From Oxnard in the west to Lancaster and Pomona in the east and from Frazier Park in the north to Long Beach in the south, the Los Angeles area offers such a stunning amount of activities that the question is not what to do, but where to begin. As the region where glamour was perfected and hip trends developed, the Los Angeles area dazzles. With its film stars, world-class museums, famous shopping venues, and miles of parks, recreation areas, and sunny coastal fun spots, this area is one of the planet's great vacation destinations.
The Los Angeles area has been one of the fastest growing regions in the United States for decades. With a population of 3,792,621 (2010 census), the city of Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second most populous in the United States, after New York City. Los Angeles County is one of the most multicultural counties in the U.S. and the entire Los Angeles area itself is recognized and regarded as the most diverse metropolitan area in the United States. Los Angeles is also a leading center of industry, commerce, transportation, and entertainment.
Los Angeles is the land of superlatives for anything ranging from world movie premieres, spectacular art, and sensational music, to acclaimed five-star restaurants. Maestro Vener and the California Philharmonic bring critically-acclaimed and world-class performances to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. A museum of international stature, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the western United States. Consistently recognized as the ultimate in fine dining and showcasing the best of California’s produce and products, Spago Beverly Hills is the flagship restaurant of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. After the sun goes down, nightlife has a special place in the heart of the Los Angeles region. A diverse array of bars and clubs offer something for everyone’s taste.
There are nearly two dozen beaches in Los Angeles County and several recreational areas that offer outdoor recreational opportunities. The Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, established to protect the dwindling California condor, has notable physical features in the San Andreas Fault and the dramatic Bitter Creek Canyon. The Angeles National Forest provides a thousand square miles of open space and spectacular scenery along with the opportunity for swimming, fishing and trails for hikers, equestrians, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicles.
Popular destinations (to name a few) are: Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles Zoo, Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, Hurricane Harbor and Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, and Malibu.