Los Angeles: Getting to the Getty

Getty Center, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is synonymous with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the sprawling mansions of Beverly Hills and, the place where you probably have more chances to bump into a celebrity than any other place in the world.

Beverly Hills mansion, Los Angeles

Walk of Fame, Hollywood

El Capitan Theater, Hollywood

Chinese Theater, Hollywood

But, after a walk down Hollywood Boulevard, a stop for a picture at the Chinese Theater and a tour of the Stars homes, driving a bit further afield to the Santa Monica Mountains, the Getty Center is waiting to be explored.

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

This striking complex designed by the architect Richard Meier, let visitors wonder around five pavilions, gardens and the chance to view beautiful things, both inside the museum and outside; views of Los Angeles can be enjoyed from one of the many terraces.

View from Getty Center, Los Angeles

The site is accessed by boarding one of the driver-less trams that take visitors from the lower tram station at street level to the central arrival plaza. Entrance to the Getty Center is free; visitors can view the permanent collection of the Getty Museum with paintings, sculptures and photographs and also have access to a number of changing exhibitions.

Getty Center driver-less tram, Los Angeles

Outside, the buildings will please architecture lovers with lines, curves and glass and plenty of white marble.

Getty Center building, Los Angeles

Water feature at Getty Center, Los Angeles

Gardens are also an important element of the Getty Center; the Central Garden is an ever changing space with trees, flowers, walkways and a stream with water ending in a small pool.

Central Garden at Getty Center, Los Angeles

At the South Promontory, a cactus garden offers beautiful views of the buildings of Los Angeles in the distance.

Cactus Garden at Getty Center, Los Angeles

There are a number of places for eating and drinking at the Getty Center, including a restaurant and a cafe in the Restaurant Building and the Terrace Cafe with tables outside overlooking the Central Garden.

Terrace Cafe at Getty Center, Los Angeles

There is also the possibility to have a picnic by purchasing picnic boxes online in advance to be collected on the day of the visit or, the budget alternative, to bring your own picnic.

Eating at Getty Center, Los Angeles

As the Getty Center is closed on Mondays, it is probably a good idea to schedule the visit to one of the other attractions in the Los Angeles area on this day.

Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

Top of the list, it is probably going to be a trip to the Universal Studios, where a whole day can be spent touring the sets on a specially adapted tram, learning about special effects and attend one of the stunt shows on offer.

Universal Studios, Los Angeles

Universal Studios view, Los Angeles

Superheroes sculpture, Universal Studios, Los Angeles

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