Sometimes you find beauty in the most unexpected places. Los Angeles National Cemetery
, covering 114 peaceful and pristine green acres, is home to more than 80,0000 identical headstones of interred war veterans. Dedicated in 1889 and managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the West L.A. cemetery houses war vets from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II, the Korean War, and other American conflicts. More than 100 Buffalo Soldiers, members of African-American Civil War regiments, and 14 Medal of Honor recipients are memorialized at the cemetery. There are even two canines, Blackout and Old Bonus, buried with their handlers. Walk from the entrance parking lot or drive to explore faraway corners of the cemetery on the paved roads crisscrossing the grounds. Make sure to also spend time on foot wandering amongst the hundreds of rows of white rounded markers punctuated by oaks and jacarandas. Like railway tracks, the parallel lines of headstones seem to meet in the distance. Heroes’ homecoming.
Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles. Open for visitation daily 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; 310-268-4675. No dogs.