Los Angeles County is a region of thousands of square miles in Southern California roughly the same size as Rhode Island. There are 88 cities (municipalities) in the county; the largest, the city of Los Angeles, spreads its tentacles throughout the county.
There are 88 cities in Los Angeles County. Some of the more famous are:
Beverly Hills - Home to many of the entertainment industry's rich and famous, there is some amazing high-end shopping.
Hollywood - Actually part of the city of Los Angeles, it is one of the world's most famous destinations.
Long Beach - Located in the southern part of the county, and home to the Queen Mary, the Long Beach airport, and other tourist stops.
Los Angeles - Known as the City of Angels, it offers food and entertainment options that are among the best in the world.
Pasadena - Sitting at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, it is the home of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl on New Year's day. Its Old Pasadena district is one of the more vibrant destinations in the county.
Santa Monica - A beach town famous for its pier and popular with visitors.
Angeles National Forest - +1 626 574-5200 Fax: +1 626 574-5233. Spanning most of the county from east to west, Angeles National Forest offers camping, fishing, hiking and skiing. Driving through the forest is free but if you plan on parking, an Adventure Pass is required except for the last Saturday of each month. Daily Pass: $5, Annual Pass: $30.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area - 24-hour recorded message: +1 805 370-2300, Visitor Information: +1 805 370-2301 Fax: +1 805 370-1850. The Santa Monica Mountains NRA is made up of several smaller units ranging from an old movie studio lot to wilderness areas and is administered by the National Park Service.
English, and Spanish are the most common languages spoken in Los Angeles County. Because of the ethnic diversity of Los Angeles, there are many neighborhoods where other languages are dominant, mostly those from Asia.
Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX), 1 World Way, +1 310 646-5252, . LAX is one of the major ports of entry for international flights to the United States as well as a major destination for domestic flights so it can be quite busy, especially around holidays. Most of the major airlines as well as some smaller regional airlines fly into LAX. All of the major rental car agencies have a location near the airport with hundreds of cars available for rent.
Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR), 2627 Hollywood Way, Burbank, +1 818 840-8840, . Alaska, America West, American, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines fly into this airport located north-east of Downtown.
Long Beach Airport (IATA: LGB), 4100 Donald Douglas Dr., Long Beach, +1 562 570-2678, Fax: +1 562 570-2603 e-mail:email@example.com, . Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, America West Airlines, US Airways, and JetBlue Airways fly into this airport located in southern Los Angeles County.
Airports near Los Angeles County
Ontario International Airport (IATA: ONT), 1940 East Moore Way, Ontario, +1 909 937-2700, . Located 37 mi (59 km) and a 40 minute drive east of Downtown Los Angeles.
John Wayne Airport (IATA: SNA), 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, +1 949 252-5200, . Located 40 mi (64 km) and a 45 min drive south-east of Downtown Los Angeles.
Metrolink  - Toll free: +1 800 371-5465. Metrolink trains connect surrounding counties with Los Angeles County with most lines having a terminus at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Each line has several stops in Los Angeles County in addition to stops in their originating counties.
Los Angeles County has an extensive freeway system that criss-crosses the county. The freeway system is a mixed blessing, allowing access to most areas at the same time but very confusing for the uninitiated, especially during rush hour. Driving is a central but frustrating part of life in Los Angeles. See driving in Los Angeles County for some basic information. Still, it is possible to use public transit if you plan your trip:
Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority  (MTA) - Toll free: +1 800 266-6883. MTA has a network of bus lines that span the county and a few lines that extend into neighboring counties. MTA also runs four rail lines:
Los Angeles area gardens with native plants. Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour  - +1 818 768-1802, organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants . The annual garden tour, which began in 2004, showcases mostly private gardens throughout the Los Angeles basin that feature 50% or more native plants. Unlike most tours, garden owners (many of whom design the gardens themselves) and knowledgeable docents are available to identify plants and discuss techniques of gardening with California native plants. The tour usually takes place in April over a weekend, with half the gardens open to attendees on Saturday and the other half on Sunday. In 2006, more than 1,700 people visited more than 30 gardens; in 2008, more than 1,000 people visited 38 private gardens; in 2009, more than 46 gardens are featured. Garden locations ranged from Santa Monica to Monrovia, from Woodland Hills to Tujunga.
Television Show Tapings. The major studios offer free tickets for those wanting to view the taping of a television show. Numerous agencies handle ticket distribution including Audiences Unlimited  and Hollywood Tickets . Tickets can also sometimes be obtained through the studio's web site, and nightly shows such as the Tonight Show often have a studio box office that distributes tickets for that night's tapings. There are also occasionally booths or individuals in Hollywood or other areas frequented by tourists distributing tickets; however, you should never pay anyone for any ticket to a television show taping: tickets are always free, and scalped tickets are illegal and may not be honored by the studios. Also, note that even if you have a ticket seating is not necessarily guaranteed and will be provided first-come, first-served. You will need to arrive at least 1 h prior to filming, and filming typically lasts for 2-3 h.edit
Los Angeles and the surrounding area offer the most eclectic dining experience you can ever imagine. There are a few good places of note:
Fred62, a great retro diner, is on Vermont Avenue just north of Sunset Boulevard.
You want a good old-fashioned meal that Frank Sinatra would envy, but rumors say that he ate here a few times. Musso And Frank's great food, great atmosphere located on Hollywood Boulevard a few blocks east from Mann's chinese (Theater not Buffet).
Pink's Hot Dogs is on Fairfax about 2 miles off Sunset.
Tommy's, scattered around the city; popular place to get a chili cheeseburger and chili cheese fries. Many are open late or 24 h. Beware of imitators.
Bob's Big Boy, leave the relish off this tasty morsel and add on some 1K Island, you'll thank me later. Located in the sunny vale of Burbank a couple of blocks from Universal City Walk.
Mercialgio great Italian place right outside the gate of Universal City walk, one of the best Italian joints in town.
House of Blues, where else but on Sunset Strip, great awesomely bad food, great prices, rocking place.
The Roxy, up the street from the House of Blues, not too shabby either, used to be the hang out back in the day.
The Griddle Cafe, little place, get up early and bring your appetite, they have some of the best pancakes you will ever experience, the french press coffee is some of the best in town, filled with a lot of pretentious industry types but if you can get past that, you will love the food.
Roscoes Chicken And Waffles, if you are from out of town you gotta have some chicken and waffles, its located on Grove, right off Sunset near the 101.
Taco trucks can be found along streets at night and are open late and provide inexpensive authentic food.
Cahuenga Corridor, North of Hollywood but South of the 101, quite a few fun places to inbibe quantities of alcoholic beverages. Check out "The Beauty Bar" $10 for a martini and a manicure, but get there early the line tends to gather after 9 p.m.
Lucky Strikes Bowling alley, this place is just awesomely awesome, its located off Hollywood and Vine, behind the borders.There is bowling and beer. Also located Downtown across from the Staples Center.
Bar 107, this is downtown, but quite a fun happenin joint, at 107 4th Street, towards East LA with great kitsch.
Sunset Strip, mainly the location of live music venues, it also has drinking destinations such as The Rainbow Bar, SkyBar, Chateau Marmont, Libertine, and Saddle Ranch Chop House (one of the few places in LA with a mechanical bull).
For all emergencies in Los Angeles County, dial 911.
There are some areas in Los Angeles County that are considered to be less safe than others. Parts like South Los Angeles (South Central: Compton, Inglewood, etc.), Harbor Gateway, Wilmington, and other cities are unsafe.
The area east of Downtown LA, or East LA, also has a higher crime rate than other areas and has gang problems as well.
Joshua Tree National Park - Two different deserts meet in this park, which is filled with a vast array of rock formations and desert plant life, especially in the spring or after rainfall when the desert flowers are in bloom.
Santa Barbara - A quiet seaside resort town 1.5 h north of Los Angeles.
San Diego - A sunny oceanfront city with many attractions such as Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and the museums of Balboa Park.