Biking Venice Beach at sunset

Los Angeles Beaches by Bike, Part One: Will Rogers Beach to Marina del Rey

05/17/2016

Joshua Johnson

A few things to consider when biking some or all of the the Marvin Braude Bike Trail:

  1. Protect yourself. It’s likely going to be a beautiful day at the beaches you’re going to get a lot of direct sunlight. Apply sunscreen throughout the day and after going in the water. Wear a helmet.
  2. Bring water and snacks. Even biking at a slow pace requires more energy than you might think, so make sure you have plenty of water and snacks.
  3. Take your time. Unless your goal is to bike the entire bike path I would suggest you take your time and bike between a few beaches, spending time relaxing and exploring what each location has to offer.
  4. Bring a lock. You’re probably going to want to step into a restaurant, cafe or to walk down to the edge of the beach to dip your toes in the ocean. Make sure you have what you need to keep your bike secure so you can fully immerse yourself without the worry of wondering whether your bike is safe.
  5. Watch out. The bike path can be very crowded, especially on the weekends. You may find that you have to go very slowly at times and navigate through some crowded spots. It’s better to take it safe and walk your bike if pedestrian traffic gets too thick.
  6. Rent a bike. If you lack wheels you can always rent a bike at one of the many Perry’s Cafe locations or one of several bike & beach rental businesses that you can find along The Strand.

Biking The Strand in Manhattan Beach

Los Angeles Beaches by Bike, Part Two: Playa del Rey to Torrance Beach

05/17/2016

Joshua Johnson

A few things to consider when biking some or all of the the Marvin Braude Bike Trail:

  1. Protect yourself. It’s likely going to be a beautiful day at the beaches you’re going to get a lot of direct sunlight. Apply sunscreen throughout the day and after going in the water. Wear a helmet.
  2. Bring water and snacks. Even biking at a slow pace requires more energy than you might think, so make sure you have plenty of water and snacks.
  3. Take your time. Unless your goal is to bike the entire bike path I would suggest you take your time and bike between a few beaches, spending time relaxing and exploring what each location has to offer.
  4. Bring a lock. You’re probably going to want to step into a restaurant, cafe or to walk down to the edge of the beach to dip your toes in the ocean. Make sure you have what you need to keep your bike secure so you can fully immerse yourself without the worry of wondering whether your bike is safe.
  5. Watch out. The bike path can be very crowded, especially on the weekends. You may find that you have to go very slowly at times and navigate through some crowded spots. It’s better to take it safe and walk your bike if pedestrian traffic gets too thick.
  6. Rent a bike. If you lack wheels you can always rent a bike at one of the many Perry’s Cafe locations or one of several bike & beach rental businesses that you can find along The Strand.

Bikes and Hikes L.A. in a Day tour

Car-Free Businesses and Organizations in Los Angeles

05/06/2016

Discover Los Angeles

BlacklistLA is a running group that discovers the city every Monday at 10 p.m. The group’s first meeting was at LACMA’s Urban Light in 2013, with the intention of discovering street art in Los Angeles. The name comes from the fact that street art is typically “blacklisted” from traditional galleries and viewed as graffiti or vandalism. BlacklistLA aims to provide a safe and energetic environment where people feel empowered to discover the streets of Los Angeles in a way that’s never been done before. The group has run around Downtown L.A., Hollywood, Koreatown, Culver City, Echo Park and continues to explore more of the city. Newly created by BlacklistLA is the “MetroRun,” exploring the city through Metro’s subway lines. See their website for event dates.

CicLAvia riders on Broadway in Downtown L.A.

The Guide to Car-Free Events in Los Angeles

05/06/2016

Discover Los Angeles

The Big Parade Los Angeles is an annual, two-day walk that happens every May. It includes about 80 public stairways and spans over 35 miles from Downtown L.A. to the Griffith Observatory. The walk runs on a timetable and is designed as a series of attached loops, so people can come and go as they please. The location is broadcast live so that walkers can follow along or join at will. Along the way, there’s music, art, history, guest speakers and lots of surprises. The Big Parade and the practice walks are free.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

Car-Free Hotel Packages and Amenities in Los Angeles

05/05/2016

Discover Los Angeles

Leave your car keys at home. As a metropolis known throughout the world for its cars and freeways, Los Angeles has hotels that offer overnight packages and amenities that allow guests to explore the city’s neighborhoods on either public transportation or bike, just in time for the spring and summer. Experience without a car a city blessed with some of the best weather anywhere. 

La Nuit en Rose Los Angeles

Los Angeles Event Spotlight: May 2016

04/29/2016

Discover Los Angeles

There's no shortage of things to do in the City of Angels this May. From holiday events to cultural festivals and much more, discover these fun events happening around L.A. 

Wine tasting at Malibu Wine Safaris

The Best Places in Los Angeles for Wine Lovers

04/21/2016

Gabrielle Olya

Wine lovers rejoice! There are plenty of restaurants, bars and one-of-a-kind venues in Los Angeles that are sure to fulfill your inner-oenophile, whether you’re looking for a tasting, a rare bottle or a truly unique touring experience. Here are the top places in Los Angeles to get your wine fix.

Tyrannosaurus rex from "Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo"

"Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo" Brings Dinosaurs to Life

04/20/2016

Discover Los Angeles

Guests embark on a self-guided stroll along a trail through lush landscaping similar to the earliest known trees and plants from the time dinosaurs roamed the earth, including ferns, cycads, conifers and ginkgos. Your face-to-face dinosaur encounters begin with a fierce Suchomimus, followed by a massive Brachiosaurus, whose 18-foot-long neck required a gigantic heart to pump blood up to the top.

Next, guests encounter two Coelophysis dinosaurs; a Citipati, which used its feathers to protect and warm its eggs, just like modern-day birds; and a Carnotaurus, a bipedal carnivore covered in small scales and bony lumps.

“The Holy Family with Two Angels” from "Vatican Splendors" at the Reagan Library

"Vatican Splendors" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

04/04/2016

Discover Los Angeles

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is the exclusive West Coast destination for Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art. Now on view through August 28, 2016, this 10,000 square-foot exhibition comprises one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour the United States.

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