Important landmarks on Los Angeles Map
|Hotels||W Hotels 930 Hilgard Avenue, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Wilshire Plaza Hotel 3515, Holiday Inn, Wilshire, Smart Set Super Clubs, Westchester Hotel, Paradise Motel, Holiday Inn, Ocean Park Inn, Courtyard Marina Del Ray, Nancy Rosen Associates, West Western Airport Plaza, Signal Motel, Shade Hotel, Comfort Inn, Seahorse Inn, Grand View Inn, Quality Inn, Portofino Hotel & Yatch Club, Crown Plaza, Days Inn,West Western, Pacific Inn,Extended Stay America, Ayres Hotel Seal Beach, Best Wetern Cypress, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort|
|Airports||Santa Monica Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Torrance Municipal Airport, Long Beach Airport|
|Shopping Centers||Beverly Center, Westfield Century City, West Side Pavillion Mall, Koreatown Plaza, Fisherman’s Village, Manhattan Village, South Bay Galleria, Lakewood Center Mall, Nordstrom, Del Amo Fashion Center, Apline Village, Shoreline Village, Woof and Warp Fabrics|
|Restaurants||Holiday Inn, Burger King USC Village|
|Museums||Japanese America n National Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Hollywood Wax Museum|
|Parks||Will Rogers State Historic Park, Brentwood Park, Palisades Park, Rancho Park, Hancock Park, Hancock Park, Exposition Park, Leimert Park, Firestone Park, Hollywood Park, Inglewood Park Cemetery, Dockweller Beach State Park, Huntington Park, Walnut Park, South Gate Park, Alondra Park, Friendship Park, Flysian Park, Echo Park, Emest E Debs Regional Park, Monterey Park, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Ford Park, Pake Side Park, Rio San Gabriel Park, Independence Park, Zimmerman Park, Gardens Park, Satellite Park, Hermosillo Park, Frontier Park, Houghton Park, Carmerita Park, Cerritos Park East, Reynerson Park, Heartwell Park, EL Dorado Park, Willum Peak Park, Cerritos Regional Country Park, Colorado Lagoon Park, Recreation Park,Gum Grove Park, Murdy Community Park, Huntington Central Park|
|Universities / Colleges||University of California-La, Compton Community College, Cal State University Laong Beach, Naples|
Los Angeles, California
Say so long to inhibitions and hello to Los Angeles a city of outlandish notions, a microcosm of the Western civilization, a city of Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski, a city of private fantasies stuck in mind-numbing intersections, a city of stories, dichotomies, possibilities, ambitions, and reincarnations.
The second-most populated city in America behind New York City is second to none. What happens in Las Vegas might stay there but everything that originates in Los Angeles spreads like wildfire! It’s aptly nicknamed ‘Creative Capital of the World’ and is the epicenter of the nation’s entertainment industry as it produces the culture that spreads throughout America and eventually, the world. It is the face of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and the voice of N.W.A. in Straight Outta Compton.
From the shores of San Pedro to the San Fernando Valley, the ‘City of Angels’ is like a cluster of many towns searching for a sprawling metropolis; like that one friend who’s always down for anything; like a parent who encourages to be what one can be. It’s wild, bitter, brutal, and gritty (but never shallow) for those seeking dissolution, hedonism, madness, fame, sex, and sunshine. Grab your things and a handful of glitter and start California dreamin’.
This is Los Angeles
Drawn by the dreams of Californication, people flock here to cast their own shadow under the sun, to taste the bright lights of Tinseltown, and get a star on the boulevard. There are more artists (actors, writers, filmmakers, dancers, and musicians) living and working here than any other place at any time in history. Those who love LA like the sun loves California, New York is just an imaginary backdrop for Scorsese movies.
There is some truth in fiction about joys of SoCal living. Stereotypes like faux-bohemian babes and dudes with golden skin and living on the Paleo Diet popping Valium before meditation class and every server is an aspiring actor or screenwriter. Where everybody’s a celluloid hero or an almost-famous star, where the uncanny is commonplace and fetish is just an inclination, and where people know each other by headshots instead of faces.
LA Fast Facts
|Area||502.7 sq miles|
|Population||3.976 million (2016)|
|Average Summer Temperature||73ºF|
|Average Winter Temperature||53ºF|
|Los Angeles Area Code||Country 1 City 213/310/424|
|Zip Code of LA||90001 to 91607|
|LA Lat Long||34º05′N, 118º242′W|
|Time Zone||Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)|
Getting in and Around
The city is located in Southern California along the West Coast of the United States.
By Air –
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is a primary gateway for domestic and intercontinental airlines. Bob Hope Airport (BUR) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are secondary options.
By Train –
Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) is served by Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, and Pacific Surfliner. It is also the hub of the Metrolink commuter and several subway and light rail lines.
By Road –
Though the city is notorious for massive traffic congestion, I-5, I-10, and U.S. Route 101 connect LA with the rest of the US. Greyhound Lines operates several bus stations within city limits.
Best Time to Visit
Although, summertime is everything, anytime is good to see the La-La Land. Even in the depth of winters, going for swimming in LA is like getting into a warm bath. Visit in spring (March-May), fall (September-November), or awards season to make the most of your time.
What’s in Los Angeles
With over 211 historical sites scattered throughout scenic neighborhoods, LA can be a bit overwhelming for first-time visitors.
Santa Monica Pier – More than a century old, this double-jointed pier at the foot of Colorado Avenue is perhaps the most tourist-corrupted attraction in LA. Take pictures at its iconic entrance, enjoy thrilling rides and Ferris wheel at Pacific Park, observe marine animals at Pier Aquarium, do some swimming, surfing, and baywatch-ing at Santa Monica State Beach, try hot dogs on sticks with lemonade, and explore the golden shores by biking on The Strand.
Hollywood – The ground zero of American motion picture industry, this quintessentially LA neighborhood is among the glitziest places in the world. The Hollywood Sign a symbolic landmark on Mount Lee is best viewed from Griffith Observatory and Hollywood and Highland Center. Stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame and follow the hundreds of stars engraved in pink terrazzo or seek out the famous hand prints at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
Griffith Park and Observatory – Spanning over 4,310 acres, the park lies on the eastern slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains. Pack a picnic basket and head to former Griffith Park Zoo, catch a stage show in Greek Theatre, visit popular movie locations in Bronson Canyon, learn history of the American West at The Autry Museum, and the best of all, soak in the soul-stirring views of the Los Angeles Basin and the Pacific Ocean from Griffith Observatory.
Getty Center – Established in 1997, it’s a massive art museum housed on two campuses: J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood and Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. Both museums document the art and culture of ancient Greece and Rome as well as European paintings, drawings, and decorative arts dating back to early 16th century.
Museums – Those who blame LA for the lack of culture, clearly haven’t heard about the county’s 841 museums and art galleries. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) holds over 150,000 pieces of American, Latin American, Asian, and Islamic Art. The Wende Museum showcases the pieces of the original Berlin Wall and history of Cold War. The Broad, Hammer Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, The Grammy Museum, and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County are other places for history buffs.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Opened in 1966, this zoo is home to mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and unique flora in its 133-acre area. The botanical gardens have 15 different collections and highlights about 7,400 individual plants from 800 species.
The Ennis House, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Bradbury Building, and Los Angeles Cathedral are famous places to visit in Los Angeles.
Things to Do in Los Angeles
Start with beautiful city vistas from the observation deck of City Hall or from Mulholland Drive, trace city’s origins in Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, book a floor seat besides Jack Nicholson for a Lakers game, get lost in the labyrinths of The Last Bookstore, enjoy sunset horseback rides on the Hollywood Hills, check out historical spacecraft at California Science Center, and watch the latest summer movie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and get in the taping of a sitcom pilot before it’s on air.
If your limbs haven’t given up yet, admire the downtown skyscrapers while peddle-boating in Echo Park Lake, get a whiff of the fragrant flowers at Descanso Gardens, disembark to Catalina Island for snorkeling and other water sports, and buy a yoga mat and mingle with gurus and yoginis who hide their tramp-stamped Sanskrit tattoos.
Parks and Recreation From pastoral pleasures to outright hedonistic fun, the city has different strokes for different folks. While bikini babes and surfer dudes converge on the beaches, families plan BBQs and picnics around downtown parks. Gawk at the street performers and skate-walkers at the palm-lined and delightfully seedy Venice Beach Boardwalk, and feel the ocean breeze and leave winters in the golden sand of Malibu Beach.
Get behind the wheel, roll down the window or put down the top, crank up the stereo, and let the wind along the Pacific Coast Highway take you places. An afternoon drive from LA takes thrill-seekers to indulge in adventures like hiking and skiing on Mount San Antonio or out over the Mojave Desert and the Death Valley to be amidst otherworldly scenery. Protected reserves like Yosemite National Park, Angeles National Forest, and Sequoia Forest which have giant trees older than Rome offer plenty of active pursuits.
Don’t forget to take your kids to theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Six Flags Magic Mountain, and take your dog for a walk in Runyon Canyon Park where a toned and tanned ‘MILF’ with her latte and her poodle is on hike.
Shopping and Dining Leaving LA without celeb-stalking and shopping in Beverly hills is like eating caviar without bellinis. Be a Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman who likes shopping on Rodeo Drive. Besides posh restaurants and grand mansions, the most celebrated clothing designers such as Gucci, Armani, and Dior own floor space here. Bargains and stores galore at the Universal CityWalk and Citadel Outlets. Venice Beach Boardwalk is where Angelenos haggle over vintage vinyls, cowboy boots, and freaky souvenirs.
Taste anything from tacos to burritos and Cobb salad to French dip at Philippe The Original or Cole’s P.E. Buffet. Buy tangerines, tomatoes, and other fresh produce at Trader Joe? or Whole Foods.
Nightlife – Jim Morrison said it’s ‘The City of Night’ so no need to get some shut-eye. The sheer amount of entertainment, in all forms, at any given time in LA is mind-boggling. Seek out culture coves, stage theaters, and live music venues like the Hollywood Bowl (country’s largest natural outdoor amphitheater), El Rey Theatre, and Wiltern Theatre. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles Music Center, Pantages Theatre, and Staples Center host countless live music concerts and theater performances throughout the year. Enjoy anything from bizarre Halloween to elite wrap-up parties and linger in exclusive nightclubs, cocktail bars, rooftop restaurants, and comedy clubs.
Festivals Well, nothing beats the red carpet events and ceremonies like Grammy, Emmy, and Academy awards. Other famous events and festivals in Los Angeles are: Los Angeles Film Festival, California Poppy Festival, Jazz Reggae Festival, Los Angeles Marathon, Orange Street Fair, and LA Art Show.