Stressed Out? The Best Places To Relax In L.A.

Photo: Courtesy of Huntington Gardens.
Relaxation. Tranquility. Zen. Peace and quiet. If these words are practically foreign to you, you're not alone. Thanks to everything from the sky-high rents to the incessant traffic, Los Angeles is consistently ranked as one of America's most stressed-out cities. But, you probably didn't need us to tell you that.
While we can't do anything about the cost of a one-bedroom in Santa Monica or the congestion on the 405, we can help you find some well-deserved respite. So, we set out to find a few of the most calm, serene spots in L.A. And, we think we hit the jackpot.
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From a next-level massage therapy center and a sleek new meditation studio to a hidden rooftop garden and all-natural hot springs, here's where to go whenever you need to de-stress and just chill.
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Photo: Courtesy of Beverly Hot Springs.
Beverly Hot Springs
Touted as Los Angeles's only all-natural hot springs, the pools at this small, no-frills, traditional Korean bathhouse beat a bubble bath any day of the week. The minerals in the water are supposed to stimulate circulation, alleviate arthritis, help with fatigue, and lower blood pressure. All you have to do is climb in and let the water do its work.

Beverly Hot Springs, 308 North Oxford Avenue (at South Oxford Avenue); 323-734-7000.
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Photo: Courtesy of Forty Winks.
Forty Winks
These aren't your average massage chairs. Designed for ultimate relaxation and stress reduction, these space-age-looking beauties combine Japanese shiatsu healing methods with modern technology for a next-level zen. Book an appointment stat to see what we mean.

Forty Winks, 8632 South Sepulveda Boulevard (at West Manchester Boulevard); 310-740-4041.
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Photo: Courtesy of DoubleTree.
Kyoto Gardens at the DoubleTree
A hotel in the middle of downtown L.A. is probably not the first place you'd look to escape from it all. But, head to the Kyoto Gardens on the rooftop of the DoubleTree, and it's an entirely different story. Take afternoon tea in this serene, tucked-away setting, where the juxtaposition of skyscrapers against lush greenery will make you feel like you're on top of the world.

DoubleTree Los Angeles Downtown, 120 South Los Angeles Street (at East 2nd Street); 213-629-1200.
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Photo: Courtesy of Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens.
Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens
Walking a labyrinth is an ancient practice meant to be a relaxing, spiritual, and meditative experience. Clear your mind at Peace Awareness's hand-carved labyrinth (which is modeled after the one at Paris's Chartres Cathedral), and don't forget to check out the gorgeous Italian Renaissance mansion's meditation gardens, too. Bonus: Admission is completely free.

Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, 3500 West Adams Boulevard (near 7th Avenue); 323-737-4055.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rick Montgomery.
Malibu Creek State Park
If your idea of zen is getting away from it all, Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains is the ideal place. With 15 miles of relatively easy trails along the creek, this bucolic setting will make your road rage dissipate in no time. Be sure to bring your bathing suit — if it's hot out, you'll definitely want to take a relaxing dip in the rock pool.

Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Road (at Mulholland Highway); 818-880-0367.
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Photo: Courtesy of RA MA.
RA MA Yoga Institute
This Venice studio is the perfect place to practice the buzziest type of yoga right now: Kundalini. Dubbed "the yoga of awareness," Kundalini combines meditation and yoga techniques to tap into your highest state of consciousness. The best part? Apparently, it takes very little time to produce real results.

RA MA Yoga Institute, 304 Lincoln Boulevard (at Rose Avenue); 310-664-3700.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tim Street Porter.
The Blue Ribbon Garden at Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of L.A.'s most stunning architectural gems. But, it's not all stainless steel. The Blue Ribbon Garden is a public park that's tucked away on the venue's rooftop. Complete with nearly an acre of greenery and a stunning mosaic fountain, the hidden sanctuary is a peaceful hideaway — and the perfect spot for getting a good view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue (at West 1st Street); 323-850-2000.
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Unplug Meditation
Touted as "the SoulCycle of mediation" and based on the idea that anyone can meditate, this drop-in studio in Santa Monica offers 30- and 45-minute guided classes for newbies and pros alike. (Among the more interesting options: Unplug Traffic, a class focused on meditation skills to use behind the wheel.) New students can get an unlimited two-week pass for just $30.

Unplug Meditation, 12401 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Carmelina Avenue); 310-826-8899.
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Photo: Courtesy of Huntington Gardens.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Just looking at this photo is relaxing! Whether you have an hour for reading in the Shakespeare Garden or a full day for meandering through the lush landscape (seriously, there are 120 acres to roam around!), these tranquil grounds will immediately put you at ease. Our favorite spot to chill? The Desert Garden, which is home to more than 5,000 species of succulents and desert plants.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road (at Euston Road); 626-405-2100.
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Photo: Courtesy of Los Angeles State Parks.
Kenneth Hahn Park
This dog-friendly, 300-acre park is truly a hidden gem in L.A.; it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere, when in reality it's just minutes off the freeway. Boasting a Japanese garden, trails for hiking and biking, and green space aplenty, it's the perfect spot to spend a quiet afternoon. Just sit and take in the sweeping views of the city — because sometimes the best way to relax is by doing absolutely nothing.

Kenneth Hahn Park, 4100 South La Cienega Boulevard (near South Cloverdale Avenue); 323-298-3660.
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