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LA Overview: Everything Under the Sun

The second largest metropolitan area in the US behind only New York, the City of Angels offers visitors a coastline that extends from Malibu to Long Beach. In fact, this beautiful city along the Pacific coast of Southern California consists of several distinct and interesting regions: Downtown, Hollywood, West Side, the Valleys, the Beaches, Anaheim and Santa Monica. Settled in 1781 by wandering Mexican missionaries, the City of Angels grew from a small village into a gold-rush town, an oil boomtown and in the 1920s into Tinsel Town when Hollywood was born after people left New York in search of better opportunities in the movie industry and eternal sunshine. Housing all the major film studios, LA still reigns as the entertainment capital of the world. Visitors eager to experience some of this can take in all kinds of shows here, from classics and revivals to the latest blockbusters. The New Eden is also a leading city in the worlds of television production and music. Nightlife in Los Angeles includes comedy clubs, blues bars, coffee houses, juice bars, poetry recitals, great restaurants, and everything in between. Downtown, Silver Lake, Hollywood and the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood are popular hotspots for Angelenos, the name given to the people of LA, and travelers alike. While Disneyland is possibly the city’s top attraction, Los Angeles is also home to many other world-famous cultural institutions such as the Getty Museum, Wells Fargo Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. Important landmarks in the city include Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Hollywood Boulevard. LA is also home to some of the biggest shopping venues in California. Among these are the Hollywood and Highland Complex, Beverly Center, Robertson Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, where tourists are likely to spot celebrities shopping as well. The economy of Los Angeles, driven by international trade, entertainment, aerospace, tourism and fashion, continues to flourish. At least six Fortune 500 companies are based here. Other leading enterprises with headquarters in the city include Paramount Pictures, City National Bank, 20th Century Fox, Univision and Premier America.

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