The history of this country inspires us to be supportive. Not just leisure, but an opportunity to support American automobile companies, the L.A. Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center gives an experience everyone in the family can enjoy along with mountains of information and the scoop into future projects for those upcoming buyers. Skip the flight to Detroit and attend the second largest auto show in North America.
Usually during the winter, this specific show has been pushed back for families visiting to enjoy during the Thanksgiving week. With the sun, beaches and mountains, Southern California has a diverse terrain that draws all the automotive companies to this show. Whether it’s the excitement of seeing the newest green cars, or the marvel of exotic Italian sports cars like Maserati and Ferrari, the auto show has always been a good time for me to get inside and see my dream cars that we’ll all someday have. When you arrive in the convention center the South Hall will be upstairs directly in front of you, this is where most of the main manufactures will be. Swing a right towards concourse hall to see exotic cars like your Lotus’ Rolls Royce and the new Spyker LM85; being released exclusively at the L.A. Auto Show. Other stand outs include the Honda Fuel Cell car that emits no emissions, and the sleek Tesla sports car that runs on electricity.
Open from Friday November 21st to Sunday November 30th, 2008, the convention center and surrounding attractions in downtown L.A. will be bustling with entertainment. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and all children 12 and under are free. For show hours and information on a free $2 off coupon click here. Remember to get there early because the doors close one hour before the show closes for the night.
Also downtown adjacent to the Convention Center is the Staples Center. This pristine modern arena is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers professional basketball teams. The Lakers have the best record in the NBA and are arguably the most exiting team to watch this season. The Staples Center is also home to the Los Angeles Kings professional hockey team if you prefer the ice. These games are a great place to take dates, family or friends before you go hit the bars or restuarants of downtown L.A. For more information on home games and tickets during the thanksgiving week see the Staples Center.
Since the driving in Los Angeles is notorious, I poked around the downtown area and found a good place with a very short walk to the Convention/Staples Center and the great surrounding culinary joints:
- Comfort Inn Los Angeles CIty Center
- 1710 W 7th St.
- Los Angeles, CA 90017
This Spanish Villa style hotel was renovated five years ago and is a great secured place to stay if you want to wake up downtown every morning. The Inn is a half mile from the Convention Center and for those who want to get in their cars, two miles from the famous shops of Rodeo Drive. They gave me a great complimentary continental breakfast and fitness center. With wireless internet, (inside and outside) I could catch up on the morning without having to get up and walk right away. From LAX Airport to downtown is one freeway change and one exit, that’s it! They gave me a single for $68 a night with cable, newspaper and all the works. Have fun and check back to see where you can eat great American food as we approach Thanksgiving.