America’s Top Free Attractions | The Getty Center | Los Angeles, California

2013blogs_feb6Located in the middle of West Los Angeles, the Getty Center is an absolute must for tourists and locals alike. Take a break from the bustle of the city and spend an afternoon at the Getty Center. The beautiful white stone buildings, perfectly manicured gardens, and breathtaking views of the city are sure to impress you.

2013blogs_feb82013blogs_feb7Your visit begins with a tram ride up to the Getty Center. When you arrive make sure to grab a map, which you’ll need to navigate the many buildings and gardens. The museums include permanent and rotating collections of paintings, sculpture, photography, and more, including some very famous pieces by the likes of Van Gogh and Gauguin. Check out the event calendar for tours and presentations. Step outside and take in the view of Los Angeles below you! After you’ve explored the art, venture over to the gardens. The trademark circular hedges are surrounded by walking paths and over 500 types of trees and flowers.

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America’s Top Free Attractions | Pike’s Market | Seattle, Washington

2013blogs_feb2Called “The Emerald City” because of its lush forests and parks, Seattle is truly a gem. The city is a great spot for a variety of outdoor activities and boasts a great culinary and music scene. Bring a coat and umbrella – Seattle only sees the sun 71 days a year!

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Pike Place Market

Since opening in 1907, Pike Place Market has been a Seattle institution. You can spend a whole day wandering between many different markets and stalls, where you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, flowers, handmade crafts, and much more. The market focuses on independent farmers and vendors with sustainable ingredients and materials, which gives it a distinct local flavor. Don’t forget to say hi to Rachel, the huge bronze piggy bank right under the iconic Public Market sign!

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