Los Angeles Facts

Los Angeles

Also known as the city of angels, Los Angeles is the most populous metropolis in the whole of California and the second most populous in the US after New York, once all of its sprawling suburbs are taken into account.

Founded in the late 18th century by the Spanish, LA has had a tumultuous history, being incorporated as a part of Mexico shortly afterwards.

It was eventually taken back at the end of the Mexican-American war and became part of the state of California.

Of course, LA is now most famous for its movies and entertainment, with the industry booming from the 1920s onwards, but it is also a hub for international trade, culture, fashion and education, housing some of America's top universities.

It is also a very diverse city and anyone staying in Los Angeles hotels will come across all kinds of people from all walks of life - although the chances that they might be a budding actor or writer are especially high.

Los Angeles Travel Tips

Getting there:

You may already know that if you are flying, you will most likely travel to Los Angeles International Airport, aka LAX. This is the third busiest hub in the US and can be quite daunting if it is your first visit.

However, it is very efficient and you should find that you are able to move through quite quickly.

Once outside, you can either take a taxi to your Los Angeles hotel, or use public transport. There is a very good bus service that can connect you from the airport to Union Station in the center of the city, which has various stops at each terminal to allow people to get on and off.

Getting around:

Los Angeles is huge - it takes around two hours to drive from end to end (including the suburbs) and that's not accounting for traffic.

Angelinos see their cars as essential and you may want to rent one yourself if you want to travel around freely. However, the city is famous for its complicated freeways and horrendous traffic jams, so public transport could be a less stressful option.

The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority runs a very efficient network of buses, subways and light rail lines, all of which are very easy to navigate.

You will find the subway is particularly user-friendly, as long as you make sure you are on the right line (they are color-coded) for your destination.

Make sure you buy a day-pass if you want to hop on and off, as this will be much cheaper.

What to pack:

Los Angeles has a climate similar to that in the Mediterranean, although you will find some variation even within the relatively small area of the city - for example, the beaches will be hot while other parts are cool.

However, it's safe to say that Los Angeles hotel guests should pack their sunglasses and sun cream, as this is a destination that sees plenty of sunny days and not much rain.

August is the warmest month to go, while June is more pleasant - although you may find 'June Gloom' causes fog in the mornings and may mean covering up.

What to do and where to go?

There is nowhere near enough space to document all of the attractions on offer to Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles residents, as the city is so vast and so full of things to do. A walk down Hollywood Boulevard is essential, as is a trip to the Chinese Theater to look at the stars' handprints.

Universal Studios offers a fun day out for families, but for those who want a more intimate look around sets from their favorite programs, heading to the Burbank for the Warner Bros Studios tour might be the best option.

The Los Angeles travel guide below could provide you with some more ideas to fill up your schedule.

Famous Landmarks:

Hollywood sign

Kodak Theater

The Griffith Observatory

Arts and Culture:

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

History:

Hollywood Boulevard

Arroyo Seco Parkway Historic District

Susana Machado Bernard House and Barn

Parks and Recreation:

Griffith Park

Mulholland Drive

Hollywood & Highland mall

Population: 3,792,621 (within city limits)

Area: 1,301 sq km

Language:  English

Currency: US dollar ($)

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