Our first trip to California, one of our priorities was to stroll along the famous boardwalk at Venice Beach. The boardwalk runs about 2. 5 miles along the Pacific and is a crazy patchwork of natural beauty, performers, artists, vendors and all kinds of crazy characters. It's the perfect place to people watch and see all the activities made famous in print and film about the California sun coast. Walking past Muscle Beach, you'll promise yourself to start getting in shape, and be amazed at the skill displayed on the different sports courts like basketball, beach volleyball and skateboarding. The long history of street performance, art, and music are evident still today as you walk along in the footsteps of the beat generation poets, and legendary rock bands like The Doors.