Los Angeles, California is the county seat of Los Angeles County with an estimated population of 3,819,951 as of 2003. The origins of Los Angeles date back to a Spanish settlement that was called "Reina de los Angeles" or "Queen of the Angels."
An explorer named Gasper de Portola established missions in Northern California in 1769, but early settlers had difficulties with poor harbors, isolation and a lack of water in the area. During the mid-1800s, the town became a rough area of violence between Mexicans and Anglos. When the Southern Pacific rail line was complete in 1872, Los Angeles saw an improvement in development and economy.
With industries such as cattle, automobiles, citrus, oil and movies, Los Angeles experienced several growth spurts that eventually led to it being the second largest city in the United States.
Hollywood in Los Angeles
Probably one of the most well-known aspects of Los Angeles is its district of Hollywood. Hollywood is located northwest of the downtown area and is center of the movie industry. Though much of the film industry has spread into surrounding areas such as Westside and Burbank, Hollywood is still the heart of movie creation, where effects, lighting, props and editing take place through various companies.
Los Angeles Ball Teams
Los Angeles is home to several well-known ball teams: Lakers (NBA), Dodgers (NL), Kings (NHL), Clippers (NBA), Galaxy (Major League Soccer), Sparks (WNBA) and Avengers (Arena Football).
Visit the Los Angeles Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo (http://www.lazoo.org) has exciting animals such as snakes, birds, goats, elephants, camels, bobcats, bears, alpacas, porcupines, rhinoceros and many more! There are also fragrant botanical gardens to brighten the day. The zoo has much to offer for educational tours or just plain fun for the family.
See Art from around the World
For art fans, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (http://www.lacma.org/) has more than 150,000 pieces from all over the world. Its collection is often considered to be the most comprehensive in the western United States. There is a variety of American, Islamic, Latin American and Southeast Asian works at the museum - art for all tastes! Other historic sites in Los Angeles include the Getty center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Museum of Tolerance and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
Los Angeles also offers several historic adventures where tourists can learn about the history and cultural diversion of the city. The regions with historic metro adventures include downtown Los Angeles, Broadway Corridor, Canoga Park, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, San Pedro, original Farmers Market and Wilshire.
Other great places to visit while in Los Angeles are Griffith Park, Will Rogers State Beach, Echo Park, CBS Television City and the Getty Center. Neighboring cities of Los Angeles include Pasadena, Manhattan Beach and Torrance.
For more information about moving to Los Angeles, California or tourism visit the official website for the City of Los Angeles (http://www.ci.la.ca.us/).