After New York, Los Angeles is the second largest U.S. city. Los Angeles stretches along the Pacific coast of southern California. It has 122 km of coast lines from Malibu to Long Beach, while inland lies part of a vast land once arid riverbed, surrounded by Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains.
If you arrive here by plane, you will have a very pleasant first impression of the city. The vast stretch of streets and buildings oozing out a bunch of towering skyscrapers that mark the city center – 26 km from the seashore. In the northeast is Pasadena, northwest are Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City, San Fernando Valley and the south is Long Beach and along the coast are Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Marina del Rey.
Founded in 1781 by Mexican settlers, the city received the name El Pueblo Nuestra by the troubeled Señor la Reina de Los Angeles Porciuncula (City of Our Lady Queen of Angels of Porciuncula). Since then he has been called all sorts, from La La Land to Tinseltown, but the city is best known as LA. But Los Angeles itself is just the biggest cities in 88 different metropolitan areas is the great built-known as Los Angeles.
Over the decades the town has transformed from a city of gold seekers in one oil – oil pumps are still there, oscillating like mechanical donkeys. Until the late nineteenth century settlers were heading west in large numbers, attracted by the same things after coming today: the mild climate, sea and sky is always sunny. On average, enjoy 292 sunny days per year, the cool ocean breezes and little rain. Sunsets can be truly fabulous.
Turning point in the city fame came in 1920 when the film industry and realized that just lacked the sunny weather in New York, so she moved to the west. So Hollywood, then a simple district, became famous worldwide. Today, the largest being there studios (Paramount, Universal, Fox and Warner Brothers), Hollywood is labeled as “world capital of entertainment. “
But LA ismore interesting than Hollywood. Disneyland, the most famous amusement park in America, is the most popular place. The city is also home to many cultural institutions and world-renowned, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA Philharmonic (now based in the Walt Disney Concert Hall), the Getty Museum and Getty Villa.
Visitors come to see the huge Hollywood sign and Griffith Park stars of Beverly Hills mansions, but also try the nightlife of Sunset Strip, the animation on the beach, car culture, or just watch the passers.
LA is exuberant – few places in the world the term “Express Yourself” (Express Yourself) is taken so seriously. From hippies to fanatics obsessed with “made muscles” and the lovers of art deco to religious fanatics, with fog glamorous and wealthy, all are here.
From classic cars to silicone, LA dreams are the thousands of people who come here in search of fame and fortune or just a new life. Los Angeles is the place to escape for immigrants from Asia, Pacific Edge, Eastern Europe, Mexico and Latin America. LA is composed of people from 160 countries who speak 96 different languages.
The city is a mosaic of areas, each with cultural specificity. From the historical point of view, South Los Angeles, predominantly African-American, Latin gradually becomes. Popularized by movies and hip hop music, it houses the rich black community in America, the Baldwin Hills neighborhood.