One of the first things that we wanted to do upon arriving in LA is to visit the Getty Villa and the Getty Center. Both are perched high enough to provide wonderful views of the city and it environs. While the Getty Villa gives us a look at what an ancient Pompeiian or Roman villa would have looked like, the Getty Center lends a more modern, futuristic look in its architecture and art collection.
I highly recommend going to both. The two places are unlike other museums in that you’re constantly melding the beauty of the outside with the unique art collection inside. Often in art museums, visitors are consumed by the interior, that is the building’s architectural splendor and exhibits. At the Getty Villa as well as at the Center, one can take a break from admiring the artworks with walks outside to take in majestic views of the LA landscape.