LA is the entertainment capital of the world, a cultural mecca boasting more than 100 museums, and a paradise of good weather. From tourist attractions like the Walk of Fame’s collection of stars to career opportunities like those presented in the expanding tech industry, Los Angeles is the place to be.
Long Beach is the second largest city in the Greater Los Angeles Area and a principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The city is the 36th-largest city in the United States and the seventh-largest in California.
The city of Glendale was long inhabited by the Tongva people (or “People of the Earth”), who were later renamed the Gabrieleños by the Spanish missionaries, after the nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel.
Santa Clarita is usually associated with the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, though the park is located just outside city limits in unincorporated Los Angeles County, and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), located in Valencia.
Lancaster is also home to a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team, the Lancaster JetHawks. The JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pasadena is home to the annual Tournament of Roses each New Year’s Day, which includes the internationally televised Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game. The tradition was started as a way to showcase Southern California’s beautiful weather to the rest of the country.
Santa Monica is a city west of downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica Beach is fringed by Palisades Park, with views over the Pacific Ocean. The storied Santa Monica Pier is home to the Pacific Park amusement park, historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
For decades Inglewood was home to the Forum was one of LA’s biggest-deal concert venues; Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Jackson 5 were among the superstars to headline the arena.
Even though Palmdale is in Los Angeles County, it is not connected to the larger Los Angeles population area. It is separated from it by a mountain range called the San Gabriel Mountains that are over 40 miles wide and almost 2 miles high overall.