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All About Los Angeles

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About

Los Angeles is not that far from the Mojave Desert; in fact, it’s just one small mountain range away. However, due to the height of these mountains, it ensures that both sides have totally different climates. L.A.’s yearly temperature range is 17ºC–32ºC (63ºF–90ºF) on average. Humidity can get high, but this is due to the mist rolling in off the Pacific, rather than it being a tropical climate. Although California has periodic droughts, the water supply in L.A. is not an issue. The history of the city goes back to 1542 when the Spanish laid claim to it; however, before the Spanish arrived, the Native American tribes of the Chumash and Tongva had already lived in the region for centuries.

Key Facts

  • Los Angeles is probably the most famous city in the world, mainly due to fact that it’s home to Hollywood
  • Hundreds of film and stage stars live in the city, the surrounding hills and along the coastal areas
  • The total surface area is around 4,240 square miles (10,990 square kilometers)
  • Los Angeles International Airport is one of the busiest in the world
  • The snow-capped mountains make a stunning backdrop to the city
  • L.A. hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984

Things To Do

There is one major problem when it comes to visiting Los Angeles: there is just so much to do. Even people who stay for two weeks only see a small portion of L.A. The city is huge and its activities range from the coast all the way to the mountains, with the sprawling metropolis in between. The most obvious place to start any visit to L.A. is with Hollywood Boulevard. This is where all of the famous theatres are located, along with the Walk of Fame’s golden stars and handprints of celebrities in the sidewalk.

The next place to visit is the area behind the boulevard where the famous Hollywood sign on the hill is visible. For those who have energy to spare, it is possible to walk up to the sign. In fact, there are plenty of trails to walk along in the area, all of which offer amazing views of the city and its surrounding area.

The beaches in L.A. are numerous, and all have large expanses of clean golden sand. The most famous beach is Santa Monica, and its central attraction is its pier. The pier is instantly recognizable to many, as it has appeared in countless movies and TV series. This pier also marks the end of the famous Route 66.

For museum lovers, a trip to the Getty Center is a must. Built at the top of the Santa Monica Mountains, it offers panoramic views of the city. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has existed since 1965; it hosts many displays, and is an enjoyable experience for all visitors. For some peace and quiet, head over to Griffith Park or Tongva Park. L.A. is also the location of the original Disneyland, which still attracts millions of visitors a day.

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