They say nobody walks in Los Angeles. But tiny West Hollywood – commonly mistaken as LA’s cool nightlife spot — is its own city, and always forges its own path. Consistently rated one of California’s most walkable cities by Walk Score, WeHo’s wide sidewalks and tree-lined streets are packed with foodie adventures, indulgent hotels, and swank fashion points to see, try and taste on foot in this 1.9 square mile jewel box of a town.
Here are a few ways to do WeHo without your own car (you’ll wonder why you ever brought it along in the first place), while meeting people and getting those steps in.
Being rated one of California’s most walkable cities promoted the destination to create a Walkable WeHo series for cool walks along three main West Hollywood Streets people know by heart even if they’ve never been here: Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. The Grafton Walk starts at its namesake, the enticing Grafton on Sunset and takes about 3 hours with the required stops for bites and sips.
WeHo Pedals makes 150 ‘smart bikes’ available 24/7/365 at 17 bike share stations around West Hollywood (and more being added.) The bright green, easy to spot bikes with basket attitude tell riders the truth: I’m cheap and easy. The system integrates with stations in the areas adjacent to WeHo including Beverly Hills, The Grove, Hollywood & Highland and the Metro Red Line. The cost is $7 per hour for pay as you go for visitors, while locals can choose more time and monthly plans. Riders may reserve a bike on line.
Bikes and Hikes LA gets people out in the glorious weather for exercising as well as transportation and sightseeing. Rated the No. 1 outdoor activity in Los Angeles by TripAdvisor, the Santa Monica Boulevard store is the starting point for a variety of tours including their signature tour, “LA in a Day” which takes bikers across 32 miles of Los Angeles in seven hours, from the Sunset Strip to Santa Monica Pier, and the Venice Canals to homes of the rich and famous. The cost is $162 per person and includes perfectly maintained bikes and safety gear. Tours stop for lunch and photo ops along the way. Only have a few hours? Get active in less time on the Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour for great views of the Hollywood sign, famous film locations and stars’ homes. Easy trails over 2 ½ hours make this a good tour for people of all ages and a sure prescription for jet lag on Day One of a WeHo visit.
An easy, breezy way to be connected to Hollywood, Santa Monica and Los Angeles is the CitySightseeing Hop-on Hop-Off tour. The two-hour Red Route tour aboard the double decker bus stops at all the iconic places in guidebooks, magazines and millions of selfies — Walk of Fame, La Brea Tar Pits, Sunset Strip, and views of the Hollywood sign — making this both a ride and a tour, all while you soak up the California sunshine. A fully narrated tour is available in English and eight other languages via personal earbuds. Or just unplug and chill. Tickets can be purchased from the driver at any stop, and the route is available here. A 24-hour ticket is $49; 48 hours is $64.
The shuttle to get you back to your place, WeHo PickUp. This is a party-goer’s dream date who is always there as your designated driver, never complains, and doesn’t post your unattractive pics the next morning. The PickUp covers all the posh spots until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, and it is free. (This can’t be happening! Oh, it’s happening, sweetheart.) The PickUp line runs from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Its route spans from Almont Dr. to La Brea Ave. along Santa Monica Blvd. Shuttles arrive roughly every 15 minutes and stops every two to three blocks. The PickUp Line hooks up with West Hollywood nightlife, features DJ music and fun perks and takes riders to WeHo’s many hotels. Download the Trolley Tracker app to chart exactly where the bus is (and how long you have to finish that drink.) Look for the commanding yellow trolley that tells riders to GET ON.
West Hollywood’s main public transportation system, the Cityline follows Santa Monica Boulevard, but also covers our neighborhoods. The shuttle runs about every 30 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cityline X connects with the Red Line Metro Rail station at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue (aka Hollywood & Highland). A single ride on Metro is $1.75, and transfer are free with a TAP card, or 50 cents with cash. When in town call Metro at 323-466-3876; give them your starting and ending points, and they’ll give you the bus information for your route.
Check out the WeHo to Go guidebook offering maps, tips for walkers and bikers, recommended walks, information and app recommendations, like Field Trip, to get information on what you are passing by, and Map My Walk, a fitness tracking app tied to your GPS. WeHo’s public transportation options are included and more helpful apps like NextBus. The guide also provides information on the use of Zip Car (car-sharing) in the area, when a car is a must for a short time.
After all this walking, head straight for one of WeHo’s polished spas for a luxurious pedicure or a head to toe freshening. WeHo’s beautiful people maintain their looks at local spas and salons, and the city’s world-class stylists and specialists draw a loyal celebrity clientele. You might find yourself next to a reality TV star, talk show host, fashionista or even the person you met on the PickUp bus. Learn more about WeHo’s beauty and fitness scene.
Life is sweeter in West Hollywood when you are ensconced in a suite. And this being WeHo, where things are done differently, these larger-than-life rooms are less conventional, not-so-typically presidential. How do you know when it’s time to book a suite rather than a more democratic-with-a-small-d-room? When you’re more interested in drinking in the surroundings than getting eight hours of shut-eye. You can sleep in the next lifetime.