The Getty, Los Angeles
By far one the highlights of my recent LA trip was a visit to the Getty. From the start, going up on the tram, to first statues. The best thing about this museum is the sculptural and architectural detail (if you are going for the indoor permanent collection you may be disappointed). However I lucked out and saw a good modern photography exhibit and picked up some cute stuff at the gift shop. By far the most wonderful thing was that we went on a clear blue sky (no smog) day. The architecture and outdoor gardens were breathtaking. It is definitely a place you could wander around for hours, bring a picnic, and take in all the sculptural elements. Big thumbs up!