Walking the Vibrant Streets of Los Angeles
Los Angeles is quickly becoming more of an outdoor city. The smog is lifting (you can see the mountains now!), and there’s a public push and political will to make the city more walkable and bikeable. The crumpled sidewalks are being addressed, and hundreds of bike lanes are being added.
While LA has been a great place to walk for some time now, you can see it’s only getting better. Really, it is—don’t be deterred by the maze of freeways and pervasive car culture. No, you won’t be able to traverse the greater metro area in a day, or even in a weekend, but take it in smaller doses and you’ll be rewarded with a deeper understanding of the city’s unique blend of culture, architecture, and topography.
The third edition of award-winning Walking Los Angeles by LA insiders Erin Mahoney Harris and Zach Behrens continues to adapt to the changes that LA is experiencing. We cut some walks and added others that are especially charming or up-and-coming, such as Frogtown and the Downtown Arts District. You can soak up the LA vibe by strolling past quirky art, world-class museums, and of-the-moment shops and restaurants. This edition is also bound in a smaller format, so it’s easier to carry around as you explore these rich neighborhoods.
The purpose of Walking Los Angeles is to show you that walking in LA can be an immensely rewarding experience, opening your eyes to hidden pockets that you never knew existed. These walks reflect the many faces of this fascinating city, and we hope that the discoveries you’ll make as you explore the vibrant neighborhoods dotting its hills, valleys, and flatlands will encourage you to dust off your sneakers and leave your car in the garage more often.