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Sightseeing on a Budget in Los Angeles

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.

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Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

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See the sights of Hollywood on this tour by open-top Mercedes minibus, which allows you to enjoy unobstructed views as you go. Traveling with an on-board guide, you'll pass by attractions such as the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, and movie studios. Plus, get a look at some of the mansions where past and present stars have lived.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Two routes in Hollywood & Beverly Hills, Santa Monica & Venice Beach. You can start and end of the tour at any of the stops along with routes. You can take the tour in your own pace and your own itinerary. Starline Tours’ Hop-On Hop-Off, City Sightseeing buses showcase the very best Los Angeles has to offer. Visit famous sights, attractions, museums, from classic Hollywood to the stunning coastal landscapes and legendary beaches of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Unlimited use the 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour passes, giving you the freedom and flexibility to see the city on your own schedule while enjoying the comfort and convenience of our open-air double-decker bus service, delivering incredible adventure and great value for your money.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

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Get an in-depth introduction to Los Angeles on this grand city tour. Ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time, the tours start in downtown Los Angeles then continues to Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and Beverly Hills.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park

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Experience panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline as you embark on a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) hike to one of the highest peaks in Griffith Park. Follow your expert guide as they share captivating tales of Hollywood history. Snap some shots of the iconic Hollywood Sign before finishing your tour at the world-famous, iconic Griffith Observatory. Daily departures at 10am and one hour before sunset.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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