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The largest and world-famous city on the West coast of the United States is Los Angeles. The "City of Angels" is an industrial, commercial, educational, cultural and scientific center. Nearly 15 million people live in Great-Los Angeles, which includes not only Los Angeles, but its suburbs: Pasadena, Ontario, Fontana, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley and so on.
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Los Angeles Downtown from Hollywood
Los Angeles, California (photo: Flickr by olasisucsd)

It's rather worthy to discover the districts of Los Angeles on foot, so we that have the chance to observe the famous buildings and streets that we saw in thousands of movies from the first row. The Downtown is dominated by huge skyscrapers. The US Bank Tower (Library Tower) is the tallest with its 310 meters of height.

Los Angeles Downtown from Pershing Square
Los Angeles Downtown from Pershing Square, skyscrapers from the left to the right: SBC Tower, Gas Company Building (designed to look as a cigarette lighter), US Bank Tower (previously called the Library Tower) (photo: Flickr by Mr. Robot-o-Tron)

We can access several institutions and museums from Main Street, like:
Museum of Contemporary Art, where a fantastic artistic collection is on display.
Los Angeles Central Library, one of the biggest libraries in the world, with 2 million books.
Los Angeles City Hall, the 28-storey precious stone of the city, built in 1928.

Los Angeles City Hall
Los Angeles City Hall (photo: Flickr by CokeeOrg)


Los Angeles Children's Museum, which is designed especially for children. It attracts thousands of families throughout the year.
Music Center, there are theatrical performances and musical programs and concerts in this huge theatre and concert center.

Night lights of the Los Angeles Music Center
Night lights of the Log Angeles Music Center (fotó: Flickr by Ken McCown)

The Grand Central Market, El Pueblo, Little Tokyo and the Chinatown are just beside the downtown. The Grand Central Market is a big market blessed with popularity. One may buy vegetables, fruits and herbs here.
El Pueblo is the oldest district of Los Angeles. Some of its buildings were built by the Spanish settlers at the end of the 18th century, for example, the Old Plaza Church. The Union Station, famous for being a scene in many movies, is found just at the edge of the district. It was built in 1939.
Little Tokyo is the center of the Japanese community in Los Angeles. It's worth to pay a visit to the Japanese Village Plaza, which is a crowded shopping center, and the Japanese American National Museum, where we'll have the chance to see the effects of Japanese immigrants on the life of the USA.
Chinatown is the center of one of the largest Chinese communities of the USA. The district is always swarm, and one may procure the most varied goods one wants; clothes, different food and many other things too.

Los Angeles Chinatown
Dragons of Los Angeles Chinatown with the City Hall in the background (photo: Flickr by Amy Morie)

The Exposition Park and University of Southern California is located South-West from the downtown, which is the famous educational and cultural center of Los Angeles. We may also find museums and cultural institutions beside the largest university of California:
Californian Museum of Science and History, which is an interesting scientific museum.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is a museum of natural science. Various plants and animals are on display.
California Afro American Museum, which introduces the role of the Afro-Americans of the city to us.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a sports center, which was the site of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, location of the 1984 Olympic Games (photo: Flickr by scpgt)

There are two important cultural institution situated North-East of the downtown: Lummis House and the Southwest Museum. Both museums are magnificent and show how the native Indian tribes lived on the continent of America in the last millennium.

The Griffith Park, found in the Northern part of the city, is the largest in Los Angeles. Many people visit the park each year to have a rest and escape from the drift of the city. It's worth to visit the following popular places in the park:
Griffith Observatory, an interesting scientific institution
Greek Theatre, a beautiful theatre built just like the ancient Greek theatres
Los Angeles Zoo, popular zoo of the city
Travel Town, it shows old locomotives, railway carriages and cars
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, an exhibition on the history of the Wild West

Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Autry Museum of Western Heritage (photo: Flickr by Stephanie Asher)

We may find three important cultural centers on the Eastern side of Los Angeles: the Getty Center, the Museum of Tolerance and Westwood Village, which is the home of the University of California at Los Angeles.
The Getty Center was established by the oil-tycoon Paul Getty. It has a magnificent artistic collection from famous painters. We may see various paintings, drawings and graphics here.
The Museum of Tolerance deals with the history of the racism and the Holocaust.
Nearly forty thousand students study at the largest university center of California in Westwood Village. Westwood is the home of several popular cultural institutions, like: the Fowler Museum of Culture History, which is a museum of social science, and deals with the history of many continents; the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture shows a reputed artistic collection with masterpieces from Monet and Van Gogh as well.
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