Suiteness BlogThree Day Guide to Exploring Los Angeles For FreeWritten by Kyle KillionPublished May 19, 2016

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Three Day Guide to Exploring Los Angeles

With spring coming to an end and summer rolling in, it is the perfect time to soak in the sun! What better place to do it than in sunny Southern California? Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor, Los Angeles has an array of activities that will suit anyone. We have done a roundup of some amazing freebies Los Angeles has to offer.

Day 1: Checking In & Late Festivities

There’s no better place to check in than the heart of West Hollywood in order to get a taste of Los Angeles.  A few Suiteness favorite hotels in the area include The Hotel Wilshire and The SLS Hotel, both of which are within walking distances of museums, art exhibits, shopping centers, parks, and farmer’s markets.

The Hotel Wilshire, A Kimpton Hotel, Los Angeles

After a long day of traveling, unwind by walking down the street to LACMA to enjoy a free Jazz concert.  From April until November, the LACMA art exhibit hosts the best free live music every Friday night. Jazz at LACMA has featured legends such as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project and Ernie Watts. Since the concerts are held outdoors by the Urban Light Exhibit, it makes for a perfect date night with that special someone or a perfect night to have a picnic with the family.

LACMA Urban Lights, Los Angeles

Day 2:  An Iconic Stroll

Start your Saturday by taking a morning walk to the local Farmer’s Market. The classic “Meet me on 3rd & Fairfax” is the ideal spot to have a great time with family and friends. Famous stars such as The Beatles visited the peanut butter machine at Magee’s Nuts and Frank Sinatra palled around at Patsy’s Pizza.The Farmer’s Market opens at 9:00 AM, allowing you to explore all of the eateries and shops at a relaxed pace. However, if you only want to stay for a few hours or visit particular spots, check out the Farmer’s Market Map.

Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles

After indulging in the eateries at the Market, make your way down the block to the historic La Brea Tar Pits. Learn about the Ice Age and admire the larger-than-life creatures that once roamed in Los Angeles such as the Saber-Tooth Tiger and Wooly Mammoth! The tar pits include live excavation sites and provide interactive exhibits that are appealing to people of all ages. The site also includes free admission to CA EBT cardholders with I.D., CA teachers with I.D., active or retired military with I.D., and children 2 and under.

After an eventful day, a great place to end it is at The Grove. The Grove includes the finest shops such as Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Michael Kors, and Coach to name a few. The exquisitely designed shopping center allows for a great place to eat, shop, and enjoy the outdoors. By the center fountain, there are always TV broadcasters such as E! Online, free concerts, or giveaways! You can unwind by reading a book in the 3 story Barnes and Noble store or catch the latest Hollywood movie at Pacific Theaters The Grove.

The Grove, Los Angeles

Day 3: The Finer Things

Grab a car or an Uber and make your way down to the luxurious Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive offers an arrangement of high-end shops such as Lacoste, Armani, Gucci, Fendi, Prada, and Burberry to name a few. Amid all the walking and shopping, there are great places to eat nearby. Not sure about what you’re craving? No worries! Get Italian at Doma’s, Mediterranean at the Villa Blanca Restaurant, or grab a great steak at Mastro’s Steakhouse. LA must-tries include Sprinkles Cupcakes , a gourmet cupcake shop that’s a great snack to eat in or take on the go! Also, make sure to stop by the infamous Urth Caffe Beverly Hills for fine teas, organic coffees, and fresh breakfast and lunch plates.

Urth Caffe, Beverly Hills