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160 acres (65 hectares) of unspoiled nature can be seen at the east point of the Santa Monica mountains at the Runyon Canyon Park. This pet friendly park has two southern entrances and a northern entrance at Mulholland Drive. Go for a hike or head to the play area where your kids can play. Keep your camera ready as celebrities are known to unwind here as well.
The Watts Towers is a local landmark in South L.A. Former construction worker Simon Rodia created the monument over a period of three decades, from 1921 to 1954. The monument is a melange of scrap metal, pipe structures, bed frames and thousands of seashells. The beauty of the object is Rodia's resourcefulness, it's a truly impressive piece of work for any artist, given its seventeen isolated units of sculpture. The towers can only be visited with a tour guide, and the landmark is only open Thursday through Saturday.
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Trail or the Culver City Stairs as it's known by locals is a hiking trail that winds its way to the top of the hill, and affords magnificent views of the city. Located right in the city center, this is a medium difficulty hike and takes you through the beautiful natural flora and fauna that's ensconced in the heart of the metropolis. One of the most romantic spots in the Culver, sunset is the best time to visit with your partner. Families can explore the park and enjoy picnics and activities in the outdoors.
An iconic attraction in Hollywood, Universal Studios is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys the thrill and excitement of a theme park. With a slate of ever-changing attractions, the park is a great outing for the whole family and can easily take up an entire day. After the guided tour, you can wander around the park, and get something to eat at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes scattered around its sprawl. Later, take in various shows like Waterworld or the Special Effects show. Some other park attractions that will definitely get your adrenaline pumping include the Revenge of the Mummy Ride, various rides at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the acclaimed King Kong 360-3D virtual ride.
Japanese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is one of the most visited and frequented places at The Huntington. With a marvelous and iconic landscape, a prominent moon bridge, koi-filled ponds and a vintage Japanese house of historical importance, this garden has remained as a place of fascination for more than 20 million visitors since its establishment in 1928. A five-room house created in Japan in 1904, was later shipped off to Pasadena and later acquired in 1911. Seifu-an (Arbor of Pure Breeze) is a ceremonial tea-house built in 1960s is found here as well. There also exists a Zen court and a bonsai collection created in 1968. In 2011, a year long restoration of the entire garden had taken place.