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5 free things to see and do while in LA
By JOHN ROGERS
Associated Press
2013-02-08 02:41 AM
It's been called, sometimes derisively, a collection of 72 suburbs in search of a city.

Still, there's a lot of stuff to see and do inside those 72 suburbs that are said to comprise Los Angeles, a place that at 469 square miles (2,214 square kilometers) is big enough to hold all of New York's five boroughs with enough room left over for San Francisco.

Much of what's here is ridiculously expensive, of course. Think the fancy eateries along La Cienega Boulevard or the trendy bottle-service clubs in Hollywood and elsewhere. But at the same time, there is an impressive array of just really cool things to see and do for absolutely nothing, from Hollywood to the beach.

Here is a modest list of just five:

HOLLYWOOD

The intersection of Hollywood and Highland is the crossroads for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where more than 2,400 terrazzo-and-brass stars containing the biggest names in the entertainment business can be viewed by just walking down the sidewalk. You'll find everyone from Clark Gable to Johnny Depp, Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep. You can also gaze upon a lot of people in that neighborhood who are dressed up to look just like some of the stars, especially Marilyn. But if you take their pictures they'll want money, so stop by instead at the courtyard to the famous Chinese Theatre. There you'll find the stars' names, and their hand and footprints, immortalized in concrete. There's everyone from Mary Pickford, who left her prints in 1927, to Robert De Niro, who put his there Feb. 4.

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DOWNTOWN

www.elpueblo.lacity.org

GRIFFITH PARK

www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithpk

VENICE BEACH

www.venicebeach.com

NETHERCUTT MUSEUM & COLLECTION

www.nethercuttcollection.org

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