Los Angeles Walking Tours

Los Angeles Walking Tours
Dorothy Parker once described Los Angeles as "seventy-two suburbs in search of a city." To a certain extent that's true, but L.A. is a actually a very diverse place; areas of it have been featured in movies and TV doubling for urban New York, small Midwestern towns, the 25th century, foreign countries and even alien planets. They can be checked out through walking tours.

Historic/Architecture Walking Tours

Many of the historic areas of Los Angeles have walking tours available, and several of them feature significant buildings by some of the most prominent architects of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Los Angeles Conservancy has several tours of historic Los Angeles destinations as well as several options for self-guided exploration. Bridging the historic and movie-related categories, the conservancy has a self-guided tour of the locations and buildings featured in the 2009 film "(500) Days of Summer."

Los Angeles Conservancy
523 W. Sixth St., Suite 826
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 623-2489

Movie-Themed Walking Tours

Practically every corner of L.A. has appeared in one film or another, but there are certain spots that stand out. For out-of towners, a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame could be entertaining. Red Line Tours has two walking tours of Hollywood movie locations and sites: Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes and Hollywood On-Location.

Red Line Tours--Downtown Los Angeles
304 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 402-1074

Sierra Madre is a picturesque small town east of Pasadena that has appeared in many movies, most famously the original version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Fans of the movie will instantly recognize Kersting Court at the corner of Baldwin and Sierra Madre boulevards. The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society publishes a map of several walking tours that can be purchased from the Chamber of Commerce, and Sierra Madre is an access point to the San Gabriel Mountains and Los Angeles National Forest.

Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society
P.O. Box 202
Sierra Madre, CA 91025
(626) 355-8129

Nature Walking Tours

Whatever your favorite outdoor activity, Los Angeles has it: beaches, mountains, deserts, forests and everything in between. Many outdoor recreational opportunities are to be found in the Los Angeles National Forest, which covers more than 650,000 acres at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 14,000 feet. There are more than 50 trailheads leading into the forest, more than 60 campgrounds, several lakes and more than 200 miles of streams and rivers.

For walking, running, or biking a little closer to the city, the Strand runs some 20 miles to Will Rogers State Beach at the north end, through Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica and Venice. If you prefer your walking tour to include street performers, artists, bodybuilders and the unexpected, Venice is where you want to be. This is where you'll find roller-skating guitarists, fire-eaters and the famous Muscle Beach.

Venice Beach Walking Tours
5 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-1585

Article Written By Jim MacQuarrie

A self-taught writer, Jim MacQuarrie's work has been published at Comic Book Resources (Comicbookresources.com), Suspension of Disbelief (Comicfacts.blogspot.com), and Monkey Spit (Monkeyspit.net/rantman/). MacQuarrie is also a cartoonist and graphic designer and the webmaster/designer of Scott Shaw!'s Oddball Comics website (Oddballcomics.com).

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