Sightseeing on a Budget in Los Angeles
While Los Angeles may be known as the home of the rich and famous, you don't have to be to enjoy LA's world-class cultural attractions, international food scene, and Southern California scenery. Here are our top tips for exploring Tinseltown, even if you're still waiting for your big break.
Use a Sightseeing Pass
A multiattraction pass such as the Go Los Angeles Card or Hollywood Pass can help you save big if you plan to pack in multiple Los Angeles attractions during your trip. Pass options range from three to nine days and offer discounted access to dozens of top sights, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Madame Tussauds, Knott's Berry Farm, and LEGOLAND® California, plus studio and celebrity-home tours.
Skip the Rental Car
Avoid the expense of car rental by using Los Angeles’ well-connected public transit system, ride-hailing services, or a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour. With multiple routes covering dozens of popular landmarks, these user-friendly tours offer unlimited rides and the flexibility to explore at your own pace. Shared airport transfers are a budget-friendly way to get between LAX and your accommodation or the Anaheim resort area.
Eat on the Cheap
Dining out in Los Angeles doesn’t have to break the bank, thanks to an abundance of casual diners, takeout spots, and gastro pubs. Venture outside of pricier tourist areas to find some of the city’s best ethnic eateries, or visit the famous Los Angeles Farmers Market to stock up on fresh ingredients for a picnic. Guided food and market tours can help take you out of your comfort zone to discover your new favorite dish.
Get Cultured at Los Angeles Museums
If big-ticket theme parks aren't in your budget, get a cultural fix at some of LA's world-class museums, such as the Getty Center, the Broad, the Marciano Art Foundation, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Many are free to the public or host free days on a weekly or monthly basis, so check local event listings.
Hike in the Hills
There's no admission ticket needed for a scenic hike in the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy panoramic views of Los Angeles while exploring the desert hills and Griffith Park, one of the largest parks in California. Low-cost hiking tours show you the best trails to see landmarks such as the Hollywood Sign, the Greek Theatre, Mount Hollywood, and the Griffith Park Observatory.