“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
In the late 1800s, a developer named Abbot Kinney set out to turn the Del Rey peninsula into a bustling resort area in likeness of Venice, Italy. By the early 1900s, this fantasyland featured such attractions as a miniature railroad and manmade canals with gondolas. Since then Venice has continued to serve as a place of amusement, although the '60s changed the tone a bit. The Venice boardwalk is now lined with outrageous street performers, funky clothing shops blaring trance music, and a gigantic mural of Jim Morrison. Venice's Muscle Beach and seaside skateboard park are now urban legendary. The Abbot Kinney area of Venice is more subdued and upscale, with galleries, gastropubs and boutique shopping. The remaining canals and bridges are some of LA's most picturesque hidden gems.