Discover the best top things to do in La Canada Flintridge, United States including Descanso Gardens, Mt Wilson MTB Adventure, Norton Simon Museum, The Americana at Brand, Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 168 Fitness, Mount Wilson Observatory, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Griffith Observatory, The Gamble House.
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Located 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens is a botanical garden and place of year-round natural beauty, with internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Accredited by the American Association of Museums as a museum of living collections, Descanso Gardens welcomes 250,000 visitors annually. The principal collections include California native plants and oak woodlands; one of the largest concentration of camellia plants in the Western Hemisphere; a rose garden with specimens from all corners of the globe; and significant presentations of lilacs, maple trees, cherry trees and iris. It has been designated an International Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.
This review pertains to the Enchanted Forest, a holiday-themed, evening walk through the gardens that is offered in November, December and part of January. Tickets must be booked in advance with a timed entry. Although people were parking on the street, there was parking the lot, so I recommend trying that first. It can get cold after dark this time of year in SoCal, so dress accordingly. It takes about 90 minutes to walk through the various areas - the trees and other areas are magnificently lit was different colored, changing LEDs and there are a number of other surprises that are fun for kids and adults. Food and drink (including adult beverages) are available, but the lines can be long and it isn't inexpensive. I'm not sure we will go every year, but the entire family was really happy we went this time. One last tip, since there are lots of people moving all around, it was a bit dusty, so casual wear is appropriate and those people in "dating" attire didn't seem as comfortable.
5 based on 38 reviews
Mt Wilson MTB Adventures provides amazing mountain bike tours and adventures in the Mt Wilson regional area. Tours are available in full day and half day increments and suitable for all riding abilities.
Most people think of shuttling as a way of "cheating" so you don't need to climb, but for those of us that love to climb, shuttles are still a vital part of the riding experience. The ability to be dropped off deep in the mountains...MoreThank you. We have been saying for a long time, this shuttle provides access just as much as "gravity assist." Thank you for the kind words.
5 based on 1 reviews
The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a 30-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, acquired by the former Pasadena Art Museum, also occupies an important place in the Museum’s collections.
Not a large collection, but what gems! In two hours you can easily see the best of French 18th and 19th-century painting, some Italian and Dutch and Netherlandish paintings not see in the U.S otherwise. The Hans Memling Christ Giving His Blessing from 1478 is worth the trip from anywhere and then there are two Rembrandts, a superb Diego Rivera, a wonderful Vigee Le Brun portrait of Theresa, not to mention many Degas sculptures and probably the finest collection of Cambodian Angkor Period sculpture in the U.S.
4.5 based on 402 reviews
Excellent planning that resulted in a well thought out multiple purpose community center: fine retail outlets, inviting outdoor gathering areas, wonderful fountain, trolley, wide variety of dining options, excellent seasonal decor, safe and clean parking garages.
5 based on 6 reviews
The oldest children's bookstore in the nation, established in 1966, this neighborhood touchstone engages the reading community with the best selected titles, hand-picked greeting cards, exquisite gift items for all ages and a warm and knowledge staff. Numerous author booksignings, storytimes and book & writing clubs for all ages.
I collect children's books - so I hit any kid's book store I can find. I'm always looking for new recommendations.
The owner of Once Upon A Time is truly delightful and loves children's literature. I was very impressed at the LA Festival of Books with the number of authors she helped to pull into the event.
Thoughtful and fun selection - better than any chain or dot com could be! Worthy of your business!
5 based on 6 reviews
168 Fitness is a great place to work out if you are serious about reaching your goals. Chad and Ana train you to properly do your workouts so you are able to make the most out of your group exercises. Their approach is realistic and highly enjoyable. I always leave happier than when I first walk into the studio. 168 IS AWESOME!
4.5 based on 53 reviews
Located high above the Los Angeles basin, this observatory offers the best astronomical viewing in America.
Absolutely wonderful experience where we scheduled a summer fun learning expedition high atop Mt Wilson touring the observatory that to this very day is currently employed by astronomers still researching the stars, planets & galaxies above! Lots of captivating history of this phenomenal place as our tour guide, Jed, offered extremely knowledgeable facts, dates, names figures of Mt Wilson and at the same time would tell stories of old making the tour all the more intriguing for us all. We "Highly" recommend Mt Wilson as an event you need to plan as unlike The Griffith Observatory, with all due respect is commercialized, Mt Wilson is truly an observatory that is real & in operation today used by scientist from around the world as well as USC & UCLA Colleges. During the 1pm 2 hr tour we got to see many of the telescopes & was allowed in the 100 ft. tower where a "100 Ton" telescope is still currently in use. There is also in theory the "Worlds Largest" Telescope on site! There are wonderful hiking trails close by & picnic areas if you wish to have lunch with the family or café with basic food & drinks to quench your appetite. The aprox 5700ft elevation offers spectacular views of the city below on one side & Pacifico Mtn, and the 10,000ft San Antonio Mtn. on the other side! This trip/tour is fun for families, couples, singles, adventurists, outdoor enthusiast, hikers, bikers, walkers etc. Do check out the online website for more detailed information however there is no phone # to call for personal q & a.
High elevation provides slightly cooler weather up there & very nice breeze at times makes it very pleasant even during a heat spell when we went. We loved this trip & are planning to make this an annual event for the family!
4.5 based on 207 reviews
This famous cemetery has dozens of fancy Hollywood tributes and exhibits, and it attracts over one million annual visitors.
On a Sunday, very few people there. Very pretty driving around. Stopped at information just inside the entrance and got a map, calendar of events and fancy Great Mausoleum tour guide. If you are a Christian, the mausoleum will both strengthen and inform your faith. And if you are not a Christian, go for the art, museum, and beauty. Don't miss the Crucifixion and Resurrection paintings, with narration - check the website for days and hours. Whole thing not to be missed!
4.5 based on 16 reviews
A public observatory owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles for the benefit of all. Located in on Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Observatory offers a planetarium, exhibits, public telescopes, cafe, bookstore, and the best views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission is free, and visitors may drive directly to the Observatory and park in its lots and roads.
We were unable to get to the observatory because of the crowds. So recommend you go there way before the opening Cars were parked everywhere. Many walked a great distance uphill to get there
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This historic landmark, owned and operated by the University of Southern California, is an excellent example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture.
All the tours to the Gamble House is escorted. You cannot view the house on your own. The house is interesting. What makes the tour really fun, is the history provided by the tour guide. The "Gamble" is the Proctor & Gamble, Gamble. He and his wife were very committed to nature and the house reflects the care in planning the layout. Caution - you need to "reserve" a slot. The guides are broken into one hour segments. The first day we went (in the afternoon) all slots were taken. So, we made a reservation for the next day. And, then, not all time slots were available ( sold out). I recommend going a couple of days earlier, make the reservation and then return.
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