The Best Places to Walk in LA

With many of us spending so much time indoors, a great way to get outside is by simply taking a walk. You'll get some much needed fresh air and really good exercise as it surprisingly might be better for you than running.

Of course the most convenient place to take a walk is around your neighborhood, but if you want to explore other parts of town or just want some more variety, here are some of the best places in LA to go for a stroll. Just make sure you follow the rules of the road to keep yourself and others safe.

Beaches

Although LA County beaches have been closed to avoid crowds from gathering, they are now open again for most activities including sunbathing, cycling, and walking. However, face coverings are required when you are on the sand and around others.

Venice Beach is one of the most popular beaches with almost three miles lined with vendors and street performers, and home to the legendary Muscle Beach. The Santa Monica Pier is also a great place to take a walk with a 1.8 mile round trip that starts at City Hall and takes you on to the historic pier. For something a little more scenic, if you're willing to drive about 25 miles west of Santa Monica on PCH, you'll reach the California Coastal Trail with its breathtaking views of Malibu's beaches.

Lakes and Reservoirs

Not everyone can make it out to the beach, but that doesn't mean you can't take a stroll near a tranquil body of water. The Lake Hollywood Trail takes you on a 3.3 mile loop around the Hollywood Reservoir where you'll have views of the Hollywood sign and 1920s LA architecture. Echo Park Lake has a one mile loop where you can view its famous paddle boats, wildlife such as ducks, turtles, and geese, and beautiful lotus plants and blossoms during the spring. (H/T: We Like L.A.) If you're closer to Long Beach, take in a four-mile walk around El Dorado Park and its lakes where you'll see wading birds and maybe even some people fishing for bass.

Gardens

Take in some greenery on your walk by visiting one of Southern California's scenic gardens. They require admission and are all currently taking advance reservations to control the number of visitors. Descanso Gardens is located in La Cañada Flintridge and features a 5-acre Rose Garden with more than 1,600 roses and North America's largest camellia collection. The LA County Arboretum in Arcadia not only features botanical collections from all over the world but is famous for their roaming peacocks. The Huntington Library in San Marino has plenty for walkers to explore with a sprawling 120 acres including 16 themed gardens and 15,000 different varieties of plants.

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