10 Best Things to Do on the West Coast

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8) Los Angeles County Museum of Art/ La Brea Tar Pits

Thousands of years ago, natural asphalt seeped up through the ground, forming pools of natural tar. The remains of pre-historic animals that got trapped in the tar looking for food can still be seen in the outdoor pits and a small viewing museum on the grounds. Located in what is now a park in the attractive Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, the pre-historic museum sits adjacent to the much newer LA County Museum of Art. The LACMA, as it’s known, has rapidly acquired the reputation of being one of the country’s noteworthy art museums, housing a significant collection of world-renowned paintings, and acting as host to an ongoing series of traveling exhibitions. The Museum has its own café and gift shop, and shopping and dining in the famous Miracle Mile area of Wilshire Boulevard, just next door, make this visit a great adventure for the entire family.

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