Famous Attractions Along the Los Angeles Marathon Route

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Marathon, Facebook
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Marathon, Facebook

The "Stadium to the Sea" course of the Los Angeles Marathon will once again take runners through iconic Los Angeles neighborhoods adjacent to some of the most well-known landmarks and attractions in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The 26-mile course has several course markers, including Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Runners who are visiting Los Angeles can have the opportunity to visit some great sites once the race is over. Each course marker is near a great location for sightseeing, shopping and entertainment. Here are the most popular sites next to course markers of the Los Angeles Marathon. For more information about the marathon, read our guide to the Los Angeles Marathon.

Olvera Street

Mile 2 of the marathon includes running near popular Olvera Street. Known as the "birthplace of Los Angeles," Olvera Street features historic structures, tree-lined walkways and a Mexican marketplace with cafes, restaurants, street vendors and gift shops. While you're there, enjoy great Mexican food, hear mariachi music and watch Mexican folkloric dancers.

Los Angeles City Hall

Los Angeles City Hall

Mile 3 of the marathon goes through Downtown Los Angeles and runs adjacent to Los Angeles City Hall. Since 1928, the iconic city hall building has towered over Los Angeles and serves as a monument to its era. It is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Los Angeles and has been featured in films and television shows.

Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Mile 4 of the marathon nears the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, this world-famous concert hall is known for its striking exterior - with stainless steel curves resembling flailing sheets of music - and its state-of-the-art auditorium. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which performs classical music concerts throughout the year.

Echo Park Lake

Mile 6 of the marthon takes runners through the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and alongside the famous Echo Park Lake. A man-made lake with a towering fountain, Echo Park beckons visitors to ride the pedal boats and stroll its perimeter. Shady walkways, a cafe, and scenic views of the lake and surrounding neighborhood make Echo Park a pleasant place to visit.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Runners have the chance of running on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on mile 10 of the marathon. The Walk of Fame celebrates honors celebrities in film, television, music and other media with over 2,500 brass and terrazzo stars placed in the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard. See if you can find your favorite celebrity's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX | Photo: TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX is a course marker on mile 11 of the marathon. It's one of the most famous movie theatres in the world, with footprints and handprints of some of Hollywood's most legendary actors and actresses cemented in its forecourt. You can see how your footprints compare to celebrities like John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, or even Donald Duck.

Westfield Century City

Mile 17 runs through the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles. The main attraction is the Westfield Century City - an upscale mall with several high-end stores such as Bloomingdale's, fabulous dining options, and entertainment.

Hammer Museum 1

Hammer Museum

Mile 19 of the marathon passes by Westwood Village and the Hammer Museum. This museum and cultural center has a large collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, including works from Rembrandt, Moreau, and Van Gogh. The Hammer Museum also showcases contemporary art, graphic art and sculpture.

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Palisades Park

On mile 25, runners will pass Palisades Park, which has breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. It's a great place to catch a beautiful sunset from its sandstone bluffs. The park is great for picnicking as well, and has over 30 varieties of plants and trees.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

The end of the marathon goes through Santa Monica, near the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. The pier has been featured in several television shows and films, and is a major tourism destination in Los Angeles. It has shops, restaurants, and even an amusement park, with a solar-powered ferris wheel that offers visitors a towering view over the ocean.