Reviewed by Shannon D.
"This trail is easy with just a slight up hill climb through a neighborhood before actually hitting the trail. It is heavily populated...felt like I w ..." more
27200 Winding Way
Malibu, CA 90265
The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval has been a signature WeHo experience since 1987, a full three years before ... moreSanta Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica Boulevard stretching roughly from Crescent Heights Boulevard on the east to North La Peer Drive on the west West Hollywood, CA 90069
Party Earth Review A nearly seamless continuation of the famed Venice Beach to the south, Santa Monica Beach offers a bevy of waterfront fun to suit almost any visitor’s tastes, from intense recreation to avid shopping to burning away the day on 245 acres of sand. The hundred-year-old Santa Monica Pier marks the beach’s southern edge, where ... more
Bordered by the Santa Monica Pier to the south and Will Rogers State Beach to the north
Santa Monica, CA 90291
Party Earth Review With its charming Main Street, European architecture, and rich local history, The Grove outdoor shopping center and Farmers Market draws a diverse and upbeat crowd of local shoppers and tourists of every kind. Organized as a city center complete with street lamps and a small park in the center, The Grove is usually ... more
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Party Earth Review Featured in films like Pretty Woman and known for its uber-exclusive designer labels and haute couture fashions, the world-renowned Rodeo Drive is LA’s most famous high-end shopping district. A short three-block stretch of exclusive boutiques, Rodeo has become a mecca for wealthy female shoppers and celebrities, as well ... more
Rodeo Drive between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Party Earth Review Nearly as exclusive as Rodeo Drive but with a younger and hipper vibe, Robertson Boulevard features a two-block stretch of exclusive boutiques and restaurants that has become a shopping mecca for young Hollywood and reality star wannabes. Visitors are almost certain to catch a starlet or two flitting in and out of uber ... more
Robertson Boulevard (between Beverly Boulevard and Third Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review The official name for this sandy expanse – located steps from the affluent mansions that line Malibu like (really, really fancy) weeds – is Malibu Lagoon State Beach, but most people know it as Surfrider Beach thanks to the preeminent importance it has played in California surfing history. Centered on Malibu Lagoon where ... more
23200 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Party Earth Review Arguably LA’s most popular tourist attraction, Hollywood Boulevard’s one-mile main stretch is packed with souvenir shops, museums, a mall, restaurants, and bars. Tourists from all over the world crowd the Walk of Fame to click photos of the brass celebrity stars embedded in the sidewalk that celebrate everyone from Charlie ... more
Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Party Earth Review Named after a Depression-era coal tycoon who used the property for hunting and riding, Runyon Canyon is a popular Hollywood hiking spot and something of a pick-up scene for fit and attractive locals and dog lovers. As the paved lane of the strenuous 1.6-mile main trail gives way to dirt and dust higher up, hikers will be ... more
South entrances at the top of Fuller Avenue and Vista Street and north entrance off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Info The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, known simply as the Hammer Museum, is a unique art institution that aims to connect the past with the present. Positioned in Westwood, the three-story building is one of three public art units located within the School of Arts and Architecture at the University of California ... more
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Los Angeles is an expansive metropolis that stretches from the sandy beaches of the Pacific to the gritty streets of Downtown. From one end to the other and everywhere in between, there are plenty of free things to do in L.A.
From the South Bay to Malibu, Los Angeles beaches offer a slice of sun-kissed paradise that draws locals and tourists on any day with a clear sky and warm temps. While in-the-know Angelenos and surfers head to Zuma or Manhattan Beach, out-of-towners flock to the touristy shores of Santa Monica and Venice. Those who do choose Venice have an added treat in the Boardwalk, where street performers, hard bodies, oddballs, and the homeless are some of the interesting characters who wander on this shop-laden strip.
Of course, a visit to Hollywood Boulevard is one of the most popular free things to do in Los Angeles. Whether checking out the iconic cinema stars whose names grace the Walk of Fame, or eyeing the handprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre), there’s always a gaggle of sightseers crowding the sidewalks in this neighborhood.
Anyone looking for a free educational experience in Los Angeles should check out the astronomy museum at the Griffith Observatory, the art collection at the Getty Center, or the California Science Center, which is home to Space Shuttle Endeavour. Admission to all these spots won’t cost a penny, though they make up for it with pricy parking.
Then there’s the outdoor Mexican marketplace at Olvera Street. The historical site features shops and authentic Mexican food in the oldest part of Los Angeles. Visitors can enjoy a free walking tour Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to noon.