Founder of Laguna Beach Walks Trekked Down Every Street in Laguna Beach

Janelle Naess turned her passion for walking into a challenge to trek down every street in Laguna Beach—all 419 of them.
Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Why walk all the streets in Laguna Beach?
It was my New Year’s resolution for 2020. For 20-plus years, I walked the same streets in town. Almost every house I pass by has something interesting to see. I call it urban hiking. I thought about all the other streets I hadn’t walked and was dying to see what else I was missing.

Was your goal to finish by the end of the year?
I had no idea how long this resolution would take me. I had given myself a year, but shortly after I began my journey, the coronavirus hit. With the social distancing rules, I wasn’t able to travel for work or for my kids’ sporting events since they had all been canceled. I had more time on my hands to accomplish my goal at a faster pace.

How long did it take you?
I started on Jan. 1 and finished on May 29.

You founded Laguna Beach Walks in 2012, posting free self-guided tours on your website. What prompted that?
While on a quest to find public art, I found so many other aspects of our unique coastal community. Laguna Beach is like one giant outdoor museum. So many interesting things to see! Public art, historic landmarks, coastal blooms, unique architecture, scenic ocean views. I wanted to share all of it with visitors and locals.

Which street was your favorite?
That’s like asking me which child of mine I like best. Every street in Laguna is different and unique in its own way. Each street has its own personality.


Follow Naess on Instagram @LagunaBeachWalks and download free guides at lagunabeachwalks.com.

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