Editor’s note: One of the best things about being a cannabis consumer is that happy hour can be hiking hour! If you’re in one of the great walking cities where we deliver this 4/20, prepare to spend a perfect evening of on-foot urban exploring: Eaze wants you to enjoy the moment and see the sights in Portland, Santa Cruz, San Diego, San Francisco, and of course, the City of Angels.
It’s 4:20 in Los Angeles.
For a city so often maligned as a sprawling postmodern metropolis, Los Angeles has a lot of sneakily good areas for walking. Throw in L.A.’s unique blend of beauty and weirdness — not to mention that glorious weather — and you’ve got the perfect place for some cannabis-infused wayfaring.
There really are too many to chose from; the hike to the Hollywood sign is an obvious favorite, and you’ll never run out of Walk of Fame stars to traverse. But you’re on the West Coast! Some sun and salt air is practically mandatory.
Below we’ve laid out one of our favorite walks in greater L.A. – or in this case, Venice and Santa Monica.
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Begin your journey at Santa Monica State Beach, in the section north of the pier. This beautiful stretch of sand epitomizes Southern California coastal cool. Walk the beach. Enjoy some sun. Stick your feet in the Pacific Ocean if you feel like cooling off. Then, when you’re ready for a fun dose of sensory overload, head south to the Santa Monica Pier.
One of L.A.’s classic landmarks, the Santa Monica Pier is a wooden wharf that’s been a playground for Angelenos and tourists alike for more than 100 years. Its roller-coaster, ferris wheel and carousel give you options for kitschy thrills. It’s also an ideal vantage-point from which to take in the SoCal coastline. But the pier’s most entertaining activity is simply soaking up its lively atmosphere of upbeat chaos. Once you’ve had enough of the crowds, though, get back on the beach, this time to the section south of the pier.
About 45 minutes of strolling alongside the Pacific brings you to Brooks Avenue in Venice. Make a left here and continue for a few blocks until you reach Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Venice’s main drag is almost too hip to handle, but boasts a wealth of places for top-quality munchies or energy-boosting coffee. GTA, Abbot’s Pizza and Tacos Por Favor are among the area’s more straightforward grubbing options. Be sure to keep an eye out for food trucks, too.
For a post-lunch constitutional, make your way south again to the Venice Canals. Beautiful homes perched along man-made waterways comprise what’s arguably L.A.’s most charming neighborhood. The area also explains Venice’s Italy-inspired name. It’s a mellow, tranquil area to wind down your outing.
Without stops and detours — which we highly recommend taking as whimsy dictates — this walk totals about four miles and 80 minutes. Enjoy the moments!
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