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Los Angeles Travel GuideThe largest city in the state of California is Los Angeles. The city is also the second largest in the country, ranking right after New York. Los Angeles is most popularly known as L.A. or "the city of angels". Los Angeles has a Mediterranean climate and rains occur during the winter and spring months.
Generally, the city is divided into the following areas: Downtown Los Angeles, Highland Park and Eagle Rock areas, South Central, the Harbor Area, Hollywood, the Westside, and the San Fernando and Crescenta Valleys.
The most important and famous landmarks in the city that are a must visit to tourists from around the globe are include Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Kodak Studio's, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Getty Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hollywood Sign, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles City Hall, Capitol Records Tower, Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, Watts Towers, Dodger Stadium and Olvera Street.
Among all the places of sight seeing probably the most attractive one is Hollywood. Hollywood is a district of the city which is full of movie studios and theatres and of course celebrities. This is the reason why the word 'Hollywood' is often made one with the world of American cinema and the music industry as well. Hollywood is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is extremely popular for its booming night life and as a busy tourist haunt. Hollywood also is the home for the Paramount Studios, the Kodak theatres, Capital Records, the NBC studios and many such places.
Apart from being a major center for world movies, Los Angeles is also a very important center for sports. The city is the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League and the Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse. Los Angeles is also home to the UCLA Bruins in the NCAA and the USC Trojans. Los Angeles is the place where beach volleyball and windsurfing was first invented.
Los Angeles is often the city around which centers the story of Hollywood movies and in these motion pictures the city is often depicted as a haunt for large gangsters but contrary to this depiction the city has seen an amazing decline in crime since the year 1990. The city of Los Angeles is also very famous as a city with scores of the best schools and colleges in the world.
The colleges like Mount St. Mary's College, Occidental College, National University of California, Otis College of Art and Design, Southwestern Law School, Southern California Institute of Architecture and University of Southern California are all situated over here.
Los Angeles has 27 freeways that handle its vast population of cars and vehicles. Tourists love to visit this city of the angels.
Street Map of Los Angeles in California