Top Things To Do In Los Angeles (Most Are Free)
Updated: Mar 13
Fifteen blocks and about 2 miles with 2500 stars of the world top celebrities from 5 industries: film, TV, radio, recording, and theater/live performance.
The attraction is free, but get ready to spend some money to enjoy it the most (museums, bars, souvenirs). First, the most convenient parking will be at the Hollywood & Highland underground parking garage. It's about $6 per hour, and worth it! Over seven floors of huge parking, so you can spend your time on the essential things.
You won't find a more significant community of gifts and souvenirs shops. Some of them are having great deals and discounts so don't hurry, don't waste your hard-earned money on the first shop you see. Lots of restaurants, bars, museums and other "mini attractions" are there, like the TCL Chinese Theaters, Madame Tussauds, Believe It Or Not museum, and more!
Probably the most iconic place in Los Angeles, the dream of every tourist. Located in the area of Santa Monica mountains in the Hollywood Hills, and has many points of view around the town. The best of them are the Griffith Observatory and the hiking trails on mountain Hollywood.
The word "HOLLYWOOD" is spelled out in 45-foot-tall white capital letters and is 350 feet long on top of the mountain. You shouldn't spend too much time here, a few selfies and you are good to go.
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, surrounded by the world's top designer shops, restaurants, and hotels. Beautiful street, lots of boutique coffee shops, and fantastic cars driving around where you won't see anywhere else in the world.
There is lots of street parking in the area, make sure you read the restrictions signs well. You can also go and take some pictures with the "Beverly Hills" sign located across the street located in the Beverly Garden Park, a minute walking away.
Santa Monica pier, Beach, and Third Street Promenade (Free):
Santa Monica pier has beautiful views of the ocean, Venice Beach, and Malibu. You will find many talents on the pier performing different arts, from dancing to painting. The famous Ferris wheel is not free but worth every penny - beautiful views. Playland Arcade (Not Free) located on the pier is great for kids and adults as well.
Right next to the pier, the Santa Monica beach. A clean and well-maintained beach with the weather of Santa Monica is the perfect place to relax.
Third street promenade will make your every shopping dream come true. Outdoor mall with brands from all over the world, followed by a food court, and fabulous restaurants is located right by the beach and pier, about 4 minutes walk.
Next to the mall, you can continue your shopping on the third street, artists, cinemas, fast food kiosks, bars and more. You can spend an entire day in this area of the pier, beach, and the surrounding streets.
Beaches of Malibu surrounded by celebrity's houses, views of the Pacific Coast Highway -1, heaven for surfers and beach lovers. With over a dozen of beautiful beaches, you have plenty of options. Please note that alcohol is prohibited on the beaches, but you can still enjoy it at the "ocean-side" restaurants. Most recommended beaches to visit: Zuma beach, El Matador, and Malibu pier.
The Grove & The Original Farmers Market:
Located between West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, one of the top destinations for shopping, and culinary. The Grove shopping center has a very unique style and design and will make you come again for more. Huge cinema with over 10 different showrooms, Cheesecake Factory and more. The original farmers market located right next to it has the best gift shops, and boutique style food kiosks.
Other great places to visit:
Griffith Observatory & Griffith Park with its amazing views
The Getty Center
Hollywood Bowl (Not Free)
Tours & Sightseeing (Not Free)
If you are short on time we have a quick recommendation for you, how you can maximize your day and explore L-A:
Let's assume you are staying at one of the Hollywood hotels. If you wake up around 7:30am you can start with the Hollywood sign view. It's about 15 minutes drive. It will be quick if you only take a few photos. If you decided to go with a hike, that will take you a bit over an hour. Right after that around 10:30am you can arrive to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and spend about 2 and a half hours over there including a quick meal.
Next is The Grove, 20 minutes drive, some shopping and walking around shouldn't take more than about 2 hours. So around 3pm you can arrive at Rodeo Drive area. With a quick lunch and some pictures at the park with the Beverly Hills sign, let's assume another 2 hours. Around 5:30 pm you can arrive to the next destination: Santa Monica, enjoy the shopping and the shows at the 3rd street, the beach and hit the pier closer to sunset, and enjoy the best view of your life.
Sounds like a plan? :)