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  • RandS_TX
    houston271 contributions
    This was a remarkable museum filled with art, scuplture, and manuscripts. While the tickets are free, it costs $20 to park. That wouldn't be bad for a party of 4 but I was traveling solo. It was still worth the price. Each building has 2 floors and galleries are a little confusing. I would do each building, one at a time starting on the first floor and then going to the second. The galleries are numbered on the entry so just go in order. The grounds are beautiful, as well.
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • Keren R
    12 contributions
    I come here every Sunday, this is one my favorite places, you have a great view from the mountain, Usually I go up walking and I enjoy the views
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Steve M
    Oak Park, IL129 contributions
    Made a stop here after ending my Rte 66 voyage from Chicago to LA and so glad I did. I've been a car nut for nearly 50 years, so I very much enjoyed the museum. Much of the main museum has rotating exhibits. When I was there there was a James Bond movie car display that was ridiculously thorough. The hyper car display was also cool. The highlight for me though was the self-guided tour of the Vault. It's an added cost, but we'll worth it. These are cars currently not on exhibition. It had everything including brass era classics, hot rods, low riders, movie amd TV cars and everything in between.
    Written 17 May 2022
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  • Mike O
    Germany4 contributions
    You should visit this Museum. Great day showing respect to the Armed Forces. There are several Ship Museums but this is one of the best.
    Written 26 April 2022
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  • Osa
    51 contributions
    Top notch art in a top notch contemporary environment. The building is as interesting as the art it holds. Inspiring and well worth a visit.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • 1Harry Donnelly!
    17 contributions
    A beautiful place, marred only by the pony rides. This is the wrong way to teach children about animals. There are plenty of animal refuges in the area that a child’s growing brain can absorb of the true purpose of animals, as compared to being spoon fed cruelty with the rides. Thank you very much.
    Written 16 April 2022
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA2,162 contributions
    We walked around the shopping area. Upscale shops and stores. Farmers market nearby. It is worth a stop. There is a lot to see and do.
    Written 14 March 2022
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  • Vic S
    Greenville, SC395 contributions
    It's like a visit to Jurassic Park, we were supposed to go to academy award museum but they wouldnt let my son in (really) two years after covid while no masks are required in public places in CA...so we headed out of the parking lot and followed our noses to the Pits. It is so cool, after 4/430 pm its half price and you can do the museum in thirty minutes without the show. The last show was 4 so we missed it, but this place is out of this world.. Oil is still bubbling to the surface in the lagoons, and over 1 M (yes million) fossils have been pulled from the pits. So lumber on over, La Brea tar pits is great fun for young raptors to old geezersaurus
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Andromeda
    10 contributions
    Seeing Disney Hall was a priority for us when we visited LA, and it did not disappoint. It's a spectacular Frank Gehry building, with a concert hall that has superb acoustics. It is open to the public almost every day to come in and wander around, using their self-guided audio tours or not. There is a lovely peaceful garden off the third level if you just want to sit and veg out. We were lucky enough to get tickets to an LA Phil concert with Dudamel conducting so had the full experience.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Lena K
    Fullerton, CA205 contributions
    On a non-school day, my granddaughter and I visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Tickets must first be purchased online, selecting day and time of planned visit. Face masks must be worn at all times, except when eating.
    We also reserved tickets for the "Becoming Jane" exhibit on Jane Goodall. We both enjoyed the exhibit, which included a tent simulating what Jane lived in when she was in Africa. My granddaughter really enjoyed mimicking the chimpanzee's sounds alerting that a snake is nearby. There is a small restaurant to get a snack or lunch and plenty of indoor and covered outdoor seating. The gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs, toys, gifts.
    Written 13 February 2022
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  • vacationaholic
    Central Oregon, OR345 contributions
    An absolute must for visiting LA and to see the sights and the Hollywood sign. We went on a week day, intending to end towards dusk. At the top of the canyon, can see out to the harbor and inland. It was beautiful. Lot's of people, but didn't feel crowded. Will go again.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • BronteBucket
    Harrogate, UK568 contributions
    Loved this quiet corner of Venice. We were there very early at 8am and so the walkways very quiet, only a few joggers and dog walkers around, the houses were truly gorgeous with cute gardens and decorations. Great for the ‘which one would you buy?’ game. The developer has wanted to recreate the feel of Venice, Italy, which is a bit of a stretch but I get what he was trying to do. I definitely left with house envy! We probably spent about 45 minutes wandering until we had seen enough.
    Written 24 April 2022
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  • buckfedex
    Los Angeles, CA3 contributions
    . Its a little out of the way but well worth the drive. You must make reservations to go into the other building to see where the cool cars are. The music room at the top was great
    Written 15 January 2021
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  • Kellylouisegibson
    Manchester, UK689 contributions
    We visited the stadium as we're road tripping California from the UK. I don't really understand baseball it was more a trip for us to see and experience.

    The parking was $30 so we found a free park about 30 minute walk in as $30 to park when you've paid hundreds for your tickets is a joke.

    Then I got to the gate and she said I can't take my bag in it has to be clear/see through. My bag only had my purse and camera in. It was tiny my bag. So as we had parked so far away we couldn't take it back to the car so had to use a locker they provide at $10 absolute joke again. So I handed my empty bag over to them as I took my purse out and camera out to take into the stadium. So I paid 10 dollars for them to store an empty bag.

    Then we got inside to find it was $8 for a bottle of water and $10 for a fizzy drink. Bare in mind the drink isn't refillable so you have to buy another $10 drink.
    The pizza we got was $16 and it was rubbish so dry snd small and we couldn't eat the crust it was that solid.

    We asked for help to find our seats and a guy told us where they were so we sat there but after an hour got moved as we were in the wrong seats. I explained that we were told it was here. We were actually up to floor 7 so had to miss a chunk of the beginning of the game to go to seats higher up using stairs/escalators etc.

    Then we go to our seats which were in direct sun light so we are both burnt now so it has ruined our first day experiencing LA.

    My photos look like I had a nice time but we were actually fuming the whole time.

    Feel ripped off to be honest.

    Note that the lady said it tells you when you book your ticket to bring a clear bag. It actually doesn't tried to find it on website.
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • AurMad
    Dallas, TX8 contributions
    I love Union Station in LA. It's centrally located and actually serves as a transportation hub as well as being close to everything downtown.
    I appreciate being able to reach Union Station from LAX on the Flyaway bus.
    The Amtrak lounge works well, too, despite the Covid issues which we're all having to accommodate.
    Written 13 September 2021
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