The City of Los Angeles- Los Ángeles means ‘the angels’ in Spanish. Historically home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California. The city was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve.
In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. In 1850 Los Angeles is incorporated as a municipality, and California becomes the 30th state in the union
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, many of them world-class, 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 – and by 2028 the third time. 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).
Americans call Los Angeles – LA and one of the city’s nicknames is LA LA Land.
Santa Monica Boulevard crosses 4 cities: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. LA is located on a high seismic zone. Over the years the city has had some serious earthquakes. And yet Los Angeles is home to a lot of skyscrapers, in particular to the tallest building in California – U.S. Bank Tower, 73-story landmark rising 1,018 feet (310 m), which is 11th tallest building in America;
Occupying the territory of over 1300 square km, LA is the biggest US city (by territory).
The metropolitan area of Los Angeles has 5 airports and LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world.
Griffith Park in L.A. is the biggest state park in California. Located in the park are the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, a Greek theater, a planetarium, a riding center used in the 1984 Olympic Games, tennis courts, golf courses, and hiking trails.
The U.S. Bank Tower is the second tallest building in Los Angeles.
Santa Monica is where the laid back people hang out. The popular Santa Monica Pier and its ferris wheel is located there as well as the Santa Monica beach.
The Los Angeles Music Center is one of the biggest performing arts centers in the US.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic is housed in Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Inaugurated in 1997, the Getty Center sits on top of a hill and is home to the Getty Museum and programs of the Getty Trust.