Another 10 Free Attractions in Los Angeles!
Since many found my article about free excursion destinations in Los Angeles interesting, here follows part 2!
Attractions can be explored everywhere in Los Angeles, many of them in vain. The beach is not far away, there are many hiking trails and the desert and mountains are also nearby. All these are ideal places for outdoor activities such as sightseeing, hiking, jogging or relaxing.
Our grandson could spend hours watching the skaters perform their tricks. Of course, we enjoy it a lot and that's why we all like to travel to Venice Beach together
. Mostly we get a little something to eat, for example, a hot dog or a German Currywust, sit next to the skate park and enjoy the sun of California.
Young or old, boys and girls everyone is skating here and many are really talented too. What some people conjure up with his board, is already worth seeing. You can watch this exciting spectacle for some time, especially when kids are skating.
It's really unbelievable, what even the smallest do for tricks!
After the skate park, we usually go along the boardwalk, which makes Noah happy because he can always choose a little something. In the many colorful shops, there is a wide selection and he always finds something that he would like. On the Boardwalk you meet many street artists like painters, artists and musicians and I think that you can not see so many different people like you on a square.
The only thing you have to get used to is the smell of marijuana that floats in the air and that you can buy here on every corner.
Close to Downtown Los Angeles and Union Station is Chinatown.
We were there in the early morning and it was quiet and not so crowded, so we could leisurely stroll through the streets and look around. The shopping scene is quite colorful and there are many restaurants and lots of typical shops. The Chinese food tastes very good and is very popular with gourmets, so there are usually long queues.
A small cozy Chinatown that you should have seen.
Listening to Los Angeles, many think of great mansions, palm trees and a beautiful landscape, all of which can be seen by driving along Mulholland Drive. This street, which is very well known to tourists, winds its way through a beautiful landscape and offers from many vantage points a wonderful view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. On the way you will pass many dream villas which mostly include celebrities and of course you will also see great cars.
Many photos show a building high on a hill in the Santa Monica Mountains in Griffith Park, Los Angeles's largest park. On the way up you have an impressive view of the skyline of Los Angeles.
If you are early enough there is still time to visit the observatory . The interior is very informative with lots of interesting information about the earth and its solar system. There are models of all our planets and the sun and they are all in the right proportions, and there are pictures of space. Everything is done great and the explanations on the topics are easy to understand.
The observatory offers free outdoor telescopes that are open when the sky is clear. With that you can look at the many stars when it is night over Los Angeles.
It was a breathtaking experience to watch as the sky over Los Angeles darkened more and more and the lights slowly turned on.
When traveling in Los Angeles, you also want to stroll through this well-known street where the rich and famous of Los Angeles spend their money. Many also know the Rodeo Drive from the movie Pretty Woman , because here Vivian (Julia Roberts) went shopping.
Also, if you do not want to spend any money here, it's a great place to get a glimpse of luxury living by looking through the shop windows.
The port, after which the place is
named, was artificially created and is probably the largest artificial marina in the world. Over 7000 impressive boats, ships or yachts are anchored here, who wants to see the luxury yachts, that's right here. You can take a leisurely walk along the harbor, or sit on one of the many benches and watch the action from there.
Of course you can also book a harbor cruise or ride on a speed catamaran.
This wide, kilometer-long and almost deserted beach is one of our favorite beaches in LA. The beach is beautiful and the view of the Pacific is just breathtaking. It is well maintained and much quieter and less crowded than the one in Venice or Santa Monica. You can spend there undisturbed a nice time with the family. Children build sandcastles and splash in the water and parents enjoy the sun in a relaxed mood. In the evening you can experience a spectacular sunset together with the locals.
The beach is a real insider tip and not so easy to find but worth it.
Downtown, downtown Los Angeles has many popular and free attractions in the city. For example, the Union Station known for its architecture, a city train station or The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a church that is very popular with tourists and of course the 310 meter high Bank Tower. Bradbury Building, Farmersmarket, Olvera Street, the Stables Center, Civic Hall and many more are in the city center.
You can spend hours walking around this neighborhood with its skyscrapers and discover free attractions.
If we want to recover from the tourist centers, we like to go shopping at The Grove, which is an outdoor mall right next to the Farmers Market , in the heart of Los Angeles. You can walk but we go with the classic opened tourist train from the Farmers Market, because this makes our grandson a lot of fun.
Of course you can also find the usual luxury brands like Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, La Piazza, Barnes and Nobles and many more. You do not have to buy it is fun.
In the middle of the market are idyllic water features and fountains that move in time to the music. There we like to sit down and watch the happy goings on.
These were again some interesting and of course free attractions in Los Angeles, more to come soon!