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Join Tom of 'Tom Explores Los Angeles' for a walk down Wilshire Boulevard




Tom Carroll, of Youtube's Tom Explores Los Angeles, in front of the Westlake Theatre sign at the corner of Wilshire and Alvarado.
Tom Carroll, of Youtube's Tom Explores Los Angeles, in front of the Westlake Theatre sign at the corner of Wilshire and Alvarado.
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Named in 1895, Wilshire Boulevard is one of Southern California's oldest streets, and we know it all too well: we've visited the Tar Pits, eaten BBQ in Koreatown, people-watched at Palisades Park, been stuck in traffic along the Miracle Mile.

Now, in partnership with Good Magazine, Tom Carroll of YouTube's "Tom Explores Los Angeles" is organizing a walk down Wilshire Boulevard — all 16 miles of it — on Wednesday, May 6.

"I've wanted to walk Wilshire for a long while now," says Carroll. "Just as a way to understand how large Los Angeles is, I guess." 

"Originally I wanted to walk Sunset," says Caroll. "But that's 26 miles and a good chunk of which — on the Westside — has absolutely no sidewalks. It's life-threatening to walk all of Sunset!"

But it's for the best: there's plenty of fascinating stuff along Wilshire. For example, Wilshire Boulevard drives right through MacArthur Park in Westlake. Originally Wilshire ended at the park — then known as Westlake Park. It wasn't until 1934 that city officials built a road through MacArthur Park, draining half the lake in the process. You can find photos of the original park here.

Interested in going? There's no need to sign up — just meet at the corner of Wilshire and Grand in Downtown Los Angeles at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Carroll says the trip should take 8 hours, and that's at a leisurely pace. Just make sure to bring comfortable shoes and lots of water.