Los Angeles has a lot to offer to travelers looking to explore the City of Angels on a budget. From museums to hikes, find something that inspires you to take a trip on a dime with this list of free things to do in L.A..
Travel and Leisure ~ ” Give Back to the Environment at Fryman Canyon – You can help counteract the effects the local car culture has on the environment by planting trees with the folks at Tree People, then spend the afternoon hiking Fryman Canyon, a lesser-known trail that’s much more invigorating than being stuck on a star-seeking tour bus.
Immerse Yourself in the Watts Towers Architecture – Crane your neck at the historic Watts Towers, a series of 17 interconnected sculptural structures built over 33 years by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia. An iconic symbol of Los Angeles, the tallest of the towers reaches a height of over 99 feet, all of it made from ceramics, bottles, tiles, shells, and other scraps contributed by the local community. While entrance to the towers is tied to an admission fee, you can explore the outside of the magnificent structures at no cost.
Learn About the Japanese Culture of L.A. in Little Tokyo – Take in the lantern-lined streets and alleyways of Little Tokyo, a more than 120-year-old neighborhood bustling with restaurants, galleries, and indie clothing shops. While in Little Tokyo, head to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center where you can stroll the James Irvine Japanese Garden — free and open to the public all year.” ~ Travel and Leisure
To read on about all the cool, free activities you can find in L.A., click the link below. If you’re planning on visiting L.A., make sure you bring a copy of our new 2021 Military Travel Guide U.S.A.™ for information that will help you travel on less per day, the military way!
**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.