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.
The Venice Beach Boardwalk and buskers are referenced in countless pop-culture moments, but the wider neighborhood is delightful. “I really enjoy spending time in Venice, where I lived for several years,” says Simpson. “The streets of Rose Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are walkable, with incredible food and people-watching as you go.” On this hour-long, low-impact, light stroll, you can tap up your born-and-raised guide for tips and advice on how the locals live.
Hiking and biking are a great way to slow down and explore the city at a natural pace – and this Hollywood and Griffith Park tour ticks off two of LA’s most sought-after areas. Your guides will take you on a relaxed e-bike experience along Hollywood Boulevard, then for a heart-pumping hike in Griffith Park, home to LA’s seen-on-screen observatory, and unparalleled views of the Hollywood sign.