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Los Angeles Travel Guide


Los Angeles Introduction


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The nation's second most-populous city (after New York), Los Angeles is a great place to do business or take a vacation. Its marvelous restaurants, terrific nightlife, sunny beaches, diverse cultural offerings, amusement parks and easygoing attitudes converge in a vast Southern California landscape flooded with sunshine and lined with palm trees. Visitors should see Los Angeles at least once, though a single visit will hardly be enough to appreciate such a large area jam-packed with attractions.  Click here to see the full Los Angeles travel guide on Travel42 »

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Los Angeles Geography


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Situated in a basin, the Greater Los Angeles area 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 of it dating from the 1940s) connects the disparate parts of the city, covering more than 4,700 sq mi/12,000 sq km.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles travel guide on Travel42 »

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Los Angeles History


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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. In 1781, a group of 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 small 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 was transferred to the U.S. in 1848 with the rest of alta California when the Mexican-American War ended.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles travel guide on Travel42 »

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Los Angeles Sightseeing & Things to Do


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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 off of the Pacific Coast Highway.   Click here to see the full Los Angeles travel guide on Travel42 »

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Los Angeles Nightlife


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A variety of nightclubs throughout the city keep 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 travel guide on Travel42 »

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Los Angeles Restaurants & Dining


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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, Korean tacos and Peruvian-Japanese. 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 travel guide on Travel42 »

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