A Day In Downtown Los Angeles


Many times people have a long layover in Los Angeles, or they have the chance to spend a day checking out the city but are hesitant. They think the city is too expensive and difficult to maneuver. But you can spend a day in Downtown Los Angeles without having to deal with traffic or spending too much money. The next time you find yourself in Los Angeles, check out these options:

LAX FlyAway Bus

If you’re flying into LAX, one of the best ways to start your adventure is to hop on Lax FlyAway bus. LAX FlyAway can take you to Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood, Santa Monica, or Hollywood in style. With air conditioned buses and leather seats, they take the stigma out of bus travel, providing you a quality service for a very low price. After exiting your terminal, hop on, pay $8 and head to Union Station to start your adventure.

Union Station

Union Station is a tourist attraction in and of itself.  The Bus Plaza is absolutely beautiful with palm trees all around. Be sure and take a few pictures as the architecture and greenery is worth a look.

The lobby may look familiar to you; it has been used in countless movies, TV shows and commercials.  If you are hungry and want to grab a bite before you head out, be sure to stop at Traxx Restaurant located in the entrance of Union Station. It’s the perfect blend of old and new.

Stanley Mosk Civil Courthouse

Once you exit Union Station you have several options. You can walk to Chinatown, Olvera Street or start walking south and head into downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). If you’d like a cheap meal with a great view, walk less than a mile to the Stanley Mosk Civil Courthouse in DTLA; it has a café on the ninth floor with outside seating and views of the city. You can also get a birdseye view of Walt Disney Concert Hall which is always a treat.

The Music Center & Disney Concert Hall

From the courthouse, spend some time enjoying The Music Center and the Disney Concert Hall (they are across the street from each other). You don’t have to pay to visit these places, and you don’t have to go inside as the outside architecture of Disney is enough to make you swoon while the fountains outside of the Music Center are beautiful.

Figat7th & LALive

From Disney Music Hall, you can make your way down to Figat7th and/or LALive which are just a couple of blocks from each other.  Figat7th offers free art classes for kids over 3 every second and fourth Saturday of the month. The third Wednesday of every month there is a free movie screening at 6 p.m. with happy hour an hour before the film starts. A little further down is LA Live which is the mecca for sports and entertainment in DTLA.

Pershing Square

Next stop? Pershing Square, an “outdoor concert, event center, and public park.’’ Throughout the year there are a variety of events for you to enjoy, including food trucks and a weekly farmer’s market.

The Last Bookstore

Right down the street is The Last Bookstore, a mecca for anyone who loves vinyl records and books. It’s the largest of its kind in California, and you can take your time as you browse their enormous selection.

Grand Park

If you want to relax and soak in a bit of sun, head to Grand Park and enjoy the beautiful pink chairs on pristine grass. Take in the variety of social fabric that DTLA has to offer. There are interactive splash ponds to be enjoyed be people of all ages.

And there you have it, a day in Los Angeles that won’t break your budget!



Roni is a trilingual travel expert and a former tour guide. While living overseas, she learned so much about traveling, how to adapt, how to stay calm in unexpected situations and how to relax and enjoy life.


  • Reply February 16, 2015


    I found this to be really helpful, and clearly the travel guru knows her way around DTLA. I will have to try this.

  • Nadeen White
    Reply February 16, 2015


    Great post filled with such useful information! I visit the LA area regularly but have never truly explored downtown LA. It has a lot to offer!

  • Reply February 17, 2015


    Great Information, I live in LA and simply pass by all of these great spots. Thanks Roni!!!!

  • Reply February 18, 2015

    Kristen Noelle

    Ahhh DTLA – my hood! I love discovering things in my new city. I recently wandered through the Disney Concert Hall & that beautiful garden you mentioned with my roommate, taking pictures… the architecture is just amaazinggg. I’m gonna have to check out the Last Bookstore! I’ve gone past it a few times, but a lazy weekend day spent perusing their shelves sounds like a plan.
    The fashion district and the arts district are two other DTLA areas worth checking out!!

  • Reply March 15, 2015


    Would also suggest getting a a meal at Grand Central Market which is near Grand Central Park. You will have so many options to choose from. Lil Tokyo is also a short distance from the courthouse. Great place for eat, drink, and shop when your on a budget.

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