Magazine article Sunset

Where to See Art in the Wild

Magazine article Sunset

Where to See Art in the Wild

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SEATTLE

Sculpture on the water

The West's greatest sculpture gallery without walls is Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park on downtown's waterfront. There are a whopping 21 sculptures, including an enormous typewriter eraser and rusted-steel waves. seattlectrtmuseum.org

BEST TIME TO GO Summer, for food trucks, free yoga, live music, and dance performances.

STAY The Inn at the Market is a short stroll from Pike Place, with 3600 views of Puget Sound from the fifth-floor observation deck. From $269; innatthemarket.com

SAN FRANCISCO

Art in a national park

The Presidio, the city's urban forest, is a beautiful mashup of art and nature. Look for works among the trees by big-name artists like Andy Goldsworthy. You'll also catch animation fever at the Walt Disney Family Museum ($20; waltdisiley.com) and at Lucasfilm HQ, where you can pay your respects at the statue of Yoda. no.gov/prsf

BEST TIME TO GO Fall, for sunshine and Indian summer temps.

STAY A century-old officers' quarters became the new Inn at the Presidio, with 22 comfy rooms smack in the middle of the park. Wide porches with rocking chairs keep the Golden Gate Bridge in view. From $195; innatthepresidio.com;

LOS ANGELES

Performance alfresco

The newly finished central park of L.A., Grand Park, is a parking-structure roof turned 12-acre playground. There are light shows from the high-tech fountain's 100+ colored jets, and music, theater, and dance performances on two giant lawns, along with yoga classes and a dog run. grandpark.lacourity. …

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