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A city that needs no introduction, Los Angeles (or El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula, as it was once known) is an international iconoclast with an indisputable influence in everything from international economics to fashion and cuisine. It’s a city that’s as impossibly huge as it is ever-evolving and dynamic—a city of dreamers and celebrities, of artists, creatives, fashionistas, and innovators. It’s also an international city and has communities that represent nearly every corner of the globe: from Koreatown to Little Tokyo and Little Ethiopia to Chinatown, and of course the foundational Latino population (especially on Olvera Street), there’s a myriad of cultures represented in LA that create a sublime richness in culture—and, of course, cuisine— that you won’t find anywhere else. Regardless of why you’re traveling here, your LA trip plan will be chalked full of things you won’t find anywhere else.
From art havens like The Getty Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art to cultural centers like the Japanese American National Museum and the Museum of Tolerance and music venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Whisky A Go-Go, and the House of Blues, anyone looking at experiencing LA’s immensely deep culture won’t be disappointed. But don’t think it’s all just arts, culture, and music: history buffs can explore the fascinating Page Museum and Fort MacArthur, motorheads and aesthetes can come together to celebrate stunning automotive design at the Petersen Museum, and anyone looking to revamp their style will have hundreds of boutiques—not to mention the biggest names in the world of fashion—to choose from. But within the immensity of this sprawling city, there are scores of parks and open spaces: from the massive Griffith Park to State Parks like Topanga and the Santa Monica Mountains, you won’t have to go too far to catch a breath of fresh air.
And at night the city retains its dynamism. From ultra-cool steampunk haunts like The Edison to speakeasies like Harlowe and craft beer holy sites like Father’s Office, no matter how you like to go out, you’ll find a spot that’s just your style. Even if drinks aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do when the sun goes down: from a night with the LA Philharmonic to smaller local venues like the Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles is awash with post sunset activities that will bring out the night owl in anyone.
So no matter why you’re here—whether it’s business, pleasure, or some combination of both—there’s no shortage of things to do, and when you’re here, you’ll feel a part of everything. From driving on LA’s freeways to finding a favorite local spot and chasing celebrities to bronzing on one of the many beaches, it’s an easy place to get caught up in, and that’s what makes it so special. When you’re in LA, the City of Angels, you’re a part of one of the most iconic cultural spots anywhere in the world; regardless of your background, you add to the narrative of this titanic, fantastic city.