Los Angeles (aka the “City of Angels”) is the most populous city in California and the second-most populous city in the United States, following New York City. LA’s combined statistical area includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties and has over 18 million residents. LA is known for its cultural diversity, but also for its creative and arts communities. In fact, there are 841 museums and art galleries in Los Angeles County, which translates to Los Angeles’ having more museums per capita than any other city in the world. In fact, one in every six residents of Los Angeles works in a creative industry.
Hollywood, a district in the central region of Los Angeles, is known for being the home of the entertainment industry, specifically motion pictures. In Hollywood, you’ll find the Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre), which is the venue for the Academy Awards. As well, there’s the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll find the famed stars honoring actors, musicians, producers, directors, musical and theatrical groups, fictitious characters and other performing arts legends. And, of course, if you’re visiting Los Angeles, be sure to get a peek of the iconic Hollywood sign, visible from various points in the metro area.
Fortune 500 companies in LA
Los Angeles is not all glitz and glamour; the county is also home to 14 Fortune 500 companies: The Walt Disney Company, Dole Food Company, Health Net, AECOM Technologies, DirecTV, Avery Dennison, Occidental Petroleum (Oxy), Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., Molina Healthcare, Mattel, Edison International, CB Richard Ellis, Jacobs Engineering Group and Live Nation.
Travel in and around Los Angeles
The primary airport serving the LA metro area is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is west of the city and is the sixth busiest commercial airport in the world and the third busiest in the United States. To the east is LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, California; John Wayne Airport (SNA) is southeast of LA in Santa Ana and offers limited international service. There are also two domestic airports: Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and Long Beach Airport in Long Beach.
Los Angeles has the dubious distinction of having one of the largest high-speed networks in the world, along with the highest per capita car population. The LA freeway system handles over 12 million cars daily. It’s been estimated that LA residents spend an average of four days per year stuck in traffic. Unfortunately, Los Angeles traffic is infamous, and many natives drive many more than 20 miles per hour above the speed limit.
Although there is public transportation, sometimes you just need a car to take you exactly where you need to go. Especially if you’re traveling with a group, whether for business or pleasure, Metropolitan Shuttle’s charter buses or shuttle vans are the way to go. Because we have all professional, experienced drivers, we take the stress out of driving in a large city that has tons of traffic. Aside from the traffic volume, LA is notorious for having road signs that are difficult to read and freeway entrances that are tough to find and navigate. Our drivers know the roads inside and out and will know the best route to get you to your destination in the least amount of time.
Professional sports in Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
- Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
- Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
- Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
- Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
- Los Angeles Galaxy (soccer)
- Chivas USA (soccer)
- Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Los Angeles tourist attractions
The Los Angeles area has plenty of things to do and see while you’re in town. Here are just a few of the most popular: