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Los Angeles is the place where the American dream is being lived. The beautiful location with warm climate and the Pacific Ocean helps to further sweeten the joyous life that prevails in the now very large American city.

When you say Los Angeles, you have to say Hollywood and all the movie productions going on here. It is the city of dreams, and everything is possible in Los Angeles, which as a tourist you get the feel of in the city's exclusive neighborhoods like Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Los Angeles is spreading in a very large area, but this has not always been the case. This allows you to continue to visit the city center and what constitutes the old town with El Pueblo as one of the main sights.

The Los Angeles area is also a place with plenty of opportunities for a rich variety of attractions and entertainment. Amusement parks are like pearls on a leash, and the area also offers some fine museums. If you want to get out of the city, there are among other national parks, large desert areas, the Pacific, San Diego and Mexico at a short distance.

Other attractions

Olvera Steet, Los Angeles

  • Olvera Street: North of The Plaza is Olvera Street, which was the central street in the building of Spanish El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Today the street is an experience with many older houses with restaurants and shops.
  • El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument: Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers in 1781, and it happened in the area around Olvera Street. The old settlement, El Pueblo, is preserved through several buildings and there is a special atmosphere in the area.

Los Angeles City Hall

  • Los Angeles City Hall: Los Angeles City Hall is the city hall and seat of both the mayor and city council and their respective offices. The 138 meter/452 foot high skyscraper was built in the years 1926-1928.
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: This cathedral, also known as Los Angeles Cathedral, is the Roman Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles. The church opened in 2002 as a replacement for Saint Vibiana, which was partially destroyed during an earthquake in 1994.
  • Griffith Park: This park is Los Angeles' largest, and in the usual Hollywood style, there is plenty to do besides enjoy the fine recreational area and views of the city, i.e. from Griffith Observatory.
  • Wilshire Boulevard: Wilshire Boulevard is one of the major and well-known traffic arteries in Los Angeles. It goes from central Los Angeles in the east to Santa Monica and the Pacific in the west. You can e.g. see some fine art deco buildings on the stretch called the Miracle Mile.

Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

  • Rodeo Drive: Rodeo Drive is America's most fashionable shopping street with expensive international stores. The street is located in the middle of the so-called Golden Triangle neighborhood in Beverly Hills.
  • Sunset Boulevard: Sunset Boulevard Street goes from downtown Los Angeles through both Hollywood and Beverly Hills via the descent from the Santa Monica Mountains to the beautiful Pacific Coast.
  • Broad Museum: The Broad Museum is a museum of contemporary art that opened in 2015. The museum is named after philanthropist Eli Broad, and you can experience works by Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, Jeff Koons and many other famous artists.
  • The Los Angeles Theater: This movie theater was built in the years 1930-1931, and it was one of the most prestigious in Los Angeles at the time. It is located in Los Angeles' historic theater district, where the large companies of the industry built one beautiful theater after another.

RMS Queen Mary, Los Angeles

  • RMS Queen Mary: The time with the big American boats between Europe and the United States fostered many great luxury liners sailing with emigrants, tourists, etc. Among them was RMS Queen Mary.
  • Christ Cathedral: Christ Cathedral is a large church building, also known as the Crystal Cathedral. It was built by architect Philip Johnson, who used more than 10,000 mirror windows for the modern and unique building.
History overview

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    The European Missionaries
    Like other parts of the United States, the Los Angeles area has been inhabited for millennia by Native American tribes who migrated here from Siberia.

    In 1542, the first Europeans came to the California coasts. That's when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed to find a passage to Asia. In 1602, Captain Sebastián Vizcaíno laid anchor on the island of Santa Catalina, after which it would take 166 years before the next Europeans arrived.

    Thus, the first real permanent European presence was in 1769, when the Spanish under the leadership of Gaspar de Portolà colonized the Californian area from the south. The group of about 60 people spent the night in the deserted landscape by a river, and the area's character and potential for cultivation appealed to them: Here the basis for a real urban development was present.

    The Catholic missionary Juan Crespi called the river El Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reyna de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, meaning the River to Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula, and in this way the city got its later name.

    Spanish cities, settlers and Mexico
    In 1771, the Spaniards founded the Mission Church of San Gabriel in the area and later followed Spanish colonists from Mexico. They were to establish new cities in the name of the Spanish king. It was in 1781 that 12 families arrived and named their new city by the nearby river. The city's name was shortened to Ciudad de Los Angeles.

    Spanish dominance gradually weakened, and from 1821 Los Angeles became part of independent Mexico. For this reason, there was no major development in the area, and it was a small town that, after the US-Mexico War of 1846-1847, came on American hands with the rest of California. This happened formally in 1850.

    Part of the United States of Growth
    In 1876, the railroad came to Los Angeles when Southern Pacific built a line from Tuscon in Arizona. The route continued to San Francisco, giving the city a central location for passenger and freight transportation. Over a decade, Los Angeles, among other things, exported oranges to the eastern United States.

    In the 1880s, several cities were founded and established as part of Los Angeles; Hollywood, among others, emerged on the grounds of a ranch. The city flourished and by 1890 the population was 50,000.

    In 1892, oil was found in the Los Angeles area, and in the following decades production increased to significant quantities, making Los Angeles an even more significant city for the United States economy.

    Beginning of the 20th Century
    In dry California, water was a scarce resource. Greater urban development required an increase in water supplies. It happened in 1913, when Irish William Mulholland completed the 400-mile aqueduct from the Owens Valley in central California to Los Angeles. The water supply led to a larger expansion of Los Angeles' area in 1915.

    Tinseltown and industrial development
    In the roaring 1920s, more and more movie companies established themselves in the neighborhoods of Hollywood, and Los Angeles quickly became the center of the American film industry nicknamed Tinseltown. Large theaters shot up, and cultural life flourished in tandem with the great role films and movie stars have been playing ever since this beginning.

    The 1920s were also the years in which Los Angeles attracted the rapidly growing civilian and military aviation industry, which over time has been a major locomotive of California's boom as a high-tech industrial area, centered in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, among others.

    The city was gradually a million and its administration was established in impressive new buildings, not least the 1928 City Hall, and just four years later, the city became the world's focus, as the Olympic Games were held here.

    Disneyland with more development
    Hollywood and the Olympics were not alone in creating the city's entertainment. In 1955, Walt Disney opened the beloved Disneyland theme park in suburban Anaheim, and it has been a model for many other parks in and outside Los Angeles ever since.

    The city's growth was unstoppable with a boom in population from year to year. Around 1960, 2.5 million people lived here in the now very sprawling urban area, which was very different from neighborhood to neighborhood.

    The city's problems with a large poor group of unemployed and run-down central housing districts in 1965 culminated in the six-day Watts uprising that turned the city's streets into a fighting ground.

    The Olympics to today
    In 1984, Los Angeles hosted the Olympic Summer Games for the second time, and at the United States hosted the World Cup in soccer 10 years later, Los Angeles again added grass and stadium.

    The 1990s became a time when Los Angeles again drew many headlines. The streets rioted in 1992 after the outcome of a lawsuit, and two years later, the city was hit by a powerful earthquake whose epicenter was in the city's vicinity.

    In recent decades, large sums have been invested in developing not least Central Downtown and Hollywood's traditional main street, Hollywood Boulevard. It has created a great cultural boom in art, music, architecture and also for Los Angeles' dream factories, where many films have been created over the years.

    Today, Los Angeles is the United States second largest urban area with its more than ten million inhabitants, and there are activities 24 hours a day for visitors to the entertainment industry, the beaches and the beautiful nature of the western United States.
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Top attractions

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

  • Griffith Observatory: This observatory opened in 1935 at Griffith Park on the south side of Mount Hollywood. The park around the observatory is a great place for hiking, and the views from the observatory all over Los Angeles are unforgettable.
  • Civic Center: The Civic Center is the administrative heart of Los Angeles and also serves as the city center for the northern part of downtown Los Angeles. It is a complex with a number of large public buildings around the central park area.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

  • Walt Disney Concert Hall: The Walt Disney Concert Hall is part of the Los Angeles Music Center and at the same time a unique architectural construction that plays with the senses both inside and outside. The building is unique and is a significant feature of the street scene.
  • Broadway's theaters: From the early 1900s, Los Angeles developed into a leading American cinema and theater city. It happened in the area around Broadway, where many theaters were erected until the 1930s. A large part of these theaters were built in beautiful design and they can still be seen.
  • Hollywood Boulevard: Hollywood Boulevard is one of America's most famous streets, and it is known from countless films such as Pretty Woman. The long street is also called the Boulevard of Broken Dreams due to the many hopes and shattered dreams that have been in the movie industry in the city of Los Angeles centered around the street.

Chinese Theater, Los Angeles

  • Chinese Theater: Chinese Theater is about something Hollywood's tourist center and the epitome of movie city glamor. The theater was built by the impresario Sid Grauman 1926-1927. It is also in front of the Chinese Theater that you can see many famous imprints of hands and shoes in the pavement.
  • La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum: Along the Wilshire Boulevard Street is the green oasis of Hancock Park, where you can see La Brea Tar Pits, a group of naturally occurring asphalt lakes. Paths have been made around them so you can get close to the phenomenon.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): This museum is one of America's leading art museums, and its collection numbers more than 100,000 works. The visit already starts in an exciting way with several works in front of and around the museum building.
  • J. Paul Getty Museum: A little north of the actual Los Angeles metropolitan area, the J. Paul Getty Museum is the primary museum of the rich man and art lover J. Paul Getty's large art collection. The collection is impressive.
Trips in the area

Hearst Castle, California USA

  • Highway 1 & Hearst Castle: Along the US Pacific Coast, you can drive on Highway 1 (California State Route 1), which offers a series of scenic views along one of the world's most beautiful and easily accessible coastal. The highway connects Los Angeles and San Francisco, and one of the highlights is Hearst Castle, which was William Randolph Hearst's palace-like residence.
  • Malibu: Mondane Malibu offers stunningly beautiful coastlines, cliffs and canyons as well as of course beautiful California beaches. It's a nice area for a walk to indulge the real California vibe.
  • Solvang: Solvang is a Californian city founded by Danish emigrants in 1911. Since then, Solvang has been probably the most well-known city that Danes have established in the United States. Here is an atmosphere and buildings that in many ways are inspired by Denmark and Danish lifestyle.

San Diego, California USA

  • San Diego: San Diego is the city of relaxation and is almost one big beach and vacation town, with miles of palm trees, sandy beaches and high-entertainment tourist attractions. You can also enjoy the cozy atmosphere in the streets of the old town.
  • San Francisco: San Francisco is considered to be one of America's most charming and most beautiful metropolitan cities, and when you are there you understand why. Here are countless sights, where the Golden Gate Bridge and the city's famous Cable Cars are among the most famous.

Joshua Tree National Park, California USA

  • Joshua Tree National Park: This is a national park named after the yucca brevifolia tree, which is called Joshua Tree. The landscape is beautiful in the park and the very characteristic Joshua trees are almost everywhere. You can both drive and walk along different paths.
  • Palm Springs: Palm Springs is one of several cities located in the California desert in the Coachella Valley Valley east of Los Angeles. The special climate that prevails in Palm Springs has for decades made the city popular with celebrities and others who enjoy life here.
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