For those of you who speak Spanish, The La Brea Tar Pits is quite a redundant name, but I assure you, “The La Brea Tar Pits” is how we refer to it here. (For my non-Spanish speakers, “La Brea” means “The Tar,” so when you call them The La Brea Tar pits, you’re saying “The The Tar Tar Pits.” Fun fact.)
I’m always on the hunt for local places to explore that are inexpensive to visit, and I’ll be honest, this one pushed my budget a little over the edge. La Brea is located a mile away from The Grove, for those of you familiar with the area. I frequently park in a Beverly Hills neighborhood and walk when I visit The Grove to evade the high price of parking.
Boasting one of the best views in Los Angeles, the Getty Museum is not one to be missed for both locals and visitors.
The museum itself is completely, entirely, absolutely FREE! (Parking will cost you $15, but pack the car with all your family or friends, paying for parking is worth it considering the alternatives are walking a couple of miles or taking the metro for $1.75 each direction. Unless you’re going by yourself, save yourself some time and pay to park.)
I am very excited to introduce my first group of weekly posts, TRAVEL NEAR, named after my slogan. Each week I will feature my favorite local travel destination (local to wherever I am based at the time, that is).
I don’t like to only think of travel as venturing hundreds of miles. You can be a tourist in your own town, too, and I do so as often as possible. In a city as big as Los Angeles, it isn’t hard to find a new place to visit.
Find a new TRAVEL NEAR post here each Thursday, and find my old near travels in the menu bar under the same name.