Travel Guide to California

2017 Travel Guide to California

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118 2 0 1 7 T R A V E L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A 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, Redondo Beach 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; Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), 16 miles (26 km) from downtown LA TOURISM WEBSITES POPULATION 10.1 million C elebrated Whiplash and La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle once remarked, "There is something to be said for having even unrealistic dreams. Even if the dreams don't come true—that to me is what's beautiful about Los Angeles. It's full of these people who have moved there to chase these dreams. A lot of those people are told by people around them that they're crazy, or that they're living in la la land." The City of Angels is the land of reinvention. Los Angeles County attracts seekers, dreamers, hustlers and wannabe actors/screen- writers/directors. Most come from somewhere else and are looking for something better with persistent optimism and self-expressiveness permeating the air. But thanks to the Beach Boys harmonizing about California girls, beach party movies of the '60s and TV shows like Baywatch, many people think of Los Angeles 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 cuisine to culture to ideas. The creativity and diversity of the region are reflected in the more than 100 museums focused on the odd to the divine, the vibrant global street art community and the constant evolution of the food scene. SEAN PAVONE/SHUTTERSTOCK . OPPOSITE: ONEINCHPUNCH/SHUTTERSTOCK LOS ANGELES COUNTY LOS ANGELES COUNTY A place for dreamers

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