Los Angeles, often called "LA", is probably best known for its film and entertainment industry. The City of Angels is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. It is warm and sunny most days of the year. The city has so much more to offer in addition to Universal Studios and Disneyland.
Los Angeles, Beverly Hills
Hollywood is an ethnically diverse, densely populated neighborhood, which is notable as the home of the U.S. film industry, including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a shorthand reference for the industry and the people in it. Famous sites include Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, Crossroads of the World, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and so on. The famous Hollywood sign can be seen in distance from the Crossroads of the World. This district is accessible by Metro Rail at Hollywood Highland Station.
The Sunset Strip portion of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood has been famous for its active nightlife at least since the 1950s. Part of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is also sometimes called "Guitar Row" due to the large number of guitar stores and music industry-related businesses, including the recording studios Sunset Sound Studios and United Western Recorders.
Originally a Spanish ranch where lima beans were grown, this neighborhood has been home to many actors and celebrities since the 20th century. Beverly Hills has also been featured in a number of television shows and movies, many of which capitalize on its reputation as a residence for the rich.
The larger business district surrounding Rodeo, known as the "Golden Triangle, is known for its luxury goods stores. Two Rodeo Drive, an addition to the "Rodeo Collection" built in the early '80s, resembles a faux-European shopping alley and features a cobblestone street. Rodeo Drive has gained a reputation as an internationally renowned high end shopping area.
LACMA is the largest art museum in the western U.S. It attracts nearly a million visitors annually. It holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series.
The gritty area has given new life to old industrial buildings whose history often dates to the early 20th century. While much of the early creative art was done behind closed doors, the street scene has slowly been activated in the early years of the 21st century as more and more factories are creatively reused with some new construction interspersed. Art galleries have opened and given recognition to the area amidst the entire downtown where art museums and additional galleries can be found.
The Historic Core was the center of the city before World War II. In the '50s it became the center of Latino entertainment. And in the 2000s, the area undertook major redevelopment projects to restore some notable historic buildings such as the Pacific Electric Building, the Eastern Columbia Building and the Subway Terminal Building. The Eastern Columbia Building is widely considered the greatest surviving example of Art Deco architecture in the city. The district is accessible by public transit at Pershing Square Station.
Located in the Homer Laughlin Building, the market is the city's largest and oldest public market. It has always reflected the changing population of downtown. Today, classic neon signage over stalls spotlights the flavorful mix of fresh produce, meat, seafood, spices and prepared foods that reflect the ethnic diversity of L.A.
It is a Latin Church cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church notable for its deconstructivist and modernist design. It is a replacement of an old church that was destroyed in an earthquake and was opened in 2002. The cathedral features a mausoleum in its lower level, which contains 1,270 crypts and 4,746 columbarium niches for burials.
Completed in 1928, it houses the mayor's office and the meeting chambers and offices of the Los Angeles City Council. It was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976. The building has been featured in many popular movies and TV shows. The observation deck on the 27th floor is open to the public for free.
It is a National Historic Landmark District and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. Little Tokyo is a cultural focal point for Los Angeles's Japanese Americans. It is mainly a work, cultural, religious, restaurant and shopping district. The Japanese American National Museum is located in this district.
Los Angeles, Santa Monica
The Getty is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center branch features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American, Asian, and European photographs. There are also outdoor sculpture displayed on terraces and in gardens and the large Central Garden.
It is a beachfront city in western L.A. Due in part to an agreeable climate, Santa Monica became a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The Santa Monica Pier remains a popular and iconic destination. It has the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome, which is a National Historic Landmark built in 1909.
Venice is a beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of L.A. It is known for its canals, beaches, and the circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, mystics, artists and vendors. Venice Beach, which receives millions of visitors a year, has been labeled as "a cultural hub known for its eccentricities" as well as a "global tourist destination".