The City of Angels is a vibrant mix of historical Hollywood enclaves, endless sand beaches, and beautiful people.

Tucked into a Pacific coastal valley, Los Angeles is the United States’ second largest city. And little wonder: both for Angelenos and visitors alike, this multi-faceted metropolis has mass appeal. Stroll Venice Beach’s boardwalk: this bohemian neighborhood was a 1950s Beat Generation hangout. Indulge in authentic sushi in Little Tokyo. Flash your plastic in the exclusive boutiques of Melrose Place or Rodeo Drive. Or soak up the city’s night time vibe with a cocktail on Sunset Strip.

Things to know before you go

  • Los Angeles is the epicenter of the world’s film industry. Not only are the Oscars held here each year, but Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount Pictures are all based in the city.
  • Gallery Row is comprised of dozens of art venues clustered along Main and Spring Streets. The neighborhood's Downtown Art Walk, held every second Thursday of the month, attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
  • For a bird's eye view over LA's cityscape, skyscraping mountains, and the Pacific coastline, take a whirl on the Santa Monica Pier's Ferris wheel. This three-mile beach served as the set for long-running series Baywatch.

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Kathryn Tomasetti

Nice, Italy

Kathryn Tomasetti is an American-born, Italian-raised food and travel journalist. Her voyages to locals-only markets and off-the-beaten-track beaches around the world have appeared in Delicious magazine and National Geographic.