More than reading at the Huntington Library

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens– also known as “The Huntington” is way more than just a library as it’s name dictates. It’s also not located in Huntington Beach, CA despite it’s name, it’s located in San Marino, CA, near Pasadena. Ranging from 420,000 rare books (including The Canterbury Tales) and 7 million manuscripts (including the Declaration of Independence) to 650 paintings and 440 sculptures to 12 beautiful gardens featuring 15,000 plant varieties it feels like you are walking through history and multiple continents at once.

I really enjoyed the Desert, Japanese and Chinese (Garden of Flowering Fragrance) gardens the most and to host all 3 of these in one 120 acre estate without all the flights, layovers and time changes was a pleasant, rewarding and eye-opening experience. Overwhelmingly beautiful, artistic and classic the Huntington is a great way to spend an entire day, weekend or summer vacation.

Chinese lion statue

Asian lion statue in Huntington Library

Entrance of Huntington Library

Entrance of Huntington Library

Curved Asian roof in Huntington Library

Curved Asian roof in Huntington Library

Double circle with serenity pond in the background

Double circle with serenity pond in the background

Curved bridge in Japanese garden

Curved bridge in Japanese garden

Cacti in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Cacti in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Cactus with lizard in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Cactus with lizard in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Cactus flower in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Cactus flower in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Cacti in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Cacti in the Desert garden in The Huntington Library

Declaration of Independence in The Huntington Library

Declaration of Independence in The Huntington Library

The Canterbury Tales in the Huntington Library

The Canterbury Tales in the Huntington Library

White walkway in the Huntington Library

White walkway in the Huntington Library

Curved bridge in Japanese garden

Curved bridge in Japanese garden

Tree with curved bridge in the background

Tree with curved bridge in the background

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