What is it? A historic library, museum and sprawling gardens that was the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington.
Why go? The Huntington’s distinctly themed gardens are easily the most stunning manicured outdoor spaces in SoCal, especially its recently expanded Chinese garden. The library and museum are equally impressive; all require reservations on weekends.
Don’t miss: The Huntington has unveiled a 320-year-old house that was relocated from Japan and rebuilt piece by piece. In addition, the historic tea room reopened last year after an extensive renovation and expansion.