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You've seen it on film, heard about it from many and now it's time for you to explore the much talked about, City of Los Angeles. The city has many nicknames, such as L.A., City of Angels, Angeltown, the Big Orange, La-la-land, Tinseltown, City of Flowers and Sunshine. This ethnically diverse city is home to many racial groups from around the world and the city is the American entertainment industry hub. Geographically, L.A. is categorized into more than 80 districts and neighborhoods. The city with its Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, is one of the most dynamic cities and always offer something new to discover.

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History of Los Angeles

Prior to the European exploration, the city was inhabited by the Chumash and Tongva Native American tribes. The tribes were settled in the coastal area of L.A. In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to claim the southern California regions. After the Europeans contact, the people of the land were known as Gabrielinos and Fernandenos. The California Gold Rush of 1849, brought in many settlers who flooded the city. The history of Los Angeles has been associated with the eras of the Spanish and the Mexican. Alpheus P. Hodges was elected the first mayor of los Angeles in 1850.

Important Locations in Los Angeles

The global city is home to some headquarters of globally renowned corporate offices and has many significant industries. The Los Angeles–Long Beach metropolitan area is the city's commercial and financial hub, making it the world's third-largest economic metropolitan area. The Los Angeles county encompasses a staggering number of notable museums and art galleries, historical landmarks and significant offices.

A glimpse of the glamorous sights of Hollywood: Take a stroll around the Hollywood Walk of Fame, featuring over 2400 notable figures of the entertainment industry and get a sneak peek of stardust.

Skinny dip or sun bask at Venice Beach: Famously known as the the kooky Mecca of California, the Venice beach is a perfect place to relax and nurture yourself.

The King of all museums worldwide, the Getty Center: The Getty Center is definitely worth a visit with its rich collections of great works by renowned artists, not to forget is the French decorative arts and an expanding photography collection.

Pretty Woman, walking down the street of Rodeo Drive: Yes you have guessed it right! The Rodeo street encompasses array of high-end shops, featured in the film Pretty Woman. Window shopping or serious spending? It's your call but this is lifetime shopping experience.

A Jurassic experience in the Museum of Jurassic Technology: An interesting blend of fact and fiction, the institution is scientific wonders and artistic miracles. Not to miss is the bat that can fly through walls and impossibly tiny sculptures.

You're never too old for Disneyland: The legendary theme park need no introduction and is packed with so many exciting and interesting things to do irrespective of your age.

A place to shop and eat: The junction of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue is the ultimate place lined up with shops loaded with chic clothes and indulge in the delicious food of the the Original Farmers Market's fresh produce.

A drink or two? The Bar Marmont in West Hollywood, with its exquisite decor is a perfect place to experience an unconventional, stylish drinking experience.

The place that connects between people and space: The Griffith Observatory lets you explore the space through the giant telescopes and magnificent view of the city from Griffith Park.

A comprehensive guide to plan a great trip to LA

People and Culture of Los Angeles

Los Angeles plays host to people from over 140 countries speaking varied languages. The city has an estimated population of over 3,928,864. L.A. encompasses more museums and theaters than any cities of the United States. A must see is the Philharmonic performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall and also an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Los Angeles is a magnet for aspiring stars.

Time Zone and Phone Codes of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8). The Summer Daylight Saving Time (DST) is Pacific Daylight Time (UTC−7).

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -8 hours
Daylight saving time: 1 hour
Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -7 hour
Time zone abbreviation: PDT

Phone Codes of Los Angeles

Los Angeles are codes: 213, 310/424, 323, 661, 747/818
International Country Code: 1

Best Time to Visit Los Angeles

If you are planning for a vacation to Los Angeles, you must plan between March to May or September to November. At this time of the year, the weather is also very favorable (average temperatures remain in the 60s or 70s) for visiting all outdoor attractions. A winter trip may get you a better hotel deals.

Los Angeles Marathon (March)
The Academy Awards (March)
California Poppy Festival (April)
UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival (May)

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (June)
Outfest (July)
Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (July)
California Gift Show (July)

Orange Street Fair (August)
Los Angeles International Tamale Festival (November)

LA Art Show (January)
Chinese New Year and Golden Dragon Parade (February)

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