LA is often connected with wealth, glamour, celebrity mansions and money. Fortunately for budget travellers, Los Angeles doesn’t have to be a lavish choice. With great weather year-round, here’s our guide to experience LA without spending a penny.[middle_ad kw=”Los Angeles hotels”]
Hollywood Walk of Fame – More than 2,400 stars have been immortalised into Walk of Fame. This 2.4 mile stretch on Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. is a must. Can you find your favourite celebs? You’ll find Audrey Hepburn’s star at 1652 Vine Street while Michael Jackson’s is at 6927 Hollywood Blvd.
Venice – If its culture and chaos, beach and babes you’re after, head to Venice. You’ll see everything here from chainsaw jugglers to street dancers, monkeys dancing to swamis on roller skates. Venice Beach is where it’s at.[see]Grand Canal: visiting a world of Venice’s[/see]
Griffith Observatory – When night falls the Griffith Observatory offers a unique view of the night sky. Admission is free to visit the exhibitions and use the telescope to see Jupiter and the stars up close. Also in Griffith Park, catch a free show by the Independent Shakespeare Co. on Thursday and Sunday evenings during the summer. The plays take place in the Griffith Park’s Old Zoo, at the amphitheatre.
J. Paul Getty Museum – Located at the Getty Center, the Getty Museum is a must and is always free. The collection of pre-20th century paintings, sculptures, drawing and other objects will certainly entertain any art-lover.
Be part of a studio audience – One of the top things to do in LA is to visit a studio like Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros and NBC. Backlot studio tours can set you back a pretty penny but getting tickets to sit in on a taping is completely free! Always order your tickets ahead of time by applying on your favourite show’s website.
Take a cruise down the famous Mulholland Drive. You’ll need a Los Angeles car hire to do it, but it’s worth it. This is one of the city’s most famous scenic drives as the road twists and turns, winding itself around the Hollywood Hills and along the Santa Monica Mountains towards the Pacific Ocean.
Few streets have as much personality as Sunset Boulevard does. The Sunset Strip is synonymous with Los Angeles’ glitz and glamour. Explore between Crescent Heights Boulevard and Doheny Drive through one of LA’s most interesting and iconic areas. In the 1960s it was home to countercultural protests, in the 1970s it was home to the rock and roll movement and today it’s home to the best live music venues and restaurants in the city.
To get out of the city, head to the Pacific Coast Highway. This sunny stretch of road hugs the coast and is an essential when visiting LA.
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