18 Beautiful Places You Probably Didn't Know Were In Los Angeles
It's not all skyscrapers and beautiful people.
1. Wayfarers Chapel
2. Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
3. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
4. Eames House
5. The Getty Villa
6. Mount Baden-Powell
7. Bradbury Building
8. Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Location: Pacific Palisades
This "spiritual sanctuary" was founded in 1950 by meditation guru Paramahansa Yogananda, and is home to a wide array of plant and animal life from across the globe. It's a hugely popular destination among tourists who want to relax and find inner peace in their lives.
9. The Last Bookstore
10. Virginia Robinson Gardens
11. Watts Towers
12. Descanso Gardens
13. Murphy Ranch
Location: Rustic Canyon
This abandoned Nazi base was originally built in 1933 by Winona and Norman Stephens, and came with a sizable water storage tank, fuel tank, bomb shelter, and bunkers surrounding the compound. The site is now owned by the city of Los Angeles, and despite repeated calls for its demolition, it remains a popular attraction for hikers and tourists.
14. Mount Baldy
15. Malibu Creek State Park
16. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
17. Sandstone Peak
Location: Santa Monica Mountains
Sandstone Peak offers some of the most memorable views you'll ever experience in sunny, Southern California. It's perfect for hikers, rock climbers, and all around nature enthusiasts.
18. Sunken City
Location: San Pedro
This too-cool-for-school surf spot was forged in 1929, when a landslide caused a number of homes to fall into the ocean. It's also close by to a few other notable San Pedro tourist destinations, including the Point Fermin Lighthouse, Cabrillo Beach, and the Korean Friendship Bell.