Los Angeles is a sunny, sprawling cosmopolitan city like no other, a world to itself and the second most populous city in the US.
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Where adventure comes naturally
Los Angeles is a sun-soaked, star-studded megacity, a sprawling metropolis of diverse “neighbourhoods”, spread over an area of 1,291 square kilometres along the Pacific Coast and over inland valleys and hills.
Founded in 1781 as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula (“The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the Porciúncula River”), Los Angeles is now the second-largest conurbation in the United States.
As the home base of Hollywood, it’s known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. LA is a dynamic and ambitious cultural city brimming with a remarkable range of museums, concert venues and theatres. It’s also a great sports city and a veritable fashion Mecca, not to mention its colourful palette of people. You will never forget a trip to LA.
Beaches – movie studios – museums – roller-coasters
Hollywood – the Dream Factory – remains a potent symbol of the American Dream. Movie stars still zip around Los Angeles in their luxury cars, and aspiring actors continue to look for their big break. The beaches of LA, where warm Pacific currents wash against your feet, are a favourite haunt with many locals. Stretching more than sixty kilometres from Malibu in the north to Long Beach in the south, they are a must-see for any Los Angeles holiday.
To step into Hollywood’s glittering past, take a stroll through Hollywood Boulevard, with its star-studded Walk of Fame. Another epitome of “Tinseltown” glamour is the iconic Sunset Boulevard, which includes the legendary Beverly Hills. And a tour of the big movie studios is an extraordinary experience. A great place for a family outing is Disneyland, located 44km south-east of LA.
Good to know
Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is in the neighbourhood of Westchester, 26km from the downtown core of LA. From the airport you can take a train (Metro Green Line), bus (FlyAway Bus) or a taxi or, alternatively, rent a car.
Dining: Los Angeles has thousands of restaurants in all quality and price ranges. Chic but reasonably priced restaurants include the Bistro du Soleil, the Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, Tengu – Westwood Village, the Spark Woodfire Grill in Studio City, and at Huntington Beach: Ca Del Sole, L'Opera and Lucques.
Shopping: There is a wide selection of shopping venues, so your choice will depend on where in the city you are. LA’s major shopping centres include the South Coast Plaza, the Beverly Center, Hollywood and Highland, the Del Amo Fashion Center and Glendale Galleria.