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The Self-Realization Fellowship

What it is:
Seated atop Mt. Washington, this secluded sanctuary was once a hotel getaway for affluent Angelenos, but has been transformed into a spiritual center for Paramahansa Yogananda.
Why it's cool:
Its peaceful public gardens are a restorative oasis with some of the best views in the city, overlooking downtown and stretching to the Pacific Ocean.
You should know:
The public gardens are closed Mondays, but open 9-5 the rest of the week. Streetside parking is easy to find near the entrance to the grounds.