Take Two for August 13, 2013

'LA Adventures': Finding hidden treasures and day tripping by train in LA

Purple line to reach La Cienega

Todd Johnson/KPCC File Photo

The Red, Purple, Blue and Expo Lines meet at 7th Street/Metro Center Station in Downtown L.A.

It takes just $1.50 per ride to see L.A. by Metro, and as the system expands there are more hidden treasures you can reach in the city.

David Madsen and Elisa Makunga, co-authors of "L.A. Adventures: Eclectic Day Trips by Metro Rail Through Los Angeles and Beyond," took KPCC's Leo Duran on a tour of a few things you can see by train.

Free organ concerts every Thursday at 12:10 at the First Congregational Church of LA.

How To Get There: Take the red or purple line to the Wilshire/Vermont station. Walk five minutes to the church at the corner of W 6th St and S Commonwealth Av. 

The Great Organs of First Church is host to free recitals every week. The massive instrument is considered one of the biggest church organs in the world.

"Sometimes it’s really frightening, sometimes it’s beautiful classical, and it’ll be broadcast through those 20000 pipes, which are all around the church," says Madsen.

The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live

How To Get There: Take either the blue, red, purple, or Expo lines to the 7th and Metro station in downtown LA. Then walk 10 minutes to the museum at S Figueroa St and W Olympic Blvd

Opened in 2008, you can check out a collection of Michael Jackson’s sequined jackets, test out your music skills in recording booths, and watch videos of great performances from past Grammy awards.

The Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center

How To Get There: Take the Expo line to the Expo Park/USC station, and walk 5 minutes through the rose garden to the California Science Center.

After making 25 missions to space, the retired shuttle docked in the center in 2012. Madsen says, "This is one of the single biggest tourist attractions in Los Angeles now."

Do you know a hidden L.A. gem you can get to by train? Tell us about it in the comments!


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