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Ballin' on a Budget: Los Angeles

Want to explore Los Angeles, but on a tight budget? Check out these FREE things to do around the city and you will have plenty to keep you busy.   LA farmers market Off of Third and Fairfax, the LA Farmer's Market offers fresh produce, shops, and restaurants from local growers Saturday through Monday. Source: Hollywood Walk of Fame One of the world's most famous sidewalks, the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors celebrities and famous people with their very own star. Go search for your favorite actor! Source: Get on a Game Show Most networks have first come first serve seating for FREE tickets to their game shows. If you show up early, prepared with enthusiasm, and looking good, they may even seat you in the front! Source: Check out the murals That's right, LA has it's very own Mural Conservancy, which is a group of artists, public art advocates, city and state officials, and restorationists that have come together to protect and promote the numerous murals that have been painted on buildings and in other places. Go searching and you will find some amazing art! Source: Hollywood sign hike Want to break a sweat and simultaneously catch an amazing view? Well go no further than the Hollywood Sign hike. Iconic, and FREE - you can't go wrong. Source: Exposition Park Rose Garden Looking for some peace and quiet and to pretend like you aren't in the middle of a city? Then go check out the beautiful expanse of roses taken care of by the City of Los Angeles. Source: Free Yoga Classes Along with meditation, Archery, etc. you can find many places offering free classes around LA. Try something new! Runyon Canyon offers free yoga classes daily outside. Source: Stargaze at Griffith Observatory Late night adventures in LA are easy to find, but when it comes to FREE and includes stars, it can be hard to find in the city. Take a trip up the the Griffith Observatory and park in their parking lot, you will be sure to find a blanket of stars awaiting your viewing above you. Source:  

9 of best places to stargaze in California

9 of best places to stargaze in California

Although it may be wintertime, Californian's are lucky to have warm enough weather to still go stargazing. Grab a blanket, some hot cocoa, and check out these places to spot the constellations!
Source:   1. Borrego Springs in San Diego County Borrego Springs is an official Dark Sky Community, meaning that the city voluntarily keeps their lights low during the night. This leaves the best environment for some awesome stargazing in San Diego County.

2. Joshua Tree National Park in Riverside County
View the night sky from a huge expanse of unpolluted land. Go camping and check out the sky after dark, maybe even bring your binoculars!
3. Milpitas Wash in Imperial County
A little bit more out of the way, offering the darkest skies and a little adventure, Milpitas Wash is a good place to take your four-wheeler out to find some quiet spots to watch the stars.
4. Salton Sea in Riverside County
With a 24 hours visiting period and concrete slabs among private spots along the shore, the Salton Sea is a great place to park it with some chairs and a camera after the sun goes down to do some stargazing.
5. Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains
If you are looking for somewhere more popular, Malibu Creek State Park has an upper parking lot that is great for easy access stargazing.
6. Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park
For some good urban stargazing, don't look any further than the Griffith Observatory!
7. Torrey Pines
Another place that is easily accessible is Torrey Pines State Reserve, where you will be able to stop off on the side of the road an enjoy the sky.
8. Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach
Want some coastal stargazing action? Check out Crescent Bay Beach, an enjoy a quarter mile of sandy area to stargaze from, cut off from the glare of lights from the PCH.
9. Mather Regional Park
Want to stargaze with a large group and still be able to have a full canopy view? This old airbase has very little use and 1,600 acres of open space to enjoy the sky from!

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