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Torrance

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Torrance [1] is a city in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, in Southern California. It is home to the US Toyota headquarters and an Exxon Mobil Refinery.

Get in[edit]

Los Angeles Intl. Airport (IATA: LAX)[edit]

The main air transport hub for Southern California.

  • Long Beach Intl. Airport (IATA: LGB) is a smaller, yet still popular airport in nearby Long Beach.
  • Optionally there is the Torrance Airport as well. It is a private airport home to many small airplanes.

Major Routes[edit]

  • The San Diego Freeway I-405.png runs through the Northern part of the city. Off-ramps include Artesia Ave., Crenshaw Blvd., and Western Ave.
  • The Harbor Freeway I-110.png runs a little to the East of the city. Off-ramps include Artesia Ave., Sepulveda Blvd., Carson St., 223rd St., and Torrance Blvd.
  • Pacific Coast Highway, CA-1.png or simply PCH, is a large street that runs through the next door beach cities and through the southern part of the city. Also a major entryway in from Long Beach.

Public Transit[edit]

LA Metro System[edit]

  • Metro Rapid Line: Route 3 stops at the South Bay Galleria, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, and eventually ending in downtown Long Beach.

Get around[edit]

By Car[edit]

Like most Southern California cities, traveling by car is the most convenient way to get around the city.

Major Streets[edit]

  • Hawthorne Ave. CA-107.png is the biggest and busiest street in the city and can be very packed during rush hour.
  • Artiesia Ave. CA-91.svg in the northern end of the city is also very busy as commuters use it as a shortcut between the 405 Fwy. and the 91 proper.
  • Sepulveda Blvd. in the southern end of the city.
  • Tip: If you need to go north or south through the city during rush hour, for example to go the the Del Amo Fashion Center, take Prairie Ave. It runs parallel to Hawthorne Ave and is usually much less crowded.

Public Transit[edit]

LA Metro local lines[edit]

  • Routes 130, 232, 344 run through the city.

Municipal Bus Lines[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Torrance High School, 2200 West Carson Street, [2]. A must for television fans. In Beverly Hills, 90210, it served as the fictitious West Beverly High. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was Sunnydale High.
  • Del Amo Financial Center. The Del Amo Financial Center is located adjacent to the Del Amo Mall on Hawthorne Blvd. and has the tallest building in the beach cities located within it.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Alpine Village, 833 Torrance Blvd., (323) 321-5660, [3]. German shopping center and home to the Torrance Oktoberfest.  edit
  • Torrance Beach (also Miramar Park). Neither glamorous nor fancy, this clean, large, busy beach attracts thousands from the surrounding area. Parking is limited but nowhere near as poor as nearby Hermosa Beach or Venice Beach.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Del Amo Fashion Center, 21519-A Madrona Avenue, [4]. Once billed as the largest mall in the world, the Del Amo Fashion Center had in recent years become a sort of a "D" grade shopping center due to old age. However, Del Amo has renovated the north section of the mall into a beautiful outdoor promenade, with a new AMC and a Lucky Strike Bowling Alley, great stores (such as Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters) and decent restaurants like PF Changs China Bistro.
  • South Bay Galleria, 1815 Hawthorne Blvd (on the corner of Hawthorne & Artesia), (310) 371-7546, [5]. 10am - 8am. A HUGE three-story shopping mall with dozens of stores and a movie theater. Mostly a safe place, but there has been mugging there in the past. If need be, you can have a security guard walk you to your car.  edit
  • Riviera Village, (between Sepulveda & Palos Verdes Blvd.). A collection of small, upscale shops and restaurants situated close to the beach.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

American[edit]

  • In-N-Out (In the Torrance Promenade), 20150 Hawthorne Blvd, (800)-786-1000. 10:30am - 1am. The classic diner experience.  edit
  • Pat and Oscar's, 21421 Hawthorne Blvd, (310) 542-3020, [6]. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. A local restaurant chain in Southern California and Arizona, this casual and budget-friendly restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes, including roasted chicken, ribs, pizza, sandwiches, and pastas. The cashier will probably offer you a breadstick to munch on while you're in line waiting to place your order. $15-$25. Also has kids menu.  edit

Japanese[edit]

  • Curry House, 21215 Hawthorne Blvd, (310) 540-8980, [7]. M-Th, Su 11:30AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. As opposed to Indian curry, Japanese curry is brown and thick. Owned by international food distributor, House Foods, this restaurant has several locations throughout Greater Los Angeles. Order the curry with vegetables or meat mixed in with the curry and pour it on top of rice or spaghetti. Try the corn soup as an appetizer. $8-$16.  edit
  • Iccho (in the Rolling Hills Plaza), 25310 Crenshaw Blvd, (310) 325-7273. A Japanese restaurant that is open late serving decent food at reasonable prices to a bustling crowd. The sushi is uninspiring although not bad, the sake is good and reasonably priced ($6.25 for a large bottle), and the Japanese dishes are relatively good at prices between $4 and $10 per item. $4 and $10.  edit
  • Benihana (in Village Del Amo Shopping Center), 21327 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, CA 90503, (310) 316-7777, [8]. 12pm - 11pm. An upscale Japanese Teppan-Yaki restaurant. Famous for seating multiple parties together and having the chefs do cool tricks as they cook your food right in front of you. $15-30.  edit

Korean[edit]

  • Cho Dang Tofu, 22549 Hawthorne Blvd, (310) 373-7055. he main item on the menu are the tofu soups - which come your choice of a variety of vegetables, meats, or seafood in a broiling hot soup and served with a small, hot stone pot full of rice and six side dishes of seaweed, kimchi, and other pickled dishes. The kalbi beef is also a great option, if you don't like tofu. $8-10.  edit

Hawaiian[edit]

  • King's Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant, 2808 Sepulveda Blvd, (310) 530-0050, [9]. Famous for their sweet Hawaiian Bread - this restaurant is owned by the same company. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to take home some fresh breads and cookies from the bakery. $10-$15.  edit

Chinese[edit]

  • Moo's Chinese Restaurant, 4817 Torrance Blvd, (310) 371-9282. This Mandarin Chinese restaurant offers large dinner portions - one order is more than enough to feed two people. The lunch specials include eggrolls, soup, and an entree for $4-$7 per dish. $10-12.  edit

Mexican[edit]

  • Taco Sinaloa #3, 1647 W. Carson St, (310)328-4208. A cheap and cheerful authentic Mexican taco restaurant, that serves one of the best tacos and burritos in Los Angeles. The atmosphere is a bit grungy, but most items are under $5 and they serve cervezas till 2 a.m. One of the perks is that they are open 24 hours a day. Beware of the hot sauce, most people think they can handle it- but usually they're wrong.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Melting Pot (Next to the tall California Bank & Trust building), 21525 Hawthorne, (310)316-7500, [10]. 5-11. The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant. mid range.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Miyako Hybrid Hotel, 21381 S. Western Avenue, [11]. Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, California offers 208 Japanese-style lodging accommodations and 12 suites, 3 meeting rooms and restaurant, sushi bar, and lounge Gonpachi, near local attractions.  edit
  • Torrance Marriott, 3635 Fashion Way, +1 310 316-3636 (fax: +1 310 543-6076. A luxury Torrance hotel. The Marriott South Bay hotel near Redondo Beach features comfortable guest rooms, savory dining and convenient hotel amenities.), [12].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Torrance is a safe city with a low crime rate. Del Amo Mall has experienced some violent crime in the recent years, but you are unlikely to be assaulted if you leave other people alone. Eastern Torrance is not as safe as the rest of Torrance, but even there, you are unlikely to fall victim to any crime.

Be careful on the Anza Ave. and Halison St. intersection as accidents involving students from nearby middle school happen once or twice a year. Accidents are also fairly frequent on Hawthorne Boulevard, but they are usually collisions with cars, not pedestrians.

Get Out[edit]

  • Los Angeles - Second largest city in the US!
  • Long Beach - Historic port city and home to the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary. Second-biggest city in the Southern California.
  • Carson - Industrial city home to the famous StubHub Center, Goodyear Blimp, and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
  • Hawthorne - Business-oriented city home to the famous SpaceX headquarters.

Beaches

  • Redondo Beach - One of the most famous beaches in Southern California home to a big pier and harbor.
  • Manhattan Beach - Small, intimate beach community and one of the wealthiest towns in the US.
  • Hermosa Beach - Very small and intimate beach community home to a famous annual beach volleyball tournament.

Palos Verdes - The beautiful and historic hills are home to the rich and famous and their spectacular mansions.


Routes through Torrance
Santa MonicaRedondo Beach  N noframe S  Long BeachDana Point
Los AngelesPasadena  N noframe S  San PedroCarson
Long BeachOrange County  S noframe N  Redondo BeachVan Nuys




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