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Los Angeles Hotels

May 04, 2010 11:13 ET

Fun, Free Los Angeles Attractions

Plan a Los Angeles Hotel Stay That Won't Break the Bank

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) -  Los Angeles may be a star-studded mecca filled with swanky clubs, haute couture, big parties and cutting-edge cuisine, but in the "City of Angels" you can also plan a vacation that's easy on your budget and boasts plenty of excitement.

With a wide range of Los Angeles hotels to choose from, Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR), one of the world's leading lodging companies, provides guests with convenient access to one-of-a-kind experiences that won't cost a dime.

Some popular activities among many Los Angeles hotel guests and locals alike include:

  • Taking a scenic drive. Because most travelers to Los Angeles rent a car anyway, taking a scenic drive is a simple way to get the most "bang" for your buck. So take a drive up the sun-drenched coastline of the PCH or head up Mulholland Drive and get a world-class view of the city's sparkling lights.
  • Checking out the local art scene. The second Thursday of every month, the Downtown Art Walk draws artists and art enthusiasts from around the city. During this monthly celebration of art, a vast number of galleries are free and open to the public. Some of them include: The Hive Gallery & Studios, Art Murmur and de Soto. For complete information about the Downtown Art Walk, talk with a concierge at your Los Angeles hotel.
  • Basking in the sun and playing in the surf. With two miles of sand, visitors to Santa Monica State Beach will find plenty of room to relax under the warm California sun. And with volleyball, basketball, a running trail, International Chess Park and the legendary Santa Monica Pier, this one-of-a-kind park offers endless ways to enjoy the scenery for free (although many of the attractions at Santa Monica Pier do come with a small fee).
  • Kicking back at Griffith Park. Set on 4,107 acres, the "Central Park of Los Angeles" boasts miles of walking, hiking and biking trails, the Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Zoo, Museum of the American West and even the legendary Hollywood sign which flanks the south end of the park.

For those staying at Los Angeles hotels in the summer, the city also offers an impressive array of free festivals and concerts celebrating food, art, culture and every type of music under the sun. For additional information about planning your stay, visit