Los Angeles

Located in southern California, Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States (after New York City).

Founded in 1781, Los Angeles, or L.A., is divided into over 80 neighborhoods including Santa Monica, Bel Air, and Hollywood. Hollywood is probably L.A.’s most well-known neighborhood, is the center of the American movie industry. It is also home to the famous Hollywood sign in the hills. Other famous landmarks include: the Hollywood Walk of Fame with its star-studded sidewalk, Grauman’s Chinese Theater with its walkway of celebrity hand and foot prints, and the Capitol Records Tower, made to look like a stack of records on a turntable!

Aside from movies, the city of Los Angeles is also home to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, and well-known universities like UCLA and the University of Southern California. Economically, the Port of Los Angeles is the busiest container port in the United States. It imports/exports good across the Pacific Ocean to countries including China and Japan, and is also the largest cruise ship stop in the America.

Text by Kat Lonsdorf. Image of the Hollywood sign via istockphoto.