Los Angeles (LA) is a city in the southern part of the state of California. It is the county seat of Los Angeles County and the second most populous city in the United States. The city was founded by Felipe de Neve on September 4, 1781 and it became Mexican territory in 1821. Following Mexico's defeat in the Mexican-American war, it became a part of US territory in 1848. Los Angles was incorporated in 1850.
The coastal city of Los Angeles is a center of business, international trade, technology, media, and entertainment. It is the third largest economic center and fifth most powerful city in the world. The world's most famous cinema industry, Hollywood is located here. In 1969, Los Angeles went down in in the history of the Internet when the first ARPANET transmission was sent to SRI in Menlo Park from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The city is one of the four cities in the world to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice (1932 and 1984). With one out of every six residents involved in the creative industry, LA is considered the "Creative Capital of the World".
'The City of Angels' is also an important tourist destination. Its magnificent landmarks, vibrant culture, colorful beaches, and the presence of Hollywood attract thousands of tourists every year.
When to visit Los Angeles
Summer, from June to September is considered the best season to visit Los Angeles. Spring and fall also see some tourist activity, but spring in LA can be rainy and in fall, come prepared for the famous Santa Ana winds. Winter, from December to March, is the least popular season with tourists.
|Los Angeles City Facts|
|Country||USA (United State of America)|
|Counties||Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties|
|Total Area||502.693 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||34.0522° N, 118.2428° W|
|Time Zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|Area Code||213, 310/424, 323, 661, 747/818|
|Major Religion||Roman Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Madam Tussauds Hollywood, Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|Universities||University of Southern California(USC), University of California, Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University|
|Tourist Places of Attractions||Transportation System|
The principal airport in Los Angeles is the Los Angeles International Airport which is also the sixth busiest commercial airport in the world. Some other airports that serve the city are LA/Ontario International Airport, Bob Hope Airport, Long Beach Airport, and Van Nuys Airport. The city has a network of buses, subways, and light rails run by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other such agencies. The city also has passenger ferry service provided by Catalina Express and an intercity passenger railway service from Amtrak. Traffic congestion however is a major cause of concern in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has a number of luxury hotels. Some well known ones are Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, Hotel Bel-Air, Mr. C Beverly Hills, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel and Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City. If you are looking for a budget hotel, Howard Johnson Inn & Suites - Reseda, Super 8 Los Angeles / Culver City Area, Wilshire Crest Hotel and Comfort Inn near Old Town Pasadena - Eagle Rock are good options.
Things to do in Los Angeles
If you are a movie buff, then, a trip to the Kodak Theater, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Forever Cemetery (resting place of many Hollywood celebrities), the Hollywood Sign, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame are must-visits. Take a stroll down Olvera Street, the oldest street of Los Angeles or tour the 19th century Italian Renaissance architectural treasure - the Bradbury Building which has featured in a number of movies as well. The Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollyhock House, Watts Towers, Cathedral of Our lady of the Angels, Capitol Records Building, and the Wiltern Theatre are some other landmarks in Los Angeles known for their architectural beauty. Any visit to this beautiful city is incomplete without a trip to its famous neighborhoods. So, do not forget to visit the Chinatown, Angelino Heights Historic Area, Downtown Historic District, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Boulevard, Perishing Square, and NoHo Arts District.
Trip to the art galleries and museums
Los Angeles is home to the largest art museum in western United States - the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. The Getty Center houses some of the famous works of Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne and their contemporaries and is also known for its architecture and beautiful gardens. The Museum of Contemporary Art is another well known art museum in the city. You will also find a number of art galleries on the Gallery Row.
Visit the George C. Page Museum, located near the La Brea Tar Pits and learn about these unique tar pits. Take your kids to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Wells Fargo History Museum, Wildlife Learning Center, California Science Center, and Travel Town and increase their knowledge quotient. Hollywood looms large in Los Angeles and many museums are dedicated to it. Some notable ones are Hollywood Museum, Hollywood Heritage Museum, Hollywood Entertainment Museum, and Hollywood Wax Museum.
Los Angeles also has quite a number of specialty museums. Do not miss the Guinness World of Records Exhibition, Nethercutt Museum (automobile museum), Autry National Center, Grammy Museum, Museum of Death, Simon Wiesenthal Center, and Fowler Museum.
Parks, Gardens, and Nature
A number of beautiful gardens and parks add greenery to the cityscape of Los Angeles. The Griffith Park is one of the largest parks in United States and has a number of wonderful attractions including the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Observatory. Runyon Canyon Park, Topanga State Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, Lake Balboa Park, and Angeles National Forest are some other important green areas in LA.
Visit L.A. Live, the entertainment capital of Los Angeles and the filming location of the finals of American Idol. Catch some theatrical action at the Greek Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, and the El Capitan Theatre or witness a spectacular performance of IRIS by Cirque du Soleil at Dolby Theatre. You can spend a musical night listening to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall or watch an opera at the Los Angeles Opera. Do watch a movie in any of the legendary cinemas of Los Angeles like Egyptian Theatre, Wiltern Theatre, and Arc Light Cinema.
Enjoy horse riding at the Sunset Ranch Hollywood and Griffith Park. You can also go hiking in some famous trails in Los Angeles including the Backbone Trail. Try your hand at bowling at the legendary Corbin Recreation Center, which has been in operation since 1957. Los Angeles has some lovely beaches. Spend a day at the Santa Monica Bay or Venice beach or learn to surf at one of the surf camps in the city.
Eating out in Los Angeles
LA is a gourmand's paradise. Want to have some delicious Italian food? Head straight to Angelini Osteria, Bottega Louie, El Caserio, Culina or Carlitos Gardel. Go to Bistro Provence, Cezanne, JiRaffe or Maison Akira for French cuisine. While in LA, do not forget to grab some mouthwatering seafood at Providence, Getty Center Restaurant, Water Grill, and Chaya Downtown. If you like Mexican food, some good options are Casa Sanchez, El Tepeyac and Coronados Mexican Restaurant and Bar. The Bazaar by Jose Andres (Spanish), Asanebo, Hoy-Ka Thai Noodle House (Asian), Langer's, Brent's Deli (Delicatessen) Baco Mercat (Middle Eastern), and Little Next Door, Rays & Stark Bar (Mediterranean) are some other popular restaurants in Los Angeles.
Shopping in Los Angeles
Shopping is almost a religion in Los Angeles. Some well known ones are Beverly Center Shopping Mall, Century City Shopping Center, Fox Hill Mall, Northridge Fashion Center, and Panorama Mall. If you want some exquisite designer wear, go to California Market Center, LA Fashion District or Rodeo Drive. Want to buy a painting or souvenirs to take back home? Melrose Avenue is the place to go. You can also opt for some outdoor shopping at Third Street Promenade, The Universal City Walk, and Venice Beach Boardwalk.
Higher Education Institutions in Los Angeles
Los Angeles City has three public universities - University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), California State University Northridge (CSUN) and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), and a number of prestigious private institutions. Some notable private institutes are Syracuse University (Los Angeles Campus), University of Southern California, American Jewish University American Intercontinental University,, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Alliant International University, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy - Los Angeles campus, and Southwestern Law School. There are nine community college campuses. The city has three important film schools - USC School of Cinematic Arts, American Film Institute Conservatory and Los Angeles Film School.
Last Updated On : April 03, 2014