5 FREE Things to Do in Southern California

Sightseeing is such a great way for host families to bond with their foreign exchange students, creating shared memories and exploring the best the United States has to offer! Each family's city has its own local character and sightseeing opportunities, but it's always fun to venture a little further and take a student to see some of the more iconic sightseeing locations in a host family's geographic region. Whether it's a day trip into San Francisco, a weekend trip to visit the nation's capital, or an outing to a major museum, students love to add to their list of things they got to see and do while in the U.S., and host families get the opportunity to be a tourist in their own city, sometimes experiencing these places themselves for the first time!

While AmeriStudent has host families and students all over the U.S., many are here in Southern California. Here are five FREE sightseeing ideas for host families looking to show their students around L.A.!

Homestay in Southern California

1. The Beach!

Of course, one of the most iconic things about Southern California is the beach! Whether it's boogie boarding at Zuma in Malibu, a stroll along the Ventura Boardwalk, or full day at Third Street, the beach, and the Santa Monica Pier, visiting a Southern California beach is a must!

2. Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market -Tourist Spot in CA for International StudentsLocated in downtown Los Angeles, the Market is both a historic and iconic L.A. site and modern hot spot for foodies. And if you don't feel like sitting in traffic, try taking the Metrolink to Union Station and walk to the Market, exploring downtown L.A. as you go!


Getty Museum -Tourist Spot in CA for International Students

3. The Getty Museum

The Getty houses an impressive collection of art spanning multiple centuries, and the beautiful grounds offer great views of Santa Monica and Los Angeles on clear days. Check their calendar for special events and exhibits!

4. Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame - Tourist Spot in CA for International Students

What's a trip to Los Angeles without some Hollywood magic? Take a walk along the bustling and iconic stretch of Hollywood Boulevard where hundreds of movie stars and celebrities have left their handprints and signatures.


5. Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive-Tourist Spot for International Students


Even if you're not looking to purchase anything, Southern California offers a multitude of places to window shop and stroll along with your student. There's the famous Rodeo Drive and similarly upscale South Coast Plaza in Orange County, The Grove in Los Angeles, and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, to name just a few!




Did we miss any iconic SoCal sightseeing locales? Or do you have any suggestions for hidden gems you've visited with your student? Let us know in the comments!

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