Welcome to the City of Angels, also known as Los Angeles. As the hub of the world's film industry, L.A. has become an eclectic, ethnic, diverse and sprawling city with one side facing the ocean and the other three sides surrounded by mountains. Just about anything anyone could be interested in is in L.A. including history, fashion, movie stars, shopping, museums, film studios, and beaches along with an amazing assortment of cuisines. One could find anything they desire in Los Angeles.
The city was officially founded in 1781, was then owned by Mexico, and finally was purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, along with the rest of California. Situated in a coastal basin, the weather is considered Mediterranean. Although English is the official language, there are a variety of languages spoken due to both immigration and the film industry.
The sightseeing alone is worth the trip. From sights such as Paramount Studios to Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, there's no end of activities. The second largest city in the United States, it is also host to 841 museums not to mention a seemingly endless supply of high-end restaurants to bohemian coffee shops. The beaches abound with water sports, and the city offers everything else. Whether you are a sports fan, a film enthusiast, an architectural buff, or just curious to see how so many cultures and economic conditions meld, this is the city to visit.
Check and see what excursions are available to see exactly what you are interested in. The best way to see the sights you want is on the Los Angeles Hop On Hop Off Bus Sightseeing Excursion. One can either travel a full loop, or get on, or off, at a particular area of interest.
Whatever you choose to do, know that you've chosen one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Don't forget your camera, you are sure to see sights you've never seen before!
Fun Fact: The city was first named "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Sobre el Rio Porciuncula.” So instead of being known as "LA", it could have been "EPDNSRDLASERP"!