Things to Do In Los Angeles
Los Angeles Travel Guide
Los Angeles Is Known for...
Five of Los Angeles's most unique features and characteristics.Hollywood
Dubbed the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Los Angeles churns out more motion pictures, television shows, internet web series, video games, and recorded music than anywhere in the world. Locals stomp on famous monikers and handprints down Hollywood Boulevard, while tourists pause to snap pictures with Batman or Supes as Grauman’s Chinese Theater looms in the background. While driving north on Gower, the first sight of the Hollywood sign nestled in the hills makes even the most pessimistic cynic feel that “Dreams really do come true.”Beaches
From the Beach Boys to Katy Perry, LA’s gorgeous beaches, over two dozen, inspire artists and visitors alike. Spread out a blanket, layer on the waterproof sunscreen, and enjoy the quiet sands of Point Dume, a public beach north of Malibu that feels more like a private one. Stop by the totally gnarly Venice Beach skate park, home of the original Lords of Dogtown. You’ll find yourself humming along to “Daisy dukes, bikinis on top” while renting a pair of rollerskates or bike cruisers from the Santa Monica Pier, California Girl or not.Amusement Parks
More than just “The Happiest Place on Earth,” there’s a theme park for kids of all ages in LA. Thrill seekers...
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About Los Angeles
Celebrities, movie cameras, and persistent paparazzi — these may be the hallmarks of present-day Los Angeles, but the second largest city in the United States has a rich and varied history that extends far beyond the glitter of the silver screen. The city's abundant sunshine and a temperate climate, which attract so many folks to the area today, were first enjoyed by the native Tongva peoples. This group inhabited the area for hundreds of years prior to the first European contact in 1542 with Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo.
Expeditions along the southern California coast firmly established a Spanish presence in the 1760s and '70s. A mix of Hispanic, Filipino, and native settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula, which became known simply as "Los Angeles" in the early 1800s. The region passed through Spanish, Mexican, and finally into US hands in 1848. Meanwhile, nearby gold and oil, as well as the valuable resource of the Los Angeles River, resulted in the city's steadily growing population.
With a water supply secured by engineer William Mulholland's aqueduct in 1913, Los Angeles began to attract the industries that would become so essential to its... Read more »