After New York, Los Angeles is the second largest city in the U.S.. Los Angeles stretches along the Pacific coast of southern California. Has 122 km of coastal line, from Malibu to Long Beach, while inland lies part of a vast land once arid riverbed, surrounded by Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains.
If you arrive here by plane, you have a very pleasant first impression of the city. From the vast expanse of streets and buildings gushing a bunch of towering skyscrapers that mark the center - 26 km of seashore. In Pasadena is northeast, northwest are Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City, and San Fernando Valley, Long Beach is located south and along the coast are Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Marina del Rey.
Over the decades the city has turned a city of gold seekers in one oil - oil pumps are still there, penduland like mechanical donkeys. Until the late nineteenth century settlers were heading west in large numbers, attracted by the same things after coming today: the mild climate, sea and sky that is always sunny. On average, enjoying 292 sunny days a year, being cooled by ocean breezes and little rain. Sunsets can be truly fabulous.
Reputation of the city turning point came in 1920 when the film industry and realized that just missed the sunny weather in New York, so he moved west. So Hollywood, then a simple district, became famous worldwide. Today, most of them located where major studios (Paramount, Universal, Fox and Warner Brothers), Hollywood is labeled as "world capital of entertainment."
However has more interesting than Hollywood. Disneyland's most famous amusement park in America, is the most popular place. The city shelters and many world-renowned cultural institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA Philharmonic (which now is located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall), the Getty Museum and Getty Villa.
Visitors come to see the huge Hollywood sign and Griffith Park stars of Beverly Hills mansions, but also to try the nightlife of Sunset Strip, animation on the beach, car culture, or just watching passers.
LA is exuberant - few places in the world the term "Express Yourself" (Express Yourself) is taken so seriously. From hippies to fanatic obsessed with "made muscles" and the lovers of art deco to the fanatics religious fog with Glamur and wealthy, all are there.
From classic cars to silicone, LA represents people's dreams to come here in their thousands in search of fame and fortune or just a new life. Los Angeles is the place to escape for immigrants from Asia, Pacific Edge, Eastern Europe, Mexico and Latin America. LA is comprised of people from 160 countries, speaking 96 different languages.
Much of Los Angeles lives in a "bubble" - a "bubble" that is always sunny and nothing (no pollution, earthquakes and even occasional limited reserves of water) will not stand in the way local stubbornness to work hard and to luxuriate.
The city is a mosaic of areas, each with specific or cultural. Historically in the South Los Angeles, predominantly African-American, Latin gradually becomes. Popularized by movies and hip hop music, it holds the richest black community in America, Baldwin Hills neighborhood.
Crenshaw District hosts the famous black churches, the first African Methodist Episcopal Church and West Angeles Church of God in Christ (West Angeles Church of God in Christ), while the Leimert Park area is famous for jazz, art and culture. Like all big cities, be careful when you go through unknown areas.
By Maria Morari
The most beautiful cities in the USA .