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LA is city of dreams, fashion, mega stars and Hollywood. It is the quintessential American 21st century city with a lot of alcohol and drugs – embracing and absorbing everything in its path – from culture to food to people – and making its own. It reflects and (to some) warps it back in a manner that is uniquely L.A. 

LA is the great America city of the 21st century. It’s is built on dreams and the dream factory and the creating of that fantasy rubs off on its citizens actually here. In some places, it is a miles wide but only an inch deep but sometimes, a little fantasy is a good thing. Take the base of the American spirit that anything is possible, add in the belief that life is like a movie and add lots of sunshine – you can reinvent yourself and anything is really possible. No matter what your nationality really is – you too can travel halfway around the world to win an Oscar®, live in Beverly Hills or come from a small Austrian village penniless and become governor of the state. 

 
The city has everything – whether you’re jet set, roughing it or in between – it is ALL here. L.A. is cosmopolitan, quaint, crazy, quiet sophisticated, down-home and everything in between. It got riches and poverty – sometimes only blocks away. You can have and see it all.

 First geographically, L.A. County really encompasses hundreds of suburbs and other cities. Los Angeles itself is just the ‘downtown’ area that you often see and maybe ten miles west. For instance, Beverly Hills is really its own city not legally part of L.A. But of course, outside of city politics, no one really makes that distinction. So, while we’re really crosses legal boundaries, we’ll just call most of it all L.A.
 
L.A. is all about the neighborhoods (though some are technically cities) – some are world famous – Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Universal City, Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Burbank, San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, Century City, South Central (now South Los Angeles)  – including world famous streets such as Sunset, Melrose, Olivera, Rodeo. Santa Monica, Mulholland and even infamous such as Florence and Normandie. And these are just the world famous ones – there are literally hundreds of other cities, places and streets equally interesting.

L.A. has two of the best universities in the nation, a multi-billion dollar job and business market, the world’s entertainment industry andhomes within minutes of scenic beaches, celebrities,corporate centre’s such as Fox Hills, Century City and of course downtown L.A.

Naturally the wide variety of viewsfeaturing everything from any kind of neighborhoodimaginable to beaches, mountains, snowing hills,forests, vast parks, deserts, industrial portions of El Segundo orthe city of Vernon make for fantastic motion-pictureproduction opportunities.

Thinking of all of this, it is not difficult to understand why Los Angeles is a national monument itself, always a landmark in the making.

Los Angeles bustles by day and sparkles by night. Get a great view of the show from the top of one of downtown’s high-rise hotels. Head to Olvera Street, where the city’s roots as a Mexican outpost come alive in colorful shops and restaurants. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument encompasses 27 buildings of historical or architectural significance. Tour the 1818 Avila Adobe, the city’s oldest home.

A must-see for both its art and architecture is the Museum of Contemporary Art, a building as stunning as the art exhibited inside. Other architectural showpieces are the Italianate Renaissance-style Biltmore Hotel, facing renewed Pershing Square, and the Beaux Arts-style Central Library. Mission-style Union Station captures the heyday of train travel. Music and theater fans adore the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, often site of the Academy Awards.

Los Angeles’ multi-ethnic society provides many opportunites for travelers to experience various cultures, foods and colorful traditions. LA’s African-American community is celebrated for its exceptional jazz clubs and ethnic restaurants.

Asia’s influence on L.A. is considerable. Visit Japanese restaurants, gardens, and upscale shops in Little Tokyo. Take in the Japanese-American National Museum for an intriguing look at the Japanese experience in this country. Explore more Asian culture in Chinatown, a favorite dining destination.

For those who have the time and want to see more of LA, there is nothing better than driving through large parts of it to get a flavor of the city.


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