LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2013) – This fall, Los Angeles is putting the brakes on its car-centric roots. The new Car Free LA program from the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism) offers a variety of free itineraries centered around exploring Los Angeles’ various neighborhoods and attractions on foot, bike or Metro. In conjunction with World Car Free Day, a movement celebrated worldwide on Sept. 22 to create awareness of alternative transportation methods, Car Free LA now extends to offer hotel deals and perks for car-free travelers.
Car Free LA gives travelers the tools they need to navigate Los Angeles’ distinct neighborhoods without relying on a car. From taking the Angel’s Flight Railway to the top of Bunker Hill, then setting out on foot to explore MOCA, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Grand Park, to rocking out through LA landmarks rooted in musical history or trekking through the LGBT history of Los Angeles, these self-guided itineraries allow visitors to save money on gas, while discovering a side of Los Angeles that might be overlooked from behind the wheel.
Just in time for LA’s idyllic fall weather, the Mondrian Los Angeles, Shore Hotel, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood, Hotel Wilshire, and Andaz West Hollywood are offering travel packages inspired by Car Free LA. Incentives for visiting Los Angeles car-free include a movie star home bike tour, complimentary valet parking and customized pedometers to track sightseeing steps.
To book a Car Free LA hotel package and to download free “car free” vacation itineraries, visit www.discoverLosAngeles.com/CarFreeLA.
Hotel Wilshire and Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood – “Car-free, Carefree!” package
Equal parts hidden escape and city vibe, Kimpton’s The Hotel Wilshire is located just minutes from Beverly Hills and Museum Row and boasts unforgettable views of the Hollywood Hills from its rooftop pool and lounge. Venture west on Los Angeles’ famed Wilshire Blvd to experience The Hotel Wilshire’s sister property, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood in the heart of vibrant Westwood Village. No matter what location travelers choose, these properties offer a seamless Car Free experience with the new “Car-Free, Carefree!” package, including:
- Welcome Amenity: a pedometer, two bottles of water, a healthy snack and sunscreen
- Car-free map of the neighborhood
- Complimentary valet parking
- Bounce back offer: If guests show the Front Desk they walked at least 10,000 steps per day with their pedometer, they will receive a special code for 20% off of room rate during their next stay (must be used by Dec 31, 2013 and based upon availability)
Availability: now through December 31, 2013
Starting Rates: Hotel Wilshire $299 per night + tax; Hotel Palomar LA: $259 per night + tax
Mondrian Los Angeles – Bike LA Package
Located on the star-studded Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Mondrian Los Angeles is one of the most sophisticated, modern and urban retreats Los Angeles has to offer. Guests looking to experience scenic adventures through LA’s most exclusive enclaves should reserve the Movie Star Home Bike Tour package. Whether riding along boutique-lined Rodeo Drive or pedaling past 30+ legendary homes, travelers will see the city’s most glamorous neighborhoods in the ultimate up-close-and personal adventure possible. The package includes:
- Movie Star Home Bike Tour for two; Tours leave daily at 1:00pm PST
Availability: now through December 30, 2013
Starting Rates: $359 per night + tax
Shore Hotel – “Car Free at the Shore Hotel” package
Travelers craving LA’s signature sunshine and beach culture can snag a room at Santa Monica’s newly opened, eco-friendly Shore Hotel, conveniently located within walking distance to a variety of coastal attractions such as Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, and Venice Beach. Guests booking the “Car Free at the Shore Hotel” can soak in the views of the expansive Pacific before venturing out along the scenic beachfront path. The package includes:
- Dinner for two at The Lobster
- Legends Bike Tour for Two through Perry’s Café and Rentals
Availability: now through December 31, 2013
Starting Rates: $399 per night + tax with a two night minimum
Andaz West Hollywood – "Walk n Roll” package
West Hollywood recently beat out San Francisco as California’s most walkable city. Andaz West Hollywood is giving guests a reason to strut their stuff with its new Walk n’ Roll package. Guests can find their way on the streets of Los Angeles easily with a complimentary touring brochure that will lead them directly to Hollywood hotspots. The “Walk n Roll” package includes:
- Complimentary to-go lunch
- The hotel will donate $1.00 per mile walked to GAY FOR GOOD!
Availability: now through May 31, 2014
Starting Rates: $305 per night + tax
For more information about travel experiences in Los Angeles, go to the official visitor information website of Los Angeles at www.discoverLosAngeles.com, join the more than one million people who follow LA Tourism’s Facebook page at facebook.com/LosAngelesFan or follow @discoverLA on Twitter and become a part of the conversation with #CarFreeLA.