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.

Check out the lesser known beaches
Many LA hikes reward you with spectacular views
Meet locals in beach neighborhoods such as Venice

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

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel – and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Epic Trips, Mini Trips and Sailing Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travellers and friends who want to explore the world together.

Epic Trips are deeply immersive 8 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and enough down time to really relax and soak it all in. Our Mini Trips are small and mighty - they squeeze all the excitement and authenticity of our longer Epic Trips into a manageable 3-5 day window. Our Sailing Trips invite you to spend a week experiencing the best of the sea and land in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm – and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

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