Formally named the Marvin Braude Bike Path (after a long-serving Los Angeles City Council member who championed the preservation of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains), the 22-mile (35-kilometer) journey is wide and almost entirely flat. By any means, traveling the path is an ideal activity for families and couples, or anyone who wants to find a bit of quiet time and fresh air while visiting this enormous city renowned for its traffic.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A must-do outdoor activity while visiting Santa Monica or Venice Beach.
- The route passes by numerous public restrooms, eateries, and shops.
- Be sure to bring a bike lock, tire pump, and spare tube and tools in case of a flat tire.
- The well-maintained path is easy; just watch out for sandy (and slippery) corners.
- A few sections of the trail take you away from the beach onto brief street routes.
- Private and small-group tours include electric bike hire to make it easier.
How to Get There
The Santa Monica Pier makes an excellent starting point for a bike-path journey, and offers several places to rent bicycles. From here you can venture north to see the mansions of Pacific Palisades, or head south to the Venice Boardwalk and continue on to Marina del Rey then onwards to Redondo Beach. Parking is available along the trail, most often near public beaches.
When to Get There
The Marvin Braude Bike Path is open year-round. It’s more crowded on weekends, which are best for festivities and people-watching. If you’d prefer a more spacious ride with less people-traffic to navigate, it’s best to go on a weekday or early morning.
Things to See and Do
Aside from up-close views of the Pacific Ocean while you ride, the cycling path boasts numerous attractions. Hop off at the Santa Monica Pier for an ice cream or carousel ride, and spend time shopping at the nearby 3rd Street Promenade. Venice Beach is known for its funky shops, murals, skate park, and the bodybuilders at Muscle Beach. Volleyball players or spectators can enjoy a game at Manhattan Beach.
- Santa Monica Beach en Pier
- Genees het Bay Aquarium
- Santa Monica Place
- Los Angeles Montana Avenue
- Third Street Promenade
- Venetië strand
- Los Angeles Palisades Park
- Venice Canals (Venice Canal Historic District)
- Hammer Museum
- J. Paul Getty Museum (The Getty)
- Getty Villa
- Museum of Tolerance (APK)
- Rodeo Drive
- Beverly Hills
- Paley Center for Media