Travel Guide to California

2015 Travel Guide to California

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102 2 0 1 5 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A LOS ANGELES COUNTY This is the place for big dreams and reinvention B Y J A C Q U E L I N E Y A U TOP CITIES Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Venice INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 19 miles (31 km) from downtown LA DOMESTIC GATEWAYS Long Beach Airport (LGB), 24 miles (38 km) from downtown LA; Burbank's Bob Hope Airport (BUR), 16 miles (26 km) from downtown LA TOURISM WEBSITES POPULATION 9.96 million H enry Rollins—journalist, punk legend, radio host, spoken word artist and actor—once remarked, "For me, returning to Los Angeles annihilates the memories of where I have just been with an astonishing speed." As the land of reinvention, Los Angeles County attracts seekers, dreamers, hustlers and wannabe actors/screenwriters/directors. Most come from somewhere else and are looking for something better. A persistent optimism and self- expressiveness permeate the air. Thanks to the Beach Boys harmonizing about California girls, beach party movies of the '60s and TV shows like Baywatch, many people think of LA as palm trees, endless beaches and bikini-clad women. But LA is far more complex. It's a mix of the old and new, from cuisines to culture to ideas. The county has become an epicenter of contemporary art as LA philanthropists pour money into new museums and galleries, and it's home to a vibrant global street art community. The Nation's Largest County As the most populous county in the nation, with almost 10 million res- idents, Los Angeles County comprises 88 cities with more than 100 languages spoken within its 4,752 square miles. The county is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware. SARAPORN/SHUTTERSTOCK . OPPOSITE: SONDRA STOCKER/SANTA MONICA CVB LOS ANGELES COUNTY

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