Did you know? By now, almost everyone has heard that "Los Angeles" means "The Angels," but the original name for the city was "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula."
Overview of LA
Ranging from beachfront to mountainside, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is the second largest in the United States, offering its almost 20 million residents a seemingly endless variety of restaurants, theater and adventures. From family-friendly fun in Anaheim, to the nightclubs of Hollywood, to hiking in the Angeles National Forest, this is a city that can cater to the entertainment whims of almost every resident.
Different Neighborhoods in Los Angeles
Check out some of the different neighborhoods LA has to offer.
Close to Union Station, this centrally located area makes commuting a breeze.
This is a hip, fast-paced neighborhood with plenty of nightlife.
With the La Brea Tarpits and the LA County Museum of Art both on Wilshire, there's plenty to see and do in this great downtown-adjacent neighborhood.
Three miles from the Getty Museum, this neighborhood has great local culture.
Top 5 Los Angeles Adventures
- Buy an annual pass to the Magic Kingdom: Disneyland is more than just a place for kids. Downtown Disney is packed with restaurants and concerts, so take advantage of living nearby and pick up an annual pass. It pays for itself pretty quickly, especially if you add on a parking pass!
- Head down to the Santa Monica Beach: Lined by palm trees, this broad and sandy beach features 245 acres of sand with walking and bike trails and great surfing. There's plenty of food and even entertainment for younger kids nearby. Keep an eye on the calendar for festivals and shows.
- Do a little stargazing in Hollywood: Whether you're looking to get a view of the famous Hollywood sign, search for your favorite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or compare your footprints at the Chinese Theatre, you can enjoy your little brush with the stars in this famous neighborhood.
- Gaze at a different kind of star at Griffith Observatory: You can look through telescopes, watch live shows or enjoy the planetarium at this Los Angeles staple. There's even a shuttle that will take you between the observatory and a great viewing point for the Hollywood sign.
- Cruise down Rodeo Drive: Shopping and sightseeing are popular reasons to visit Beverly Hills. Among the fabulous homes and lavish lifestyles, this upscale city has also added numerous public displays of art, a few trolley tours and several farmers markets.