Los Angeles is a large Southern California city that's famous for being the heart of America's film and television industries. The city, whose name means 'City of the Angels', is located in a vast coastal basin which on three sides is surrounded by tall mountains that reach up to and beyond 10,000 feet. Los Angeles has a famously warm, Mediterranean-style climate and an ethnically diverse population spread over the sprawling megalopolis - it's no surprise to find out it's the second-largest city in the United States after New York.
Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with what would later become Alta California. It was declared part of Mexico following the Mexican War of Independence and later purchased by the United States, becoming first a municipality and later a fully-fledged state in 1850.
With such a sizable city, it can be overwhelming knowing where to begin. Los Angeles has much to offer. Enjoy a day at the beach in Santa Monica or a good walk while shopping at the Farmers market. Everyone will love the city's wide selection of amusement parks and entertainment-industry based attractions. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a 133 acre zoo that is home to 1,100 animals from over 250 species, 29 of which are endangered.
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There is a never a dull moment in Los Angeles, with a calendar full of exciting events to keep you occupied whenever you visit.
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