Celebrate Culture at one of Los Angeles's architectural wonders, which is located in Downtown L.A.
Disney's widow, Lillian, hired the noted Frank Gehry to design this dynamic structure. Opened in 2003, it's the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has become an internationally recognized symbol of Southern California arts and culture. The distinctive building's unconventional curved stainless steel surfaces appear to undulate like sailing ships. Though the hall's exterior is the main draw, the interior is also striking, and noteworthy for its acoustic sophistication. It features enormous Douglas fir columns, an auditorium that feels intimate despite its 2,200 seats and a large concert organ with more than 6,000 pipes. Free architectural tours are offered on select days. While you're there, you may also want to visit one of L.A.'s top restaurants, Patina, located within the hall. Also worth checking out: the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), located just a block away.