L.A.’s Best Day Trip

Contributing editor Carolynn Carreño takes us on a low-key “daycation” of strolling canals, bohemian shops, and gourmet cafés in her favorite neighborhood, Venice Beach.

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Venice Beach canals
Photographer Thomas J. Story

West Coast Canals

I should be embarrassed to admit this, but here it is: I had lived in Los Angeles for years, and had visited Venice several times, before I learned that there were actually canals here that acted as streets, with houses on them, much like the canals in ... you know ... that other Venice. Finding the canals can be challenging, but find them you must, because walking them is as delightful as you can imagine.

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