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The largest and world-famous city on the West coast of the United States is Los Angeles. The “City of Angles” is an industrial, commercial, educational, cultural and scientific center.
Nearly 15 million people live in Great-Los Angeles, which includes not only Los Angeles, but its suburbs: Pasadena, Ontario, Fontana, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley and so on.
Los Angeles
Photo: Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by chrisspurgeon

It’s rather worthy to discover the districts of Los Angeles on foot, so we that have the chance to observe the famous buildings and streets that we saw in thousands of movies from the first row.The Downtown is dominated by huge skyscrapers. The US Bank Tower (Library Tower) is the tallest with is 310 meters of height.
L.A. Downtown, U. S. Bank Tower
Photo: U. S. Bank Tower (Library Tower), Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by YoNoSoyTu

We can access several institutions and museums from Main Street, like:
· Museum of Contemporary Art, where a fantastic artistic collection is on display.
· Los Angeles Central Library, one of the biggest libraries in the world, with 2 million books.
· Los Angeles City Hall, the 28-storey precious stone of the city, built in 1928.
· Los Angeles Children’s Museum, which is designed especially for children. It attracts thousands of families throughout the year.
· Music Center, there are theatrical performances and musical programs and concerts in this huge theatre and concert center

The Grand Central Market, El Pueblo, Little Tokyo and the Chinatown are just beside the downtown.
The Grand Central Market is a big market blessed with popularity. One may buy vegetables, fruits and herbs here.
El Pueblo is the oldest district of Los Angeles. Some of its buildings were built by the Spanish settlers at the end of the 18th century, for example, the Old Plaza Church.
The Union Station, famous for being a scene in many movies, is found just at the edge of the district. It was built in 1939.

Little Tokyo is the center of the Japanese community in Los Angeles. It’s worth to pay a visit to the Japanese Village Plaza, which is a crowded shopping center, and the Japanese American National Museum, where we’ll have the chance to see the effects of Japanese immigrants on the life of the USA.

Chinatown is the center of one of the largest Chinese communities of the USA. The district is always swarm, and one may procure the most varied goods one wants; clothes, different food and many other things too.
Chinatown
Photo: Chinatown, Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by JOE WU

The Exposition Park and University of Southern California is located South-West from the downtown, which is the famous educational and cultural center of Los Angeles. We may also find museums and cultural institutions beside the largest university of California:
· Californian Museum of Science and History, which is an interesting scientific museum.
· Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is a museum of natural science. Various plants and animals are on display.
· California Afro American Museum, which introduces the role of the Afro-Americans of the city to us.
· Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a sports center, which was the site of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

There are two important cultural institution situated North-East of the downtown: Lummis House and the Southwest Museum. Both museums are magnificent and show how the native Indian tribes lived on the continent of America in the last millennium.
The Griffith Park, found in the Northern part of the city, is the largest in Los Angeles. Many people visit the park each year to have a rest and escape from the drift of the city. It’s worth to visit the following popular places in the park:
· Griffith Observatory, an interesting scientific institution
· Greek Theatre, a beautiful theatre built just like the ancient Greek theatres
· Los Angeles Zoo, popular zoo of the city
· Travel Town, it shows old locomotives, railway carriages and cars
· Autry Museum of Western Heritage, an exhibition on the history of the Wild West
Griffith Observatory
Photo: Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by Echo_29

We may find three important cultural centers on the Eastern side of Los Angeles: the Getty Center, the Museum of Tolerance and Westwood Village, which is the home of the University of California at Los Angeles.
The Getty Center was established by the oil-tycoon Paul Getty. It has a magnificent artistic collection from famous painters. We may see various paintings, drawings and graphics here.
The Museum of Tolerance deals with the history of the racism and the Holocaust.
Nearly forty thousand students study at the largest university center of California in Westwood Village. Westwood is the home of several popular cultural institutions, like: the Fowler Museum of Culture History, which is a museum of social science, and deals with the history of many continents; the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture shows a reputed artistic collection with masterpieces from Monet and Van Gogh as well.

The two famous coastal districts of Los Angeles are Santa Monica and Venice.
Santa Monica has probably the most famous beach in Los Angeles. The beautiful sandy beach attracts thousands of visitors each year. The lovers of water sports can enjoy themselves perfectly. There’s a chance to go jet skiing, pleasure boating, wind surfing and scuba diving. The beachside streets are surrounded by elegant shops, restaurants, bars and different musical clubs. It’s worth to visit the shops of Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, which is a famous amusement park.
Venice is also a popular resort. It deserved the name Venice for its artificial canals, where one may go boating. Its coastal part is popular throughout the year. The well-known Muscle Beach is to be found here, where the bodybuilder like to train. Arnold Schwarzenegger trained here too.
Venice Canals
Photo: Venice Canals, Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by Laughing Squid,

Probably the most famous district of Los Angeles is Beverly Hills, or the Golden Triangle, how the locals call it. The district is the home of the wealthiest people. Its streets are flanked by villas and palaces. There are elegant shops on the two of its main streets, Rodeo Drive and the Wilshire Boulevard. They – Gucci, Versace and Christian Dior for example - offer the latest and most expensive models of the world of fashion. It’s worth to visit the sensational Hollywood Actor’s Home, which introduces the visitors to the life of the actors. The Museum of Television and Radio has got the materials of nearly one hundred-thousand TV and radio programs.
Beverly Hills
Photo: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by Andréas Olofsson

It is definitely worth to walk along the most famous esplanades of Hollywood, like the Mulholland Drive, the Sunset Boulevard and on the Hollywood Boulevard.
The Sunset Boulevard is flanked by sparkling shops, hotels, elegant restaurants, night clubs and various pleasure-grounds. More film studios are in the area too. Its popular clubs are the Roxy Club, The House of Blues, the Roxbury Club, the Viper Room and the swarm main square of the Sunset Plaza.
The Mulholland Drive is one of the most beautiful panoramic roads of Los Angeles, which connects North-Hollywood to Malibu. There’s a fantastic sight opening up from the road, which marches through the ridge of the Santa Monica Mountain.
Probably the most famous esplanade of Los Angeles is the Hollywood Boulevard. The HOLLYWOOD sign, the symbol of Los Angeles, is placed on the Hollywood Hills, just beside the boulevard. The main attraction of the promenade is the Walk of Fame. This part of the road is decorated by the hand and footprints of the most famous movie actors. It’s advised to visit the Mann’s Theatre and the El Captain Theatre, where always the latest movies are on show. The Hollywood Bowl is just around the block. It is a huge music and concert center; many people come here throughout the year. The Farmers Market is also found in this neighborhood. There are popular cafeterias, restaurants and different shops here.
Hollywood Hills
Photo: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by (platinum)

The Universal City lies west from Hollywood. It is the home of the huge movie factory, the Universal Studios. We may also find an amusement park here to, equipped with the scenery of the earlier movies. There are three dimensional movie-theatres, the scenery of Water world, Terminator 2 and the Mummy. The entertainment between the sceneries is unforgettable. We can buy souvenirs from Hollywood in its shops or eat Californian dishes in its restaurants.

It’s worth to visit great-Los Angeles as well. There are two well-known coastal settlements here. The sandy beaches of Malibu and Newport Beach are perfectly suitable for swimming, water skiing or scuba diving. Do visit the Malibu Creek State Park and the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve, where you may find protected animals and plants, and you may admire waterfalls too.
Malibu Beach
Photo: Malibu Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA, flickr.com, by Michael Clesle

The famous Disneyland Resort – one of the largest tourist attractions of Los Angeles - is situated in Anaheim. The amusement park offers entertainment for both children and adults. It is visited by millions of people each year, it is a great fun.

One of the largest suburb cities of Los Angeles is Pasadena. It is an important cultural center. Its famous sights are, the Norton Simon Museum, showing famous artistic collections; the beautiful Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens, which has invaluable books in its possession.

The Long Beach offers further interesting things. One of the largest aquariums of the USA is found here, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the most famous ship of the early 20th century, the Queen Mary is docked in its harbor. It is now a tourists’ spectacle.

 

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