An unconventional enclave along Los Angeles’ coast, Venice combines alternative values with counter-culture street cred. A carnival atmosphere permeates throughout this beach town, emanating from its fire-breathing street performers and its spoken-word sidewalk expressionists. Venice may be over ten miles away from Downtown, but its endearingly outlandish mixture of upscale boutiques and seedy entertainment make the trek by bus or car infinitely worth it. Home to world-famous Muscle Beach, public recreation spaces, and a locally-renowned skate park, barbells, basketball courts, and concrete bowls live between the street and the sea in Venice. Its boundless energy keeps beachcombers and sunbathers feeling young. Originally built with Venice, Italy as its inspiration, this canal-filled neighborhood’s bungalows, boutiques, boardwalk, and beach attract thousands of visitors to the area’s seaside carnival. Venice’s architecture is as offbeat as its boardwalk lifestyle and man-made canal beginnings. Renowned architect, Frank Gehry, built his friend an observation post in the neighborhood. Its apartment complexes and beach bungalows channel Venice’s bohemian attitudes. The combination of big surf, big sand, and bright lights add to its evening allure. Venice continues to shine even after the sun sets.