Los Angeles

About the Travel Guide – Los Angeles is my hometown and this guide is for the foreign or domestic traveller who want to ditch the car and navigate this giant city by bus or train.

Getting Around Los Angeles

Los Angeles Metro Rail

The Los Angeles Metro Rail is an urban rail transportation system serving Los Angeles County, California. It consists of six lines, including two rapid transit subway lines (the Red and Purple lines) and four light rail lines (the Blue, Green, Gold and Expo lines) serving 93 stations. It connects with the Metro Busway bus rapid transit system (the Orange Line and Silver Line) and also with the Metrolink commuter rail system.

By the way LA Metro Buses are free except the trains

Metrolink
Metrolink is a commuter rail system in Southern California consisting of seven lines and 62 stations operating on 534 miles (859 km) of rail network. The system operates in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, as well as to Oceanside in San Diego County. It connects with the Los Angeles County Metro Rail and Metro Busway system, the San Diego Coaster commuter rail and Sprinter light rail services, and with Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, and Sunset Limited intercity rail services.

As a good example of effective affordable travel, I spend $ 25 per week commuting around LA to meet my clients and to show people around with my LA Tour Company. 

Metrolink allows me to visit relatives all the way out in Riverside within an hour versus 2 hours on a bus. Metrolink on weekends is $10 all days and gets you to all the fun beach towns like San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Oceanside.

New York City

  • About the New York City Travel Guide
  • Arriving and leaving New York City
  • Where to stay in New York City
  • Our favorite restaurants in New York City
  • Things to do in New York City
  • How to Get Around  ( Transportation )
  • Prices and Expenses

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Where to stay in NYC :

My recommendations for budget hostels in NYC
Chelsea International Hostel
Vanderbilt YMCA
American Dream Hostel



How to get around New York City :

Free Things to do in New York City :

  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Stroll or jog in Central Park
  • Do a yoga class in Bryant Park
  • Ride the Staten Island Ferry ( it’s free )
  • Pay your respects at 911 Memorial
  • Tour the Brooklyn Brewery
  • Visit the Grand Central Terminal
  • Check out the free galleries in Chelsea
  • Visit NYC museums for free ( some are free on certain days )

The best way to see the best attractions in NYC

San Diego

  • About the San Diego Travel Guide
  • Arriving and leaving San Diego
  • Where to stay in San Diego
  • Our favorite restaurants in San Diego
  • Things to do in San Diego
  • How to Get Around  ( Transportation )
  • Prices and Expenses

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Where to stay in San Diego :

My favorite hostels in San San Diego

Adventure Travel Hostel ( Little Italy )
Point Loma Hostel
Banana Bungalo

How to get around San Diego :

  • San Diego Trolley
  • San Diego Coaster
  • North County Sprinter
  • Hop on Hop Off

Free Things to do in San Diego :

  • Visit San Diego beaches ( there are over 30 of them )
  • Hang out with the sea lions in La Jolla
  • Stroll around the historic Gaslamp Quarter
  • Take the best sunset shots from Ocean Beach Pier
  • Hike Cowles Mountain ( approx 1,600 feet above sea level )
  • Stroll around historic Old Town State Historic Park
  • Go for a picnic, BBQ, or stroll around Seaport Village
  • Meditate to commanding views at the top of Mt. Soledad, La Jolla
  • Go for a hike on Mission Trails Regional Park or Torrey State Park Preserve. San Diego is known as a popular hikers’ destination.

The best way to see the best attractions in San Diego, California

San Diego currently only has a CityPass for the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park in Escondido ( a good 1 hour drive from downtown San Diego ). More details to follow.

San Francisco

  • About the San Francisco Travel Guide
  • Arriving and leaving San Francisco
  • Where to stay in San Francisco
  • Our favorite restaurants in San Francisco
  • Things to do in San Francisco
  • How to Get Around  ( Transportation )
  • Prices and Expenses

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Where to stay in SF :

My favorite hostels in San Francisco
Adelaide Hostel ( near Union Square )
Green Tortoise ( North Beach )
Music City Hotel ( Nob Hill )
Fort Mason Hostel International ( near Pier 39)

How to get around San Francisco :

  • BART ( Bay Area Rapid Transport ) – Gets you to UC Berkeley, Oakland, Mission District, Market St, East Bay, and SF Int’l Airport
  • San Francisco MUNI is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco, California.
  • Caltrain – Gets you to Silicone Valley, Stanford University, San Jose Diridon Station ( which connects to Santa Cruz ). Caltrain has the cleanest & fastest trains. No wifi though. One way to SJ is $ 10.00
  • Golden Gate Transit – I take this bus from downtown SF to get Sonoma Wine Country, Muir Woods, & Marin County. The bus goes over to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Free Things to do in San Francisco :

  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge ( it’s 1.7 miles long )
  • Stroll the Golden Gate Park
  • Hike the Twin Peaks
  • Check out the Cable Cars
  • Visit Chinatown
  • Walk the crookedest street in the world ( Lombard St. )
  • Hang out with the sea lions at Pier 39
  • Visit the chocolate factory at Ghirardelli Square
  • Do some fun Instagramming at Clarion Alley in the Mission District
Save Money with a CIty Pass

The best way to see the best attractions in the City by the Bay.

San Francisco packs a lot into its compact 49 square miles. CityPASS is kind of like that, too – we’ve hand-picked the city’s best attractions, including the world-famous cable cars, and packed them into a perfect pocket-sized ticket book for your visit. CityPASS is valid for 9 days starting with the first day of use, giving you plenty of time to see the best of San Francisco, and take the best memories home with you.