Best hotels and activities during your visit to Los Angeles

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Known to most as the 'City of Angels,' Los Angeles is home to sandy beaches, beautiful mansions and a list of notable celebrities.

While the city boasts wonderful attractions, the entertainment capital of the world also has a rich background. Not only is L.A. home to Walk of Fame's collection of stars, but it is currently the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice.

With a history like that, it's no surprise the city had over 44 million visitors in 2014 alone.

As the summer time and vacation season slowly lurks around the corner, we've compiled a list of of affordable hotels and attractions to prepare you for a perfect trip to the sunny city.

BEST HOTELS:

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Regency Inn Los Angeles

Address: 2378 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, Los AngelesCA 

Average rate per night: $115

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Mama Shelter Los Angeles

Address: 6500 Selma AveLos AngelesCA

Average rate per night: $169

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Hollywood Celebrity Hotel

Address: 1775 Orchid AveLos AngelesCA

Average rate per night: $189 

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Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX / Century Blvd

Address: 5933 W. Century BlvdLos AngelesCA 

Average rate per night: $198

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Hotel Angeleno

Address: 170 North Church LaneLos AngelesCA

Average rate per night: $230    

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BEST MODE OF TRANSPORTATION:

LA Metro

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Single ride: $1.75
7-day pass: $25
30-day pass: $100

FREE AND CHEAP THINGS TO DO:

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Gaze at the stars and the skyline at the Griffith Observatory

Take a walking tour of Exposition Park.

Get a brief history of Hollywood and view the Walk of Fame at the TCL Chinese Theatre

Walk the Sunset Strip in one of Los Angeles most iconic neighborhoods. 

Spend the day at Venice Beach

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SIGHTS TO SEE:

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Composed of three routes, the Mt Hollywood Trailthe Canyon Blvd Trail, and the Cahuenga Peak Trail, hiking up to the Hollywood sign is a staple activity in Los Angeles. Once you reach the top, you can view the beautiful city limits of L.A. 

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall has become one of the premiere concert halls in the city since opening its doors in 2003. It boasts one-of-a-kind architecture and even offers free tours, the only catch: they are self-guided ones.

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The city's historic public library is a must-see. The library offers free walking tours and provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology

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A small snippet of The Getty Trust - the world's largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts - the Getty Center offers various tours of all types of art. 

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One of the most interactive centers, the California Science Center is open to the general public seven days a week, 362 days a year -- with free general admission to its permanent exhibit galleries. 

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