Once you hear “Los Angeles, California”, the first words that can possibly pop in your mind are exquisite fashion, elite society, extravagant living, and Hollywood! Well, yes these words are rather true but don’t be deceived! There are tons of free tourist spots that you can wind up at in LA.
Who is not familiar with UCLA? So once you are in this town, might as well visit their well-known campus. Some of the fascinating landmarks are the Powell Library, Bruin Bear, Inverted Fountain, and Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden. As from what we heard, the campus is certainly fascinating. If you haven’t been there, look over some of the images in the Internet.
Sadly, we weren’t able to roam around the campus. It was an unexpected visit so we were only able to see a few parts of it. It would have been marvelous if we had the chance to roam around UCLA. But as they say, there’s always a next time. So definitely on our next LA visit we will allot a day to barge in the campus.
Address: Le Conte Ave & Westwood Blvd Westwood, California 90024
Website:http://www.ucla.edu/ (Then click on the Visitors link)
Known as home of the stars! So don’t miss out the chance to peek into their luxurious houses. Luckily, we have an aunt and a friend who joined us and kindly brought us to the most sought after zip code. We were in awe upon seeing the residences. (We are movie fanatics so seeing Beverly Hills in person was astonishing!) We were able to step in the Beverly Hills Hotel as well. The “hotel guys” were kind enough to let us look around. As expected, the furnishings were elegant and the ambience has a “celebrity-feel”. Even the gardens are strikingly charming.
There are guided tours available but of course you have to pay a fee for it. But if you have rented a car or with a local, you can do the tour yourself for free! Maps of the celebrities’ homes are purchasable. There are even small stands on the streets if you are willing to pay for the map. It is not a bad idea to have a copy and pay for it to know your way around. But if you prefer a free one, here are two links that might be useful if you plan to visit the stars’ residence.
Beverly Hills stars homes map – http://mappery.com/Beverly-Hills-stars-homes-map
Celebrity Homes in Beverly Hills – http://www.hollywoodusa.co.uk/AddressesbyArea/beverlyhills.htm
Hotel’s Address: 9641 Sunset Blvd Beverly Hills, California 90210
Beverly Canon Gardens
The Beverly Canon Gardens is a pretty lovely spot in town that you can also visit for free. It is actually a hotel but, at its center, is a public space. The sight is stunning with all the greenery, fountains, and the inviting tables and chairs. It has a relaxing mood which makes a fantastic spot for taking pictures. And the landscape is simply adorable.
Address: 241 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90209
Rodeo Drive Shopping Street
Even if you don’t have the courage to swipe your cards in one of these lavish stores, just indulge your hearts out. You can still get one’s jollies just by window shopping! And feel like a star as you walk along the street! Who knows? You might even spot a celebrity along the way. Keep in mind Via Rodeo and Two Rodeo as tourist spots you shouldn’t miss. Lastly as a tourist, don’t forget to smile on your camera for an unforgettable shot at one of the Rodeo Drive signs.
Address: Wilshire Blvd and N. Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, California 90212
There are tons of recreational activities one can do at this city park. But as a tourist, the Griffith Observatory is the main attraction. There are no necessary fees. But it is only open Wednesday through Sunday. It opens from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM except on weekends which start at 10:00 am. If you wish to sneak for more details, open thelink here for its official website.
Since you are at the peak of LA, you can have a good view of the Hollywood sign here. Additionally, the viewing decks alongside the grounds of the Griffith Observatory allow you to savor the awesome sight of downtown LA and its skyline.
Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Los Angeles, California 90027
Staples Center and LA Live
You might say that these are the dream destinations for sports enthusiasts. If you can possibly drop by in the night, you’re in for the real treat. The attractive amusing lights are additional enchantment at the Staples Center and as well as the neighboring architecture at LA Live.
The area was in the groove on the night we were there. It was in a timely manner that Katie Perry was taping a video for the 2010 Grammy Nominations Concert. We had a blast, especially my four-year old daughter. So if you are planning a getaway in Los Angeles, night-time is the best hours to visit this area. There might be an unexpected surprise for you too!
Address: 1111 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California 90015
Websites:http://www.staplescenter.com/index.php and http://www.lalive.com/
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Of course lastly, your Los Angeles holiday won’t be complete without stopping off at the stars literally! It’s been said that you haven’t been to LA if you haven’t visited the Walk of Fame. If you want to locate the “show business royalty”, head straight to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. You can stumble upon the celebrities’ hand-prints, footprints, and autographs! So take the opportunity to catch sight mementos of John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, and Nicholas Cage to name a few of the notable Hollywood celebrities.
Kodak Theatre is also a great spot to locate the stars of your beloved celebrities. Though, it is still ideal to stride the entire 1.7 miles stretch of Walk of Fame. However, bear in mind to keep wet wipes or antibacterial hand sanitizer in your bag. Just to make sure if you truly can’t resist putting your hands on the stars, cleaning your hands is the best action afterward.
Address: Click the link for the complete list of stars and their “whereabouts”!
This ends our journey. But don’t stop yours here. Despite the list of free spots we have shared with you, continue to explore for more entrance-free destinations and experience the best of Los Angeles. Just so happen that if you can’t drag your friend or loved-one, who lives in LA, request for their knowledge instead. Remember that nothing beats the local’s travel advice!