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Streets, Drives and Boardwalks

Streets, Drives and Boardwalks
Streets, Drives and Boardwalks

© Samantha Bilodeau

It's no secret that Los Angeles is the proverbial concrete jungle of freeways, billboards and cars, but there are a surprising number of scenic drives with views overlooking the city. Enjoy winding through historic streets that take you through downtown to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, and then stretch your legs on the boardwalks along the beach with shopping, art and first-class people-watching.

Los Angeles | Streets, Drives and Boardwalks

Abbot Kinney Boulevard
  • Abbot Kinney Boulevard
  • Nestled comfortably between Washington Avenue and Pacific Avenue, Abbot Kinney Boulevard cuts right through the boho-chic heart of Venice, California.
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Hollywood and Vine Boulevards
  • Hollywood and Vine Boulevards
  • The corner of Hollywood and Vine, once the bustling headquarters of all the Hollywood VIPs in the 1920s, remains significant in entertainment history as the foundation of the industry.
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Mulholland Drive
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Extending from the Pacific Coast Highway all the way to downtown Hollywood, this minor two-lane road loosely follows the ridge-line of the Santa Monica Mountains and Hollywood Hills that separate LA from the San Fernando Valley.
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Olvera Street
  • Olvera Street
  • A common destination for grade-school field trips for those of us of a certain age, Olvera Street is an authentic Mexican (if tourist-oriented) street located on the site of the original El Pueblo Historic Monument, LA's birthplace.
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Sunset Boulevard
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Winding and treacherous in some areas, glitzy and posh in others, this pot-holed four-lane street stretches all the way from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway in the Pacific Palisades.
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Venice Boardwalk
  • Venice Boardwalk
  • The Venice Boardwalk is a thin slice of LA that stretches its pavement along California's long golden beaches. Eclectic, irreverent, funky, and visionary, the boardwalk reflects the quirky city of Venice as a whole.
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Walk of Fame
  • Walk of Fame
  • The 3.5-mile round-trip stroll along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street is the world's most famous stretch of concrete, and is also known as the Walk of Fame.
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