Fortunately, you don’t need the bank account of a celebrity or internet mogul to enjoy all that the best USA cities have to offer. From within brilliant blue seas to glittering concrete jungles, there are plenty of things to do that won’t cost you a dime.
Attend a TV show taping
Scoring a spot in the studio audience of shows like Ellen or The Big Bang Theory is the best way to spot Hollywood's biggest stars.
Griffith Park stargazing
Roam, picnic and play in Griffith Park and when night falls, look to the stars through the Zeiss telescope at the Griffith Observatory.
People-watch in Venice Beach
Venice is a quirky hangout where beatnik artists flog their wares along Ocean Front Walk and eccentric characters wander the beachfront.
Take a hike
Runyon Canyon, Hollywood's A-list workout trail, rewards hikers with epic panoramas of Downtown LA and Beverly Hills.
Get snap-happy on Mural Mile
Wander around Van Nuys Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley to discover over 50 eye-popping masterpieces.
New York City
Ride the Staten Island Ferry
Get up close to Lady Liberty against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline on the Staten Island Ferry.
Cross the Brooklyn Bridge
Don your pavement pounding shoes for the 'almost-two-kilometre' walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn over this iconic suspended bridge.
Hop(s) on a brewery tour
Craft beers have taken the globe by sudsy storm, and at the Brooklyn Brewery you can meet the makers of this fine ale with free tours on Saturdays.
Friday nights at the Museum of Modern Art
With free tickets from 4pm, the museum stays open late so you can get your fix of media-based masterpieces, interactive exhibits and larger-than-life sculptures.
Walk the High Line
This elevated abandoned railway on the West Side has been converted into a public park with lookouts and foodie events.
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Sea lions at Pier 39
A mainstay on the city's celebrated waterfront, a visit to San Francisco is incomplete without peering at these mammoth sea animals as they laze away on the docks.
Wind down Lombard Street
Picture-perfect thanks to beds of vibrant blooms and stately Victorian mansions, snap a few photos and walk or drive down this famous crooked street.
Visit the Cable Car Museum
See the wheels and cogs that pull the cables of San Francisco's iconic mode of transport at the Cable Car Museum.
Marvel at the Painted Ladies
See the immaculate row of Victorian homes in Alamo Square contrasting against the glimmering downtown skyscrapers.
Slip and slide in the Castro
Hidden near Seward Street is a labyrinth of concrete slides. Perfect for the young and young at heart, BYO cardboard to slide on!
Stroll the Strip
There's no better way to experience the neon splendour of the world's party capital than by strolling down the sidewalk.
Watch the Fountains at Bellagio
As synonymous to Vegas as slot machines, the graceful fountains deliver a multi-sensory show of water, music and light.
Stop and smell the roses
Every few months, master horticulturalists at the Bellagio install fanciful floral wonderlands to mark the seasons.
Fun at the circus
Performers at Circus Circus stun onlookers with jaw-dropping highwire stunts and death-defying trapeze performances every half hour.
Dance in the street
Kick up your heels at Fremont Street's light show – an audio/visual spectacular displayed on a gigantic vision canopy (the size of five football fields).
Climb up Diamond Head
Honolulu's looming peak rewards hikers of all fitness levels with spectacular 360-degree island vistas.
Soak up the sun on Waikiki Beach
It doesn't cost a penny to soak up some rays and make a splash at one of the world's most famous beaches.
Discover the historical side of Waikiki
Beyond the beach is a cultural trail of 23 significant sites, including the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku.
Pay your respects at the Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is a poignant reminder of the origins of World War II, and over 2,000 free tickets are given out each day.
Do the hula
On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, Kuhio Beach Park bursts to life in a beautiful spectacle of hula dancers and traditional Hawaiian tunes.