You might think that sightseeing in Los Angeles will cost a pretty penny, but think again. Free attractions in Los Angeles offer a chance to see the city without breaking the bank.
Hike near the Hollywood sign
Feeling uninspired? Try changing your perspective on a familiar sight. While the Hollywood sign’s grounds are barred from public access, some great nearby hikes allow for great angles for photos. We’re talking Los Angeles sightseeing from a unique view. From Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, go north on Beachwood Drive; turn left at Ledgewood Drive and twist and wind uphill. Then go right at the three-way intersection onto Deronda Drive.
Tour the Los Angeles Central Public Library
The Los Angeles Central Public Library reflects the Egyptian-style architecture mania that swept the country in the 1920s, after the discovery of King Tut's tomb.
Discover fossil fun
At La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, the site of the richest discovery of Ice Age fossils in the world, more than 100 tons of fossilized bones representing 200-plus species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have been unearthed from pools of sticky asphalt dating back to prehistoric time. This is a uniquely favorite point of interest for sightseeing in L.A.
Stroll the historic Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market opened at the corner of Third and Fairfax in 1934 and retains much of its original flavor — the freshest produce, made-to-order peanut butter, gourmet meats and cheeses, and hot donuts — while adding a few extra touches (gluten-free pizza, gumbo, authentic Mexican food). This is a great LA attraction for the whole family.
Step into Hollywood History
The forecourt of TCL Chinese Theatre has been one of the most popular free attractions since the 1920s, when actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in wet cement during the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings. Movie fans from around the world compare their hands and feet to those of stars past and present.
Walk along the stars at Hollywood Walk of Fame
Since the 1960s, more than 2,600 terrazzo and brass stars have been unveiled on Hollywood’s major sidewalks. The best way to see your favorite celebrities up close and personal is to check out the star-dedication ceremonies. They are typically held twice a month and are free to attend.
Stop by the Korean Bell of Friendship
One of LA's most beautiful cultural attractions, the Korean Bell of Friendship has intricate relief patterns that represent spirits and goddesses of liberty, victory and peace - architectural details impart the colorful nature of Korean culture. Best visited on a clear, sunny day for a picnic and a stroll, the area features pristine views complemented by the yachts and charter boats of the harbor below.
Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
One of L.A.’s most innovative buildings and one of the biggest Catholic cathedrals in the country, it inspires visitors with its inviting grounds and museum, perfect for introspection.
Take a self-guided tour of Walt Disney Concert Hall
Though the stage and concert hall itself are usually off limits to even paid tours (due to rehearsals), the interior public spaces and rooftop garden are still quite spectacular to explore.
Admire the Venice Canals
Winding through quaint (and very expensive) houses, the Venice Canals feature arched bridges and beautiful landscaping. It's a great place to cruise along on a bike. Start between Washington Avenue and Venice Boulevard.
Visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Founded in 1899, Hollywood Forever is one of LA's oldest cemeteries. Pay your respects to Golden Age Hollywood legends such as Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, and Cecil B. DeMille; and modern musicians like Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone. Catch outdoor movies during the summer at Cinespia and experience Day of the Dead celebrations in the fall.
Step back in time 100 years
The Victorian era had its influence on local architecture, as evidenced by the homes in the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights.
Explore the Bradbury Building
The one-of-a-kind interior features a five-story atrium finished with glazed bricks and wrought-iron grillwork (including the cage elevator that will be familiar from the many movies filmed here).
Get your steps in Echo Park
The many staircases found in Echo Park were built to assist Angelenos from Red Car stops to uphill homes. Now staircases bring people to city views and give people a no-cost exercise alternative to gyms and fitness studios.