Strapped for cash? Travelup information shows you how to see Los Angeles on a budget
The city of Los Angeles is one of the most exciting and dynamic places you can visit, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Home to the entertainment industry, the top designer names and many of the world’s most famous Hollywood stars, there’s no doubt that LA can end up being a pricey holiday destination; however, with a little research and preparation, you can still experience all the great attractions that this city has to offer, without burning a hole in your pocket.
One of the most well (and free) sights in Los Angeles is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here you’ll find the hand and footprints of more than 2000 of the most famous actors, directors and producers in the film industry, who have been forever memorialised outside of the city’s chamber of commerce.
If you’d like the chance to spot a celeb in real life during your trip to LA, rather than merely admiring their handprints, you might want to look into attending a recording of a television show. These are extremely popular with tourists to LA. The vast majority of them are free, but you will need to book tickets to them online. The best TV shows are booked out months in advance, so this is one activity which you’ll need to plan for before you head off on your holiday.
If history, rather than Hollywood, sparks your interest, Travelup experts recommend a trip to Hancock Park’s La Brea Tar Pits is a must. This area contains some of the world’s most well preserved fossils from the time of the Ice Age; there are a total of 100 tonnes of bones which have fossilised and originate from hundreds of different species. This attraction is free, and very easy to get to; it’s situated just a few minutes’ walk away from the well known district of Miracle Mile.
Without a doubt, one of the top free attractions in this city is the spectacular Getty Museum, which houses some of the most incredible art collections, dating back to the Middle Ages. The museum was created by a man called Jean Paul Getty, a businessman who loved to collect antiques and art. In this treasure trove of a museum, you’ll find Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities.
In the west of LA, in a district called Venice, you can visit Venice beach, which is one of the most popular coastal locations on the western coast of the US. This is an ideal location for surfing enthusiasts, however the beach attracts a huge variety of people, all of whom are looking to kick back and relax beneath the heat of the LA sun. The best thing about Venice beach is that you can swim, paddle and lounge about on this beautiful beach all day without spending a single cent.