With a temperate climate all year round, Los Angeles is perfect for those want to get active and explore the great outdoors, whether on foot, on bike or on the back of a horse.
Runyon Canyon Park
For an insight into how the residents of Los Angeles stay in shape, visit this popular hiking trail in Hollywood. Enter at the northern end of Vista Street or Fuller Avenue and choose your trail. Entry from Mulholland Drive for a picture-perfect view of the Hollywood sign.
Santa Monica Steps
The perfect workout spot for those who prefer to end their cardio session with a plunge in the Pacific Ocean. This stairway to heaven is a magnet for runners, walkers and celebrity spotters.
Gwen Stefani named her second son after this beach. Located at the northern end of Malibu, it takes over an hour to drive here from Hollywood, but the Pacific Coast Highway journey is worth it. Zuma boasts pristine water, goldan sand and excellent surf.
Five times the size of New York's Central Park, this public park has an open-air theatre, golf courses, tennis courts, picnic spots, hiking and mountain-bike trails, a zoo and even a museum. Walk from the Griffith Observatory to the summit of Mt Hollywood.
Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve
The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve is a little oasis of green in LA’s otherwise concrete jungle. Wildlife abounds and it’s a great place to escape for a day to get back to nature. There’s kayaking, fishing and walking tracks at nearby Lake Balboa.
Will Rogers State Historic Park
Named after the beloved actor, Will Rogers, who built a ranch on the land overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains. Today the ranch and the surrounding land are part of the park and open to the public, including tours of the ranch house. There’s everything from stables to a polo field and golf course, and trails that offer hikes to Inspiration Point, as well as horse trail rides.
Opened in November 2013 in Santa Monica overlooking the ocean. Tongva Park has seven entrances and highlights native plants, green gathering places and a place to play for kids. One of the park’s highlights is Observation Hill, offering stunning views of the ocean and the Santa Monica Pier.
Situated in Westlake and named after General Douglas MacArthur, today the park is listed as an historic monument. Often seen in movies and television shows, the park’s signature lake situated on the south side is always popular.
Jimmy Webb made MacArthur Park famous in his song of the same name in 1968.
There are various bike tour companies which can lead you through the city in a few hours. The Santa Monica Bike Center offers guided bicycle tours with local guides. Cycle through the local neighbourhood and the historical streets of Venice Beach; or experience the urban farm movement on a cycle tour showcasing the toil of residents who have transformed their gardens into edible landscapes.