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Map of Los AngelesHow is it possible to start summing up a city that’s impossible to define? Whether you are discussing the limitless sprawl of suburbs and districts or jolting contrast between soft beaches and sun-baked hills, the high culture of its art institutions or rip-roaring fun of its theme parks, LA isn’t easily categorized. Here are three things you should do while visiting Los Angeles:

Hollywood Sign

Installed in the year 1923 and initially spelling a real estate development, “Hollywoodland”, the sign was just meant to last for eighteen months.

The Golden Age of Hollywood arrival changed all that, and the sign has stayed on Mt. Lee inside Griffith Park ever since that time, and dropped “land” in the year 1949. The landmark was reconstructed in steel in the year 1978 and was last repainted in the year 2005. One easy vantage point in the basin includes the raised patio upon the north east corner of the Highland Center Mall and Hollywood, and there is one other on top of the parking garage of Home Depot on Sunset Blvd.

The Getty Center

Connected with its lower automobile park by a hovertrain, Getty Center is a multi-faceted attraction.

You will fall in love with Pritzker Prize-winner and architect, Richard Meier, the Cactus Garden, ever-changing Central Garden, outdoor sculpture, as well as the breathtaking views, not to mention the amazing art collection within. Permit as long as possible to check out the illuminated manuscripts, Flemish, Italian, and Dutch paintings from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, the massive variety of Impressionist paintings and elegant decorative arts.

Rembrandt Laughing (self-portrait, 1628) and Irisus by van Gogh (1889) shouldn’t be missed.

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

Among the globe’s amazing research libraries, the Huntington in San Marino, LA County, holds over 9M items, from the 1000s to the twenty-first century.

The Library Exhibition Hall, for an everyday visitor, draws from those massive reserves, and shows an intriguing miscellany, from documents from Abraham Lincoln’s life to Medieval manuscripts.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is in 120 acres of botanical. lush gardens, with incredible living collections of camellias, cycads, bonsai, and orchids.

It’s possible to stroll past lily ponds, and through a desert garden, subtropical garden, Chinese garden and Japanese garden.

Do not ignore the trove of sculpture, painting and decorative arts in the Huntington Art Gallery that have works by Gainsborough, Rogier van der Weyden, and American artists such as Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, and Edward Hopper.

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