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The “City of Angels” is a city of sharp contrasts, home to people who hail from all parts of the globe. California‘s most populous city and the second most populous city in the United States (after New York City).

However, it’s most famous for being a major center of the world’s television, motion picture, and music industry, which forms the base of the city’s status and lures visitors for its show business history and celebrity culture.

Los Angeles is often billed as the “Creative Capital of the World” because one in every six of its residents works in a creative industry and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in Los Angeles than any other city at any other time in history.

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The city of Los Angeles is huge, stretching from the suburbs of the *San Fernando Valley in the north to the Port of Los Angeles in the south, a distance of almost 50 miles. And that’s just the primary city; the sprawling L.A. metropolitan area spreads across portions of five counties and includes numerous smaller cities, some of which are regional centers of their own, like Burbank (map), Pasadena (map), Long Beach (map), Anaheim, Santa Ana, *Riverside and *San Bernardino.

*Downtown L.A. (map) – The central business district and historic center of Los Angeles. Some highlights for the visitor in Downtown include Grand Central Market (map), Museum of Contemporary Art / MOCA (map), the Walt Disney Concert Hall (map), Olvera Street (map), Chinatown (map), Little Tokyo (map).

Hollywood (map) – The historic and spiritual heart of the entertainment industry, with many tourist attractions paying tribute to the film and television stars of the past and where many movies still have their public premieres. The core of Hollywood for a tourist is its three fascinating boulevards: Sunset Boulevard (map) for its clubs and nightlife, Hollywood Boulevard (map) is known for its entertainment history, and Melrose Avenue (map) for its shopping, nightlife, and eclecticism, all of which are worth seeing.

If coastal scenery is what you seek, Malibu (map) is a must-see for its fantastic ocean views and mansions perched atop the ocean cliffs, hugging the coastline beneath the Santa Monica Mountains, which itself makes for a pleasant retreat from the city with its miles of scenic roadways and hiking trails.

>> *List of tourist attractions in Los Angeles • *National Register of Historic Places

There are 841 museums and art galleries in Los Angeles County, more museums per capita than any other city in the U.S.

Some of the notable museums are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art / LACMA (the largest art museum in the Western United States, map), the Getty Center (part of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the world’s wealthiest art institution, map), the Petersen Automotive Museum (map), the Huntington Library (map), the Natural History Museum (map), the Battleship Iowa (map).

A significant number of art galleries are on Gallery Row (map), and tens of thousands attend the monthly Downtown Art Walk there. >> *List of museums in Los Angeles County

Griffith Park (map) in Northwest LA is an absolutely massive park (indeed, it is five times larger than New York’s Central Park) that sprawls across the hills near the Hollywood Sign and is a great place for hikes or picnics, with excellent views of the city.

The Westside (map) is home to the most famous beaches of LA: Venice Beach (map), with its colorful Boardwalk and Muscle Beach, and the adjacent town of Santa Monica, with its popular pier and amusement park. Both communities share an expansive stretch of sandy beach which gets very crowded in the summer and which have plenty of amusements and facilities available, as well as a very festive scene in Venice that’s fantastic for people watching.

Just south of Venice is the less-crowded Dockweiler State Beach in the aptly-named town of Playa del Rey (map). Further north, where the coastline meets the Santa Monica Mountains, are scenic beaches in Pacific Palisades (map) and Malibu; Pacific Palisades’ Will Rogers State Beach is expansive and quite popular, while Malibu’s narrower Surfrider Beach is famed for its surf breaks.

*South Bay (map) is home to a number of beaches that are also very popular, in particular the Beach Cities of *Manhattan Beach (map), *Hermosa Beach (map), and *Redondo Beach (map), with piers and expansive stretches of sand lined with expensive houses. Hermosa is famed for its festive atmosphere, regularly holding volleyball tournaments and surfing competitions, and all three are popular with families and beach-goers. Also good but less crowded is Torrance Beach (map) further south, which is noted for great surfing, and the very scenic stretch of coastline in Palos Verdes, which holds many rocky coves and tidepools that make for fun exploration.

Off the coast and enormously popular for people taking a day trip out of L.A. are the picturesque beaches of Catalina Island (map). Additionally, the *Beach Cities of nearby Orange County are very popular with locals. For those who are more into boats than sand, Marina del Rey (map) is located just south of Venice and is the world’s largest man-made small-craft harbor, offering plenty of mooring as well as motorized and non-motorized rentals.

Los Angeles (City and County) is considered to be the gang capital of America. Gangs generally confine themselves to certain areas and should be of little concern to the typical traveler, who is unlikely to venture into such areas. Remain on high-visibility roads or freeways, avoid confrontations with groups of young men, and should a confrontation arise flee immediately.

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Metro Trip Planner – is a great tool to use when planning your way around Los Angeles. + Go Metro Los Angeles – mobile app.

LOS ANGELES PUBLIC TRANSIT (discoverlosangeles.com)

ROADTRIPPERS |  #1 road trip planning platform.

 BUS >   With nearly 200 different lines, buses travel all over the region to every major destination including state parks, area attractions and shopping districts. Many Metro Bus lines provide connections to Metro Rail stations. For detailed schedules, interactive maps, multi-language pocket guides and more info, visit  > METRO BUS SYSTEM + DASHFLYAWAY (*Long-distance bus travel in the United States)

 RAIL >   AMTRAK | eTicketing | Interactive Map. Some of the most scenic routes include the California Zephyr that runs between *Emeryville (map) in the San Francisco Bay Area of California to Chicago and the Empire Builder that goes from Chicago to Seattle or Portland. (*Rail travel in the United States)

 AIRPORTS >   The international airports in Atlanta (Hartsfield) • New York City (Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy International Airport) • Los Angeles • Chicago (O’Hare IA) • San Francisco • Seattle (Seattle-Tacoma) • Miami • Houston (George Bush) are the main points of entry to the United States by plane. Flight Delay Information — Air Traffic Control System Command Center.

 WATERWAYS >   Washington State Ferries | Route Maps: Where we sail (PDF). Bluewater Ferry Inc. (США — Канада). America has the largest system of inland waterways of any country in the world. It is entirely possible to navigate around within the United States by boat. The New York State Canal SystemThe St. Lawrence Seaway • *The Mississippi River.

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