By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Weíve never been to L.A. and will be visiting shortly to attend my brother-in-lawís wedding. You always offer amazing advice for the budget traveler and Iím hoping you can do the same. After the wedding weíll be able to spend three days there so am hoping you can give us some suggestions.

A: The City of Angels might look like millionaireís row with all the luxury estates lining the tony streets of Bel Air, Malibu and Beverly Hills. But anyone can enjoy Los Angeles even if you donít have deep pockets.

For local travel, hop aboard the public transit (yes L.A. has a public bus and metro system). $1.25US gets you a one way trip and a $3US day pass gets you unlimited travel all day long. If you catch the Metro Blue buses, these get you to the major inner city hubs like the Grove Market and Hollywood Boulevard for only 25 cents. L.A. buses run regularly but on Sundays, youíll have to practice the art of patience.

Once you get to L.A. find the nearest visitor information centre. Thereís a snazzy new complex that opened on 6801 Hollywood Boulevard next to the famous Graumanís Chinese Theater. Here load up on maps, brochures and ask for any special coupons to the various attractions.

For real deals, the Getty Museum and Getty Villa are free but the money grab is in the parking, $7US. So if you want to take advantage of this, grab a bus. It costs nothing to marvel at the famous foot and handprints left by stars like Marilyn Monroe, James Cagney and Mary Pickford that grace the entrance to Graumanís Chinese Theater in indelible cement.

Itís also free to walk by the many stars that line the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. Currently, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitorís Bureau is offering a list of special offers.

For more info, visit the Los Angeles Visitors Office online at and click on Special Offers or call them at toll-free 800.228.2452


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