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Los Angeles on a Budget
Los Angeles on a Budget

Victoria Randall

Experience Los Angeles on a Budget

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Los Angeles is a vast city and can be expensive to visit without the proper planning. If you’re wanting to visit LA without spending a ton of money, plan your trip with this guide on budget-friendly activities all around the city.

Get out and explore nature

Runyon Canyon Park is a favorite hike among locals and tourists alike. While it doesn’t offer much solitude, it’s a great place to people watch and explore the Hollywood Hills. This 3-mile hike offers stunning views at the trail’s summit which is also known as “Clouds Rest”.

If you’re looking for a trail that isn’t as popular checkout Solstice Canyon. This hike is also 3 miles roundtrip and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Kick back on sandy beaches

Venice Beach is known for its eccentric vibes. Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy artwork, people watching and more. If you’re looking for a bite to eat some of the best cheap eats in the area include grass-fed gyros at Malaka Brothers or poke bowls at Poke Poke.

santa monica

Santa Monica is right next to Venice Beach. If you’re looking for soft sand and a plethora of attractions make sure you pay this beach a visit. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel at the pier or check out the open-air shopping mall at Third Street Promenade.

zuma beach

Searching for something more secluded? Head to Zuma Beach in Malibu. It’s the perfect spot to relax in the sand, bathe in the sun and is considered one of the finest beaches in the Los Angeles area.

Chase stars in Hollywood

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It wouldn’t be an authentic Hollywood experience without taking a stroll along the Walk of Fame. Don’t forget to snap some photos while you’re there.


Get a lesson on astronomy for free at the Griffith Observatory. While you’re here take a walk around the outside to discover panoramic views of LA and even glimpses of the Hollywood sign.

If you’re feeling adventurous, go on a hike to the Hollywood sign. There are three trails which offer great views of the iconic sign; the Mt. Hollywood trail which is the easiest, the Canyon Drive trail which is moderate, and The Cahuenga Peak Hike which is the hardest.

Hungry? Hollywood is filled with delicious cheap eats. Hit up Melrose Avenue and try a famous hot dog from Pinks. Keep an eye out of celebrities, as this is a favorite spot amongst locals, celebs, and tourists alike.

Visit the graves of some legendary stars at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Many celebrities have been buried here such as the founders of Hollywood’s studios along with hundreds of other celebrities such as Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks and more.

Located right outside of Hollywood near UCLA, the Getty Center is a must do while you’re in the area. It’s known as one of the most impressive architectural achievements and contains some of the finest works of art in the world. The best part about it is it’s free.

Discover Downtown

art district

Check out tons of intricate murals that cover the walls in the Art District. There’s also tons of galleries where you can see works of art from local notable street artists.

Grab a bite at Grand Central Market. There is an array of different food options that are delicious and easy on your wallet. Try Sticky Rice for some amazing Thai food, Madcarpa for incredible falafel, or Tacos Tumbras a Tomas for some mouthwatering carnitas.


Visit the newest contemporary art museum in LA. The Broad Museum is free to the public and offers a collection of 2,000 works of art from 200 different artists.

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