Los Angeles is the epitome of glitz and glamour as it is the home of Hollywood. A hub of media, fashion and film, LA is at the center of all that glitters.
However, budget travelers staying in hostels in Los Angeles need not lose heart at the prospect of spending all their savings on a trip to the City of Angels as there are plenty of cheap and free things to do in LA.
Nature and Outdoors
For starters, take advantage of the city's beautiful beaches. Los Angeles 81 miles of coastline can be visited all year round, thanks to the moderate Californian climate. Walk, jog, or just pull out a rug and read a book.
There are also plenty of places for non-water lovers. Check out places like Griffith Park and the Angeles National Forest, both of which are great for bikers and hikers.
Culture and Heritage
At Carroll Avenue, visitors can take a step back into LA's past. The homes of Block 1300 are clearly Victorian in architecture and are a wonderful refresher in this otherwise super-modern city.
Culture vultures can head to a number of niche museums around the city which offer free admission, like the Getty Center. Alternatively, better known museums have special admission days where visitors can enter without paying the usual fee.
Farmers markets around the world are fun and the ones in LA keep up with the trend. The LA Farmers Market opened in 1934 and still sells original offerings like meat, cheese and fresh peanut butter.
A World-Class City
One interesting area to visit in LA is the Leimart Park Village. Here visitors can find numerous cafes, shops, art galleries and jazz clubs, reflecting the city's African-American population.
Then of course there are the little pockets of LA that make visitors feel that they are in a totally different country. Chinatown and Little Tokyo are two of those, bringing you food, music and culture from the Far East.
Alternatively, spend an evening at NoHo; Los Angeles' answer to New York's SoHo. The neighborhood is an artsy little community, where visitors can wander through galleries, theatres, ethnic restaurants and vintage clothing stores.
There is no end to the number of picturesque streets in this city, and one of the best is Mulholland Drive. The road stretches from the Hollywood Hills along the Santa Monica Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean, offering fantastic views of the city and back to your Los Angeles hostels.
Finally, a visit to LA is not complete without checking out the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and take pictures of the iconic pink stars lining the avenue.