The Virtues of a Car-Free Road Trip

Alissa Walker foots it out of town

With the last weeks of summer seemingly urging us to take one final road trip, it’s tempting to hop in a car and head for points east. But we rush past too much when we stick to the freeways. Might I suggest a perambulatory adventure aided by the skills of our excellent commuter rail system, Metrolink? Last week I took an air-conditioned car to San Bernardino, where I hopped off the train and took in the Inland Empire on foot, including pretty parks, historic theaters, and, of course, the ridiculously gorgeous 1918 train depot that greets passengers at the station. On the way home I looked at the map and ticked off all the other cities I want to explore on future whistle-stop tours: Riverside, Upland, Claremont… Summer’s not over yet.

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.