AAA Editor Notes
La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., are among the world's richest sources of ice-age fossils—more than 3 million fossils have been recovered. The sticky asphalt pools trapped and preserved prehistoric plant and animal life. Life-size replicas of extinct mammals sit in some of the still-bubbling tar pits. Pit 91, the country’s only urban fossil excavation site, is observed by a self-guiding walking trail. Visitors can view paleontologists excavating saber-toothed cats and kitten, Colombian mammoths and dire wolves fossils from Project 23.
Guided tours are available.