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Walking L.A.

Destination(s): Beverly Hills

Forget about hiking or even taking a steep uphill walk. That all is too much effort!

This list is about places where you can embark on a pleasant, civilized stroll and take in the local scene. The destinations include shopping areas, religious sites, parks, old mansions, and beaches. Get outta the car and experience L.A. by foot at these low-key places!

The walks below are more or less ordered from west to east.

For more walking excursions, check out the Los Angeles Garden Guide. Or if you are feeling more industrious there is also this Hiking Guide. read more about Walking L.A.

Venice Beach's Ocean Front Walk

Venice Beach's Ocean Front Walk

  • On the beach, between Venice Blvd. and Rose Ave, Venice
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013
Lake Hollywood

Lake Hollywood

  • 2600 Lake Hollywood Drive
  • tel:+1 213 473 7070 (Information)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90068
Lake Shrine

Lake Shrine

  • 17190 Sunset Boulevard
  • tel:+1 310 454 4114
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90272-3099
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 6801 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Hollywood Blvd., between Gower St. and La Brea Ave.; and Vine St., between Yucca St. and Sunset Blvd
  • tel:323/469-8311
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90028
Third Street Promenade

Third Street Promenade

  • Third Street Promenade & Broadway
  • tel:(310) 393-8355
  • Visit website
  • Santa Monica, 90407

This well-known and popular destination is a pedestrian-only area on 3 blocks of Third Street (from Wilshire to Broadway) in Santa Monica, The attractions here include many stores, restaurants, and street performers. My favorites spots are the art book stores: Arcana and Hennessey & Ingalls. At the Broadway end of the promenade is Santa Monica Place, a modern open-air mall. read more about Third Street Promenade

Fern Dell Trail

Fern Dell Trail

This scenic and shady walk on the edge of Griffith Park starts on the west side of Fern Dell Drive, near the intersection with Black Oak Drive. You follow a man-made creek replete with shade loving vegetation. After a short interval (about a quarter of a mile), the path crosses under Fern Dell Drive and soon after you exit the garden.

From here you can continue for a short hike (about a mile) uphill to Griffith Observatory. If you are braced for the continuous mile going uphill, this is actually great low-stress way to access the observatory. There are two branches of this trail up the ravine, making it feel like more like a loop.
read more about Fern Dell Trail

Greystone Mansion

Greystone Mansion

  • 905 Loma Vista Drive
  • tel:+1 310 550 4796
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Angels Flight Railway

Angels Flight Railway

  • 351 South Hill Street
  • tel:(213) 626-1901
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90013

The Angels Flight funicular is piece of historic Los Angeles that dates from 1901 when Bunker Hill was an upscale neighborhood. Since that time the Bunker Hill neighborhood first lost its luster and then was completely razed (the area at the top of the hill is now the site of MOCA and a number of concert halls, including the Gehry Disney landmark). In the 1990's the Angels Flight railway was moved half a block south and became more of a historic landmark ride than a day-to-day transportation solution. Recently the track has been rebuilt yet again (it is a state of the art funicular system with computer monitoring and redundant braking systems). The original cars, named Olivet and Sinai, still ferry people up the steep incline for the super affordable fee of a quarter. This is definitely a great way to both navigate downtown Los Angeles and experience a bit of the city as it once was.
read more about Angels Flight Railway

Robinson Estate and Gardens

Robinson Estate and Gardens

  • 1008 Elden Way
  • tel:+1 310 276 5367
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Historic Theater District

Historic Theater District

  • Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets
  • tel:+1 213 623 2489 (Los Angeles Conservancy)
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90014
Beverly Gardens Park

Beverly Gardens Park

  • Along Santa Monica Boulevard
  • (Between Doheny and Wilshire)
  • tel:+1 310 285 1000(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
Echo Park

Echo Park

  • 1632 Bellevue Avenue
  • South of Sunset Boulevard
  • tel:+1 213 847 8524
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90026
Elysian Park

Elysian Park

  • 835 Academy Road
  • tel:+1 213 485 5054
  • Visit website
  • Los Angeles, 90012
Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

  • 1418 Descanso Dr
  • La Cañada (about 20 min. from Downtown L.A.)
  • tel:818/949-4200
  • Visit website
  • La Canada, 91011
Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

  • 1151 Oxford Rd
  • San Marino
  • tel:626/405-2100
  • Visit website
  • San Marino, 91108