To an outsider, Los Angeles can seem like one of the most glamorous places in the world.
The fact that many of Hollywood’s elite and brightest stars call it home, it’s not surprising why many consider it the height of luxury.
But the City of Angels also has another side to it, one that doesn’t require a fat bank account to enjoy. That’s pretty good news for budget travellers out there, right?
From taco trucks to free museums, Tinseltown offers a wide range of activities and experiences that don’t cost a pretty penny.
So if you’re thinking of making a trip to LA soon, and are worried about the expenses, we’re here to quell your fears. If you’re thinking of applying for US visa online, don’t deter yourself from doing so.
Here’s our list of tried-and-tested tips to get the most out of LA’s glitz and glamour, without putting a dent in your budget.
LA is brimming with cheap eats, from one-dollar tacos, which you can get from one of the many taco trucks that roam the city’s streets, to the West Coast’s pride and joy In-N-Out, Burger, where a Double-Double (that’s a double-stacked burger) costs a cool USD 3.45.
Not into fast food? Head over to Grand Central Market, which houses a slew of vendors and cuisines, from Japanese and Mexican to German and Middle Eastern, at varying price points.
The Getty Museum, the California Science Center, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, LA’s newest and coolest museum, The Broad. These are just some of LA’s iconic attractions you can enjoy without having to pay a single penny.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) offers free admission every first Tuesday of the month, so plan ahead.
Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are great options for getting around the city, without costing an arm and a leg, but if you really want to save, take public transport instead.
LA’s public transport gets a bad rap due to comparisons with other major US cities like New York and Chicago, but don’t let that discourage you.
LA’s MTA buses and trains provide a cheap and reliable way to get around. The base fare for a ride is USD 1.75, but an all-day pass is only USD 7.
This will also help you avoid the gridlock traffic jams LA is notorious for.
Instead of paying for individual attractions on the go, save yourself the hassle (and money) and get a GO Card.
Available in one-, two-, three-, five-, and seven-day passes, the Go Card gives you admission to many of LA’s attractions at a fraction of the price.
GoCity also offers seasonal promos and GO Cards can cost as low as USD 6. It can give you access to more than 35 attractions and experiences. That’s less than USD 2 per spot.
One of the reasons why Los Angeles is one of the most highly sought after cities are the beaches. Admission to LA’s beaches is free and is a great, alternative way to get to know the city and mingle with the locals.
Thanks to LA’s endless summer weather, there’s never a bad time to go to the beach. For less crowded beaches, check out Carbon Beach and Paradise Cove in Malibu.
Skip the famous outdoor shopping mall The Grove. Many of the stores and restaurants there can be found everywhere. Similarly, the crowds you’ll have to contend with can make the experience a little claustrophobic.
While you’re at it, pass up on Madame Tussauds.
While it used to be funny to get your photo taken with a wax replica of Marilyn Monroe in the ‘90s, in 2019, it doesn’t quite have the same novelty.
While LA may have been where many TV shows and movies are filmed to this day, the city also has a thriving theatre scene.
Whether you love stand-up comedy or want to see a play, websites like TodayTix and Plays411 offer discounted tickets for shows, some even for as low as half-off.
Aside from its beaches, LA’s also home to many amazing hiking trails. From Griffith Park to Runyon Canyon, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy a bit of nature and the city’s stunning views while getting a bit of cardio.
That being said, there’s a reason why LA’s residents are some of the fittest and most beautiful people in the US.
LA’s famous Venice Beach Boardwalk has taken people-watching to new heights.
Grab a bench of the boardwalk and you can be entertained for hours just by watching the locals walk, skate, bike, or even unicycle by.
The boardwalk is home to some interesting characters, from body-builders to street performers, and there’s never a dull moment when you’re there.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your passport and book your flight with Traveloka!
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