Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the U.S. after New York, has nothing to envy of the rich social geography of the American metropolis. Any discussion here begins with the question, Where are you from? While in the cool neighborhoods like Chinatown, the Little Armenia, the Thai Town, the Little Ethiopia or Little Tokyo, you will witness the multinational character of the city. In a huge valley between high mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles consists of many small towns were consolidated with the passage of time, such as Pasadena, in Anaheim, the Santa Monica or Malibu. Residents and visitors enjoy the most of the advantages of the diverse natural landscape.
Enjoy sunbathing and riding in Venice Beach, playing in the dunes of Sand Dune Park, surfing at Zuma Beach in Malibu, or hiking the trails of Griffith Park and trekking in the mountains of Santa Monica are routine in Los Angeles. Romantics can enjoy a boat ride in the harbor of Huntington or a walk in the canals of the Venice of America, created in 1905 by Abbot Kinney. For those who do not want to start exploring the region, downtown Los Angeles offers countless entertainment options, shopping and getting to know the city activities.
Among others, here is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of the most impressive creations of Canadian starchitect Frank Gehry, the Neighborhood of the Arts, where the former industrial buildings have been converted into artists ateliers, the neighborhood of Fashion, with more than 1,000 stores and attractive offers, and Chinatown, backdrop of the eponymous film by Roman Polanski. From here you can soon find yourself in the heart of Hollywood, the Walk of Fame. With more than 10 million visitors each year, simply follow the crowd to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the history of American cinema showman Sid Grauman in traditional Chinese style.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
A short distance from Hollywood, the Wilshire, visit one of the top museums in the USA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and wander into one of the most diverse areas of the city. In contrast, luxury prevails in neighboring Beverly Hills, exemplified buildings and storefronts of the famous shopping street Rodeo Drive. The fun culminates at Disneyland park in Anaheim or Magicopolis of Santa Monica, with evenings full of magic and divination.
The weather here is mild throughout the year and each season has its advantages and disadvantages. Summer is appropriate for trips, bike rides and boat trips, but some days can be unbearably hot, while waiting to popular attractions are relatively large. Eccentric events such as film screenings at the cemetery Hollywood Forever, may play a decisive role in the decision of some to visit the city in summer. Interesting events take place during the winter, with the most typical Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day.
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By Nicole P.
Los Angeles photos: Angela Madueno, Westin Hotels and Resorts, Santa Monica, California, Salman Jafri.