Riding the Rails Back in Time in Los Angeles, California
Who says this city doesn't have public transportation? Back in the days when femme fatales, zoot suit gangsters, and shady private eyes roamed the streets, they could board a funicular in Downtown L.A.'s busy shopping district, then ascend the slope up to the posh residential area of Bunker Hill. Billed as "The World's Shortest Railway," Angels Flight was built in 1901 and became a film noir landmark. Today, lifeless high rise office buildings may dwarf the structure, but in its restored state it still retains its majesty and mystery despite the surrounding dirty hubbub. Check before you go to see if the railway cars are functioning. Angels Flight was closed for several years, but finally reopened in March of 2010. Hitch a ride for the price of a quarter or just skulk around in the railway's shadows, marveling at the fact that something with this much history and charm still exists.