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There are plenty of places to read about things to do in LA (and you should) but if you want to skip the major tourist attractions and sceney restaurants and just chill like a local, try these spots — all tested and approved by yours truly.  You could even hit them all in a day and it won't cost you more than fifty smackers.

1 Day, 50 Dollars: Conquering Los Angeles Like a Local (Apartment Therapy Main)

10 tourist spots in LA - Things to do when people visit. #LA #losangeles #thingstodo

10 tourist spots in LA - Things to do when people visit. oh this is going to be PERFECT over thanksgiving break, hello international college student trip!

These 5 L.A. hot spots will have you falling in love with the City of Angels all over again. (Sponsored by @aldoshoes)

5 L.A. Hot Spots Actually Worth The Hype

Hit the PCH, stop at the Malibu Pier, and don't be disheartened by the crowds of fishers and tourists. At the end of the boardwalk, towering the Pacific Ocean, is the bohemian Malibu Farm.

Things to do in Los Angeles: Cheap or Free ideas for college students! // Life, Love, and Lace Blog

So I'm going to brag about one of my favorite cities for a little bit. I know I have some readers who aren't from the Los Angeles area and are interested in what there is to do around here- tourist.

Los Angeles Griffith Observatory via losangelesaerial | California Feelings

UpOut is the discriminating guide to the best weird events, underground culture, and unique parties.

Vista Hermosa Park in Los Angeles http://www.welikela.com/free-places-breathtaking-views-los-angeles/

Vista Hermosa Park bench with a background shot of downtown Los Angeles.

The Library Bar in LA features a stellar craftsman beer list, comfortable seats and if you're hungry, the barkeep hands you a menu and a phone so you can place a delivery order from the Wolfgang Puck Gourmet Express next door.

10 Amazing Geek Bars and Restaurants

10 Amazing Geek Bars and Restaurants (geek bar, geek restaurant) - ODDEE

#Moved to Los Angeles? Check out these five tips for #LA newbies.

Moved to Los Angeles – Five Tips for L.A. Newbies

And if you need snow, it& just a car ride away in places like Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and Yosemite.

Driving in Los Angeles Tips

Tips for Driving in LA Without Losing Your Sanity

Los Angeles has some unique driving customs. Here are some tips for Driving in Los Angeles so you don't stand out as a tourist.

Perch restaurant in downtown la @Gregory Huebner

Images from the Perch in downtown Los Angeles