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The Golden State is home to plenty of exploration opportunities to keep your weekends packed and your schedule busy. With the sun shining and a warm breeze keeping you in a California state of mind, many activities in Southern California are known to come with a price tag. However, if you’re looking to get out of your apartment and venture around on a budget, there are many options you can consider that will provide you with plenty of fun without breaking the bank. So get in your car, and get going! These car trips will provide you with entertainment, insta-worthy moments and a great way to enjoy your time without spending too much money.

Arts District in DTLA

Known for community beautification projects, The Arts District in downtown Los Angeles is a non-profit organization focused on serving artists, businesses and residents within the community. Once you arrive in the Arts District, you will have plenty of options to eat, drink and explore! This part of downtown Los Angeles is totally walkable, giving you the chance to visit galleries, coffee shops, breweries, boutiques and other small local gems. Here, you’ll also find an abundance of murals spread around the district, all set among 20th century styled warehouses that will provide you with more than enough photo opportunities. No matter if you choose to visit during the day to do some shopping or want to hit up the town for the bar and nightlife scene, the Arts District is an ideal spot to post up for the day and hop around. For those looking to save money, there’s plenty to discover just by walking around. Likewise, there are several guided, audio and food tours for your entertainment. Enjoy!

Our recommendation? Be sure to check out The Pie Hole! Indulge on pies made from scratch each and every day, and pair it with your favorite flavor of coffee for the perfect combination.

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Stretching along the Pacific coast, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is constantly buzzing with activity. No matter if its locals, street vendors or tourists, there’s always something to do and even more to see once you arrive. The boardwalk is lined with a variety of businesses and restaurants, providing something for everyone. Not interested in heading into any of these shops? No worry! Simply walk along as you enjoy the vibrant street performances—ranging from breakdancing and live music to artists showing off their latest sketches. If you’d like to explore even further and get a taste of Europe in your hometown, head on over to 25th Street in Venice, where you will discover adorable canals, channels and bridges that will provide you with a unique and memorable experience. Venice Beach is just a short walk from our Marina Del Rey apartments.

California Science Center

Switching scenes and taking you somewhere slightly less touristy, the California Science Center includes exhibits and interactive activities for people of all ages. Check out the air and space exhibits, learn everything there is to know about ecosystems or discover the world of life exhibit. If you choose to see one of the many IMAX films offered, there is a small fee associated to support the exhibits and educational programs, however, all other admission fees at the California Science Center are free! Opened in 1998, the Science Center is open to the public seven days a week and spans over 400,000 square feet. Be sure to bring some good walking shoes!

California Science Center is located roughly 40 minutes from our Long Beach apartments or our NoHo Arts District apartments.

Joshua Tree National Park

One of the best parts about California is how simple it is to get from the beaches to the mountains, and then somehow along the way, you can even end up in the desert! At just $25 per car, Joshua Tree will provide friends and family opportunity for hiking, climbing, exploring and plenty of picture taking along the way. If you want to turn this adventure into a weekend getaway, there are nine different campgrounds to choose from, providing you with the perfect destination to step out of your comfort zone and venture around a new part of California. With more than 8,000 climbing routes ranging from novice to experienced, this place is sure to get your heart pumpin’.

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