Los Angeles, California has been called the land of dreams; translated from Spanish, it is the City of Angels. Commonly referred to simply as LA, Los Angeles is best known as the entertainment and movie capital of the world. Home to earthquakes, celebrities and innumerable movie locations, Los Angeles can only truly be experienced in person—use this guide to preplan your visit.
Typically, when people refer to Los Angeles, they are really speaking of Los Angeles County and even nearby Orange County cities such as Anaheim or the nearby cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Long Beach in Southern California. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the U.S by population and largest in square miles. It attracts visitors and residents from around the world with its balmy weather, Hollywood movie and television studios, beaches and California lifestyle.
If you are planning a trip to the Los Angeles area you’ll find our Los Angeles & Orange County Airports & Freeways map and Downtown LA map useful.
To get the most from your visit to the entertainment capital of the world:
Visit Hollywood and see the sights on Hollywood Boulevard; Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre—home of the Oscars, then find your favorite star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame.
Take a sightseeing tour of move stars homes, celebrity grave sites, historic Hollywood movie, TV & radio landmarks, a grand tour of Los Angeles or one of several helicopter flights over Los Angeles and Hollywood.
Explore historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Olvera Street. Downtown LA, New Chinatown and Little Tokyo are also historic and interesting Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Other attractions in Long Beach include the Aquarium of the Pacific and the luxurious ocean liner Queen Mary.
Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade with its twice weekly farmers market is a popular shopping destination as are LA’s Olvera Street, Grand Central Market, Farmers Market and Grove Street. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills features the top retailers in the U.S.