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Los Angeles was founded in 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve as El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola). It became a part of Mexico in 1821, following its independence from Spain. Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of culture, technology, media, business, and international trade.


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» 26-Mile Bike Path

26-Mile Bike Path

Formally named the Marvin Braude Bike Path (after a long-serving L.A. City Council member who championed the preservation of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains), but most locals call this epic ribbon of seaside concrete the Santa Monica Bike Path or The Strand. This skating-, jogging-, biking- and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare stretches 26 miles alongside the Pacific Ocean from Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades to the far end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, in Torrance …

» Angels Flight Railway

Angels Flight Railway

In 1901, Angels Flight began its run as a funicular called the Los Angeles Incline Railway, offering a one-cent, one-minute ride up or down steep Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles. Closed in 1969 when the then-decaying district around it underwent a full-scale renovation, the Angels Flight signature black-and-orange cars (named Sinai and Olivet) stayed in municipal storage for 27 years. After a long battle by city conservationists for its return …

» Autry National Center

Autry National Center

The most popular outpost of this unique educational center, the Museum of the American West, was created in 1988 by Western movie star and country recording artist Gene Autry with his friend and fellow Western actor/country singer, Monte Hale, and their wives. Located in Griffith Park just across from the Los Angeles Zoo, the museum, generally referred to as "the Autry," is dedicated to preserving and sharing the complex history and cultural significance …

» Beverly Center

Beverly Center

Encompassing an entire city block at the intersection of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, this eight-story shopping mall has been a popular attraction since its opening in 1982. With over 100 individual shops ranging from chain to high-end, the mall is also home to three department stores, a food court and several restaurants. Once the site of a locally beloved amusement park, the mall's valuable property still encompasses a working oil field …

» Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Glitzy, glamorous Beverly Hills cuts through Los Angeles like the grand dame of royal cruise ships. Palm tree-lined streets, chic boutiques, palatial homes, and posh restaurants all sparkle on her haughty decks with the security and charm befitting the supremely rich. Though it's pricey and pretentious, no trip to Beverly Hills would be complete without a saunter along Rodeo Drive, the famous three-block ribbon of style where the beautiful people browse …

» California Science Center

California Science Center

A joint project between the State of California and the California Science Center Foundation, this is the largest interactive science center on the West Coast. Home to an IMAX theater, the Space Shuttle Endeavour and much more, the Center is a comprehensive tour through the world of science. Permanent exhibits here include explorations of ecosystems and how they work (or don't); the survival processes of all living things …

» Capitol Records Building

Capitol Records Building

Rising 13 round stories above Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, this city landmark, built in the mid-1950s to house the first West Coast outpost of a major record label, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Famed for being the site of recordings by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and many other big artists, the distinctive tower, designed by Louis Naidorf and Welton Becket (the latter, architect of the nearby Cinerama Dome …

» CBS Television City

CBS Television City

Set behind The Grove (L.A.'s most popular mall) and the Original Farmer's Market, this television studio complex in the Fairfax District is often defined by its long lines of tourists and local visitors waiting to snag seats to a show taping. Open since 1952, Television City is now home to eight separate studios, which host shows like American Idol, The Young & the Restless, The Price is Right and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher …

» Citadel Outlets

Citadel Outlets

Located on the I-5 Freeway, 10 minutes south of Downtown L.A., this fortress-like, faux-Mesopotamian complex houses the city's only shopping outlets. (The outlet malls in Camarillo and Ontario both lie outside of Los Angeles County.) With 115 outlet stores, including Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Old Navy, the Citadel can be a multi-hour diversion. Several casual/fast food restaurants provide a sense of true Southern California cuisine …

» Disney's California Adventure Park

Disney's California Adventure Park

Exciting new adventures start the moment you enter Disney California Adventure Park, which is the perfect culmination of familiar Disney stories and California dreams. Attractions include the splendid landscapes of Soarin' Over California, a voyage on the Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror elevator ride, and the thrilling California Screamin' rollercoaster at Paradise Pier! …

» Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth! Filled with memories, imagination, and eight different, but ever-so magical lands! From Fantasyland to Frontierland, there is much to see and even more to do! You have lots of tickets options to choose from. Get a Park Hopper, which lets you go between parks in the same day. Or choose to spend an entire day in each park with a One Park-Per-Day ticket. For a break from the parks, take the monorail to Downtown Disney …

» Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland® Park Walt Disney's original theme park, Disneyland Park, is the place where it all began! Eight themed Lands filled with timeless attractions, world-class entertainment and surprises around every turn have made this the place where dreams come true for more than five decades. No matter how many times you visit, it's always an exciting, new experience! Disney California Adventure™ Park Imagine a day filled with one amazing adventure after another …

» Dolby Theatre (Kodak Theatre)

Dolby Theatre (Kodak Theatre)

Renamed in 2012 when sponsor Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy, this 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat theater now showcases Dolby Laboratories' state-of-the-art sound technologies. Situated in the popular Hollywood & Highland mall complex, the elegant Dolby Theatre hosts both the Academy Awards and Cirque du Soleil's Iris, a resident stage show which celebrates the history of film. Periodically, the Dolby also plays host to charity benefits, movie premieres, special events …

» Downtown Historic District

Downtown Historic District

Centered on Pershing Square, this condensed collection of city blocks once comprised the most glamorous commercial area in Los Angeles; after a decade's worth of rejuvenation efforts, it has once again become a desirable destination. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it encompasses the Broadway Theater District, the Old Spring Street Financial District and Bunker Hill. Crowned by the gilded Art Deco splendor of the Biltmore Hotel, buildings like the Los Angeles Central Library …

» Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre

Developed by L.A. real estate giants Charles E. Toberman and Sid Grauman, the vaudeville showman and movie-palace mogul behind the nearby Chinese Theatre, this 1922 Egyptian-themed landmark capitalized on the national fervor of British archeologists' early 1920s discoveries of ancient Egyptian tombs and artifacts. The Egyptian Theatre's dramatic entrance courtyard bears huge columns and mock hieroglyphics, similar in feel (if not scale) to the Babylonian …

» El Capitan Theatre

El Capitan Theatre

Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company, this ornately restored 1926 movie palace was part of real estate developer Charles E. Toberman and showman Sid Grauman's original Hollywood theater district (along with the neighboring Chinese and Egyptian theaters). Now used primarily to host premieres and special runs of Disney films, the El Capitan is bordered by a Disney store and soda fountain, the latter of which features ice cream flavors named for the theater's current feature …

» Getty Center Museum

Getty Center Museum

In its billion-dollar in-the-clouds perch high above the city, the Getty Center presents triple delights: a stellar art collection (Renaissance to David Hockney); Richard Meier's cutting-edge architecture; and the visual splendor of seasonally changing gardens. On clear days, you can add breathtaking views of the city and ocean to the list. Even getting up to the museum aboard the computer-operated tram is fun. From the sprawling arrival plaza, a natural flow of walkways, stairs …

» Grammy Museum

Grammy Museum

Opened in 2008 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, the music industry's biggest accolade, this major attraction at Downtown L.A.'s blockbuster entertainment complex, L.A. Live, celebrates all aspects of the music industry. With four stories and over 30,000 square feet of space, this is the largest music-themed museum in Los Angeles, which is itself the center of the American music industry. Permanent exhibits include elaborate outfits worn by past Grammy winners …

» Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Stand in the footprints of your favorite silver-screen legends in the courtyard of this grand movie palace. The exotic pagoda theater - complete with temple bells and stone Heaven Dogs from China - has shown movies since 1927. In fact, it's still a studio favorite for star-studded premieres, captivating crowds of all ages. It's somewhat of a tourist rite of passage to compare your hands and feet with the famous prints set in cement at the entrance court. There are some 160 celebrity squares …

» Griffith Park

Griffith Park

One of the largest urban green spaces in the country, Griffith Park is a wonderful playground for all ages and interests. The park embraces an outdoor theater, the city zoo, and observatory, two museums, golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds, bridle paths, hiking trails, Batman's caves, and even the Hollywood sign. For astronomy buffs, the landmark Griffith Observatory opens a window on the universe in its planetarium with the world's most advanced star projector …


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