Getty Center, Los Angeles1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles
Perched in the hills above the Westside of Los Angeles in Brentwood, the Getty Center looks like an elevated modernist city, its pearl-beige walls as compelling as the art collection they enclose. Park your car and take a five-minute tram ride to this glorious six-building compound with extensive city-skyline and ocean views. Designed by Richard Meier as a tribute to culture and landscape, the Getty was constructed with 16,000 US tons/14,500 metric tonnes of Italian travertine. You’ll need half a day to take in the hundreds of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and photographs, as well as the outdoor sculpture gardens and fountains.