Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures, economic and social strata. From the Hispanic communities of South Central LA to the mansions and hilltop residences of the fabulously wealthy, everyone has a place in this mammoth metropolis.
Downtown LA is crammed with cloud-piercing towers and superb cultural attractions. The colourful Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the fashionable neighbourhood of Bunker Hill, boasts masterpieces from the abstract expressionist period, plus a popular pop art gallery.
Nearby lies the bustling Grand Central Market, where the air buzzes with the sounds of stallholders, flaunting their wares.
The home of Hollywood and the biggest entertainment industry in the world, Los Angeles makes for a fun and interesting vacation. The sun always shines on LA and with world-class attractions like Disneyland and Rodeo Drive, the city has something for everyone.
Head to Venice Beach for some of the world's best people-watching, see great museums, or stroll the streets and catch a glimpse of a celebrity--have a look at Los Angeles for yourself!
Los Angeles natives inhabit the entire plain and all the local hills plus the sides of the mountain ranges and into all of the connecting valleys. The city now covers over 1000 square-miles in dozens of interconnected communities. High-rise buildings only exist in a few isolated clusters. From nearly every vantage point, you can gaze across miles of low rooftops with palm trees towering above.
Los Angeles is located on the southern coast of California about 75 miles (120km) north of the Mexican border and 400 miles (600km) south of San Francisco.
Los Angeles is situated on an irregularly shaped coastal plain about 30 to 60 miles across. It is bounded on the west by nearly 60 miles of Pacific Coast beaches and ocean cliffs.
The San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains form a 2500-meter high wall to the east. The Santa Monica Mountains define its northern limit and the Santa Anna Mountains define the southern.