Sightseeing and Attraction in Los Angeles for Budget Traveler
UNTUK BAHASA, KLIK SINI
If you come to Los Angeles, do not make the same mistake as me. When I first came to LA, I was busy touring their malls and Hollywood Boulevard. It’s a total waste of money and time. Well, it still okay for you to get pictures with the ‘Stars’ on Walk of Fame. But do not ever take pictures with all the mascot scatters along the streets because they will ask you to pay them. They are not even official, real mascot from Warner Bros or Marvel. So I guess it’s very unethical to some kind of ‘FORCING’ people to pay them. Regarding souvenirs like keychain and T-shirt, it is kind of expensive too and not worth of its cheap quality, when the ‘Made in China’ is clearly stated.
I learned my lesson about places in LA after 3rd time visits and still, there are plenty of sightseeing attractions which cost almost nothing to visit which I yet to discover. Usually my trip to LA is just more to transit. The longest period I stayed in LA is only 4 days and yes, it was far than enough. To make your trip easier and fun, you should consider to rent a car. Car rental in LA is fairly cheap. Especially if you opt for small compact car under Asian’s brand like Toyota, Kia and Honda. It’s around $30 – $40 per day. Then you can get cheaper accommodation in city outskirts that offer cheaper rate since you are no longer have to worry about the public transportation access anymore. But, I like to remind you that parking fee in LA is expensive. It can costs you $20 per hour or per entry. So you need to be smart in choosing the parking lot and willing to do a bit of walking.
The first place you MUST visit is Griffith Observatory. It has a spacious free parking, less crowds and you can see the whole LA metropolitan from up here. If you have plenty of time, do come here both day and night. Mike and I unable to come here at night because we were leaving LA to San Francisco on that day.
But, if you are interested to enter the observatory, the fee is only $7. Inside you can see the short movie and exhibition on science and outer space, something like the one in Malaysian’s Planetarium Negara or Petrosains KLCC. Are you sure you are interested when back in school you failed science subject/ paper and too lazy to flip Science’s text book and now suddenly you are all Science and Outer space when in LA? Smh.
You can proceed to get close to Hollywood Sign from Griffith Observatory. Mike and I didn’t do it because we are racing against time and I think we will do it on our next visit..
Next is LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It is free unless you decide to enter the exhibition area. But to me, visit outside LACMA museum can give enough unique experience. That ‘202 lamp white post’ , Urban Light by Chris Burden is so unique and you can only see it in LA. It’s a well known landmarks and no caption needed to tell people that’s LA. I wanted to come here since the movie ‘No String Attached’ featured Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. Most of LA based Instagram celebrity will have a must pose with Urban Light. I am no Instagram celebrity, but I wanted a picture with 202 white lamp post as one of my personal collection. Yuna was here too. And if you have a passion of Art and Modern Art, you can pay $25 for general admission inclusive of exhibition areas. And as I told you before, parking fee in LA is expensive. So do LACMA. It costs $25 per entry if I’m not mistaken.
My attempt to do commercial pose. Pfftt.
Mike’s attempt to pose for commercial look. Pfftt pffttt
Third one is Malibu Beach. Hehe. Well, I am infatuated with Keeping Up With Kardashians series – where Bruce Jenner now Caitlyn Jenner residing in Malibu. It’s not like I can meet up with Caitlyn, but the view of Malibu Beach is breath taking. The journey to Malibu Beach is beautiful and highway along Malibu Beach has dramatic view. Highway in Malibu Beach is a part of USA Route 1 or known as Pacific Ocean Highway California – one of the highway famous for roadtrippers.
Most part of Malibu Beach is private since Rich people in Malibu built their house along Malibu’s shore. But, there are few spot where it still can be accessible to public. It was my first time to step on beach sand and touching the sea water on America continent. It is way different here than our beach in Malaysia – clean. Hahaha.
So, these are three places that deserves A MUST SEE but FREE sightseeing in Los Angeles so far. It’s definitely gives you a different experience than shopping mall hopping, Universal Studios and Disney World visit.
Los Angeles, California