Los Angeles is a city well known for being car-optimised. Its sprawling 1300 square kilometres makes it one of the largest cities in America and offers visitors many easy to reach destinations by car, including the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance. But as the festive season approaches, friends and families may want to burn off those Christmas turkeys and show off the often overlooked wonders of Los Angeles natural landscapes and nature reserves.
Whilst it might be more of a tradition in countries like the UK, a Christmas walk – probably more like a Boxing Day walk, however short, is a positive way to emerge from Christmas slumber. Furthermore, many areas of LA will be less busy thanks to the holiday season, meaning you have a perfect opportunity to get back in touch with nature at less crowded hotspots. With hotels near Torrance situated within walking distance of Redondo Beach, a Los Angeles Christmas needn’t be one cooped up inside.
This blog will outline some of the best winter walks in LA that could elevate your festive period from “ho-hum” to “ho ho”. With hotel suites near Disneyland and downtown LA offering easy routes to the best nature parks and coastlines, these are the walks not to miss out on during a California Christmas.
Manhattan Beach is a 2.1 mile stretch of coastline and represents the shores of one of three beach cities in Los Angeles. With its cool ocean breezes and promenade, the lower temperatures of Manhattan Beach make for a uniquely bracing winter walk that is bound to wake you from your Christmas daze.
There’s nothing that screams LA more than a winter walk on Venice Beach. This famous stretch of downtown LA is home to Santa Monica Pier, one of the most iconic in Los Angeles and offers an array of promenade attractions perfectly suited to a festive stroll.
Surrounded by deluxe Japanese restaurants in California’s Torrance, Redondo Beach is a beautiful stretch of quiet beach city that promises another Pacific-facing walking route past scenic beachside attractions. Redondo Beach Pier, Seaside Lagoon and Veteran’s Park are all worth checking out along the coast of Redondo Beach, supplying picturesque views over the Pacific Ocean.
Citrus State Historic Park
The perfect time of year to enjoy the ripe citrus fruits that grow in Citrus State Historic Park, a winter walk will gift you with guided tours through the beautiful grounds and even a chance to sample the fruit kept here. Please keep in mind that you can’t pick fruits yourself, but otherwise the winter period is the prime season to learn about the famous Citrus Boom of Los Angeles and the origins of Orange County.
Stretching up to 3111 feet high, the highest mountain in the Santa Monica Mountains is well worth a hike – if you can stomach it after Christmas! The looping trail is 6.25 miles long, and you’ll be climbing a hefty 1000 feet during the journey, but it’s all worth it for the incredible view over Los Angeles from the peak.
Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park incorporates 3.2 miles of Pacific coastline in the Newport Beach area. Spanning 3936 acres of tide pools, beaches and a marine conservation area, the park is a must for those staying in the south of California.