Golden Oldie

LA River Bike Path and Golden Road Brewery

Nominated for Best Picture in 1940, The Wizard of Oz became a classic. “Follow the yellow brick road” just beckoned an adventure. You too can follow a road and get to a happy ending by hopping on a two-wheeler for a mellow journey that concludes with a cold glass of Hefeweizen, fried avocado tacos, and a gorgeous sunset. The LA River Bike Path paves the way to this Oz! Park your car near the Bette Davis Picnic Area on the outskirts of Griffith Park, and after crossing the river on Riverside Drive, take the bike path east along the LA River. Take some time to admire the glistening water (while it lasts!). During winter a surprising variety of bird species congregate in the area, including great blue herons and snowy egrets. As the river takes a turn towards the south, the high-rises of downtown come into view. Pedal the full 7 miles and turn around where it dead-ends, returning the way you came. Then it’s time for a golden reward! Golden Road Brewery is just minutes away. Grab a seat on the patio and get your fill of pub food or sweet treats like croissant bread pudding. Wash it all down with that glass of Hefeweizen or a seasonally brewed IPA. Play a few rounds of cornhole on the patio and watch the sun set over the river. Road to ahhhs.

Park near the Bette Davis Picnic Area on the outskirts of Griffith Park and cross the river on Riverside Drive, then take a left onto the LA River Bike Path. Dog-friendly!

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