Los Angeles’ Best Outdoor Activities, From Hiking Trails to Surfing Lessons


As the song says, nobody walks in Los Angeles—but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire vacation stuck in traffic. In fact, the City of Angels offers a surprising amount of fun outdoor activities, from bike tours to hiking trails. Do you want to break a sweat (but have a great time doing it)? Then get out and try one of these unique ways to experience the city.

LA in a Day Bike Tour

It’s possible to see all of Los Angeles in a single day—without having to sit behind the wheel of a rental car. Believe it or not, biking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the City of Angels. If you’re ready to hit the pavement, you can take an LA in a Day Bike Tour. This six-hour, 32-mile long tour provides you with the perfect opportunity to take in the sights and see all that the city has to offer. You’ll also get a brief, glamorous reprieve from peddling about halfway through the trip, during which time you’ll get to enjoy a tasty lunch and take a walking tour of a famous Beverly Hills mansion. This will be just the fuel you need to make your way to the finish line.

Griffith Park Observatory

During your vacation, you may feel the urge to sleep in until you come upon the waning hours of brunch. But, if you’re up for some exercise and fresh air, you can treat yourself to an early morning hike at Griffith Park. Upon your arrival at the park, you can choose to navigate one of their dozens of hiking trails (which range in level from beginner to advanced). After making your way to the end of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of LA County, high above the legendary Griffith Observatory. As a bonus for taking on outdoor activities such as these, you’ll even get an up-close-and-personal view of the Hollywood sign.

Learn to Surf LA

LA culture is surf culture—a love of the waves is practically ingrained in the city’s DNA. If you’re in the mood to catch some yourself, you can sign up for lessons at Venice’s Learn to Surf LA, which is praised by locals and tourists alike. During your first lesson, you’ll throw on a much-needed wetsuit (the Pacific Ocean is deceptively cold, even with the sun shining down on it) and learn all the basics, from paddling to standing. This is a great opportunity for you to live out all of your SoCal surfer fantasies, if only for an afternoon.

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