Frank Lloyd Wright is said to have quipped, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles," a quote that has since been repeated both by those who love and hate L.A.
Los Angeles is a city of diverse cultures, and many of them are showcased in and around the city's Downtown. While Downtown L.
Northwest Los Angeles is a region of the city that roughly comprises the neighborhoods of East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Elysian Park and Westlake/MacArthur Park, as well as the spacious Griffith Park.
The Eastside of Los Angeles includes the unincorporated communities of East LA and City Terrace, and the Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, and El Sereno neighborhoods of Los Angeles proper, just east of Downtown. We also cover Northeast LA here, including Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights and Mount Washington.
Huntington Park is one of the Gateway Cities of Los Angeles in Southern California.
South Central is a large region of Los Angeles made up of the neighborhoods south of Downtown L.A.
Greater Wilshire is an area of Los Angeles. Its boundaries are Melrose Avenue/Hollywood to the north, La Cienega Blvd/West Hollywood to the west, the 10 Freeway to the south, and Hoover Street/Westlake to the east.
Commerce is one of the Gateway Cities of Los Angeles in Southern California.
No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to its most famous district: Hollywood, best known as the self-declared entertainment capital of the world.
South Pasadena is a small city in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California.
West Hollywood is a city located on the West Side of Los Angeles, sandwiched between the Hollywood and Fairfax districts of Los Angeles to the east and Beverly Hills to the west. West Hollywood is home to the famous Sunset Strip, with its nightlife and its rock-music history, many prominent design institutions, and to the largest gay nightlife district in the Los Angeles area.
Monterey Park is in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California.
Alhambra is a city in the San Gabriel Valley. There is a large ethnic Chinese population (both from Taiwan and Mainland China), though not as much as in neighboring cities like Monterey Park.
Pasadena is one of the oldest cities adjoining Los Angeles and is the main population center of the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California.
Universal City is a community in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, most of which is given over to the world's largest motion picture studio and its associated visitor attraction, the popular Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.
Glendale is a city located at the southeastern corner of the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, situated between Burbank and Downtown Los Angeles.
San Gabriel is a city in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California.
Inglewood is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California. Sandwiched between South Central Los Angeles and LAX, it is a somewhat impoverished area.
The self-declared "Media Capital of the World", Burbank is a small city located in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, in the Los Angeles area. It is noted as the home of the headquarters and primary studios of Warner Brothers and Disney as well as the animation studios of Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.
Culver City is a city on the Westside of Los Angeles County, and was given the moniker the "Heart of Screenland" during the 1930s and 1940s when it was responsible for half of America's motion picture production; today it remains home to Sony Studios (formerly MGM Studios) and Culver Studios. In addition to its role in the film and television industry the city has a reputation as a great food destination due to the huge number of trendy restaurants found in the downtown and elsewhere.
Beverly Hills is an enclaved city in Los Angeles County in Southern California, surrounded almost entirely by Los Angeles. Since the 1950s Beverly Hills has marketed itself as a high-end shopping venue and home of the rich and famous, which still rings true today – its reputation has even been the basis of a few popular TV shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Compton is one of the Gateway Cities of Los Angeles and is mainly known for being the home of rappers Dr. Dre, Ahmad, Kendrick Lamar, NWA and The Game.
Pico Rivera is one of the Gateway Cities in the Los Angeles area of Southern California.
North Hollywood is a district in the San Fernando Valley located in the city of Los Angeles. Despite the similar name, North Hollywood does not share a border with Hollywood, which is located several miles to the southeast.
Studio City is an area in the San Fernando Valley, just to the west of Universal City and about 12 miles NW of Downtown LA. As its name implies, Studio City arose to support the motion picture studios with affordable housing for their employees.
Hawthorne is a city in the South Bay of Los Angeles in Southern California.
Gardena is a city in the South Bay of Los Angeles in Southern California. The community originally evolved from part of the Spanish land grant, the Rancho San Pedro, given to Juan Jose Dominguez around 1800.
Westchester is a neighborhood of Los Angeles on the West Side of Los Angeles County in Southern California. While not officially a part of Westchester, the newly-created community of Playa Vista is also covered in this article.
Los Angeles International Airport () is located on the West Side of Los Angeles County and is a major point of entry to the USA for flights from Asia and Oceania.
Santa Fe Springs is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
West Los Angeles is an area of the city of Los Angeles within the larger area of the West Side of Los Angeles County. The area includes the neighborhoods of Bel-Air, Brentwood, Century City, Cheviot Hills, Mar Vista, Palms, Sawtelle, West LA, and Westwood (the neighborhood around the University of California, Los Angeles).
Marina del Rey is a small community on the West Side of Los Angeles that is best known as the world's largest man-made small craft harbor, capable of berthing 5,300 boats. Today it is also home to a wide array of hotels and restaurants, and its close proximity to Los Angeles International Airport and popular local destinations makes it an excellent option for visitors looking for a base to explore the Los Angeles area.
Bellflower is a city in the Gateway Cities region of Los Angeles County in Southern California.
El Segundo is along the Pacific Ocean, just south of LAX in the South Bay of Los Angeles.
El Monte is a city in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles in Southern California.
Sherman Oaks is located in the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Southern California.
Venice, also sometimes referred to as Venice Beach, is a district of Los Angeles in Southern California. Its colorful Boardwalk is a great scene: free, fun, and funky, making the "short list" of things to do in Los Angeles.
Norwalk is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California. It is 17 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles.
Playa del Rey ("Beach of the King") offers beautiful beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean just a few miles north of Los Angeles International Airport.
Carson is a major suburb in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Carson is a very ethnically diverse but poorer suburb, with few sights or tourist destinations.
Manhattan Beach is in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County in Southern California, USA. With its expensive homes, fancy restaurants, and wealthy residents, Manhattan Beach is like Beverly Hills-by-the-sea.
Van Nuys is in the San Fernando Valley, which is part of Los Angeles County in Southern California.
Torrance is a city in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, in Southern California.
Whittier is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California. It was founded by Quakers in 1887 and incorporated in 1898.
Anchoring the Westside of Los Angeles County, Santa Monica is a beachfront city popular with tourists for its expansive beach and its famous pier, which are among the most popular coastal attractions in Southern California. Within the city itself, visitors will find a number of urban shopping districts and plenty of restaurants and nightlife.
Hermosa Beach is a friendly town in the South Bay of Los Angeles. If you're looking for the "typical" Southern California beach town experience, you'll enjoy the laid back attitude, athleticism, and festive nightlife of the Beach Cities: Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach.
Artesia is a small town about 15 miles southeast of Los Angeles, also known as "Little India" as it's home to the second largest ethnic Indian population in the country, just behind New York City.
Redondo Beach is in the South Bay of Los Angeles County in California.
La Mirada is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
South Valley is an area of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. It is made up of the neighborhoods of the southwestern portion of the valley: Canoga Park, Encino, Reseda, Tarzana, West Hills, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.
The San Fernando Valley is a region of Los Angeles County in Southern California, nestled to the northwest of the Los Angeles Basin.
Long Beach is a large port city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
Pacific Palisades is an affluent neighborhood on the West Side of Los Angeles in Southern California, adjacent to Santa Monica. The district is a primarily residential area with expensive houses amongst the hills offering incredible ocean views.
Hacienda Heights is a city in the San Gabriel Valley, a region of Southern California.
Baldwin Park is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
Angeles National Forest is a national forest in Southern California.
North Valley is the northern region of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. It is made up of the neighborhoods of Arleta, Granada Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Mission Hills, Northridge, North Hills, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Tujunga, and the city of San Fernando.
West Covina is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula rises above the South Bay of Los Angeles County. It's an oasis of greenery in a Los Angeles region dominated by concrete and asphalt; it features horse trails, ocean cliffs, tidepools, Eucalyptus trees,and nature walks.
San Pedro is a district of Los Angeles, located on the harbor in the South Bay immediately east of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Buena Park is a city in Orange County in Southern California. It is widely known best for being the home of Knott's Berry Farm.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, located between the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys to the north, and Malibu to the south.
Topanga is an unincorporated community of Los Angeles County, surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Topanga has long been a getaway for artists and musicians, and it still retains a distinct bohemian flavor, which is complemented by the outdoor enthusiasts who have escaped the urban tangle to be closer to nature.
Stanton is a city in Orange County in Southern California. While it is not at all a very important city, it is a terminus for visitors wanting to travel from Knott's Berry Farm to Disneyland or vice versa (see Get in below).
Fullerton is an inland city in north Orange County in Southern California. Situated just north of Anaheim and its far better-known tourist attractions, Fullerton has a few surprises up her sleeve.
Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California. It is best known for being the home of Disneyland.
Calabasas is a suburban community at the southwestern corner of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, sitting in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains to the south.
Chatsworth is in the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Southern California.
The Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, California. It is home to the original Disneyland Park, which opened on July 18, 1955, a favorite among visitors to Southern California from all over the world for well over half a century.
Huntington Beach is in Orange County in Southern California. Once known as Pacific City, it started as the southern terminus of the Golden West railroad line.
Diamond Bar is a city in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles in Southern California.
Santa Clarita is the third largest city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
San Dimas is a city in Los Angeles County in Southern California.
Fountain Valley is a city in Orange County in Southern California.
Valencia is a district area of the city of Santa Clarita in the Santa Clarita Valley. It's famed locally for its oranges, but better known as the home of the Magic Mountain amusement park.
Santa Ana is a city in Orange County, Southern California and is the county seat of that county.
Chino Hillsa suburb of Los Angeles located in San Bernardino County in Southern California.
Pomona is in the San Gabriel Valley, near Los Angeles, California.
Simi Valley is in Ventura County in Southern California. There isn't much in this Los Angeles suburb but it's possible to drive to many destinations in Southern California within an hour such as Disneyland, Hollywood and Downtown LA.
Six Flags Magic Mountain is a theme park located in Valencia, California. It opened on Memorial Day 1971 (May 30, 1971).
Anaheim Hills is a city in Orange County in Southern California. It is still technically considered to be part of the city of Anaheim but because it does not border Anaheim and it geographically separated from Anaheim, the name Anaheim Hills is used to distinguish itself from Anaheim.