To View: The J. Paul Getty Museum

To View: The J. Paul Getty Museum(Courtesy of © J. Paul Getty Trust)You can’t traverse a single neighborhood in L.A. without stumbling upon a real-life architectural gem. Peppered with structures by A. Quincy Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright and Claud Beelman, the city is a love letter to Art Deco and mid-century design. But to me, no freestanding structure is quite as impressive or inspiring as the Getty Center.

To View: The J. Paul Getty MuseumThe other-worldly experience begins with a magnetic trolley ride to the top of a mountain, where the museum takes up a substantial piece of real-estate. The sprawling white marble compound offers uninterrupted views of the city, a slew of works by renowned artists and ample space to walk around and feast your eyes on architect Richard Meier’s extraordinary handiwork. 

There are few places in the city that offer this much uninterrupted beauty in one place. So relaxing is the experience, that I can easily spend an entire day wandering the manicured gardens and weaving in and out of galleries — all the while gathering inspiration from the artistic eye-candy. Word to the wise: Make sure to wear your walking shoes (flats, sandals or plain old tennies will do just fine). The grounds are vast, and the last thing you want to do is miss out on the splendor due to a poorly-planned footwear choice.
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