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L.A. Walks

Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a city of 3.8 million.

  • Explore the new historic park outside DTLA

    Explore the new historic park outside DTLA

    Various government agencies have spent the last decade deciding how to turn the Southern Pacific’s long-abandoned “Cornfield” rail yard into a public space. Now, at last, Los Angeles State Historic Park is open for all to enjoy. Chinatown-adjacent — a few blocks from Philippe, the “original” French...

  • An L.A. way to get to 10K steps: Hike a former Hollywood movie ranch

    An L.A. way to get to 10K steps: Hike a former Hollywood movie ranch

    Corriganville was one of Southern California’s premier movie ranches, where from the 1930s to the 1970s camera crews shot seemingly everything from film director John Ford’s “Fort Apache” to the TV shows “Sky King” and “Star Trek.” Today it’s a public park, but it still has traces of its Hollywood...

  • Take a great L.A. walk around the La Brea Tar Pits

    Take a great L.A. walk around the La Brea Tar Pits

    Animals strolling here in past millenniums got stuck in the muck, but today the La Brea Tar Pits’ open-air museum is a great place to take a walk. Stroller- and wheelchair-friendly, it’s a good way to soak up some science while getting some exercise — and add some culture by visiting some of the...

  • Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

    Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

    Even people who know Los Angeles well (or think they do, like me) may be surprised to learn there is a well preserved ghost town, the site of Southern California’s first commercial oil well, freeway-close in nearby Valencia. But Mentryville is all that and more — including a movie set and a great...

  • Great L.A. Walks: This short, steep hike takes you high above Burbank

    Great L.A. Walks: This short, steep hike takes you high above Burbank

    The Verdugo Mountains rise sharply and form a striking backdrop to Glendale and Burbank. Here is a short, steep hike that gets a good feel for them, and for the broad views they offer on the way up. Wear good shoes and be prepared for a good holiday season workout. 1. Begin this walk high above...

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