Visiting Los Angeles is an amazing experience. With so much to do, see, and explore, there won't be a dull moment. It's also an ideal locale for keeping up with your fitness goals. From amazing beaches to city streets to hiking trails, Los Angeles offers a variety of settings perfect for a scenic run. You can get in a run while also taking in iconic attractions, beautiful beaches, and bustling city streets.

A gorgeous view of the Los Angeles sunrise as seen from the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park."
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Griffith Park Hiking Trails Los Angeles

Home to landmark attractions like the Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Zoo, the 4,000-acre Griffith Park also boasts many trails perfect for a run. It's home to a 53-mile hiking trail network, including popular options like the Big Loop, an 8-mile trail, and the trail from the Zoo to Crystal Springs Drive, which spans just over 2 miles. Another perk: There are plenty of good eats nearby to help you refuel after your run.

A beach view of the Santa Monica Pier and Ferris wheel at dusk with cloudy skies, a perfect spot for an evening run
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Running with Oceanside Views

The proximity to so many gorgeous beaches is part of what makes Los Angeles such a special city for runners. For starters, there's a 22-mile paved hiking trail in Los Angeles that runs from Torrance State Beach in the south up to Will Rogers State Beach north of Santa Monica. But if you're not up for a nearly marathon-style run, then consider one of these shorter beach runs instead:

  • Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach: An iconic run, complete with a wood chip path and about 1 mile during which you can view the Strand and amazing shoreline views.
  • The Strand: Once called the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, this running trail takes you for 2 miles from Santa Monica Pier to the Venice Beach Boardwalk, past Muscle Beach and other iconic LA sports destinations like the Venice Skatepark.
  • Ocean Avenue: This 3-mile stretch goes from Palisades Park to Santa Monica Pier. Best of all, if you time your run for sunset, you'll get some lovely breezes and stunning views.
A mountain view of downtown Los Angeles from Runyon Canyon Park, which has a running trail, on an overcast afternoon
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Running La La Land's Park Trails

There are also some great hiking trails in Los Angeles's downtown area, most of which can be found in the city's gorgeous parks. Elysian Park is LA's oldest park and the second largest. Runners love the 2.4-mile West Loop, which offers some spectacular views of downtown and the Valley alike. Runyon Canyon Park, located two blocks away from Hollywood Boulevard, offers 130 acres of green space and a great trail that runs from the entrance at Fuller Avenue to Inspiration Point, where you can enjoy sweeping city views while you run.

A motion-blur view of palm trees on a Beverly Hills street on a bright afternoon.
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Touring and Jogging Famous Boulevards

LA is a bustling place. For the most part, you don't want to be running along some of the busiest streets. But, luckily enough, there are several infamous routes you can take where the sidewalks are wide and the scenery is amazing. One of the most iconic runs starts at the Beverly Hilton and takes you down Rodeo Drive and South Robertson Drive for a 5-mile tour of Hollywood complete with shops, restaurants, and lavish homes.

You can also take a great 5-mile run along Wilshire Boulevard, starting at MacArthur Park and ending at the LA County Museum of Art. This route is easily accessible from downtown, and it takes you past busy areas and iconic landmarks.

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