●population of 3,792,621 in the 2010 census: most populous city in California
●the most diverse of all the nation’s largest cities
●known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”
●divided into over 80 districts and neighborhoods
1. The Getty Center: The $1.3 billion center is known for its architecture, gardens, views overlooking Los Angeles and museum consisting of paintings. The center draws 1.3 million visitors annually.
2. The Griffith Observatory: The construction started in 1933. Since the observatory opened in 1935, admission has been free.
3. The Hollywood Sign: The sign is situated on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills. “HOLLYWOOD” is spelled out in 45 foot tall and 350 foot long white letters. It was originally created as an advertisement in 1923. It originally read, “Hollywoodland” and was used to advertise a new housing development.
4. Santa Monica Pier: The world-famous Santa Monica Pier offers a variety of entertainment and shopping such as an amusement park, aquarium, carousel, specialty shops, and restaurants.
5. Pasadena City Hall: The hall was completed in 1927 and serves as the central location for city government in the City of Pasadena. It cost $1.3 million and rises 6 stories.