It’s Walktober and here are 6 super walkable neighborhoods to explore on foot

There are a series of walkways and stairs at Disney Concert Hall that lead to the gardens and other great viewpoints.

There are a series of walkways and stairs at Disney Concert Hall that lead to the gardens and other great viewpoints.

Walking: it’s good for your health, it’s a way to reduce your carbon footprint, and it’s a great way to discover — or rediscover — neighborhoods. During the month of October, also known as Walktober, get out and add a few more steps to your day! Here are six highly walkable neighborhoods to help you get started. Plus, they’re well connected by transit in case you get a little footsore.


A few places to check out include: Shatto Lanes, The Wiltern, Bon Juk, Koreatown Plaza and Okrumong. Transit options include the Rapid 720, Rapid 728DASH Wilshire Center/Koreatown and of course, the Purple Line.

Downtown Los Angeles

A few places to check out include: LA Live, Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, Grand Park and historic cultural enclaves like Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Olvera Street. If your feet get sore, you have your choice of bus, rail or Metro Bike.

Downtown Santa Monica

A few places to check out include: the beach, 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica Place, Pacific Park and Tongva Park. Transit options include Big Blue Bus, Breeze bike share and of course, the Expo Line.

Downtown Long Beach

A few places to check out include: the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Museum of Latin American Art, and The Pike Outlets. Transit options include Long Beach Transit, Long Beach Bike Share and the Blue Line.

Old Pasadena

A few places to check out include: Armory Center for the Arts, Norton Simon Museum and basically if you walk down Colorado Boulevard or Green Street you can’t go ten feet without coming across a cafe, restaurant or clothing store. Transit options include Pasadena Transit, Foothill Transit and the Gold Line.

North Hollywood Arts District

A few places to check out include: Lankershim Arts Center, El Portal Theatre, and NoHo Arts Center. Transit options include Burbank Bus, the Red Line, the Orange Line and Line 501.

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6 replies

  1. Why do some of the maps have the Metro ‘M’ symbol for train stops on them, some have the little trolley sysmbol, and some have no marker for the stations?

    • It’s just how Google Maps displays transit. The M is used on subway stations, the trolley symbol for light rail, and no markers if the map is zoomed out too far.

  2. We attend concerts at Disney Hall and we like to picnic at the park on top. Gehry’s A Rose for Lilly makes a nice backdrop.

  3. We need more unpaved walk paths. And while I fully support a more bike-able city, walking along all those paved bike paths can be very tough on the hips, knees and back.

  4. what a coincidence, many of the most attractive, proportionately developed (retail, residential, commercial), enjoyable and most visited destinations in our city are walkable, mixed use, transit adjacent hubs.

    If only the rest of the city were able to develop in the same way without tireless litigation and such focus on parking…