A Free Day in LA…and some extras too!
Don’t let the beach hair and laid back vibe fool you…LA is the second largest city, coming in right behind NYC with just about 4 million people. With that kind of density you know you are in for some real cultural treats. We challenged ourselves to do a FREE day in LA and you know what??? It really wasn’t that hard!
Free day in LA is Easy as 1. 2. 3. Psst…make sure you bring snacks for lunch and picnic for sunset dinner at the Observatory (or check out good places to lunch below). First on our list is the Getty Museum. Now, there are two, one in Malibu and one in LA. A parking pass will cost you $15 but it will get you into both locations…although it is highly unlikely that you will have time or the attention span to do both in one day. Second is a drive along Rodeo Boulevard into Brentwood and out through West Hollywood on your way to the Griffith Observatory.
We intentionally went to the Observatory for a “Walk and Talk” however; we quickly peeled out due to the LARGE group size and anti-climatic delivery of information. Luckily, there are several people working inside the Observatory that are quite excited to share different kinds of information about all the wonderful exhibits. True to our style, a self-guided tour made the Observatory fun and it let us socialize with all kinds of people visiting from around the globe. We closed the night by looking at Jupiter from the historic rooftop telescope followed by a view of endless twinkling city lights.
There are no shortages of places to lunch in LA. With that said, we may have found a place that stands out from the rest. Nothing fancy…just pure ingredients that pack a flavor punch! Komodo may be the best burrito EVER. Like…life changing…can’t ever pass through LA again without going…how was I breathing before this day! If you’re looking for trendy and tasty, Lemonade will need to be at the top of your list. Marc wasn’t super excited at the idea of $4 lemonades and pricy add ons…but the food was good and healthy too. If you’re a local you already know about Tito’s Tacos. If you are coming from the Dockweiler RV park its on your way into the Hollywood area. Picnicking is also a gem of an idea! So if this is up your alley head over to Trader Joe’s or its more expensive cousin Whole Foods for some prepared foods and be on your way to all LA has to offer.
The LACMA! We have traveled most of North America and seen MANY museums…so please know when we say you should visit – it means PLEASE VISIT! Kids under 17 are free along with a free day once a month. Parking is scarce on the streets and usually limited to 2 hours but there is a parking lot for $14 for the whole day right across the street. You will want to see what exhibits are open and coming up…as the museum is constantly changing.
If you are looking for some other cool free things to do in LA you are in the right place. Here is a link to other Free Museum Days or if you are in dyer need to pump your Instagram with stellar shots check out this list of places to pose in front of! Or put your tourist pants on and do the Hollywood Walk of Stars staring on Hollywood and Vine. Due to the massive amount of people and overwhelming tourist vibe, we opted out. But if you haven’t seen the Chinese theater and other popular sites in the area…you just might need to do a drive by.
No matter how you slice it…LA will deliver. It has big city and laid back swirled into one compact space of glits and glam. One thing for sure you wont see it all in one day so keep a running list of things you want to do next time…and do me a favor…tell me what we should hit because we will defiantly be back.
Here are some helpful links:
The LACMA: http://www.lacma.org/
The Getty Museum: http://www.getty.edu/
Griffith Observatory: http://griffithobservatory.org/
Free Museum Days: https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/free-museums-in-la-best-art-history-and-more-for-free
Things we brought with us to LA: