Getting to Know Los Angeles, CA
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, theaters and adventures. The city caters to the entertainment whims of almost every resident with family-friendly fun in Anaheim, exciting nightclubs in Hollywood and hiking in the beautiful Angeles National Forest.
Did You Know?
You may have heard that "Los Angeles" means "The Angels," but the original name for the city is up for debate. Some historians say the first settlers called it "El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles Sobre el Rio de Porciuncula."
Insider Tip: Sound like a local by learning the lingo: Think Venice Beach when you hear "the boardwalk," and try to avoid traffic on "the 405" (the San Diego Freeway).
Attractions in Los Angeles
Home to iconic landmarks like the Hollywood sign, the Santa Monica Pier and the super-modern Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles is instantly recognizable to movie lovers. Hop on a tour bus to see the homes of famous celebrities, or create your own tour of trendy spots like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Here for school? You're not alone in a city with more than 100 colleges and universities, including USC and UCLA.
LA's Art & Music Scene
With more museums and theaters than any other American city, Los Angeles offers something for nearly any taste, from LA Philharmonic concerts to DJ-driven dance parties.
Los Angeles Apartments and Neighborhoods
Looking for the best places to live in Los Angeles? Prices reflect demand near the ocean and in the posh neighborhoods west of downtown, but you can find good values on apartments in thriving areas like Faircrest Heights, Encino and Altadena. Downtown LA and Los Feliz are good bets for walkability and public transit links if you don't have a car. Thanks to the expansion of train service on the MetroLink, up-and-coming neighborhoods like Monrovia and Glendora are also great options for affordable apartments in Los Angeles County.
Check out some of the different neighborhoods LA has to offer:
LA Public Transportation, Commuting & Jobs
With low unemployment, a robust entertainment and tourism industry, and more than 300 aerospace companies, Los Angeles is a great place to work. Skip the congested freeways and hop on the LA Metro for stress-free commutes on the country's third-most comprehensive public transit system. Air transport links are also plentiful, with international flights at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and domestic routes out of suburban airports in Ontario, Burbank and Santa Ana.
Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles
LA crackles with energy all year long, offering everything from foodie festivals and holiday events to major concerts and massive parties. Here are our top five picks for the best festivals and events in Los Angeles:
Los Angeles also abounds with fun free things to do, such as beachfront yoga, world-class museums like The Broad, and concerts by performers on the verge of stardom.
Los Angeles Activities for Families with Kids
Family activities are nearly limitless, from train rides at Griffith Park to the Los Angeles Zoo to amusement parks like Universal Studios Hollywood. If excellent public schools are at the top of your priority list, rent an apartment in the more affordable eastern LA school districts of Walnut Valley or Temple City.
Pet-friendly Things to Do in LA
Moving to Los Angeles with your four-legged companion? You'll be thrilled to learn just how pet-friendly this city is, from dog parks to inclusive restaurants and breweries. Don't miss a trip to the Arts District Dog Park on the corner of 4th and Molino in downtown.
Outdoor Living in LA
With more than 180 days of sun every year and easy access to the Pacific Ocean, the City of Flowers and Sunshine is a paradise for outdoor lovers. Hike Griffith Park and Runyon Canyon Park, surf and swim at the beach, or head to The Strand for 22.5 miles of cliff-top bicycling.
Getaways from Los Angeles
LA is nearly synonymous with postcard-worthy spots like Venice Beach and Santa Monica State Beach, both famous for great people watching. The best beaches in Los Angeles also include El Porto Beach, known for its gnarly surfing opportunities, and Rosie's Dog Beach, the only sands in LA County that allow dogs to roam without a leash.
Top Five Los Angeles Adventures