Photo courtesy of Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens
From its love affair with the automobile to endless entertainment options, Los Angeles is a city that's constantly on the go,. For travelers and locals alike, it's important to take a break from the fast pace of this global metropolis. Discover five of the best ways to chill out in Los Angeles, from coastal sunsets to hidden gardens and relaxing spas.
CHECK IN & CHILL OUT
Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but the heat wave that's currently gripping L.A. says otherwise. Check into the Hollywood Roosevelt and head straight to the Tropicana Pool, an urban oasis that features the celebrated David Hockney-painted pool, surrounded by lush foliage and exclusive Cabana rooms. This seductive retreat welcomes a trendy crowd day and night, when intimate conversations are whispered around glowing fire rings.
Enjoy L.A.'s endless summer at the city's top hotel swimming pools, which are sure to tempt you no matter when you visit. Read More →
UNWIND YOUR MIND
Photo courtesy of Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens, Facebook
Located in the historic West Adams District, the Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens (PALG) is a nonprofit spiritual center that opened in 2002. PALG was founded by, and is the headquarters of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA), a non-denominational, ecumenical church. Visitors are invited to "unwind the mind" by walking the stone labyrinth, modeled after the famous Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France. The Asian-themed meditation garden features 16 water fountains, a koi pond and several intimate seating areas for reflection and meditation.
For centuries, Los Angeles has welcomed a myriad of religions - some of L.A.'s most historic and important buildings are houses of worship. Read on for landmark religious buildings and sacred spaces in Los Angeles. Read More →
FIND YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN
Bathing Ritual | Photo courtesy of Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa
Looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city? Whether you want a quick massage or a full-day relaxation experience, L.A. has many incredible spas to meet a variety of pampering needs at a range of price points. Read More →
EXPERIENCE SPECTACULAR SUNSETS
Hermosa Beach Pier | Photo by Melissa Turner
For many visitors, their favorite memories of Los Angeles are the unforgettable sunsets. L.A.-based photographer Melissa Turner shares her favorite spots to capture L.A. in all of its Golden Hour glory. From world-famous Griffith Observatory to Hermosa Beach Pier, discover the top 10 places to photograph a sunset in Los Angeles. Read More →
DIVE INTO A HIDDEN GEM
Moon jellies | Photo courtesy of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Facebook
With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation. The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world. Read on for more under-the-radar sites and events to enjoy in San Pedro. Read More →