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Accommodations in Los Angeles cover the full range from budget lodgings to the most luxurious hotels imaginable. Because of the city's notoriously heavy traffic, try to stay somewhat close to the areas you're most interested in. If a swimming pool is important, don't worry: LA has many. Some hotels provide transportation to local attractions, and many hotels offer child care, smoke-free rooms and multilingual staff.

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Introduction

Geography

History

Sightseeing

Nightlife

Dining

 
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Conflicting images of the city of Los Angeles, California, flicker across our television and movie screens: Hollywood glamour contrasts with gang violence, year-round sunny skies with smog, fast cars with traffic jams.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles report »
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Situated in a basin, Greater Los Angeles is framed by the Pacific Ocean (west and south) and mountains (north and east). It owes its Mediterranean climate to the desert valleys that spread out across Southern California and end at the coast. Los Angeles is made up of scores of independent communities and more than 80 different neighborhoods, whose often-indistinct boundaries are determined more by culture than geography. An extensive freeway system (some dating from the 1940s) connects the disparate parts of the city, which covers more than 4,700 sq mi/12,000 sq km.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles report »
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Long before the rise of this sprawling metropolis, the Los Angeles basin was populated by peaceful Native Americans, attracted to the region by the natural springs that arose in the area because of seismic activity. That peace was never to be regained after 1781 when 44 Mexican settlers established the first non-native settlement of what was to become the most diverse city in the world. Among them were Spaniards, Africans, mestizos and Native Americans. They gave their dusty town a very large name—El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles (the Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels). The city came under the control of Mexico in 1821 and passed to the U.S. in 1848.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles report »
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Los Angeles is a city of visual delights. It has more museums—and more major museums—than any other U.S. city. It's worth a trip there just to tour the impressive Getty Center in Brentwood. Situated on a hilltop and enjoying a commanding view of the area, the billion-dollar repository of fine art merges priceless collections with stunning architecture and impressive gardens. The original Getty Villa in Malibu houses antiquities in a beautiful location.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles report »
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A variety of nightclubs throughout the city keeps Angelenos hopping till 2 am. Try Santa Monica or West Hollywood's famous Sunset Strip for an eclectic mix of nightspots—from dive bar to diva-worthy. Cover charges vary, and there are often long lines to get in. Note that street parking is hard to find on the Strip and in Hollywood—check signs for restrictions. Your best bet is to use valet service or find a flat-rate lot.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles report »
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The diverse cultures within the boundaries of Los Angeles have produced a tantalizing array of cuisines. You can have huevos rancheros for breakfast, falafel for lunch and sushi for dinner, all within the same neighborhood. And when inventive chefs hybridize culinary traditions, you wind up with fusion cuisines, such as Cal-French, Cal-Asian and Cal-eclectic. This California cuisine, made famous in the 1970s, gives gourmet treatment to local ingredients. California is one of the most agriculturally diverse states, offering Los Angeles chefs a vast array of fresh, local ingredients to bring to your table.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles report »
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