Glittering Aerial Views of L.A. from the Getty Museum
Perched atop a stunning hill in the Santa Monica Mountains, the J. Paul Getty Museum overlooks the vast cityscape of the greater Los Angeles area. Its exceptional contemporary architecture, wide array of pre-20th century art, colorful gardens, and panoramic views are its crowning glories and offer no chance of boredom. Richard Meier, the architect, built almost the entire complex with travertine stone, giving it a sterile, slightly futuristic vibe. The best part of the museum is its breathtaking panoramic view of the Los Angeles skyline. Because the museum is situated on a hilltop and you have to take a tram to get to the very top, everything below from the famous HOLLYWOOD sign to the multimillion dollar celebrity homes in Beverly Hills is clearly visible from that perfect vantage point. Expect to spend all day, just so you can make full use of the museum and get the guided educational tours and catch a surreal glimpse of the LA skyline at night with the blazing lights. Oh, and admission is free.
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from the travertine-clad heights...
The Getty Center, perched on the hills above Brentwood in Los Angeles, is one of America's great museums. Free to the public and accessible via a computer-operated tram, the complex is a citadel of art and education, all covered in Italian travertine, designed by architect Richard Meier. (It's estimated that the final costs for this state-of-the-art campus totaled just over a billion dollars.) On a clear day, the views over the city to the Pacific from the garden terraces can compete with what's inside the center's various galleries. No visit to Los Angeles is complete without spending at least half a day at the Getty Center. http://www.getty.edu/
The Getty is choc-full of art, but don't miss the lovely exteriors. There are multiple installations and gardens to explore. Some people make it a tradition to bring a picnic to enjoy on one of the lawns.