Roaming the Region

      …Exploring L.A.’s Neighborhoods

There’s a lot to see and do in downtown Los Angeles. But there’s a lot to see and do outside of downtown, too. For this reason WalknRideLA offers “Roaming the Region” tours. Because these tours are more far-flung than the downtown tours, you’ll be using the Metrorail system not just to get to your self-guided walking tour, but sometimes to travel within the tour itself. Fun stuff! 

We’ve designed four great tours: one to Pasadena, one to Hollywood, another to Long Beach and an Art Deco tour which connects downtown L.A. with Wilshire Boulevard. As L.A.’s Metrorail system continues to expand, so will WalknRideLA‘s “Roaming the Region” tours – to Culver City in early 2012; Santa Monica by 2015. 

Other regional tours are planned as well: East Los Angeles and North Hollywood are in the works and a day-trip to Santa Barbara, too. 

But first, here are the four great WalknRideLA tours that make it easy for you to roam the region:


  1. Deco by MetroLos Angeles came of age during the Art Deco era. So it’s no surprise that it has an exceptionally long list of Art Deco icons including the magnificent Bullocks Wilshire, the turquoise-colored Wiltern/Pelissier Building and downtown’s dazzling blue, turquoise and gold Eastern Columbia Buildng. “Deco by Metro” makes it easy to see them all in just a few hours. 
  2. Hello Hollywood!: Between the Hollywood/Vine and the H0llywood/Highland stations are a dozen blocks of some of the most famous real estate on earth. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and forecourt (the place with the footprints), El Capitan, Kodak, and Egyptian theatres, wax museums…they’re all here in Hollywood.  
  3. Pasadena Adventure: If ever there was a walkable neighborhood, it’s this one. Shops, restaurants, parks, theatres, museums, churches and an amazing City Hall. Plus some of the best Side Trips you’ll find on any WalknRideLA tour.
  4. Ride to Long Beach!: Still under construction, this tour encourages you to arrive via the Blue Line (stopping off to see the Watts Tower), explore the immediate downtown and shoreline area, and access local shuttles other sections, including a ride to the Queen Mary.