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Explore Santa Monica

7 Must-Visit Neighborhoods on the Train From Santa Monica to Downtown LA

The city’s newest light rail train route, known as the Expo Line, connects beachside Santa Monica to Downtown LA in just 45 minutes and costs just $1.75 to ride. And along the way, there are endless neighborhoods where travelers can hop off and live like locals.

Discover Los Angeles: a First-Time Visitor’s Guide

Discover the city of Los Angeles - whether you're up for Hollywood sights and downtown museums, or look for the beach vibes in Santa Monica and Venice, you'll find something great to explore.
the ferris wheel at santa monica

9 Places to Live and Eat Green in Santa Monica

You can travel responsibly in Santa Monica at these spots around Los Angeles where you can live and eat green while exploring the city.
Los Angeles skyline from Echo Park

7 Non-Touristy Things to Do in LA

There are plenty of great non-touristy things you can experience when you visit LA, and when you see the city like a local, you’ll get to love it even more. Take a look at just a few of our favorite off-the-beaten path things to do in Los Angeles.

The Volunteer Bringing Stand-Up Comedy to LA Hostellers

For one of LA's best comedy nights, head to HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel. Michael Magid runs the weekly shows, in which local comedians perform in English for a group of LA community members and international hostel guests.
Beach Boardwalk in LA

Free For All: Los Angeles

Most travelers assume that to have fun in Los Angeles, you’re going to have to spend like a movie star. But, lucky for you, Los Angeles is massive and offers an abundance of free activities. From beaches and lighthouses to music and art, here’s a look at some of the great free activities and attractions Los Angeles has to offer.The home of Popeye, giant sea bass, roller coasters, and more! Free hour-long tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and noon.

Santa Monica Pier and Beach

How Long Do You Need to Visit Los Angeles?

How much time should you give yourself to visit Los Angeles? It all depends on what you want to do while you’re here! This city’s got a little something for everyone, from beaches and hiking to theme parks, museums, and celebrity sightings. We recommend staying at least three days and three nights at HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel to give yourself time to explore the best of LA. But for those with a little more time, there’s always more to explore.

HI LA Santa Monica courtyard

How to Visit LA on a Budget and Without a Car

When my sister and I arrived at HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel for a quick SoCal vacation, we had two rules: no cars, and no budget splurges. Despite our posh surroundings in Santa Monica and LA’s well known car culture, we were determined to keep our feet on the ground and spare our credit cards a work out as much as possible. Fortunately, it turns out there’s plenty to do in and around Santa Monica, even without a car or a lot of cash!

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