We've been to the Big Apple and the Windy City, so how about we head to the City of Angels? Ahh…after a long road trip, we've made our way to sunny California. Surf, sand, sun…and Hollywood! Welcome to Los Angeles!
Extending over 40 miles from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean in southern California, Los Angeles is the largest city in California and the second-largest urban area in the United States. The greater Los Angeles metropolitan area is currently home to more than 18 million people, and the City of Los Angeles alone encompasses approximately 469 square miles.
Founded in 1781 by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve, Los Angeles became a part of Mexico in 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence. After the Mexican-American War in 1848, Los Angeles and the remainder of California were purchased via treaty and became part of the United States.
Nicknamed the “City of Angels" (Los Angeles means “the angels" in Spanish), Los Angeles also goes by several other monikers, including “L.A." and “La La Land." Modern-day Los Angeles is a truly global city with a significant impact on worldwide business, trade, entertainment, culture, sports, fashion, media, science, research, medicine, education, and technology.
For example, as the home of Hollywood, much of the growth of Los Angeles has been attributed to its fame as the home of the modern motion picture industry. But L.A. is famous for being the hub of all the major forms of entertainment, including sports, television, and music. Los Angeles is a world leader in the production of television shows, motion pictures, recorded music, and video games.
Sports fans can find just about every type of professional sports team they could hope for in Los Angeles. In fact, in some sports, L.A. boasts more than one team. The only major sport missing from the City of Angels at the present time is a professional football team. L.A. used to be home to the Rams and the Raiders, but both teams moved away. Los Angeles has played host to the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984.
There are many reasons for the success of Los Angeles as a major city. Its climate is generally warm and mild, which has attracted many people over the years. In addition to Hollywood, L.A. has also benefited greatly from the development of its citrus-fruit industry, the discovery of oil in the early 1890s, and the development of its man-made harbor, which has become one of the busiest ports in the United States.
If you're looking for a nice place to visit on vacation, Los Angeles has a little bit of something for everyone. In addition to the movie industry sights in Hollywood, many people enjoy visiting the La Brea Tar Pits or Disneyland. Long Beach offers sun, sand, and beautiful ocean views. For educational attractions, you can't beat the J. Paul Getty Museum or the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.