Whether you’re a Tourist or a Townie, there’s always something different and fun to do in the Los Angeles area. But the cost of fun in the City of Angels can add up fast. Below is number 16 in a series of 25 things to do in Los Angeles that will cost $25 or less.
You haven’t seen Los Angeles until you’ve viewed it from the perspective of the shortest railway in the world, Angels Flight, a funicular railway originally built in 1901 that connected the affluent neighborhood of Bunker Hill to the LA flatlands below. In 1969, this much loved landmark was dismantled to make way for urban development. But in the early 1990’s, the railway was restored and relocated half a block south of the original location. It was brought back to life in 1996.
Funiculars are inclined plane railways that move tram-like vehicles on rails up and down steep slopes or mountains via cable systems. Funicular railways, both old and new, can be found around the world.
The Angels Flight Railway connects the California Plaza Watercourt at 350 South Grand Avenue to 351 South Hill Street near the Red and Purple Metro lines at Pershing Square subway station at the corner of Fourth and Hill Streets. For just 50 cents (or 25 cents if you hold a Metro Pass), you can ride Angels Flight Railway from Olive Street up to Hill Street, a mere 298 feet. The view of Los Angeles from the car is beautiful and unique.
The railway is open 365 days a year from 6:45 a.m. until 10 p.m. Check out the Angels Flight website at http://angelsflight.com/ for current information and links.