California is the most popular tourist destination because of its various landscapes and weather. Most of the 1st time, tourists start with San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego. Los Angeles is 1st choice for Hollywood lovers. A Hollywood sign is a must to add to your California bucket list. Overall, California is expensive, but I have a list of free things to do in Los Angeles that will not break your bank.
1. Urban lights
Address: – 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Urban Light is a vintage street lamp installation by artist Chris Burden. He collected these street lamp posts for many years and created an art piece. Daytime, this place is busy with tourists and Los Angeles County Museum of Art visitors. To capture the best view, you should visit at night. Urban lights are open 24 hrs, so late-night is the best crowd-free time to visit.
2. Griffith observatory
Address: – Griffith Observatory, 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Griffith Observatory is located on the south side of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park and is the most visited place. You can see through the telescope, explore exhibits, watch live shows (you need to buy tickets for some shows) in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Here is my guide on things to see Griffith observatory. Holidays, Weekends, and sunset time are so crowded, so please plan. Here are the best places to view the sunset. Entry into the building is free, but you have to pay for parking.
3. Getty center
Address: – The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
You ride the tram from parking in Getty center; during the ride, you can glimpse Getty center and enjoy the view of the city. Getty center is the best place to enjoy Modern art and living art. Even the architecture and fountains are beautifully designed. Some of the exhibitions are kept changing to see various world-class art. Admission to Getty center is free, but parking is $20 per car. And they don’t have parking for large vehicles like RVs or campers.
4. Santa Monica Pier
Address: – Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
This pier is popular among movie producers and used as a filming location in many movies like night tide, farewell, etc. The pier is crowded until late and has many free things to do. You can enjoy many street performers on the pier. Santa Monica pier is the end of historic Route 66, and this sign is famous; people have to wait in line to get the perfect shot. There are plenty of shops to buy souvenirs, local restaurants, a gaming zone, and a pacific amusement park for exciting rides. You might need to go around to find parking.
5. Visit the Last bookstore
6. Mulholland Scenic Drive
7. Take a walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
8. Hike to the Hollywood sign
LA trip cannot complete without pictures, with a Hollywood sign, right? Enjoy a stunning view of the Hollywood sign at your own pace. You can pick one of the three trails to hike, and you can choose from easy to complex. The mount Hollywood trail is easy and starts from Griffith Park and Griffith observatory. The brush canyon trail is moderate, and the trailhead is located on Canyon Drive. And the Cahuenga trail is challenging and suitable for more experienced hikers. This trail begins on the Aileen Getty Ridge Trail.
9. Catch a sunset
While you are in Los Angeles, don’t miss out on enjoying a spectacular view of the sunset. Here I have listed the best places to enjoy the sunset. You can go to any beach, really any like Venice, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach, etc., and spot the sunset. Soak your feet in the sand and capture this beautiful view in your eyes.
10. Swaminarayan Temple
11. Rodeo drive
12. Venice canal
13. Olvera Street
14. Hit the beach
15. LA Live
Address:- 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90015
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