.

    January 28, 2013

  • JOHN R.

    Great hike. Thanks David!

    January 27, 2013

  • Kim H.

    A really fun & informative look at our lovely Downtown LA - an awesome time, David!

    January 26, 2013

  • Greg

    Thanks David. It was really a fun adventure. Thanks for the nice Gold walk. Link to Photo gallery at link below
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hrdpvglqebq163p/Gu5JttIPQ7

    January 26, 2013

  • David

    The hike is still on! Bring an umbrella just in case.

    January 26, 2013

  • Greg

    Wow! "That is AM-A-ZING!." I'm gonna bring a compact umbrella just in case.

    January 25, 2013

  • David

    Walk is still on. Forecast calls for showers to stop by Sat. morning and partly cloudy skies for the afternoon.

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • David

    Meeting time is 10am. Walk will start promptly at 10:15am.

    January 22, 2013

  • Cristina

    Hi David,
    Is the meeting time 9:30 am or 10:00 am? I see two different times.
    Cristina

    January 22, 2013

  • Eddie H

    People with a valid TAP card can ride Angel's Flight for a quarter.

    AFAIK, the closest free Park & Ride lot on the Gold Line to the Little Tokyo station is the Lincoln Heights station, although it's not very big (<100 spaces). The big lots are at the Sierra Madre Villa and Atlantic ends of the line.

    January 20, 2013

  • David

    Route has been posted.

    1 · January 13, 2013

  • David

    Sorry, but I had to change the date to Sat. Jan 26th. The Chinese New Year Parade is scheduled on the same day in Feb., so many streets would be closed/crowded.

    January 8, 2013

  • Karen

    Free parking at the South Pasadena Mission St Gold Line -- in the school district lot, or under Heirloom bakery.

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have wanted to see the Bradbury Bldg ever since I watched the movie '500 Days of Summer'.

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • Kelly

    Great tribute idea for a true California treasure.

    January 7, 2013

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