In Defense of Tourism
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
Description: The pits, located in Hancock Park, are full of asphalt that’s trapped unsuspecting animals for thousands of years. The result?An impressive fossil collection with some pieces dating from the last ice age.
Why We Love Them: George C. Page Museum’s ever-increasing collection; Pit 91’s annual summer excavation; saber-toothed cat fossil replicas make the perfect gifts.