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How to Get Just About Anywhere by Metro from The Pearl

One of the things we love most about living at The Pearl is proximity to the Wilshire/Western station on the LA Metro Red Line. If you’re not familiar with riding the Metro, you’ll need a TAP card to get started. TAP is a cool, reusable card with a built-in electronic chip that lets you load Stored Value (money) and a variety of passes for travel across 24 transit agencies. Use the handy LA Metro Trip Planner to connect with other Metro Rail Lines, Metrolink, and DASH — inexpensive and convenient bus service in downtown Los Angeles and 27 neighborhoods all across the City of Los Angeles. The Red Line ends at Union Station, where you can board Amtrak and experience America coast to coast by rail. And now you know how to get just about anywhere by Metro from The Pearl.


Griffith Observatory

Metro Red Line


Think of the Red LIne as your personal lifeline to all the great attractions in LA and beyond! One of our favorites is a trip to the Griffith Observatory. Take the Red Line to the Vermont/Sunset Metro Station, then board the DASH Observatory bus, which stops along Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz Village, Mt. Hollywood Drive (for access to Griffith Park hiking trails), and the Greek Theatre, ending in front of the Observatory. Running from North Hollywood to Union Station, the Red Line is dotted with fun stops including NoHo Arts District, Universal Studios, Hollywood & Highland, and Grand Park, which is just a short walk from the Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Watts Towers of Simon Rodia

Metro Blue Line


The Blue Line is your passport to freedom from traffic and parking, and your gateway to adventure. From the Red Line, exit at 7th Street/Metro Center Station, go up a level, and switch to the Blue Line toward Long Beach. Get off at the Pico Station, located in the thriving South Park neighborhood and you’ll be within walking distance of Staples Center, LA Live and the LA Convention Center. Keep going to the 103rd St/Watts Towers Station and feast your eyes on the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia, a fantasmagorical collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers. The Blue Line ends in Downtown Long Beach, where you can eat, drink, shop, and visit cultural amenities.


Public Arts in South Pasadena

Metro Gold Line


Every once and a while, it’s great to get out and explore your city. Take the Red Line to Union Station and then catch the Gold Line, which runs in two directions. Traveling mostly above ground, the Gold Line weaves and windles its way through Chinatown, Highland Park, and Pasadena, all the way to Azusa. Hop off at the Lincoln/Cypress Station to view sculptures by renowned visual artist Cheri Gaulke, tour the Victorian buildings at Heritage Square Museum, and stop for lunch in South Pasadena. Or from Union Station, take the Gold Line toward Atlantic to visit Little Tokyo Arts District, Mariachi Plaza, and East LA Civic Center. Either way, you’ll discover parts of LA that showcase our city’s diversity and rich culture.


Santa Monica Pier

Metro Expo Line


Grab your beach gear and ride the Red Line to 7th Street/Metro Center Station. Switch to the Expo Line and you’ll be whisked away from Downtown LA to Downtown Santa Monica, where you’ll be within walking distance of the Santa Monica Pier & State Beach, Third Street Promenade, and Tongva Park. Named for Exposition Boulevard, which it roughly parallels, the Expo Line snakes its way to LA Live, USC, Exposition Park, USC, Culver City, Westwood/Rancho Park, and 26th St/Bergamot before culminating on Colorado Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica.