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25 Best U.S. Vacation Cities On the Cheap

Kayla Baxter, Alice Handley and Jill Hare

June 02, 2009

#21: Los Angeles, California

Never been to Los Angeles? You’ve got to fix that! Get a feel for the local scene by taking a stroll down Venice Beach Boardwalk, and if you’d rather get another perspective on the beach, start at Santa Monica Pier and ride the giant Ferris wheel. The weather is just about perfect at the beach in the summer, so bring a good book and a chair and enjoy the view.

Don’t be surprised if you see a few celebrities biking or rollerblading by! After some time at the beach, head to Hollywood Boulevard and the Forecourt of the Stars at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (pictured above) to measure your hands and feet against the hand prints and footprints of Hollywood’s legendary actors. Walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and stop to take a picture with the Hollywood sign behind you in the hills. If you know when you’ll be heading out west, try to attend a taping of your favorite game show, talk show or sitcom — tickets are always free.

If you’re looking for learning activities for the whole family, check out the California Science Center or Getty Museum. Admission is free for both but parking will cost you a few bucks. The view from the Getty hilltop fortress alone is worth the drive.

The LA Metro bus stops at most of these locations, and a day pass is just $5.

Don’t Miss: Diddy Riese Cookies on Broxton Ave in Westwood. With three cookies for $1.00 and ice cream sandwich for $1.50, you can’t afford to miss it! Be warned, the line goes out the door most days but it moves fast. Cash only, too.

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