This piece originally appeared as part of our Be A Tourist in Your Own Town guide, in the December 2017 issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Sometimes you want to see your neighborhood (and others) with fresh eyes. Looking at the city through a windshield is no way to appreciate its wonders. So the next time you find yourself with a bad case of the vehicular doldrums and in need of a little invigorating exercise, check out one of these alternative-transpo tours.
By bike with L.A. Cycle Tours
Burn calories and then replace them with piles of carnitas on a nine-mile taco tour, or brush up on DTLA history with a cruise through some of the city center’s storied districts. Options ($65-$125) range in difficulty; bikes, helmets, and water are included.
By train with Metro Art Moves
Catch a free Red Line art tour on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Metro docents pick the stops, but odds are you’ll see Faith Ringgold’s tiled People Portraits and Gilbert “Magu” Luján’s hallucinatory Hooray for Hollywood installation.
By kayak with L.A. River Expeditions
Ease into a kayak and traverse our iconic watershed with L.A. River Expeditions ($45-$65). Company guides will give you a history lesson on the area as they help you navigate one of two lush recreation zones. Tours usually run between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
On foot with Los Angeles Conservancy
The Conservancy’s walking tours ($10-$40) dig deep into history, art, and architecture. Set aside a Saturday morning for the Art Deco stroll, and listen up as a Conservancy pro offers insight into Jazz Age marvels like the Eastern Columbia and Oviatt buildings.
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