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Los Angeles has it all – beaches, boulevards, baseball and Beverly Hills. When you add together the glamour of Old Hollywood, the sunny skies, taco trucks and dudes on skateboards, there’s a lot to experience. So, get out your bucket list and start making some notes about the best things to do in the City of Angeles on your next trip.

HERE ARE SOME LA HOT SPOTS TO CHECK OUT NEXT TIME YOU VISIT!

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WALK OF FAME

Like any big city, there are plenty of touristy attractions in Los Angeles to spend/waste your time and money on. Hollywood Boulevard is cheesy, but you’re going to feel slightly foolish telling your friends about LA and admitting you didn’t see the stars on the sidewalk or take a picture in front of the Hollywood Sign. So do it!

SANTA MONIC PIER

Los Angeles is known for its uniquely gorgeous stretch of beaches, each with its own discernible identity. Head down the Pacific Coast Highway and check out the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and maybe even ride the Ferris wheel on the pier. Head further south and experience the boardwalk/art gallery/freak show/marketplace that is Venice Beach.

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SUNSET BOULEVARD

Perhaps one of the world’s most famous streets, Sunset Boulevard began as a route between the stars’ posh neighborhoods and the Hollywood studios. It runs from downtown to the ocean, passing through the “Sunset Strip” on its way. You’ll find a lot of high-end stores, restaurants, clubs and good venues to see music acts here.

STAR TOURS

Sure, it’s super cheesy but there’s something fun about driving around and seeing where all the celebrities live. I mean it’s L.A. and part of the attraction of the city is all the famous movie stars, the glitz, and the glamor. So be a super tourist and go see where Brad Pitt calls home!

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THE GROVE

With its quaint trolley, dancing fountain, and adjacent farmers market, the Grove is a mid-city shopping and casual dining staple. This outdoor shopping mall, with a layout that resembles a small village, is fun for window-shopping and for picking up a new sundress to wear during your trip.

DODGER STADIUM

If you’re in town during the spring or summer, catch America’s past time at one of her oldest ballparks: Dodger Stadium. There’s nothing like watching a game at that iconic stadium with all those palm trees under the setting sun on a clear, warm LA summer night.

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GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY

Assuming it’s a nice day, trek up to the Griffith Observatory in the hills of Los Feliz. The observatory and museum are newly restored and the views are the best in the city. It’s also a great viewpoint of the Hollywood sign and on a clear day you can see the ocean in the distance.

Los Angeles can be an expensive place. If you are looking for some free things to see and do, check out a few of these wallet-free ways to explore and enjoy the city.

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From street food to upscale dining, Los Angeles’ cultural diversity almost forces you to vary your diet – which is no bad thing in these parts. You don’t need to break your travel budget on food. This is a great city for cheap dining, without sacrificing taste.

HERE ARE 5 HOT SPOTS WHERE YOU CAN EAT FOR LESS THAN $20!

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The Spot: Ink.Sack

This tiny, grab-and-go spot is the perfect place to refuel between credit card swipes on Melrose. The menu offers a slew of affordable sandwiches. Try the yummy fried-chicken version, which rings in at a mere five bucks.

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The Spot: California Chicken Cafe

With locations everywhere from Venice and Santa Monica to Encino and Northridge, California Chicken Cafe has tons of solid, under-$10 options that will keep you full — and definitely coming back for more.

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The Spot: Pink’s Hot Dogs

For locals and tourists alike, this iconic restaurant needs no introduction. But, how about a little refresher: You can nab yourself a chilidog, fries, and a drink for about $9. In other words, it’s high time to revisit this L.A. staple.

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The Spot: Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
Although it sounds strange, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles is a firm hometown favorite. If you’re a health nut it might not be for you, but if you’re willing to get your fingers greased up and your stomach overly full, stop by Roscoe’s in Hollywood.

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The Spot: Guisados

Whether you’re in Boyle Heights, Echo Park, or DTLA, you’ve got to head to get your fill of quality Mexican food on the cheap. The mole poblano taco is a standout — it comes with shredded chicken breast in a poblano-style mole, plus sour cream, queso fresco, red onion, and dried chile. Yum!

Los Angeles is the land of the rich and famous, but since most of us are regular people bringing home regular people paychecks, shelling out A-list dollars for a celebrity is not going to happen. For every hoity-toity, money’s-no-object salon, Los Angeles also has some top-notch, reasonably priced options where walking out looking like a million bucks won’t take you to the poor house.

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