Finding Art and Beauty in Los Angeles

Working in a big city like Los Angeles can be a drain mentally and physically, which makes it all the more important to take time to stop and smell the roses. Fortunately, LA is full of hidden sanctuaries and they’re easily accessible if you request a ride with Uber. Check out these five havens for beauty and art:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The LACMA is a vast treasure trove of creativity right on Miracle Mile, displaying both ancient and modern art collections from every region of the world. LACMA’s large-scale art installations and outdoor sculptures set the museum apart. From Burden’s “Urban Light” to Tony Smith’s “Smoke,” you’ll come away with renewed perspective. And after you’ve fed your soul, you can feed your belly at the gourmet food trucks across the street. 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Getty Villa

From its Malibu hillside views to its ancient artifacts, the Villa transports visitors to another world. This rare replica of an ancient Greco-Roman villa, complete with aromatic historical gardens, café, and amphitheater, provides much food for thought. Be sure to take the architecture and garden tours for more insight. Admission is free, but requires advance reservations. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Norton Simon Museum

If you love Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Monet, Norton Simon‘s quality art collection is a must-see. Patrons linger at masterful paintings after meandering slowly around the sculpture garden’s pond, lost in thought. To continue contemplating, pick up an artistic journal at the museum store. If you rode with Uber and don’t have to worry about parking, enjoy a stroll in the European charm of Old Town Pasadena afterwards. 411 W. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105

Los Angeles Arboretum

Framed by mountains, the exquisite cultivated gardens of the Arboretum are inspired by flora around the world and offer peaceful respite from the fast pace of LA. Contemplate the meaning of life in the Aquatic Gardens, the Shakespeare Herb Garden, and the Madagascar Spiny Forest. Or just ponder the extravagant mating rituals of the resident peacocks. 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007

Griffith Observatory

Gazing up at the stars from Griffith Observatory has given hope to many a weary soul. Get inspired after a rough day by checking out the massive free telescopes and panoramic views at the top of Mt. Hollywood. To ensure more refreshing time in the crisp air while viewing magnified celestial bodies, avoid the crowded parking lots and shuttles by riding with Uber.2800 E . Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027

With so many easily accessible and inspiring places, Los Angeles isn’t all hustle and bustle. There’s plenty of art and beauty in LA, so make time to feed your soul today.