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Stressed In Los Angeles: 12 Spots To Help You Calm Down

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg   First Posted: 12/18/10 04:20 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

Text courtesy of Trazzler.

By Megan Cytron

Charlie Brown called it decades ago: post-modern life has a way of quickly converting good tidings and joy into debilitating stress, a tad too much togetherness, and feral consumerism that invariably leads to the Dantean experience of endlessly circling jam-packed mall parking lots. Even in Lalaland, it's easy to opt out for an escapist afternoon. This list of 11 stress-busting spots has a little bit of everything for angst-y Angelenos--bathhouses, a firing range, strip-mall comfort food, spiritual sanctuaries, a mildly masochistic spa treatment involving branches...

Westwood is as bustling as the west side of L.A. gets. Real city buildings and serious enough suit-and-tie businesses can be a major buzz kill for those who can smell the salt water beckoning from the other side of the 405 freeway trench. The well-manicured trails that layer UCLA’s Mathias Botanical Garden are a pristine place to unload and unplug the weight of work. Over half a thousand shades of tropical and subtropical greenery were plucked from the world’s plant pockets. When the shores are too far, let the garden caress your stress.

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