350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Twenty-two years and I've never known that this place existed until a random day of scouting Los Angeles back in January 2018. Since I have started the blog, I have made it my mission to try various food and activities hidden within the city. One day I was exploring Downtown Los Angeles doing my usual day of shopping and picking up accessories for my boss. As I was approaching the end of the day, I found myself lost in a random parking lot on Hill Street. Walking up and down the street, dodging various cars and smelling great food from the Grand Central Market, I found the vintage Los Angeles hidden gem.
Though bright orange and towering this attraction is very easy to miss. However, it is spotted several times on film. Do you recall seeing the Los Angeles love story of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's "La La Land"? The two stars shared a ride and a kiss on the gem. Other films with Angels Flight featured are 2011's "The Muppets" and 1956's "Indestructible Man". Considered a Los Angeles landmark, Angel's Flight certainly had to be added on to by Los Angeles Bucket list. All I've previously known about the icon is from what I've seen in movies. I assumed it was a large train cart that takes you deep inside the heart of Downtown. I wondered if the hidden gem even led on goers to another hidden gem such as a low key restaurant, art gallery or even a hipster coffee shop perfect for taking photos. I wondered about the location and its purpose for days before I finally got to explore it. Even though it took almost a year to try the experience, I am glad to say that I crossed off another thing on my Los Angeles list.
After having a tasty treat from the Grand Central Market's Eggslut, I walked across the street to try the Angel's Flight . Both my friend and I have never tried it before and were completely in awe. The line for the attraction was fairly long but continuous. The orange structure shined bright on Grand Avenue and displayed one of Downtown's original architectural work. The funicular is over 100 years ago with the first ride taking place in 1901. Its original purpose was to help Downtown patrons have a shorter commute between Grand and Hill, which is considered one of the steepest streets in the area. Due to the cart's age there has been a lot of closures. The first shutdown was 1969 with the first refurbishment taking place in 1996. In 2013, it shut down again due to the usual wear and tear of anything that is over 100 years- old. After several ownership disputes and redesigns, the cart officially reopened for good in 2017.
We were surprisingly excited to ride on the "World's Shortest Railway". Its even said that riding this attraction takes you back to 100-years ago. Walking onto the cart you see the history that everyone is raving about. The tiny railway was funded by a man named Colonel J.W. Eddy- lawyer, engineer and friend of Abraham Lincoln. To commemorate his contribution their is a plaque at the top of the railway. The bright orange cart also displays the craftsmanship of a Roman inspired column holding up the landmark's sign. Before hopping on-board, we happened to be aware of the actual structure's mechanisms. I've notice many safety zones due to the cart's independence experience. The only attendant working there sits at the top, presses a little button and takes the fair fee. When the cart approached Grand, we hopped in one by one. Loading onto the cart took longer than the actual ride, but I still was happy to avoid the stairs. On top of the structure was a beautiful view of Downtown. This zone was definitely perfect for bloggers and artists. The section had an amazing pond, a large frame and even a hidden coffee shop. The area also had tables set up for those who prefer to work outdoors with a breath-taking view. It was like you were placed in a structural island in the sky surround by towering Los Angeles building but avoiding the craziness of the city.
Los Angeles hidden gems inspire the writer in me to be adventurous. One of my favorite things to do is to research and then explore. Finding historical places reminds me of why I love living in Los Angeles; art, culture and history. Though the Angel's Flight was short and sweet, it left a large impression!
Things to Know Before You Go !
Angels Flight - Top Station
California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90071
Angels Flight - Lower Station
351 S. Hill St., Los Angeles 90013 (across from Grand Central Market)
2. How Much?
The fare is $1.00 each way, and you may purchase a souvenir round-trip ticket for $2.00 to take a piece of history home with you. A $0.50 Metro fare discount is available for TAP Card users with Stored Value — for a one way trip. You will need to tap your valid TAP Card on the Validator located at the Angels Flight Station House ticket window to be granted the discount.
3. Time of Operations:
Angels Flight operating hours are 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays.
4. Nearby Locations:
Grand Central Market