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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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Discover Los Angeles on your own terms thanks to this convenient hop-on, hop-off bus excursion covering the city’s top highlights. Enjoy the sun from the open top of your bus, offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding landmarks. Best of all, your hop-on, hop-off excursion covers more than 50 locations throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown L.A. You can also choose between a 24-, 48-, and 72-hour ticket options and plenty of convenient departures, thanks to its 365-days-a-year operation schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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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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Griffith Park Experience: Hollywood Hills Hike

Griffith Park Experience: Hollywood Hills Hike

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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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Los Angeles: Ethnic Food, Drink and Culture Tour (Small Group)

Los Angeles: Ethnic Food, Drink and Culture Tour (Small Group)

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Follow your taste buds ‘off the beaten path’ during this food exploration tour of the incredible ethnic eats in Los Angeles. Learn why this southern California city’s astounding mix of Korean barbecue joints, late-night taco trucks, and strip-mall Vietnamese are what truly put the ‘City of Angels’ in a league of its own. Snack your way through a mix of casual restaurants, bakeries, ethnic markets, and more, learning about some of L.A.’s lesser-known culture as you eat. A guide, a variety of tastings, non-alcoholic drinks, and public transit fare are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Hollywood Day Pass: Madame Tussauds, Celebrity Homes and Hop-on Hop-off 24 HR

Hollywood Day Pass: Madame Tussauds, Celebrity Homes and Hop-on Hop-off 24 HR

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Enjoy three of Hollywood’s top attractions for one low price thanks to the Hollywood Pass. Take advantage of easy-to-use tickets good for nine days with The Original Movie Stars’ Homes Tour, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and the CitySightseeing Double Decker Hop-on Hop-off Tour. It’s the most convenient, flexible, way to explore L.A. A map and guide with local retail discounts is also included.
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  • 2 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive City Pass: 40+ attractions and theme parks

Go Los Angeles All-Inclusive City Pass: 40+ attractions and theme parks

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Save $1,000 or more on dozens of top Southern California attractions, activities, eateries and stores with the Go Los Angeles™ Pass. Use your Go Pass in Los Angeles to save up to 55% on a variety of great activities and businesses, allowing you to explore at your own pace. You can purchase passes valid for between one and seven days (allowing unlimited use for that many days within 14 days of the first use). 3-, 4-, 5-, and 7-day passes include 1-day, skip-the-line access to Universal Studios! Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 1 to 7 days
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