imagine a car-free LA...

photo courtesy of Bikes and Hikes LA

As winter seeps in, the mild year-round temperatures of Los Angeles make it the ideal city to explore by bike or foot-- and yet the land of freeways still has some of the worst traffic in the country, second only to DC.

However, the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board aims to change that with a Car Free LA inititiave that provides eight self-guided tours meant to encourage visitors to explore the sprawling city sans automobile. Not only does the program mesh with the health consciousness of the City of Angels, but it's also a continuing effort to improve traffic conditions and spare the skies from car exhaust.

And now some of the most luxurious hotels in LA are getting in on the fancy foot action too...