Why We Love Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a fantastic place to visit and live. From beautiful beaches to stunning architecture, there are wonders for any taste. These are the top ten reasons why we love LA.
- Weather. Downtown Los Angeles has approximately 292 days of sun each year. During winter, the average temperature is about 67 degrees. The perception that Los Angeles residents are at the beach year round is fairly accurate.
- Architecture. Los Angeles is a collection of interesting buildings with their own personalities. The LA Philharmonic makes its home in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is a striking composition of curved steel facades. The Broad Museum is nearby, with a highly textured and modern look. Downtown LA is covered in these architectural wonders, making it a beautiful city to traverse on foot.
- Movies. Traveling through LA is like walking across a movie set, with Sunset Boulevard, Santa Monica, Mulholland Drive, and Beverly Hills as the backdrop. Talent looking to break into film have flocked to Los Angeles for decades, due to the concentration of agents, scouts, and production houses in the area.
Those not aiming to command the silver screen have access to many interesting movie theaters. The ArcLight Hollywood brings first runs as well as indie flicks to the screen, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery shows cult classics in an outdoor setting, and iPic provides a living room feel for your viewing experience.
- Diversity. All together, Los Angeles residents hail from 140 countries and speak 86 languages. Though some see the population density as a drawback, we see it as an incredible community. A highly diverse population occupies 88 districts that combined make the city of LA. Each of these pockets has its own personality and feel, giving Los Angeles a small city vibe despite its massive overall size.
- Food. With remarkable population diversity comes a range of cuisine. This health-conscious city has ample vegetarian, fresh, and local dining options. A variety of ethnic foods are present between each pocket community as well—from Brazilian to Japanese and Jamaican to Italian.
- Nature. Despite what some think, LA is within striking distance of many natural wonders. Six hundred acres of the Ballona Wetlands remain just outside of Los Angeles. Home to a large selection of wildlife, this is a resting place for millions of migratory birds each year. Placerita Canyon State Park is home to more than 200 native plant species. Once a source of gold during the initial rush of 1848, this beautiful land is now protected.
The Antelope Valley is a favorite destination in spring, when the California poppies are in full bloom. Though the city proper is somewhat condensed, the surrounding areas present sprawling natural landscapes.
- LAX. Los Angeles International Airport sends flights all over the world each day. Not only is it easy to get anywhere from here, but residents also benefit from the number of flights with empty seats. If you crave a weekend away, last minute deals often present great savings.
- Proximity. If you can’t catch a flight or just feel like driving, Santa Barbara is only 100 miles north—and San Diego is a similar distance south. Driving east will take you to Palm Springs and eventually Las Vegas. Driving in the city may not be fun, but there are many road trip possibilities.
- Celebration. Festivals, fairs, parades, and openings are a near-daily occurrence in Los Angeles. There’s never a lack of activity on the weekend to delight and entertain.
- Price. Surprisingly, there are several free things to do in Los Angeles. The LA Art Walk is held the second Thursday of each month. The exhibits and artists are constantly changing, so guests have a new experience each visit. The Griffith Observatory gives guests access to stargazing floors and a giant telescope, while the Getty Villa museum features Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts and artwork—both with free admission.
Los Angeles is a fantastic place to visit or stay. With such a rich and diverse culture, so much to experience, and easy access to a range of activities, it’s no wonder that this population continues to grow and thrive.