metro gold lineLos Angeles is known as one of the most car-centric cities in the nation. We're here to tell you that it doesn't have to be. Whether you're new to LA or just looking for a way to get out of mind-numbing traffic, there are ways to get around town without your car. Here's how to navigate your way from UCLA to these 10 popular destinations:

Aquarium of the Pacific - Ever since its grand opening in 1998, the Aquarium of the Pacific has been serving the LA community with attractions, shows and tours for all ages to enjoy.

How to get there:

  • Take Culver CityBus Rapid 6 to Sepulveda and Pico.
  • Hop on the Metro Expo Line toward 7th Street/Metro Station, and exit Pico Station.
  • Take the Metro Blue Line toward Downtown Long Beach Station and exit at the end of the line.
  • The Aquarium is a 15-minute walk away.

Universal Studios Hollywood – It’s not the "Happiest Place on Earth," but with its new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it's a close second.

How to get there:

  • Take Metro Line 2 toward Sunset/Alvarado.
  • Exit Sunset and Highland and hop on the Red Line toward North Hollywood.
  • Exit Universal/Studio City Station. Universal Studios is a half-mile walk away.

Santa Monica Pier – Food, games, 3rd street Promenade, rides the beach…need I say more? Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

How to get there:

  • Take Culver CityBus Rapid 6 to Sepulveda and Pico.
  • Hop on the Metro Expo Line, and exit Downtown Santa Monica.

The Getty Center – Not only will the ride on the Metro save you some cash, but so will this trip! Admission at the Getty is always free, and its exquisite artwork and beautiful scenery are bound to leave you in awe.

How to get there:

  • Take Metro Line 734 toward Sylmar Station.
  • Exit at the Sepulveda/Getty Center stop.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – This is definitely a must-see spot here in LA. This famous museum is also right next to the Peterson Automotive Museum and the LA Brea Tar Pits, so you can make a whole day out of one trip.

How to get there:

  • Take Metro Rapid 720 toward Commerce Center.
  • Exit Wilshire and Fairfax.
  • LACMA is a short 8-minute walk away.

The Last Bookstore – Let your inner bookworm run wild by visiting this iconic library on your day off. Get ready to take some Instagram-worthy photos.

How to get there:

  • Take Culver CityBus Rapid 6 to Sepulveda and Pico.
  • Hop on the Metro Expo Line toward 7th Street and Metro.
  • Take either the Metro Purple or Red Line toward Union Station, and exit Pershing Square.

Natural History Museum – Equipped with a dinosaur hall, beautiful gardens and an insect zoo, there is no better way to spend your time off then by indulging in the tales of the past.

How to get there:

  • Take Culver CityBus Rapid 6 to Sepulveda and Pico.
  • Hop on the Metro Expo Line toward 7th Street and Metro.
  • Exit the Expo/Vermont Station and walk 0.2 miles.

Griffith Park – Griffith Park is home to the famous Griffith Observatory, L.A. Zoo, the Autry Museum and more.

How to get there:

  • Take Metro Line 2 toward DowntownLA-Broadway-Venice.
  • Exit on Sunset and Western. The museum is less than a mile away.

Grand Park – Take a breath of fresh air and enjoy the majestic views provided by this wonderful park.

How to get there:

  • Take Metro Rapid 720 toward Commerce Center.
  • Exit Wilshire and Western, and hop on the Metro Purple Line toward Union Station.
  • Exit Civic Center/Grand Park Station.
  • Grand Park is a 6-mile walk.

California Science Center – CSC houses a seven-story IMAX theatre, the Endeavor Space Shuttle and a plethora of amazing exhibits.

How to get there:

  • Take Culver CityBus Rapid 6 to Sepulveda and Pico.
  • Hop on the Metro Expo Line toward 7th Street and Metro.
  • Exit Expo Park/USC. The science center is a 0.6-mile walk away.

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