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    21 Fairly Inexpensive And Fun Things To Do When You Come To Los Angeles

    Please, for the love of GOD, don't go to the Walk of Fame.

    1. Picnic and/or hike at Griffith Park.

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    I've lived in Los Angeles for five years and have no problem saying that Runyon Canyon...isn't worth it. (Sorry! Don't come for me.) It's a struggle to find parking and because it's a popular location, there's always a crowd. You can still see the Hollywood sign if you hike at Griffith, and the parking lot is bigger. There's also plenty of spacious green areas to have a picnic once you're done.

    2. Take in the sights from the Griffith Observatory.

    3. Rent one of the swan peddle boats at Echo Park.

    4. Get an epic Los Angeles photo for your 'gram.

    5. Watch a movie outdoors at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

    6. Walk through a FREE museum by going to The Broad downtown.

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    Have you seen a million and one pictures of this Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama on Instagram? It really is as cool as it looks, and you can experience it at The Broad. This museum is only contemporary art, and it's really cool to check out. Make sure to reserve your free tickets in advance in order to skip waiting in line when you arrive.

    7. Experience the food scene downtown, especially Donut Friend and Little Damage.

    8. And while you're downtown, pop into The Last Bookstore.

    9. Swing by Little Tokyo downtown, too.

    10. Walk around and shop around at the Melrose Trading Post on a Sunday.

    11. Watch the sunset at Hermosa or Redondo Beach.

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    Listen, if you haven't been to Southern California before and absolutely want to experience Venice and Santa Monica — go live your best life. Both areas are iconic, but of course super touristy. That's why I prefer watching a good ole California sunset away from those beaches. Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo tend to be on the quieter side.

    12. Have a cute tea experience at Rose & Blanc Tea Room.

    13. Try stand up paddle boarding at Redondo Beach.

    14. Skip bar hopping and spend an evening at Moonlight Rollerway.

    15. Take a cute stroll around the Huntington Gardens.

    16. Experience The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Nuart Theater.

    17. Drive down Pacific Coast Highway.

    18. Conquer part of the Marvin Braude Bike Trail.

    19. Enjoy a beach bonfire at Dockweiler Beach or Huntington Beach.

    20. Buy tickets to the WB Studio Tour.

    21. Finally, treat yourself to tacos at a taco truck.