Location: California, western United States. Latest Population Estimates Los Angeles County10,331,939 City of Los Angeles:    4,018,080 Time zone:GMT - 8 (GMT - 7 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November). Electricity: 110 volts AC; standard two-pin plugs are used. Average January temperatures 14ºC (57ºF) Average July temperatures 23ºC (73ºF) Annual rainfall 375mm (14.84 inches). 

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Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. It is home to the city and la-downtown01.jpg (83707 bytes)county governments. The area features many of the city's major arts institutions and sports facilities, a variety of skyscrapers and associated large multinational corporations and an array of public art, unique shopping opportunities and the hub of the city's freeway and public transportation networks. (Wikipedia)

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Los Angeles Union Station is located across the street from Olvera Street, where Los Angeles was founded in the 18th Century. It was originally designed to consolidate union_station13.jpg (114476 bytes)passenger terminals of the Southern Pacific, Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads into a single station.  Dating from 1939, this grand railroad passenger terminal was the last of it's kind to be built in the United States. This station is often used as a movie location http://www.laavenue.com/unionstation.htm

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Broadway's Historic Theater District
South Broadway between Third and Ninth Street is the first and largest Historic Theater District in the country. Some of
broadway02.jpg (125407 bytes)the 1920's style movie palaces have been turned into swap-meet-style retail outlets, many still show films and most will let you look inside. Metropolitan Theaters operates most of these palaces (Los Angeles Conservancy)

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The Bradbury was designed by George H. Wyman and was built towards the end of the 19th century. It is located at 304 South Broadway  Apart from Blade Runner, the bradburry09.jpg (169622 bytes)Bradbury has featured in films like "Double Indemnity", "Marlowe", "D.O.A.", "Chinatown", "Wolf" and "Lethal Weapon 4" and TV shows "City of Angels", "The Outer Limits" (Bradburry Building)

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Broadway is the backbone of the Historic Downtown. In 1931, Broadway was the West Coast equivalent of New York's Great White Way. With an unprecedented 12 major la-downtown04.jpg (97427 bytes)theaters, the famed Broadway district contained the highest concentration of movie palaces in the world. It was the city's most popular gathering place, home to movie premieres, ticker-tape parades and shopping at the region's top department stores. (Los Angeles Conservancy)

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El Pueblo is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and olvera19.jpg (135251 bytes)European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Since that time, Los Angeles has been under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States and has grown into one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. (http://www.cityofla.org/elp/elpau.htm)

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Before the recent renaissance, most tourists who came to Hollywood spent only a few minutes on Hollywood Boulevard. They went to the Chinese Theatre hollywood08.jpg (107439 bytes)forecourt, looked at the stars' footprints, quickly saw that the Boulevard and headed back to their cars.There is actually quite a lot to do on the Boulevard, and a number of historic Hollywood sites to see there. (http://www.seeing-stars.com/)

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The Page Museum is located at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles. Rancho La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for la_brea05.jpg (174322 bytes)having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. (Tar pits La Brea)

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Melrose: a name made even more famous with the recent Aaron Spelling piece of weekly melodrama.  Melrose offers clothing and grub for those who walk freely between both melrose05.jpg (135243 bytes)worlds. It has, in recent years, been similarly "cleaned up" by corporate America. However, the prime spots - west of La Brea, east of Fairfax - are as delightfully edgy as ever. Melrose is a one of a kind LA hot spot. (Melrose)

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Did you ever watch a movie or television program and wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Warner Bros. Studio Tour gives visitors an opportunity to find out. For over 75 years, Warner has been making movies at their Burbank studios and they generously share their heritage with visitors.The tour is not scripted or set up just to wow visitors.  (Warner Brothers)

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Neon Cruises. The brainchild of the Museum of Neon Art. These nighttime neon tours in open-air, double-decker buses always sell out, so book well ahead. (Neon Art Museum) A neon_tour07.jpg (126652 bytes)jewel of a tour with a hilarious, expert host named Eric Lynxwiler. Also see his book about Wilshire Boulevard "Grand Concourse Of Los Angeles", about the history of this Los Angeles lifeline.

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It's easy to see why Santa Monica is considered the first choice for a Southern California beach vacation. This seaside city blends the charm and appeal of a coastal santa_monica116.jpg (128643 bytes)getaway with an unforgettable beach and the sophistication of an urban center—a magnetic combination.Additionally, the city's world-famous beach and bike trail offer a vast assortment of outdoor recreation and activities. (Santa Monica)

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The beautiful beaches of Los Angeles. See the home of the beach volleybal, Manhattan Beach, Venice with the Canals & Muscle Beach, Surf City Hermosa Beach, and the hermosa_beach05.jpg (87626 bytes)beautiful costline at Palos Verdes.

 

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