Hike, Bike and Paint: a Leisurely LA Experience

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Tap into the chilled-out nominal capital of California on this mindful meander that takes in peaceful parks, coastline and hills with local Los Angeles insiders.

Los Angeles is creative, glamorous – and drenched in soul-soothing sunshine. But the real perk of staying here is the incredible natural scenery on the doorstep. “The old adage that you can snowboard in the mountains, surf in the sea and hike in the desert all in one day is true,” says LA native Jeremy Simpson, manager of Mexican mezcaleria and restaurant Bar Caló. He suggests digging deeper into the local area by getting out to the California coast, parks and canyons. “Check out El Matador or Leo Carrillo beaches near Malibu for that classic Cali coast experience – and grab oysters at Broad Street Oyster Co,” he suggests.

First-timers can also embrace the slow-travel trend by meeting locals and supporting small businesses in neighborhoods such as Silver Lake, Echo Park and Santa Monica. Here, we lead you on a leisurely tour of LA, via a horizontal hotel with a chilled-out pool, and experiences that encourage you to hike, bike and explore your creative side, all bookable on Culture Trip.

LA Hiking trails
Santa Monica
Check out the lesser known beaches © Tyler Nix / Unsplash.comMany LA hikes reward you with spectacular views © Tomás Sala / Unsplash.comMeet locals in beach neighborhoods such as Venice © Veeterzy / Unsplash.com

Where to stay: the hotel

Mr C Beverly Hills

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It’s known for being ritzy and brimming with designer boutiques, but Beverly Hills is also one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city. Strolling along the famously filmed Rodeo Drive, you’ll stumble upon cafes and brunch spots where affluent locals lunch al fresco. In other words, it’s people-watching heaven. The Mr C hotel reflects the swanky surrounds with glossy wood paneling, chandeliers and jewel-box interiors. And the glamorous, cabana-trimmed pool terrace and authentic Italian restaurant encourage you to slow down, stay longer and simply enjoy. It’s super-central for making excursions to natural beauty spots and down-to-earth neighborhoods, too. Get chatting with the friendly staff to bag local tips on where to eat, drink, take in art and rub shoulders with always-at-ease Angelenos.

What to do: the experiences

Find out more and start planning your trip now by visiting discoverlosangeles.com

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