LA Marathon Travel Guide

The LA Marathon lasts only one day, but you will need a day before and after the 26.2-mile race to relax and recuperate. Why not get the most out of your visit? Stop by unique attractions before you leave the city, fuel up at well-known LA eateries, and stay in comfortable surroundings that are far more unique than a cookie cutter hotel. Get more out of your visit, and you’ll be able to put more into your run.

About the LA Marathon

LA Marathon

Inspired by the 1984 Summer Olympics, the LA Marathon is held annually every spring. Runners come from all over California and the rest of the U.S. to take part in the event. The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) course winds through LA past famous streets like Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard. Water and medical stations keep the course safe. The next LA Marathon is scheduled for March 9, 2014.


Where to Eat

Pink's Famous Hot Dogs

If you need a bite to eat, run to North La Brea Avenue to visit Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs. It’s rated in the Zagat guide and is well-known as one of the must-visit spots in LA. Pink’s is close to the marathon course, should you need a post-race energy boost. Get a classic dog with wild toppings or all the standard favorites.


Find a slightly healthier option at Naturewell, near the Echo Park area of the city. They offer a variety of smoothies and health-conscious menu choices. You’ll find tempting options here for vegetarians and vegans alike.

What to See

LA Venice Canals

Before you leave LA, take some time to visit some of the city’s unique attractions. Even if your stay is brief, you’ll have time to see the Venice Canals. A developer built the canals in 1905 to re-create the famous city in Italy. Two north-south canals and four east-west canals create this unique area of the city, where you can see arched bridges and gondoliers.


Art lovers can’t miss a visit to The J. Paul Getty Museum. This world-class museum houses primarily European sculptures, drawings, paintings, and illuminated manuscripts, in addition to American photographs.

Visit the Walt Disney Concert Hall to see one of the more stunning buildings in LA. Even if you don’t have tickets to hear the amazing acoustics inside, you’ll love the dazzling view from the outside.

Explore LA’s famous celebrity culture with a trip down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you can see stars honoring over 2,400 media icons.

If you want to observe a different kind of star, visit the Griffith Observatory. It’s right in Hollywood and features public telescopes, cafes, exhibits, and a famous planetarium.

Where to Stay

LA bed and breakfast

Rest and relaxation are key the night before the marathon. You’ll need peace and quiet to get to sleep early and a soothing atmosphere to get in the right head space. You won’t get that in a cramped, impersonal hotel where you’ll be treated like just another number.


An LA bed and breakfast offers the personalized guest service you deserve. Stay in a cozy room in a comfortable home, where you’ll get the tranquility you need before the marathon and a filling breakfast before you leave in the morning. There are many charming B&Bs throughout and around the LA area to choose from.