The quiet side of Los Angeles: 5 spots to help you slow down
One of the biggest benefits of living in Los Angeles is the possibility for constant excitement. You’re always just a few blocks away from something amazing to see or do. But a little slowdown can sometimes be welcome to escape the hustle and bustle of LA.
The city actually offers a plethora of hideaways – you just need to know where to look! We rounded up five quiet havens in Los Angeles that are perfect for relaxing and recharging the ole batteries. Plan a little escape from one of the world’s most lively cities, without actually leaving it!
1. Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Take time to stop and smell the flowers at this vast jigsaw of botanical gardens, arguably the most glorious in the entire region. Divided into a variety of themes, it includes a desert garden (this one goes out to all you cacti and succulent lovers), a jungle garden, and a Japanese garden. Both the gardens and the rest of this amazing research center are best approached in slow motion. Enjoy!
2. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Peacocks are the iconic symbols – and unofficial keepers – of this 127-acre natural and historic wonder. Here you can encounter rare and endangered plant species from all over the world, feed the ducks and geese (the garden is also an animal sanctuary), stroll through beautiful forests and waterfalls, and wander around numerous peaceful pathways. You can also choose to explore the garden by tram – even more relaxing.
3. Thien Hau Temple
Peace and serenity will definitely be discovered in the magical Thien Hau (Chua Ba Thien Hau in Vietnamese or Tian Hou Gong in Chinese), a colorful temple dedicated to Mazu, the Taoist goddess of the Sea. Thien Hau Temple is a cultural and spiritual place. Its enchanting exterior features dragons and beautifully crafted columns, standing out amidst the condo-jungle in Los Angeles Chinatown.
4. Central Library
So you’ve got a book craving. Does a choice of over ten million volumes sound appealing? Nestled between the sky-high buildings of Downtown LA, the Central Library is an art and architecture jewel from the 20s and the third largest central library in the U.S. Have fun looking for the distinctive sphinxes, gaze at the whimsical zodiac chandelier, or just get lost inside the pages of a really good book.
5. Marvin Braude Bike Trail (aka The Strand)
One of the most enjoyable ways to explore LA and its wonderful coastline is, of course, by bike. The beachside bike trail known as “The Strand” connects many of LA’s best beaches through a 22-mile flat, paved path. It’s popular with cyclists, joggers, and rollerbladers alike. Hop on your bike and let the good times roll (literally)! Terrific views and long stretches of warm sand are guaranteed.