Posts Tagged ‘freeway’
ALL of Our Private Tour Guests Are Glad We Are Driving
People think of Los Angeles as a city of highways. They are correct. Perhaps that is why we refer to the freeways most often by just their numbers and overlook the freeway or highway designation, route or thruway prefix and even the proper name given to long stretches of multi-lane roadway crisscrossing our grand metropolis. For instance, the complex interchange above is, to us, the interchange of the 110 and the 105. The large boulevard crossing through this pretty ribbon of concrete is Imperial Highway. To say our freeway system is confusing is an understatement. Believe it or not, in this extraordinary landscape of freeways, we have major highways that do not connect to one another. Really! Los Angelenos know where these non-interchanges are and know how to use the city streets to get from the 101N to the 134E. Our guides are among the best navigators we know (we test them regularly). They are premiere players of our Los Angeles “Best Route To Get There” game. Even more, they are wired into traffic through cellphone apps and websites such as SigAlert.com and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Since each Los Angeles private tour we do is set to the convenience of our guests we have to be able to navigate through all parts of the city at any time of the day or night. Accidents, construction and just plain dumb luck can make it necessary to include a colorful detour into what is usually a straight route between two sightseeing destinations. Our guides do this pretty much every day and are excellent at getting around Los Angeles. Do you want to enjoy getting around Los Angeles? Let us do the driving. Oh, by the way, even better for avoiding traffic is sightseeing by helicopter which is how we got this photograph of the freeway exchange.
Our Private Tour Guests Never Get to See This
Carmageddon – This wonderful word was coined back in 2011 when the 405 Freeway through West Los Angeles was shut down for construction of a new bridge crossing at Sunset Boulevard. Warnings of possible traffic gridlock began six months before construction and increased in frequency and tenor as the shovel date approached. Los Angelenos made arrangements to change their work schedules to accommodate different routes between home and office. They scheduled vacations. They arranged for additional yoga and Pilates classes in their neighborhood. Life was doomed. Or so everyone thought. Nah, nothing bad happened at all. Traffic flowed smoothly everywhere much as what happened during the 1984 Olympics. We know how to deal with detours and road construction. Happens all the time. As you can see, just as the freeway reopened there was a shiny new bridge crossing for Sunset Boulevard just below the Angeleno Hotel where we were meeting our private Los Angeles tour guests that morning. What a beautiful sight it was. Not the shiny new bridge but the vast expanse of empty pavement on the highway…no traffic.
Funny, but the same thing happened the next year when the Mulholland Highway overcrossing was demolished just a few miles north of here. Again, no problems.
Our Private Tour Guests (Generally) Love This Drive
For this Throw Back Thursday (TBT) we feature a vintage photograph of the oldest freeway in the west, the Arroyo Seco Parkway, which connects downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) with Pasadena. A little over 8 miles long it follows the sinuous pathway of the Arroyo Seco river (safe and cemented and seen on the left in the image above). This picture looks south toward Highland Park and the tower of the Southwest American Museum (opened in 1914). In 1940 when the parkway was completed automobiles were large, lumbering and not driven as fast as modern cars are. The on ramps still have stop signs to control traffic leading onto what is now commonly called the Pasadena Freeway or in L.A. lingo “the 110.” A real Los Angeles driver can find themselves challenged entering or leaving the freeway anywhere between the beginning and end of the parkway. However, the views along the roadway are magnificent in both our “green” (rainy) and “brown” (dry) seasons. Our private Los Angeles tour guides are kept very busy both describing the sights to see and navigating the treacherous curves.
Take Any Excuse to Tour the Pasadena Freeway in Los Angeles
We are not surprised when we find old photographs of cars and freeways around Los Angeles and Hollywood. We take similar pictures ourselves on our private Los Angeles tours with our luxury tour guests from our custom van. This archive shot looking north along what is the oldest freeway in California and the west, the Pasadena Freeway (also known as “The 110” and more recently renamed back to its original Arroyo Seco Parkway), shows the four tunnels below Chavez Ravine (Dodger Stadium) leading to Highland Park and Pasadena. The major portion of the 8+ mile freeway was opened in 1940 and remains a beautiful, if somewhat sharply curved and treacherous, ride through the plush hillsides of the arroyo. You definitely get the idea that the road was designed for fewer and slower automobiles. Make a point to take the freeway if you are in the area and drive carefully. Even better, let us do the driving while you enjoy the scenery!
Another blast from the past from a historic Los Angeles photos fan. This postcard of the Hollywood Freeway looking toward downtown Los Angeles (that tall building is City Hall ala Dragnet — dumm da dum dummm) is circa 1950, a time when cars were large and smoky and the freeways flowed even in the middle of the day. This view is dwarfed today by the large buildings that create a corridor at this location and, of course, traffic moves along bumper-to-bumper. We often get caught in traffic while on a private luxury tour around Los Angeles and take the time to point the camera out the window for a “different” view of our surroundings.