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Rain 101: Car-less destinations for a not-so-sunny day

The Grand Central Market, seen from Angels Flight

The Grand Central Market, with its sawdust-covered floors, is a great place to get fresh produce or sit down for a variety of food. Seen here from Angels Flight, you can get to the market from the Pershing Square Metro Red line stop.

It’s been not-so-sunny lately, and sometimes I wonder whether my fellow citizens are lacking adequate access to the Weather Channel, the Internet, or a newspaper in the morning (or…a window).  Not because I feel uncomfortable in elevators and need something quick to babble about for 45 seconds until all riders part for their separate floors, but because regardless of Dallas Raines’ forecast, I’m terrified of the drivers who missed the memo about 150% chance of pouring rain.  No matter if its 75 or 57, sweltering hot or cats & dogs, there are those who drive 95 mph on the 101 as if slip-and-slide season were all year.

When the rain comes out, I try to avoid driving as much as possible.  The Metro Red line is conveniently located less than a mile from where I live, and in honor of my favorite, often hassle-less mode of transportation, here are some things to do off the Red line route when it’s just sprinkling outside.  Please note that some of these destinations require walking (I still think Missing Persons were missing something when they sang, “Nobody walks in L.A.”), an umbrella might be useful, so long as it’s not pouring out.

Museum Row in the Miracle Mile District off Wilshire Boulevard gets an honorable mention because they’re not subway-accessible (yet!).  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Natural History Museum & La Brea Tarpits and several other museums are located off Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson Avenues.

Go here for a Google Map I’ve made of the Metro Red line route, Museum Row and the following destinations.

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