LA at a Glance
— Other Sports
Los Angeles has twice hosted the Summer Olympic Games, in 1932 and in 1984. When the 10th Olympic Games were hosted in 1932, the former 10th Street was renamed Olympic Boulevard. Los Angeles also will host the Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2015.

Los Angeles residents love to get outside. Whether you like to keep active, lounge on the beach or shop, Los Angeles has something for everyone to do outside.

— Beaches
Known for its sunshine and beautiful year-round weather, the miles and miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in the Los Angeles area provide endless opportunities for those who love to get tans and sit on the beach or surf and swim in the ocean waves. Some of the most popular beaches include the following:
  • Malibu consists of a 21-mile strip of prime Pacific coastline. Nicknamed “the ’Bu” by surfers and locals, the community is famous for its warm, sandy beaches, which include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu State Beach, Topanga State Beach, Point Dume State Beach and Dan Blocker Beach.
  • Venice Beach is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, artists and vendors.
  • Huntington Beach is known for its long 8.5-mile stretch of sandy beach, mild climate, excellent surfing and beach culture. The ocean waves are enhanced by a natural edge diffraction of open ocean swells around the island of Catalina that creates consistent surf all year long thus giving it the title “Surf City, USA.”
  • Laguna Beach is an affluent seaside resort city and artist community described as “a paradise, an inexhaustible source of inspiration.”
  • Dana Point is located in southern Orange County and has one of the few harbors along the coast. With ready access via State Route 1, it is a popular local destination described as “the only romantic spot on the coast, and the high bluffs and sheltered coves are a great draw for surfers. “Killer Dana” was a legendary surf break off Dana Point that came out of deep water and broke close to the rocks that lined the beach.
  • Sunset Beach is one of the widest beaches in southern California. Running parallel to the beach, from the north of town to the southern edge is the Green Belt, a bucolic 14 acre park on which residents walk their dogs.
  • Bolsa Chica State Beach is a three-mile beach south of Sunset Beach in Orange County. It is a popular place for surf fishing for fish like perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon and shovelnose guitarfish. The most popular fishing location is around the Tidal Inlet Channel at the southernmost end of the beach.
  • Newport Beach includes the city beaches from the Santa Ana River to the tip of the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar State Beach and the beaches at Crystal Cove State Park. It is renowned for good surfing, especially between Newport Pier and the Santa Ana River. At the tip of the Balboa Peninsula, The Wedge offers world-class body boarding and bodysurfing.
  • Manhattan Beach benefits from ocean breezes that provide very clean air and summer temperatures that are many degrees cooler than inland regions. The beach features a 400-foot-wide, 2.1-mile-long ocean frontage. Once a collection of exposed sand dunes, the only remaining dune is at Sand Dune Park.
  • Hermosa Beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding and bars. Westerly sea breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away. A paved path called The Strand runs along Hermosa Beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier.
  • Redondo Beach is a wide sand beach that starts below the bluffs of Palos Verdes in the south and carries north to the Redondo Pier. Surfing is a key element of the South Bay lifestyle year-round. Beach volleyball is another important aspect of Redondo Beach’s lifestyle. The wide and flat sand beaches provide the perfect venue for the sport and permanent poles and nets are placed and maintained by the city year round, and professional tournaments are held here as well.

The Hollywood area of Los Angeles attracts millions of visitors each year who travel there to pay homage to their favorite stars and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a few famous personalities. In addition to more than 20 movie studios, some of which give tours to the public, the following are some of the most famous Hollywood landmarks and tourist sites.
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame: This is the world’s most famous sidewalk and the celebrities it honors. With about 24 induction ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction.
  • Hollywood Sign: Originally an outdoor ad campaign for a suburban housing development called “Hollywoodland,” the Hollywood Sign has become a worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry. More than just nine white letters spelling out a city’s name, it’s one of the world’s most evocative symbols for ambition, success, glamour, industry and dreams.
  • TCL Chinese Theatre: One of the most popular spots in Hollywood, TCL Chinese Theatre is best known for the hand and footprints in its forecourt. No matter how much tourists or locals claim that they’re not star-struck, within a few minutes of arriving at this historic landmark they’re placing hands and feet in the cement prints or taking photos.

Museums abound in the Los Angeles area. Following are some of the most prominent venues for learning about culture and science in the City of Angels.

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