AC Finder: The Westin Bonaventure’s Labyrinth of Indoor Walkways

The downtown hotel’s pedestrian paths offer a cool change of indoor scenery

With temps potentially reaching triple digits for the fourth day in a row, you’d be forgiven for seeking cooler climes for your pedestrian adventures today—like, say, walking circles in a pool. But there are plenty of AC-equipped places that allow you to chill out AND explore the city. Mall-walking comes to mind, and is indeed a worthy and very Southern Californian pursuit. But on a day like today, I’d visit my favorite indoor walking infrastructure, the bizarre pedestrian paths inside the groovy, curvy Westin Bonaventure Hotel downtown. Not only are there soaring elevated sidewalks, spiral staircases, and an actual jogging track that circles the lobby, the building was constructed in 1974 with the idea that you wouldn’t have to step outside—ever. See how long you can stay indoors while wandering the tunnels, ramps, and secret passageways that lead to neighboring skyscrapers. And when you get tired you can always ride the circular glass elevators to get a bird’s eye view of L.A. as it cooks.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.