Los Angeles is one of the most popular tourist spots in the United States and with good reason; the celebrity element, all the trappings of a major city, glamour and an eclectic mix of cultures makes for a fascinating trip to the City of Angels. If you are like most people on vacation, you probably are interested in taking in some free sights and attractions and there are plenty in LA.
No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without a stop at Venice Beach ; this iconic destination boasts a beautiful beach and a boardwalk full of tourists, artists and locals alike. Take in the various street performances, browse what the vendors have on offer and watch the numerous characters you are sure to encounter.
La Brea Tar Pits
While it might seem strange that Los Angeles is home to the most extensive discovery of Ice Age fossils in the world, remember that the landscape was much different all those years ago! The La Brea Tar Pits is home to more than 100 tons of fossilized bones that represent more than 400 different types of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. It is free the first Tuesday of each month.
The Farmer’s Market is a great way to experience delicious food from all around the world—the city’s millions of inhabitants hail from over 140 countries. You will find this gastronomic delight on Third and Fairfax; you can also hit the Grove shopping center next door, which is popular with the celebrity crowd.
While you might not think of nature when you think of Los Angeles, there is plenty of it right outside its borders. A short ride on the Pacific Coast Highway will take you to Topanga Canyon, which boasts more than 11,00 acres of land, 36 miles of trails and beautiful beaches—all of which can provide beautiful views of Southern California.
Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures and one of the top free activities is taking them all in. Head to Koreatown for some barbeque or to take in a film with English subtitles; you can probably get some good spa treatments here too. Olvera Street can give you a taste of Mexico—listen to musicians, eat some authentic cuisine or purchase some local artwork. Head over to Chinatown and get some yummy strawberry whipped cream cakes at the Phoenix Bakery—the oldest in the area. South Fairfax Avenue—between Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive—is home to little Ethiopia, where you can partake in a coffee ceremony.
You can find Thai Town in East Hollywood, where loads of fun awaits, such as a boxing match or folk dancing performance—this area has been referred to as Thailand’s 77th province. East Hollywood is also home to Little Armenia, where a boisterous festival takes place in late May or early June to celebrate the independence of the country.
Third Street Promenade
The Third Street Promenade is a great place to take a stroll and simply people-watch. You will have oodles of shops and restaurants at your disposal , and you can enjoy a car-free area.
Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about all things travel; she recommends you visit http://www.avivadirectory.com/Regional/North-America/United-States/States/California/ to learn more about Los Angeles and other popular California vacation spots.