The City of Los Angeles holds many distinctions. L.A. is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 100 museums, and a paradise of idyllic weather. From tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame’s collection of stars (numbering more than 2,614 and growing by one or two a month) to career opportunities like those presented in the expanding tech industry, Los Angeles is the place to be. It is the only city in North America to have hosted the Summer Olympics twice. Downtown L.A. is the largest government center outside of Washington, D.C. Los Angeles has the only remaining wooden lighthouse in the state (located in San Pedro’s Fermin Park) and the largest historical theater district on the National Register of Historic Places (located Downtown on Broadway).
Los Angeles is home to some of the most dynamic dining experiences a destination can offer. From quaint to red-carpet dishes, from celebrity chefs and top-rated cuisine to short order legends and bar-stool gourmet, the possibilities are endless in L.A. Each region of L.A. offers a variety of dining options that appeal to any palette and price point. L.A. is so diverse, it’s possible to dine around the world without ever leaving the city.
Los Angeles has inspired “California-cool” fashion trends all over the world. From the high fashion shops on Rodeo Drive to the chic boutiques of the beach cities, Los Angeles offers shopping for every style. Top shopping enclaves include Rodeo Drive, the Fashion District in Downtown L.A., The Grove, Beverly Center, Hollywood & Highland, Americana at Brand in Glendale, Westfield Century City, Robertson Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, The Citadel Outlets, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. Throughout L.A., visitors will find eclectic shopping neighborhoods, museum gift shops and several outlets for bargain shoppers.
Some of the world’s best-known and most iconic landmarks and attractions call Los Angeles home: the Hollywood Sign; Griffith Observatory; the Getty Center; the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in Downtown L.A.; the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the TCL Chinese Theatre; Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center; the Battleship USS Iowa located at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro; Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Library; and Universal Studios Hollywood, with its dynamic immersive experience, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.
With famous venues like the Staples Center at L.A. LIVE, home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, NHL’s L.A. Kings, and Dodger’s Stadium, where the Los Angeles Dodgers serve as a main attraction sports fans flock to in L.A. Los Angeles is also home to several esteemed universities that have large sports followings such as USC and UCLA.
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