Moving to Los Angeles? There is no other city life Los Angeles in the country…perhaps even the world. The eclectic mixture of people, many whom bring cultures and traditions from other countries, contribute to the diverse environment that makes this city so attractive. As the second largest city in America, LA’s population includes some of the world’s most famous celebrities, people with roots in foreign countries, and many other eccentric residents. Nicknamed the City of Angles, LA’s actual name is El pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciúncula, which literally translates to “The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula.” LA is one of the more influential entertainment and cultural centers in the world, and is a popular vacation destination because of its consistently mild climate and well known attractions.
People will always be drawn to the glamour of Los Angeles, especially those with big dreams of making it in Hollywood. Whether its a young actor moving cross country from New York or a small town girl hoping to get her big break, all kinds of people pack up their lives and hope for a fresh start. Los Angeles is home to some of the country’s best universities, including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California (USC), which draw students and professors from around the world.
There are a host of things to do and see in LA, including spending time at one of the many beaches along the coastline if doing nothing at all is what you’re looking for. Second only to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, you can still visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland, which is open every day of the year! New York isn’t the only place to showcase Broadway performances…you can see some of the same famous productions in LA. The city is filled with cultural and educational museum such as the Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Center, California Science Center, and Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture. At the Gamble House you can take a 15 minute tour of the Proctor and Gamble family home (just one of the many famous city residents in history) of the 1900’s.
For the star struck, take a sightseeing tour of movie star homes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bell-Air, the Sunset Strip, and Rodeo Drive. Tour some of LA’s most famous entertainment landmarks like Grauman’s Chinese Theater where you can see celebrity handprints along the sidewalk, the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard where the first actor to receive a star was Joanne Woodward in 1960, the Hollywood Bowl (home to the LA Philharmonic Association and Disney Concert Hall), the Kodak Theater (where the Academy Awards are hosted), Chinatown, and the Staples Center (home to the local sports teams and musical performances).
Sports in LA are hugely popular with residents and visitors alike. In fact, the city has two different NBA basketball teams – the LA Lakers and LA Clippers. LA is also represented in the NHL with the LA Kings, the MLB with the LA Dodgers, and the WNBA with the LA Sparks. To have your own recreational fun, visit some of the botanic gardens, waking trails, golf courses and wildlife sanctuaries maintained by the LA Department of Parks and Recreation.
Downtown Los Angeles is the business center of the city, but also includes such subdistricts as the Artist District, Fashion District, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and the Jewelry District. You’ll also find the East Los Angeles region (a primarily Latino community) and West Los Angeles region (home to such affluent areas as Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. Hollywood is home to many entertainment landmarks, while celebrities gravitate towards the exclusive “Golden Triangle” of Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Holmby Hills. The San Fernando Valley, also known as “The Valley,” is home to such businesses as NBC-Universal, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros.