The Getty Center in Los Angeles, part 1
I am fortunate to live just 90 miles from Los Angeles, one of the world’s great cities…. not that I specifically like L.A. I find it too busy; too smoggy; too much traffic parked on the freeways; freeways always under construction, never seeming to be completed….. It is one of those places that I like to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. Even visits are no more than once a year.
Yesterday Jim and I took off to visit the Getty Center.
I think it’s funny that driving time, using Google Maps, from my place to anywhere in Los Angeles County always shows a time of less than 60 miles in 60 minutes. Often I’ll get a second driving time that says something like “In current traffic.” I ignore the second driving time because there is always “current traffic” and it’s always bad.
We got home at 11:30 p.m., and traffic on the L.A. County roads an hour earlier was stop and go, averaging 20 mph or so. Not until we got to Orange County did the freeway widen from three lanes to seven lanes, and speeds increased up to 85 mph (not that I drove that fast………….maybe).
The Getty Center was completed in 1997, and ever since I saw pictures of it back then, I have always wanted to go. Never made it until yesterday. It did not disappoint; just the buildings and the Central Garden are worth the visit.
The entrance fee was a mere $15 per car! Compare that to the San Diego Zoo at $42 per person, or SeaWorld at $73 per person, and the Getty Center is a bargain bar none.
One cannot park at the Getty Center. Instead, cars are directed into a huge seven-story underground parking structure. From there a tram, which rides on a cushion of air, carries passengers up about 500 feet at 10 mph over a distance of ¾ mile to Entrance Plaza.
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