DrupalCon Los Angeles Tourist Needs

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People visiting our city to attend DrupalCon Los Angeles (May 11-15, 2015) will need to know how to get around L.A., and what there is to do outside of the conference. There will be social events each night of the conference, but not every drinks or dances or will only be enjoying our city at night so some daytime activities and family friendly points of interest should be compiled in this wiki.

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What is needed for the list?
Travel info. How to get around Los Angeles easily, specifically Metro options. We don't need to add Uber or Lyft info here.

The critical info we need added is how people will get from the official hotel (Westin Bonaventure) to the conference venue (Los Angeles Convention Center). It should be assumed there's an official shuttle at the hotel but with 5,000 people attending the same event that week we should help folks who choose to bus or walk.

How would you get to the conference from the official hotel?

It's a 1 mile, 20 minute walk from the hotel to the venue, but otherwise the bus is good. The most affordable is the LA Metro's Dash bus, Route F, which is 50 cents and runs every 10 minutes from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday (every 20 minutes between 5:50 and 6:30 PM). Board the bus at 4th St and Figueroa, heading toward Exposition Park/USC. The stop is Figueroa and Pico Blvd, right outside the LA Convention Center.

If the Dash bus isn't running, you can take the Silver Line (also known as the 910 bus) for $2.50. It runs throughout the day and into the night (timetable PDF). Board the southbound bus in the direction of Harbor Gateway (not the northbound in the direction of El Monte) at 5th and Flower, one block south and one block south and east of the hotel. Get off the bus at Flower and Pico Blvd, then walk one block northwest to the convention center.


Recreation & Family Friendly Activities

Amusement Parks

Disneyland, Anaheim - $$$$
Universal Studios, Studio City - $$$
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park - $$ (coupons usually available)
Six Flags Magic Mountain - $$ (coupons usually available)
Adventure City - $ (small park but nice for younger kids)

Other Parks & Activities

Paintball & Airsoft Arena - Hollywood Sports Park, Bellflower
Downtown Disney, Anaheim (Free 3 hour parking) - Restaurants, Shopping
Universal City Walk - Restaurants, Shopping, Movie Theater
Golf ‘N Stuff - Arcade, Rides, Mini-golf (One of the last of it’s kind in California) - Used in the film The Karate Kid
L.A. Live, Downtown LA - Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Museum
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Buena Park
Queen Mary, Long Beach
Space Shuttle Endeavor, California Science Center
Top "Escape Rooms" in L.A.
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Points Of Interest

Los Angeles Art Walk, Fridays, Downtown LA
The Grove and the Original Farmer’s Market, 3rd Street, Los Angeles
The Hollywood Sign
Beverly Hills & Rodeo Drive
Museum Row & La Brea Tar Pits
Olvera Street
Griffith Park Observatory
Western Costume Company (since 1912)
The Last Bookstore (a huge bookstore also featuring many art galleries)

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Recognizable Places (and the movies they appeared in)

Whittier High School: Back to the Future, Back to the Future II
The Bradbury Building: Blade Runner
Fox Plaza tower: Die Hard
Vasquez Rocks: Star Trek and various Sci-fi’s/Westerns
Randy's Donuts: Iron Man, Simpsons, and countless films
Oviatt Library (Cal State University Northridge): Star Trek (2009)
Union Station: The Island, Bugsy, Blade Runner, The Hustler, Star Trek: First Contact, Pearl Harbor, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, The Italian Job, and many more.
Chinatown: Lethal Weapon 4, Chinatown
Hollywood Star Lanes: The Big Lebowski
Del Amo Fashion Center mall: Valley Girl, Jackie Brown
Formosa Cafe: Swingers, L.A. Confidential, Boogie Nights
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: The Cable Guy
The Gamble House (Pasadena): Back To The Future
Bonaventure Hotel: Rainman, In The Line Of Fire, Nick of Time
The Japanese Garden (Van Nuys): Rising Sun
Northridge Fashion Center: Terminator II: Judgement Day
The Beverly Center mall: Scenes From A Mall
Griffith Park Observatory: Rebel Without A Cause, The Terminator
Griffith Park: Jurassic Park, The Rocketeer
Universal Studios Tour: Back To The Future, Back To The Future II, Gremlins, Psycho, Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein
The Dresden Restaurant: Swingers
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Famous Restaurants & Food Joints

The Pantry
Phillipe the Original
Taylor’s Steakhouse
Gladstones
In-N-Out (multiple locations)
Pinks Hot Dogs
Canter's Deli
Yamashiro
Spago
Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles
Lawry's
Langer’s Deli
Carny’s
Tito’s tacos
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Music & Concert Venues

Staples Center
Nokia Theater
The Key Club
House of Blues (multiple locations)
The Troubadour, West Hollywood
The Blue Whale (small, great jazz venue in Little Tokyo)
The Baked Potato (small, great club for seeing jazz fusion)
Catalina Jazz Club
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Arts & Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
J Paul Getty Museum
Getty Villa
California African American Museum
Craft & Folk Art Museum
Hammer Museum
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Movies (About L.A. or Filmed in Los Angeles)

List of Films set in Los Angeles - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_set_in_Los_Angeles
List of newly filmed places - https://moviemaps.org/cities/1

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