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Farmer's Daughter Hotel

Car-Free Hotel Packages and Amenities in Los Angeles

05/05/2016

Discover Los Angeles

Leave your car keys at home. As a metropolis known throughout the world for its cars and freeways, Los Angeles has hotels that offer overnight packages and amenities that allow guests to explore the city’s neighborhoods on either public transportation or bike. Experience on foot or bike a city blessed with some of the best weather in the planet. 

Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City

Discover Culver City Car Free

04/06/2015

Esther Tseng

First incorporated by Harry Culver in 1917, Culver City began as an incubator for the film industry in the early 20th century, when Hal Roach and MGM Studios built their studios. The Hughes Aircraft Company opened its plant in Culver City in 1941, as seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” Discover the Culver City of today during its renaissance as a destination for art, dining, theatre and more. Thanks to the ongoing expansion of the Metro Expo Line, the neighborhood can be easily explored without driving a car. Step into one of L.A.'s most walkable neighborhoods and experience the best of Culver City.

Interior of Sushi Tsujita

A Walking Tour of Sawtelle Japantown

01/20/2015

Esther Tseng

The neighborhood of Sawtelle Japantown (formerly known as Little Osaka) is a true gem of West Los Angeles. The historic area is home to a sizable Japanese American population and is known for the trendy shops and restaurants centered on Sawtelle Boulevard. During World War II, the community was disrupted and lives were uprooted because of the Japanese American internment, one of the darkest chapters in American history. A large number of them resettled in Little Osaka as they reintegrated into society. Today, Sawtelle Japantown is represented not only by its Japanese American postwar settlers and their descendants, but by a diverse set of Asians and other ethnicities and backgrounds. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and shop kitschy boutiques, nosh on delicious multicultural fare and more.

Larchmont Village clock

A Walking Tour of Larchmont Village

12/16/2014

Esther Tseng

Discover an intimate shopping district and community in historic Larchmont Village, the hub of many activities for the residents of one of L.A.’s most well-regarded neighborhoods. There’s been a recent surge of newcomers to the pedestrian-friendly area, but you'd be remiss if you overlooked the long-time favorites. Read on for a walking tour of Larchmont Village, from one of L.A.’s best coffee shops to unique stores and excellent restaurants.

Bicycling by the ocean

Celebrate World Car Free Day in Los Angeles

09/09/2014

Discover Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is making it easier than ever to discover L.A. without a car. Car Free L.A. features a series of self-guided "car free" itineraries that offer a new, eco-friendly way to experience the best of L.A. via foot, bike and Metro. Whether it’s culture, coastal attractions, global cuisine, music or architecture, you can see it all car free. 

On Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, join fellow Car Free enthusiasts around the globe and celebrate World Car Free Day. Read on for our guide to car free events taking place across the city, from bike tours to a scavenger hunt and a 5K run at Dodger Stadium. All events take place on Sept. 21 unless otherwise noted.

Grand Central Market

Discover Downtown L.A. Dining Car Free

04/21/2014

Discover Los Angeles

How global can a foodie get in an area essentially bound by the 10, 110 and 101 freeways? Completely global. With its massive influx of full-time residents in recent years, Downtown Los Angeles has sprouted dozens of restaurants offering an international range of cuisines, while maintaining culinary landmarks that harken back to its all-business days. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, your palate can taste the world at numerous options throughout Downtown L.A., often within a few blocks of a Metro Rail station.

Lock & Key

Discover Koreatown Car Free: Nightlife

04/18/2014

Discover Los Angeles

When it comes to cultural stature among both locals and visitors as well as population and sheer physical size, Koreatown is growing as fast as any L.A. district. Said to pack about 300,000 people in its five square miles, K-town contains the dining and entertainment options represent the best of the region. And with the Metro Rail Purple Line running down its Wilshire Boulevard spine (not to mention the area’s challenging parking), K-town is ideal for exploring car free. Discover the nightlife of one of L.A.'s most dynamic neighborhoods, from dinner to concerts at a landmark venue, and craft cocktails at a speakeasy.

Discover Beverly Hills & Santa Monica Car Free

08/22/2013

Discover Los Angeles

This car free itinerary takes you on a budget-friendly tour of famous attractions and hidden gems in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. From historic landmarks like the Electric Fountain and the Santa Monica Pier, to world-class shopping destinations like Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Place, there's something for everyone on this car free tour.

Car Free Los Angeles Hotel Packages

06/26/2013

Discover Los Angeles

Earth Day 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of Car Free L.A. – an eco-tourism initiative designed by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board that offers travelers a variety of free itineraries centered around exploring L.A.’s various neighborhoods, attractions and hidden gems by walking, biking and taking the Metro. To celebrate this major milestone, L.A. Tourism has partnered with eight hotels across the city to curate exclusive spring and summer travel packages inspired by the Car Free L.A. program – making it easy for visitors to stay and experience Los Angeles without relying on a car.

These exclusive packages give guests the tools they need to plan the perfect car-free vacation. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the city in a new way and experience unique activities that would otherwise be missed from behind the wheel, including museum madness walking tours, stand-up paddle boarding, complimentary bike rentals, and much more. To book a Car Free L.A. hotel package or download complimentary Car Free L.A. vacation itineraries, visit www.discoverLosAngeles.com/CarFreeLA.

Hollywood Palladium

Discover Los Angeles Music Car Free

04/11/2013

Discover Los Angeles

In addition to being the world’s movie-making capital, Los Angeles can also stake a claim to being one of the world’s great music cities, serving as the epicenter for everything from West Coast jazz to surf music and the singer-songwriter movement. L.A. has also made an indelible impact on the funk, punk, hip-hop and EDM genres. Covering all that musical ground in a day without wheels is a challenge, but an intrepid explorer can check out many of the city’s most famous music-related sites with a little creativity and an ear to the street.

From WeHo and Hollywood to Downtown, explore ten of L.A.'s most famous music sites with our car-free walking tour. This full-day itinerary takes approximately six to eight hours if all stops are visited. Skip stops if you are running low on time, or want to spend more time enjoying a particular point of interest.

Recommended Methods of Travel: Metro Bus & Rail, Walking
Total Distance: 13 miles. Distance Walking: 4 miles

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