Los Angeles on a Budget
December 2017

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Los Angeles on a Budget
Explore the City of Angels without breaking the bank

California is known for its expensive tastes, especially in the heart of Los Angeles. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take to a trip to LA on a budget. There are a variety of low-cost restaurants, museums and other attractions to see throughout the area. If you’re planning a trip to LA, consider making a stop at one of these fun, affordable places.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1979 and houses approximately 7,000 objects. There are rotating exhibitions on display as well as several permanent collections. The museum also has a shop where visitors can purchase trinkets and museum souvenirs. Admission to the museum is $15 for adults and free for children 12 years old and younger. However, if you time your visit on a Thursday evening, admission is free for all from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Delicious food from downtown Los Angeles can be found at an affordable price point if you look closely. The ORIGINAL Pantry was established in 1924, serving American cuisine in extra-large portions. They have all of the classic comfort foods: steak in every form, pulled pork, breakfast galore and classic desserts like apple pie and peach cobbler. The best part is that The ORIGINAL Pantry is open 24 hours a day, so you can satisfy your cravings any time during your stay.

The Griffith Observatory

With free admission for all visitors, the Griffith Observatory has so many amazing things to offer. The observatory leads the pack in its pursuit of public astronomy since its founding in 1935. In fact, more than 8 million people have gazed at the stars through the observatory’s telescope—that’s more than any other telescope in the world. The observatory sits 1,134 feet above sea level and has had more than 91 million visitors since its original opening. Movie buffs know that the observatory made a memorable cameo in the classic film “Rebel Without a Cause,” so that just adds to the location’s value.

Los Angeles sports

Sports fans will be delighted to know that LA is home to many major sports teams, including the Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Rams, Chargers and Galaxy. No matter what time of year you visit Los Angeles, there’s bound to be a game going on. If all else fails, head to UCLA or USC to see some college athletes that are on their way to becoming professionals. Tickets for the UCLA men’s basketball team start at just $10 and take place at Pauley Pavilion, right in the heart of the UCLA campus.

Pink’s Hot Dogs

Another affordable place to eat in the Los Angeles area is Pink’s Hot Dogs. From bacon chili cheese dogs to pastrami burrito dogs, you’ll find some unique combinations at Pink’s. Of course, Pink’s is known for its legendary hot dogs, but there are other options on the menu, including burgers, guacamole and desserts like chocolate cake. Since it’s located in downtown Hollywood, many celebrities make a quick stop in now and again. There’s even a Wall of Fame for frequent celebrity visitors like Jimmy Fallon, Kaley Cuoco and team members of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Nothing says you can’t tackle the city of Los Angeles without breaking the bank. On your next trip to the City of Angels, consider these inexpensive stops to save a bit of cash.

This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, Massachusetts.

Published by Jannell Ford
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