12/01/2012 12:41 pm ET Updated Dec 04, 2012

Attractions Off The 405 Freeway In LA (PHOTOS)


The 405 can be as monstrous as any CGI creature. As one of America's busiest roads, it offers drivers a steady diet of bumper to bumper frustration complimented by sizzling back-of-the-hand sunburns. How best to deal with the snake that ate San Fernando? Get off the road and take in a few attractions.

Because Los Angeles is so densely settled and Downtown L.A. can be downright unappealing, finding a major attraction convenient to the highway -- convenient enough to justify the detour to the rest of the family, anyway -- can be a bit difficult. But if you are willing to take a risk on some secondary and tertiary local attractions, you might find yourself charmed by a little SoCal weirdness.

As it turns out, you can wander the heavens, the skies and the gardens of Kyoto without wandering too far off the 405.

Off The 405