Visit LA on a Budget!
We feel lucky to live in the bustle and beauty of Los Angeles and we so enjoy showing visitors around town so they too can experience the essence of the City of Angels. Los Angeles has something for everyone to enjoy; Whether you're after the magic of Hollywood and want to dine where the celebs frequent or if you're more low-key and want to go for a moonlit hike under the stars- LA has got it all!
Most people find that simply roaming the streets of Venice Beach or even DTLA can be an experience. From street performers to mesmerizing murals to feeling star struck by a brief celeb sighting, you never know what you may find on the LA streets!
The truth is behind the curtain of glitz and glamour, there are so many amazing, totally FREE things to do in this gorgeous city. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an impressive bank account to enjoy all LA has to offer. Read on to find out how you can get the most out of your Los Angeles visit with little to no budget required!
1. Griffith Park, Hollywood
If you’re among the billions of people who have an eye for scenery while also looking for something that gets your body moving, then you should certainly head to one of most renowned locations in LA to enjoy beautiful views of the entire city. Griffith Park is not only beautiful and refreshing, but it is also home to the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theater. Enjoy a day hike, a sunset hike or even a picnic! If your budget allows, check out who is playing at the Greek Theater and catch a show!
2. Hollywood Boulevard
Twice in one month, the Hollywood Boulevard walk of fame ceremonies are held and can be attended by everyone. Even if the ceremonies aren’t being held, taking a walk down Hollywood Boulevard is bound to leave you feeling star struck and impressed. If you manage to catch the Hollywood Boulevard ceremonies, you’ll get the chance to meet many interesting people, many of whom are aspiring artists and musicians hoping to enter the industry. Be ready for lots of photo ops between street performances and celebrity impersonators roaming this exciting boulevard!
3. Little Tokyo
Yearning for Japanese culture but found yourself in LA? No need to fret, Little Tokyo has got you covered! Little Tokyo, just outside of DTLA, is a Japanese themed locality, which not only features sushi and other Japanese delicacies, but also makes you feel like you are actually in Japan! Take a stroll through the busy little streets of Little Tokyo and stop for ramen at Daikokuya, a brick toast at Cafe Dulce or a mochi at Fugetsu-Do!
4. Go Beaching in LA!
You can't visit LA and not head to at least one of the gorgeous public beaches it has to offer! You can surf, play beach volleyball, jump in the waves or simply sit back, relax and sunbathe. Some of the best and most happening public beaches of Los Angeles include:
- Venice Beach
- Manhattan Beach
- Malibu Surfrider Beach
- El Matador Beach
- Hermosa Beach
- Leo Carrillo State Beach
- Cabrillo Beach
5. Rodeo Drive
If you haven’t seen one of the best 90’s flicks, Pretty Woman, then go see it right now! We kid, however, if you've seen the movie, you know that Rodeo Drive is one of the most coveted shopping destinations of wealthy fashionistas and people who want to spend their money on luxurious clothes and accessories. Rodeo Drive is located in Beverly Hills, and although this is one of the more expensive places in Los Angeles, it is also one of the best places to find hip and happening street style while also window shopping to find some serious style inspiration.
These suggestions are just a few of the many awesome things you can do and see in LA on a budget! When you do finally visit, check out the local happenings in your area and see what is going on that interests you! More often than not, there are gallery openings and public concerts that are totally free!