As the largest city on the West Coast and home to Hollywood, the City of Angels seems to be a playground for the rich. The bill, however, can be deceiving. As many tourists and visitors to the city find out, Los Angeles has a lot of activities in store for you that will not damage your wallet. In the list below you will find the top 12 things that you can do in Los Angeles for free.
1. Rodeo Drive
This is an exclusive shopping district with exotic brands and exclusive privately owned boutiques. Rodeo Drive was made memorable by the venerable Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman. Since then, many visitors have visited the place to take a look at their favorite stars and browse the shops. There is no compulsion to buy, and most shopkeepers are used to tourists.
2nd Griffith Observatory
The Griffith Observatory is located on the south side of Mount Hollywood and offers stunning views of the city and surrounding areas. While the planetarium shows cost money, visitors can enjoy the spectacular hiking and biking trails and take advantage of some of the best photo opportunities in this huge city park. Other attractions include the zoo and botanical gardens, the Hollywood landmark and an impressive museum with selected exhibits.
3. Venice Beach
When it comes to free activities in Los Angeles, a trip to the legendary Venice Beach is one of the main attractions. While Venice inspired the city of Venice, Italy, the beach has now acquired its own Californian identity. Countless tourists come to the beach to sunbathe, explore the famous beach promenade and discover all the funky and eclectic characters.
4. Santa Monica
It is no exaggeration to say that the beach of Santa Monica is one of the best known in the USA. The visitors of Santa Monica seldom lack activities and sights. Some of the most eye-catching street artists, the spectacular nightlife and soft sandy beaches are perfect. Worth mentioning are also the famous pier and the ferris wheel.
5. Getty Center
5 Getty Center was designed by the legendary Richard Meier and is undoubtedly one of the most famous architectural landmarks in America. The center is home to some of the loftiest works of art in the world. Whether it's Baroque sculptures or Renaissance artworks, visitors can look forward to some of Getty Center's most beautiful and intriguing masterpieces. The magnificent view of the city is an added bonus.
6th Hollywood Walk of Fame
Los Angeles visitors will miss something if they do not take the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Walk is the who's who of Hollywood and is one of the most entertaining activities in LA that you can do for free. As a bonus, you can also visit the TCL Chinese Theater, which features some of the most famous handprints and signatures of Hollywood movie stars.
7th Walt Disney Concert Hall
This is another architectural masterpiece right in the center of Los Angeles. This masterpiece by Frank Gehry is intended to change the cultural landscape of the otherwise boring inner city of LA. Visitors can listen to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra or simply take a free tour of this venue.
8. Sunset Boulevard
This great place has been immortalized in a series of Hollywood movies. Undoubtedly one of the most famous streets in the US, Sunset Boulevard offers visitors a glimpse into the dazzling lifestyle of Hollywood's who-is-who. This charming strip of palm trees has since become a lively nightlife district with several restaurants and live performance centers.
9th Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl is a beautiful outdoor amphitheater visited by some of the biggest names in the music world, including The Beatles and Madonna. Visitors can look forward to an extraordinary music experience in this surreal environment. In addition, the museum has impressive works of art and memorabilia depicting its history.
10. Runyon Canyon Park
For those who can not afford enough trails and views, there is no better place than Runyon Park. Minutes from Hollywood Boulevard, visitors to the park can enjoy sweeping and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Fernando Valley.
11. Grand Central Market
This is a gourmet paradise in downtown LA with over 30 vendors offering tacos and ramen noodles. It is also open every night until 22:00 so there are many ways to enjoy a late dinner or a craft brew.
12. Bradbury Building
It is the oldest commercial building in LA, but that is not the reason why this building is a tourist attraction. The Bradbury Building, with its beautiful, light-flooded central atrium featuring nearly 50-foot marble staircases and ornate iron railings, is featured in many films, notably Bladerunner and (500) Days of Summer.