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Facts that Prove Things are Never ‘Business As Usual’ In LA

Mar 4, 2018
by Joanna Ramirez

If you think you’ve seen everything there is to see in Los Angeles by your first or second visit, you’ll be in for quite a surprise. It may seem as though there is a surprise lurking around every corner of the city - be it a newly concocted cocktail or a celebrated historic fact that you’ve absolutely never heard about. It is, after all, the famed land of TV series, movies, songs, books, celebrities, social media buzz, palm-tree curtained beaches....and near-impossible traffic jams.

Like a carousel, LAX, the second busiest airport in the world, is consistently in a spin, welcoming enthusiastic visitors from all around the globe. Whether they get to explore quaint streets like the steepest street in Los Angeles, shop at Rodeo Drive, or decide to rough it out along the 11 miles worth of hidden (not so hidden now, though) tunnels, sprinkled with former speakeasies during the country’s Prohibition which ran along Spring Street and Temple Street to Grand Avenue and 1st Street, there are bound to be a few attractions that will knock your socks off.

These are just a few of the interesting 'hidden' facts about the City of Angels. It’s literally impossible to list down everything that is intriguing in this article, but here are five interesting facts to give you quick insights into the city’s illustrious and decorous history and culture.

1. The Birth of Hollywood...and its Iconic Sign

Everyone equates being in Los Angeles as being in Hollywood but few know how it all began. Without giving you for a history lesson, let’s just say it began with a fleeing group of film producers in the 1900s. As the film industry started developing in New Jersey where Thomas Edison held the intellectual property right claims, filmmakers fled New Jersey and made their way across to the other coast. The small single adobe hut outside of Los Angeles, already known as Hollywoodland, was a mere agricultural community then.

The small agricultural community was caught like a deer in the headlights. However, apart from daring cord cutting from Thomas Edison, filmmakers were also deeply attracted to the vast terrain, pleasant weather conditions and wide open space that were ideal for the budding filmmaking industry. Back then, Beverly Hills was merely a modest bean ranch. With the setting up of Biograph Company and its spreading reach, orange groves were transformed into residential areas, movie studios, and theaters. Its population exploded from the 100s into the 100,000s within a short period of time. The Golden Age of Hollywood further spurred on growth with studios like the Charlie Chaplin Studio, Paramount, RKO, 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. They bestowed upon the world the talents of Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Mae West, Will Rogers, Betty Grable and John Wayne.

If you’re intrigued with the touching historic events surrounding Hollywood, be sure to drop by attractions like Capitol Records, Frederick’s of Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl, Rock Walk, Griffith Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium, NBC Radio City Studios, KTLA-TV, Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theaters and many more.
  • Best place to view the iconic Hollywood Sign
    Beachwood Canyon - North Beachwood Drive and Franklin Avenue, Lake Hollywood Park, Hollywood & Highland Center
  • Capitol Records Building
    1750 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Frederick's of Hollywood
    6751 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Hollywood Bowl
    2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
    (323) 850-2000
  • Rockwalk
    7425 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
    (323) 874-1060
  • Griffith Park
    4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    (323) 913-4688
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
    6780 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
    (323) 466-6335
  • Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
    6706 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
biking in sunset, visit tour Los Angeles, CA

2. Leg It, Bike it or Bus it

Although this is not a surprising fact, there are a lot more cars than there are people in the City of Angels. Not only is the traffic horrendous during rush hour, it is close to impossible to find parking in popular tourist spots and event venues during monumental events. As freeways and streets snakes its way around some of LA’s most popular destinations, lined with palm trees and offering side views of mountains and beaches, getting around Los Angeles takes a whole lot of patience.

LA is an extremely spread-out city, stretching for 20 miles from the beaches of Santa Monica right into the fringes of San Fernando Valley. As some locals will tell you, having a car or a charter bus to get you around is essential if you’re tight on time. It also requires advance planning and a little bit of nugget-picking. And that is precisely why carpooling and cycling are also popular ways to get around LA where there are designated lanes for the appropriate modes of transportation. If you don't have a limousine or airport transfer ready, give Bus Charter LA a call ahead of time or use the airport bus, the FlyAway Bus.

For tourists, public transportation is apt because they mostly move around tourist attractions. But if you’re game for moving around more easily and freely between the beaches of Venice, Santa Monica, Hermosa, and Redondo, or neighborhoods like Westwood and Brentwood, planning ahead with your own vehicle or bus is definitely an advantage.

3. Los Angeles is Museum Wonderland

With more than 100 museums, 220 theaters and iconic landmarks to be found all around town, it is easy to see why sprawling LA is a hot tourist destination all year round. On top of being home to 16 of the world’s most gorgeous gardens, it is where you can find attractions like Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, The Broad, La Brea Tar Pits, California Science Center, Hammer Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, and many more.

You could take a simple walking tour around the city and you’d come nose-to-nose with jaw-dropping urban architectural structures, not to mention Art Deco buildings and historic theaters, all around! Downtown Los Angeles is a huge educational playground ripe for learning. Visitors can learn about some of the most amazing scientific wonders of the world at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, take the charter bus to Watts Tower to marvel at the magnificent, enduring and iconic structure made out of nothing but discarded glass bottles, seashells, scrap metal, jewelry, and marble, and if they want to experience the world-famous Rodeo Drive in real life, it's really second to none. 
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
    (213) 763-3466
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Admission : $20 for Adults, $16 for Seniors and Students with ID, Free for Students age 17 and younger, Free Admission after 3pm from Monday to Friday
    For group visits, email
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
    250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 621-2766
  • The Broad
    221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 232-6200
  • La Brea Tar Pits
    5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 763-3499
  • California Science Center
    700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
    (323) 724-3623
  • Hammer Museum
    10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (310) 443-7000
  • Japanese American National Museum
    100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 625-0414
  • Skirball Cultural Center
    2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
    (310) 440-4500

4. A Melting Pot of Culture, Art and Cuisine

Although Europeans first set foot in Los Angeles as early as 1769, Mexicans had already started setting about creating humble homes in the province known as ‘Los Pobladores’. This created a backdrop for some of the most amazing blend of cultures that the world has ever seen. Los Pobladores is now modern-day Downtown Los Angeles, and the vast expanse of the city is made up of more than 47% of Americans with Mexican heritage.

If you make your way around Los Angeles on foot, it would likely pop out at you that many people on the streets of LA are speaking in any other language other than English! That figure rounds up to approximately 60% of Angelenos.  According to data, there are people from all over the world, to be more precise, 140 countries, calling themselves LA locals. The cultural roots show up in all shapes and forms, which includes local cuisine and guides lay claim to their rights to be walking encyclopedias to world cuisine. Thanks to the melting pot of culture that LA is, you will get to experience unique epicurean delights like Cobb Salad, French-Dip sandwich, smoked salmon pizza topped with freshly-grated mozzarella, sweet potato tacos, beef and bone marrow pie, and LA-style evolved Thai crab curry.
  • Atwater Village
    13th district of Los Angeles
  • Beverly Grove
    within the Beverly-Fairfax neighborhood in the greater Wilshire area of LA
  • Culver City
    occupying the former MGM lot, it is a buzz site for fine dining, parties and bar-hopping; a buzzing dining and nightlife scene
  • Eagle Rock
    a quintessential neighborhood with a retro-style bowling alley, a block of old-school traditional Italian diners and South-style shops, coffeehouses and stores
  • Bestia
    Italian, Pizza, Cocktail
    2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
    (213) 514-5724
  • Bavel
    Middle Eastern
    500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
    (213) 232-4966
  • République
    624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (310) 362-6115
  • Howlin’ Ray’s
    Far East Plaza, Chinatown
    727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 935-8399
  • HATCH Yakitori & Bar
    700 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    (213) 282-9070
  • Wings & Pot
    Chicken Wings
    2108 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047
    (323) 920-7575

5. Nicknames and Funny Facts

Some are taken aback by the fact that Hollywood has not always been Hollywood - instead, it started off being Hollywoodland, but some of the laws and nicknames might surprise you even more. If you have a local Angeleno guiding you around, he/she might alert you to some local sensitivities and code of conduct. For example, it is illegal to lick a toad due to drug laws and wearing baggy suits may earn you the evil eye although people might look the other way if you’re a tourist.

And while many know Los Angeles as the City of Angels and more recently, Lala Land, it was given an array of nicknames which includes The Big Orange, City of Flowers and Sunshine and Angel Town.

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