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Los Angeles County Region Profile

This Southern California destination is best known as the capital of the entertainment industry. Here, film stars really do work in Hollywood, play in the surf at Malibu, and shop in Beverly Hills. Looping dual carriageways make the car king, but the region also has a surprisingly good network of buses and light rail — a hassle-free way to explore.


MAJOR TAKEAWAYS

  • Los Angeles County is home to the iconic Sunset Strip; with nearly two miles of rock ‘n’ roll history and nightlife.
  • Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is a Mojave Desert grassland west of Lancaster that transforms into endless fields of vibrant yellows and oranges each spring with the blooming of California poppies, the state’s official flower.
  • Lancaster’s Civic Musical Road is the only 'musical' or 'singing” road in the United States.
  • Just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles County, Catalina Island is perfect for relaxing under swaying palms, walking along white-sand beaches and experiencing unforgettable sunsets.

Counties

There is only one county in the Los Angeles region of California:
  • Los Angeles County

Major cities

This sunny region along the state’s southern coast is California’s most populated region. The population of the city of Los Angeles is estimated at over 4 million people.
  • Beverly Hills
  • Burbank
  • Lancaster
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Malibu
  • Marina del Rey
  • Pasadena
  • Redondo Beach
  • Santa Monica
  • Torrance
  • West Hollywood

Major attractions

Los Angeles County is the entertainment capital of America, with megastar wattage and non-stop activities for visitors to enjoy.

  • Angeles National Forest: Located in the San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona Mountains, this forest offers visitors endless hiking and biking trails along with numerous campsites
  • Griffith Park: Encompassing 4,210 acres, this is the largest municipal park in Los Angeles, featuring 50 miles of trails along with incredible vantage points at Mount Hollywood, Sunset Ranch and the landmark Art Deco-era Griffith Park Observatory
  • Hollywood: Also known as Tinseltown, here visitors can fulfil their film star dreams by visiting the Walk of Fame, exploring Sunset Boulevard or taking a selfie with the famous Hollywood Sign
  • La Brea Tar Pits: Enjoy an educational and fun day with the family at this prehistoric excavation site, where more than 3.5 million fossils have been discovered
  • Rose Bowl Stadium: When in Pasadena, make sure you visit this National Historic Landmark, which has hosted nearly 100 Rose Bowl Games and five Super Bowls
  • Santa Monica Pier: Dating back to 1909, this iconic California pier is home to the Pacific Park amusement park, casual and delicious seafood and a solar-powered Ferris Wheel offering incomparable views of the 3.5-mile-long Santa Monica Beach
  • The Getty Center: In the hills above West Los Angeles, this incredible complex offers up inspiration in the form of amazing art collections and stunning outdoor courtyards
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: Experience a day of action-packed entertainment full of rides and special attractions at this film studio and theme park
  • Venice Beach: Explore the shops along the beach-front boardwalk and visit the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard or picturesque canals
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall: Admire the structure’s soaring stainless-steel panels before taking a self-guided tour of its garden and rose-shaped Lillian Disney Fountain or catching a performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra

Weather

The Los Angeles region has a Mediterranean climate with almost no rain in the summer. Winters are mild, with some occasional rain.

DEC-FEB

19°C
High
9°C
Low

JUN-AUG

28°C
High
16°C
Low

MAR-MAY

23°C
High
11°C
Low

SEP-NOV

28°C
High
12°C
Low

California Welcome Centers:

The Los Angeles region has one California Welcome Center:

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