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This view looks west along Shoreline Drive in downtown Long Beach. The multi-lane highway (part of the Long Beach Grand Prix Circuit) sweeps from Ocean Boulevard southwest toward Long Beach Harbor. To the north of Shoreline Drive is the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach Arena, and the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. To the south is the Downtown Long Beach Marina, Shoreline Village, and Rainbow Harbor. In the distance is the intersection with Pine Avenue, with the downtown skyline dominating the view beyond. This picture was taken from a pedestrian bridge connecting the convention center to the Rainbow Harbor Esplanade. Photo taken 09/28/08.

The city of Long Beach is the second largest city in Los Angeles County and is one of the most populated cities in California. Long Beach was incorporated on February 10, 1888, then disincorporated July 24, 1896, and it reincorporated on December 13, 1897. The city of Long Beach ("Many Unique Neighborhoods, One Great City") is home to the busy Port of Long Beach, Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, and California State University at Long Beach (CSULB). The city consists of 50 square miles (excluding water acreage) and had a population of 461,522 as of the 2000 Census. A vibrant waterfront, coupled with multiple tourist attractions, makes Long Beach a popular year-round tourist attraction.


Interstate 405 - San Diego Freeway

Interstate 405 is the San Diego Freeway, traveling east-west through most of Long Beach. A major regional route, Interstate 405 carries traffic from Orange County and points south into Long Beach, then proceeds north to Los Angeles International Airport and merges with Interstate 5 near Sylmar.

For photos and information about this long and busy freeway route, see the Interstate 405 page.

Interstate 710 - Long Beach Freeway

Interstate 710 is the Long Beach Freeway, following the Los Angeles River south into the city of Long Beach. The principal route into the Port of Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach, and the Queen Mary/Cruise Ship Terminal, Interstate 710 divides into several freeway routes upon reaching downtown Long Beach. These freeway spurs are (in sequence as one travels south on Interstate 710): Shoreline Drive, Harbor Scenic Drive, and Ocean Boulevard. Shoreline Drive connects to downtown, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Pike, and Convention Center; Harbor Scenic Drive continues south as a freeway to the Queen Mary and Cruise Ship Terminal; and Ocean Boulevard carries Interstate 710 west to Terminal Island. The official southern terminus for Interstate 710 is at California 47 on Terminal Island near the border between the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.

For photos and information about this major freeway route, see the Interstate 710 page.

California 1 - Pacific Coast Highway

California 1 is the Pacific Coast Highway. Despite its name, the Pacific Coast Highway stays well inland, away from downtown Long Beach and stays mostly north of the main port area. Through Long Beach, California 1 takes a mostly east-west approach.

For photos and information about this highway, see the California 1 page.

California 19 - Lakewood Boulevard

California 19 is a major arterial that travels north-south through eastern Long Beach. Originating at Los Alamitos Traffic Circle with California 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), California 19 follows Lakewood Boulevard. The highway passes under a runway for Long Beach Airport, then proceeds north into Lakewood.

California 22 - Seventh Street

California 22 enters Long Beach from the east, following Seventh Street from the Interstate 405-605 interchange complex to its end at California 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). California 22 is mostly not a freeway within Long Beach city limits. The highway is a freeway east of Interstate 405 as it passes through Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Orange.

For photos and information about this state highway (including photos of the area around the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach), see the California 22 page.

California 47 and California 103 - Terminal Island Freeway

California 47 and California 103 follow the Terminal Island Freeway alignment from Interstate 710 (Ocean Boulevard) north to the end of the freeway at Willow Street. California 47 departs from the freeway at the Anaheim Street/Henry Ford Avenue off-ramp. A portion of the Terminal Island Freeway is located in Los Angeles, and the remainder is in Long Beach. California 47 also follows Ocean Boulevard west of the Interstate 710 interchange until passing into Los Angeles.

California 91 - Artesia Freeway

California 91 is the Artesia Freeway. Carrying significant east-west traffic across the northern tier of Long Beach, California 91 also connects to Gardena to the west and Anaheim and Riverside to the east. This major freeway sees substantial traffic especially east of California 55 as it travels up the Santa Ana Canyon.

For photos and information about this major freeway route, see the California 91 page.

Harbor Scenic Drive

Harbor Scenic Drive connects Interstate 710 with the Queen Mary and Long Beach Cruise Ship terminal, all within the Port of Long Beach.

Harbor Scenic Drive north
Leaving the Queen Mary and Cruise Ship Terminal within the Port of Long Beach, a freeway entrance shield assembly for Interstate 710 is posted along northbound Harbor Scenic Drive after the signalized intersection with Harbor Plaza, Queens Highway, and Harbor Scenic Drive. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Harbor Scenic Drive carries three northbound lanes until it splits with Queens Way north to downtown Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Northbound Harbor Scenic Drive meets Queens Way north. Stay right to follow Queens Way north to downtown Long Beach. Stay left to follow Harbor Scenic Drive north to Interstate 710 and points north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
A second sign for Queens Way north to downtown Long Beach is posted near the gore point. Photo taken 09/28/08.
The next exit from Harbor Scenic Drive north connects to Queensway Drive. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Tall trees and green medians make Harbor Scenic Drive into a parkway. Although some of the signs look like Caltrans standard, the highway is maintained by the Port of Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next exit from Harbor Scenic Drive north is with Queensway Drive to Hotel Maya and the Residence Inn. Signs for this exit were replaced between 2008 and 2010. Photos taken 05/02/10 and 09/28/08.
Northbound Harbor Scenic Drive meets the off-ramp to Queensway Drive. Continue straight ahead for the connection to Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north. Photos taken 05/02/10 and 09/28/08.
The off-ramp from Harbor Scenic Drive north to Queensway Drive loops in a U-turn back toward Pier H. Photos taken 05/02/10 and 09/28/08.
This mileage sign along Harbor Scenic Drive provides the distance to the next three exits: Ocean Boulevard east, Interstate 710 north, and Anaheim Street. The Anaheim Street interchange is found on Interstate 710, while the first two exits are from Harbor Scenic Drive north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Traffic from Queensway Drive merges onto Harbor Scenic Drive north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
An electrical substation is located on the right side of the freeway. Photo taken 09/28/08.
The next exit along Harbor Scenic Drive north is with Ocean Boulevard east to downtown Long Beach. Stay left for the connection to Interstate 710 north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Northbound Harbor Scenic Drive meets the off-ramp to Ocean Boulevard east to downtown Long Beach. There is no access from here to Interstate 710 south/Ocean Boulevard west to Terminal Island. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This series of pictures follows the connecting ramp from Harbor Scenic Drive north to Ocean Boulevard east. A portion of the ramp flies over the Los Angeles River as it connects in high-speed fashion onto westbound Ocean Boulevard. The downtown Long Beach skyline comes into view. Photos taken 09/28/08.
Back on the mainline, northbound Harbor Scenic Drive passes under Ocean Boulevard. On the right side of the freeway is the Los Angeles River, and a flyover ramp will bring traffic from Interstate 710 north onto the freeway. Harbor Scenic Drive ends at the point where Interstate 710 joins the freeway from the left. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Harbor Scenic Drive south
Now on Harbor Scenic Drive south after departing the Long Beach Freeway at Exit 1A, the freeway continues all the way to the tourist attraction, even though it is not technically part of Interstate 710. The first exit along southbound is Pico Avenue, which serves Piers F and G. Photo taken 06/15/03.
Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive meets Pico Avenue at this off-ramp. Photo taken 06/15/03.
This mileage sign on southbound Harbor Scenic Drive provides the distance to Harbor Plaza, Piers H and J, and Queensway. Photo taken 06/15/03.
Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive meets the off-ramp to Harbor Plaza east to Port of Long Beach Pier G and Pier J. Photo taken 06/15/03.
The next exit connects to the continuation of Harbor Scenic Drive to Port of Long Beach Piers H and J. The tourist attractions are snug right up against the Port of Long Beach facilities. Photo taken 06/15/03.
As Harbor Scenic Drive splits off to the right as a aurface street, the main lanes continue as Queens Highway to the Queen Mary and Cruise Ship Terminal. Photo taken 06/15/03.

Ocean Boulevard

Ocean Boulevard is a major east-west arterial that begins as part of the Interstate 710 freeway leaving the Port of Long Beach and extends east across the Los Angeles River, through downtown Long Beach, past Alamitos Beach and Junipero Beach, and into Belmont Shore before dead-ending at Alamitos Park near the outlet of the San Gabriel River. This picturesque and beautiful road defines the coast of Long Beach and connects to many of the downtown and beach attractions.

Ocean Boulevard east
Ocean Boulevard begins its eastbound journey as part of the Interstate 710 freeway. Prior to the signed extension of Interstate 710 to Terminal Island and the Port of Long Beach, the segment of Interstate 710 between California 47 and this left exit to Ocean Boulevard (including the Gerald Desmond Bridge) was originally also part of Ocean Boulevard. Many still refer to that segment of Interstate 710 as part of Ocean Boulevard. Photo taken 09/28/08.
After Interstate 710 shifts onto the Long Beach Freeway north, Ocean Boulevard continues east as a brief freeway that connects the Gerald Desmond Bridge with downtown Long Beach with access to Queens Way, which leads south to the Queen Mary Spur. This photo shows the approach to the first exit along eastbound, which is for Pico Street and Piers A through J. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Eastbound Ocean Boulevard at Pico Street and Piers A through J. Ahead, Ocean Boulevard crosses over the Los Angeles River. Photo taken 09/28/08.
The transition ramp from the Gerald Desmond Bridge to the Long Beach Freeway flies over Ocean Boulevard after the Pico Street off-ramp. Photo taken 09/28/08.
As the downtown Long Beach skyline comes into view, Ocean Boulevard passes over the Los Angeles River on this bridge. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Eastbound Ocean Boulevard approaches downtown Long Beach after the Los Angeles River crossing. The Interstate 710 trailblazers point to the upcoming signalized intersection with Golden Avenue north, which leads to an on-ramp to northbound Interstate 710. Continue east along Ocean Boulevard to Magnolia Avenue and Queens Way south to the Queen Mary. Photos taken 09/28/08.
Three blocks later (after the Golden Avenue, Maine Avenue, and Daisy Avenue intersections), eastbound Ocean Boulevard meets Magnolia Avenue north and Queens Way south at this traffic signal. Use Queens Way south to the Queensway Bay Bridge, Queen Mary, Cruise Ship Terminal, and Pier J. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Ocean Boulevard west
Looking west along Ocean Boulevard, the intersection with Termino Avenue is located near the foot of the Belmont Pier after the intersection with Livingston Drive in the Belmont Shores neighborhood of Long Beach. From here, Ocean Boulevard will proceed east past several beaches en route to downtown Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard approaches its the intersection with Mira Mar Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Approaching Redondo Avenue, the Pacific Ocean and Junipero Beach come into view on the south side of Ocean Boulevard. Photo taken 05/02/10.
At Redondo Avenue, Ocean Boulevard curves to parallel the coastline. It will follow the beaches until near the Lindero Avenue intersection near the Long Beach Museum of Art. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Coronado Avenue, and the next traffic signal is with Paloma Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Ocean Boulevard meets Paloma Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Temple Avenue at this traffic signal. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Near the Long Beach Museum of Art, Ocean Boulevard curves a bit inland at the intersection with Lindero Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Aside from a few exceptions (such as Temple Avenue and Cherry Avenue), each intersecting street along westbound Ocean Boulevard descends in alphabetical order as we travel west. Here, we meet Junipero Avenue, which is west of Kennebec Avenue and Lindero Avenue and east of Cherry Avenue, Hermosa Avenue, and Gaviota Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Cherry Avenue at this intersection. Turn right here to follow Cherry Avenue north to the city of Signal Hill and an interchange with Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) at Exit 29B. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Gaviota Avenue and South 11th Place. Photo taken 05/02/10.
At this traffic signal, westbound Ocean Boulevard meets S. 8th Place and Esperanza Avenue. Many of the streets leading north are one-way (Esperanza Avenue travels one way south, so no right turn is permitted here). Photo taken 05/02/10.
As the taller buildings of downtown Long Beach come into view along westbound Ocean Boulevard. Here we intersect Orange Avenue, which is another exception in the general rule of alphabetizing the north-south streets in descending order as we continue west. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This pair of traffic signals govern the flow of traffic from Ocean Boulevard to Cerritos Avenue north and 3rd Place south. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard approaches Alamitos Avenue north and Shoreline Drive west (next traffic signal). Alamitos Avenue travels north toward Signal Hill, intersecting Interstate 405 at Exit 29C. A left turn onto Shoreline Drive will take traffic toward Rainbow Harbor and the south edge of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center on an expressway alignment, then turn into a freeway that ultimately merges onto Interstate 710 north west of downtown. Continue straight ahead to follow Ocean Boulevard into downtown Long Beach, including the Civic Center and the most direct route to the Cruise Ship Terminal and Queen Mary via Queens Way south (no access from Shoreline Drive to Queens Way). Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard next approaches Atlantic Avenue. Turn right (north) on Atlantic Avenue to the historic western terminus of U.S. 6 (Grand Army of the Republic Highway) at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and California 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next signalized intersection along westbound Ocean Boulevard is with Linden Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Elm Avenue at this traffic signal in downtown Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next traffic signal along Ocean Boulevard is with Long Beach Boulevard. On the south side of Ocean Boulevard is the Temple Theatre and Long Beach Convention Center. A plaque is located next to the theatre off the Ocean Boulevard sidewalk commemorating the original western terminus of the Grand Army of the Republic Highway (old U.S. 6). Photos taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets The Promenade at this traffic signal in downtown Long Beach. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The next intersection along Ocean Boulevard west is with Pine Avenue. Turn left to follow Pine Avenue to the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village, The Pike, and Water Taxis. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard next meets Pacific Avenue at this traffic signal in downtown Long Beach. Turn right here to follow Pacific Avenue north to Interstate 710 via a connection with westbound Seventh Street. On the northwest corner of the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue is the Long Beach Civic Center, which includes historic Lincoln Park (established in 1888) and the Long Beach Public Library. The civic center building was completed in 1977. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Passing by the Long Beach Civic Center and courthouse, Ocean Boulevard proceeds west between the Pacific Avenue and Magnolia Avenue/Queens Way intersections. On the south side of Ocean Boulevard is the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. Photos taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Magnolia Avenue north and Queens Way south at this traffic signal in downtown Long Beach. Turn left to follow Queens Way over the Queensway Bay Bridge to Harbor Scenic Drive en route to the Port of Long Beach Piers G, H, and J, the Queen Mary, and the Cruise Ship Terminal. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Shortly thereafter, westbound Ocean Boulevard meets the entrance to the World Trade Center at this traffic signal. This area has several hotels and banks akin to a financial district. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Maine Avenue. Photo taken 05/02/10.
The final traffic signal along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Long Beach is with Golden Avenue. Turn right here for an on-ramp to northbound Shoreline Drive, which connects directly to Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Ocean Boulevard becomes a freeway after the Golden Avenue intersection. The first exit from this nascent freeway is with Pico Avenue, which connects to Piers A through J. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits from Ocean Boulevard west: Pico Avenue, which connects to Piers A through J; Pier T Avenue to Piers S and J; and the interchange with California 47-103 (Terminal Island Freeway) north and California 47/Seaside Avenue west to San Pedro. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Passing over the Shoreline Drive freeway and the Los Angeles River, westbound Ocean Boulevard approaches the ramp onto Pico Avenue. Upon exiting, take Pico Avenue north to a direct access ramp to Interstate 710 north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Westbound Ocean Boulevard meets Pico Avenue at this off-ramp. The left two lanes continue west on Ocean Boulevard to merge with Interstate 710 south in preparation to cross the Back Channel via the Gerald Desmond Bridge en route to Terminal Island. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This view looks west on Ocean Boulevard at the Pico Avenue off-ramp. Pico Avenue is the final off-ramp before Ocean Boulevard crosses the Back Channel and enters Terminal Island. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Three lanes narrow to two lanes as Ocean Boulevard remains elevated above Pico Avenue and the port areas below the freeway. The overhead ramp carries Interstate 710 north traffic from eastbound Ocean Boulevard onto its northbound alignment, merging with traffic from northbound Harbor Scenic Drive and northbound Shoreline Drive. Photos taken 05/02/10.
After passing under the Interstate 710 north transition ramp, Ocean Boulevard is soon joined on the right by traffic from mainline Interstate 710 south. From here, Ocean Boulevard is subsumed by Interstate 710, which proceeds west over the Gerald Desmond Bridge onto Terminal Island, with Interstate 710 ending at the California 47 interchange. The Ocean Boulevard designation continues along California 47 briefly, ending at the point where California 47 leaves Long Beach and enters Los Angeles (where California 47 becomes known as Seaside Avenue). Photos taken 05/02/10.
Ocean Boulevard scenes
In downtown Long Beach, a plaque commemorating the Grand Army of the Republic Highway and U.S. 6 is placed on the south side of Ocean Boulevard at the intersection with Long Beach Avenue near Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The plaque, which was placed in 1953, indicates that U.S. 6 traveled 3,652 miles from Provincetown, Massachusetts, west to Long Beach, California. Of course, with the retraction of U.S. 6 to Bishop, the route ceased to be a coast-to-coast route. But with the advent of historical U.S. 6 signs, it is possible to trace many of the old alignments along this important route. Photos taken 11/08/08.

Queens Way

Queens Way connects Ocean Boulevard in downtown Long Beach with the Pier H attractions, including Queen Mary and the Cruise Ship Terminal.

Queens Way south
Queens Way travels south from Ocean Boulevard as a freeway. The highway crosses over Seaside Way and Shoreline Drive, then proceeds south to cross over Queensway Bay. Unique bridge railing lines Queens Way as the freeway passes over Shoreline Drive. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Southbound Queens Way meets the off-ramp to Golden Shore Street to Catalina Landing. This exit is located after the bridge that carries Queens Way over Shoreline Drive. Photo taken 05/02/10.
After the Golden Shore and Catalina Landing off-ramp, this sign advises of attractions accessed via southbound Queens Way. The left lane will lead to the Queen Mary and Cruise Ship Terminal, while the right lane will connect to Port of Long Beach and South Waterfront Hotels. Photos taken 05/02/10 and 09/28/08.
Traffic from Shoreline Drive merges onto southbound Queens Way. The combined freeway then proceeds south over the mouth of the Los Angeles River via the Queensway Bay Bridge (opened to traffic in 1969). Photos taken 05/02/10.
A banner overhead sign welcomes travelers along Queens Way south to the Port of Long Beach. The left three lanes lead to the port, Queen Mary, and Cruise Ship Terminal. The right lane links to northbound Harbor Scenic Drive, which connects to Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north. Photo taken 05/02/10.
Immediately thereafter, Queens Way splits. Stay right for Harbor Plaza to the Port of Long Beach Piers F-G-H-J. Stay left to connect to Harbor Scenic Drive south to the Queen Mary and Cruise Ship Terminal. Photo taken 05/02/10.
This view shows the two-lane transition ramp from southbound Queens Way to Harbor Scenic Drive south. Photos taken 09/28/08 and 05/02/10.
Traffic from Harbor Scenic Drive prepares to merge onto Queens Way south as we pass by the off-ramp from Harbor Scenic Drive to Queens Way. Harbor Scenic Drive exits right to connect to Port of Long Beach Piers H and J. Photo taken 09/28/08.
As Harbor Scenic Drive departs to the right to Piers H and J. The main lanes of Queens Way will continue straight ahead toward the Queen Mary and Cruise Ship Terminal. Photo taken 09/28/08.
All traffic enters the Queen Mary area. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Queens Way passes over Harbor Plaza/Queensway Drive on this bridge. All traffic must slow down in preparation for the connection to the parking lot to the Queen Mary. Photo taken 09/28/08.
This sign points the way to the general parking lot for the Queen Mary, including hotel and restaurants. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Stay left for the Queen Mary or merge right for the Cruise Ship Terminal. Photo taken 05/02/10.

Rainbow Harbor

Rainbow Harbor is a cove near downtown Long Beach surrounded by beautiful Shoreline Park and bustling Shoreline Village, a shopping area. The harbor is located next to Shoreline Drive just east of Queens Way.

This series of pictures shows Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach. Photos taken 09/28/08.

Shoreline Drive

Originating at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue east of downtown Long Beach, Shoreline Drive travels southwest from that intersection toward Rainbow Harbor, turns west to skirt the southern edge of downtown, then turns north to rendezvous with Interstate 710 as part of the downtown spur expressway.

Shoreline Drive west
This view looks west along Shoreline Drive toward the intersection with Pine Avenue. Photo taken 09/28/08.
After the traffic signal with Aquarium Way, Shoreline Drive passes under an elaborate pedestrian bridge that links The Pike shopping area on the north side of Shoreline Drive with the Aquarium of the Pacific on the south side of the roadway. Photo taken 09/28/08.
The next traffic signal along Shoreline Drive west is with Queens Way. Turn left to follow the Queens Way freeway south over Queensway Bay to Pier H (Cruise Ship Terminal and Queen Mary). Photo taken 09/28/08.
A large parking garage is located next to The Pike market on the north side of Shoreline Drive. Photo taken 09/28/08.
As downtown Long Beach looms large in the background, westbound Shoreline Drive meets Queens Way south and Chestnut Place north at this intersection. A left turn effectively functions as a freeway entrance onto Queens Way, which is a freeway all the way to the parking entrance to the Queen Mary and Cruise Ship Terminal. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Westbound Shoreline Drive passes under the Queens Way viaduct. Photo taken 09/28/08.
After passing under Queens Way, Shoreline Drive becomes a freeway itself. While some maps (such as 2005 Thomas Guide) show Shoreline Drive as Interstate 710, that is inaccurate. Shoreline Drive is locally maintained by the Port or City of Long Beach. Photo taken 09/28/08.
The right lane of Shoreline Drive north becomes exit only for the connection to Ocean Boulevard. Shoreline Dive passes under Golden Shore at this point, and the freeway turns north. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Shoreline Drive curves north as it follows the east bank of the Los Angeles River. Photo taken 09/28/08.
The first exit from Shoreline Drive north is the off-ramp to Ocean Boulevard and Golden Avenue. Upon exiting, the loop ramp will connect directly to Ocean Boulevard west to Interstate 710 south or use Golden Avenue south to link to Ocean Boulevard east into downtown Long Beach. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Stay right to connect to Ocean Boulevard. Merge left for a U-Turn back to Shoreline Drive west to Rainbow Harbor, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Long Beach Convention Center. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Northbound Shoreline Drive meets the off-ramp to Ocean Boulevard and Golden Avenue. Photo taken 09/28/08.
A left exit links Shoreline Drive north with Shoreline Drive south (U-Turn). Photo taken 09/28/08.
Shoreline Drive passes under the ramp from Shoreline Boulevard south to Broadway east. Photo taken 09/28/08.
A wide median separates the two directions of Shoreline Drive between Ocean Boulevard and the merge with Interstate 710. A passive park with turf and trees offers visual relief to passing traffic. Named Cesar Chavez Park, it does not seem to have any pedestrian access from the freeway. Photos taken 09/28/08.
An overhead pull-through sign advises that Shoreline Drive continues north to join Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north toward Pasadena. Photo taken 09/28/08.
The next exit is Anaheim Street and Ninth Street. This is the final off-ramp from Shoreline Drive north. The freeway turns northwest to cross over the Los Angeles River via the Shoemaker Bridge. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Northbound Shoreline Drive meets the off-ramp to Anaheim Street and Ninth Street. Ahead, Shoreline Drive will merge onto Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) north toward Pasadena. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Shoreline Drive travels north on the Shoemaker Bridge over the Los Angeles River at the Anaheim Street and Ninth Street exit. This view looks north from the bridge north along the river. Photo taken 09/28/08.
This exit leads northwest to Ninth Street, which in turn connects to westbound Anaheim Street (another exit for westbound Anaheim Street is Exit 1B). This is the final exit along the city-maintained stretch of freeway; Caltrans takes over from here, and Interstate 710 begins its northbound journey. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Returning to land on the west bank of the Los Angeles River, northbound Shoreline Drive prepares to merge onto Interstate 710. Shoreline Drive will merge onto the Interstate 710 freeway from the left. Photo taken 09/28/08.
Two lanes of Shoreline Drive north merge with Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway). Photo taken 09/28/08.
Shoreline Drive east
This view looks east along Shoreline Drive from the pedestrian bridge between the convention center and Rainbow Harbor. Photo taken 09/28/08.

Miscellaneous Long Beach Photos

Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
This view of the Long Beach Convention Center is afforded at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Bay Street near the Pike at Rainbow Harbor in downtown Long Beach. Photos taken 09/28/08.
This pedestrian walkway crosses over Shoreline Drive, allowing pedestrians to walk from the Long Beach Convention Center to Rainbow Harbor. The first picture looks south, while the second picture looks north. Photos taken 09/28/08.
At the south end of the pedestrian bridge is this structure, which includes a staircase leading back to ground level at Rainbow Harbor. Photos taken 09/28/08.
Rainbow Lagoon Park
A pedestrian walkway connects the Long Beach Convention Center with Rainbow Harbor in downtown Long Beach. This view looks east from the pedestrian bridge toward Rainbow Lagoon Park. Photo taken 09/28/08.


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