By Summer Swensson, Senior Community Manager
Grab a hot dog at Pink's at 2 a.m. Trust us - it's worth it. Photo courtesy randychiu, Flickr.
There’s so much to love about Los Angeles: world-class beaches, celebrity hotspots, designer shopping and more.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend big money to enjoy some of the greatest experiences. As a true Californian, I enjoy the simpler (and cheaper!) pleasures that LA has to offer.
Here are 8 of my favorite inexpensive things to do in LA.
- Ride a beach cruiser down the Marvin Braude Bike Trail (called “The Strand” by locals). Stop at one of the many restaurants and bars along the 23-mile trail, which covers Redondo to Santa Monica.
- Climb the Culver City Stairs to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Take in some of the most spectacular, panoramic views of LA as your reward.
- Grab a bite at Tito’s Tacos on Washington in Culver City. At only $1.75 per taco, these are some of the best (and cheapest!) bites in LA.
- Catch a Disney film at the lavish, historic El Capitan Theatre. It’s magical for both kids and kids-at-heart. With popcorn, drinks and pre-show entertainment included, it’s worth the price of admission!
- Enjoy a wine and cheese picnic during a performance at The Hollywood Bowl. Get the cheap seats - it’s all part of the experience.
- Stand in line for a Pink’s Hot Dog on La Brea and Melrose at 2 a.m. Best dogs ever…really! (Why else would the line be wrapped around the corner at 2 a.m.?)
- Watch a movie at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, the final resting place of many Hollywood greats. Where else could you watch movies in a graveyard but in Hollywood?
- Eat healthy and support local, organic growers by visiting farmer’s markets in Marina del Rey or Koreatown. For the largest daily farmer’s market, make a trip to The Original Farmer’s Market on Fairfax in West LA.