Interesting places and regions
Hollywood, which means "holly forest", is a district
in LA, whose name stands for the center of the US film
industry worldwide. Hollywood is announced with huge
letters in the Hollywood Hills. The rise of the quarter
founded by the Wilcox family in 1887 began in 1911 with
the establishment of the first film studio by David
Horsley's Nestor Company. In the same year 15 more film
companies were added, which took advantage of Los
Angeles (economic reasons, longer days, better climate
than in New York etc.). Nowadays the biggest Hollywood
studios are the "Universal Studios" and "Warner
Brothers". No city dweller gets past Hollywood. Crowds
of models, artists and actors populate the area and
visit the trendy bars. It is not unrealistically open to
see a celebrity. Particularly worth seeing in Hollywood
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood's most famous street is between
Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard. It is a 5.5 km long
path with over 2,000 bronze stars, which were
embedded in the sidewalk in honor of artists from
the film and music industry. In the immediate
vicinity of the Grauman's Chinese Theater on
Hollywood Boulevard, hand and shoe prints as well as
signatures can be admired, which left about 200
stars (from 1927) on the flooring.
- Hollywood Sign
Probably the most well-known lettering from Los
Angeles (if not the whole world) is emblazoned over
the Hollywood Hills and is composed of approximately
15 meters high and 137 meters long letters.
- Universal Studios Hollywood
Every movie enthusiast in Los Angeles will probably
go to Universal Studios first, a mix of film and
television studio and amusement park. Here you can
take a look behind the scenes on an adventurous
small train tour. Highlights include a simulated
earthquake, a bridge collapse, and an attack by the
great white shark and King Kong. The offer is
rounded off by stunt shows, adventure rides, musical
performances and much more.
Silicon Valley is arguably the most technologically
advanced center in the world. Silicon Valley is located
in the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. The name
also comes from technology and refers to silicon, which
is very important in computer technology. Here you will
find numerous research institutions, universities and
companies such as Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel
- DigoPaul: Geographical meanings of state California. Covers dictionary definition and location map of California.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles
The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The current building
replaced a previous building (= Cathedral of Saint
Vibiana), which had been badly damaged in the 1994
earthquake. The cathedral, designed by Spanish architect
José Rafael Moneo, was inaugurated in 2002. The
cathedral is considered a postmodern interpretation of a
Spanish mission station with a 40 m high bell tower. In
addition to the actual building, there are several
gardens and waterfalls as well as the Cathedral Center.
The crypt of the Christian building is particularly
interesting. Many former bishops and archbishops of Los
Angeles are buried here.
||555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
Angelus Temple in Los Angeles
The central sanctuary for worship at the International
Church of the Foursquare Gospel across from Echo Park
Lake was inaugurated in 1923. The glowing cross on the
dome of the temple is particularly striking. It is
currently used by the Angelus Temple Hispanic Church. It
has been recognized as a national historical landmark
since 1992. The temple now offers space for an
incredible 3,500 visitors.
||1100 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90026
Los Angeles California Temple
The second largest temple of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints (= Mormons) is located on Santa
Monica Boulevard in Westwood. It was inaugurated in 1956
and was still the largest Mormon temple in the world -
later replaced by the Salt Lake Temple. The temple also
includes the visitor center, the Los Angeles Regional
Family History Center, and the headquarters of the Los
Angeles Mission. The temple can be seen from afar due to
its approx. 78 m high tower. At the top of the tower is
a 5 m tall statue of the angel Moroni, a prophet from
the Book of Mormon.
||10777 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90025
Plaza Church in Los Angeles
The Plaza Church, officially called La Iglesia de
Nuestra Seņora la Reina de Los Angeles, is located in
the El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park. The
church was built between 1824 and 1822. The historic
church, which also served as a place of refuge for
refugees from El Salvador for a while, has been a
historic landmark since 1962. It should be noted that
today's church is, however, a replica from 1861.
||535 North Main Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
Gardens, zoos and amusement parks
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim
The Disneyland Resort in the city of Anaheim is
arguably the most famous amusement park in the world.
The park was opened in 1955 and today covers a huge area
of approximately 17.45 kmē. Over the years, the park
has been continually expanded with new attractions and
today includes a huge range of rides, cinemas, shows and
much, much more. The park is particularly attractive for
children, as they can immerse themselves in the world of
their Disney star here. Almost 15 million visitors and
the park flock annually, making it the park with the
second most visitors in the world.
||1313 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92802
Balboa Park in San Diego
The Balboa Park with its 4.9 kmē is San Diego's largest
and most popular park. In addition to many museums and
the 60-meter-high California Tower, it also contains
wonderful buildings that were built in Spanish Baroque
style for the Panama-California World Exhibition (1915)
and the international California-Pacific Exhibition
(1935). In Balboa Park, which is also the perfect
starting point for any individual city tour, families
can find picnics, but also athletes can go jogging,
cycling or walking. The water features and green areas
as well as the world-famous San Diego Zoo are
particularly beautiful parts of the park.
San Diego Zoo
The world famous San Diego Zoo, which was created
in 1915 in connection with the Panama-California World's
Fair, can be found in Balboa Park. It has more than
4,000 animals from more than 800 species that have found
a new home on 0.43 kmē. The zoo, which is one of the
largest in the world, can be experienced via bus tours,
rides on a gondola lift ("Skyfari"), but of course also
individually. The zoo is best known for its generous
facilities that emulate the natural living environment
of the animals. The zoo has also earned an excellent
reputation by breeding endangered species. The zoo's
main attractions are certainly the monkeys, pandas,
polar bears, elephants and the only albino koala in the
||2929 Zoo Drive
San Diego, California 92101
Sea World San Diego
There is a branch of the well-known Sea World chain in
San Diego on the southern shore of Mission Bay. The Sea
World was opened in San Diego in 1964 and today covers
an area of approximately 0.76 kmē. The most popular
sea creatures in the gigantic aquarium are of course the
obligatory dolphins, but whales, sharks, rays and even
polar bears can also be admired.
||500 Sea World Drive
San Diego, California 92109
San Francisco Zoological Garden and
Between the Pacific and Lake Merced is the largest
zoo in Northern California with one of the world's
largest gorilla enclosures. The zoo, opened in 1929, is
now home to over 900 animals from more than 250 species.
The latest attraction is the spacious enclosure for
animals from Africa: giraffes, zebras, kudu antelopes
and ostriches live together here. Young visitors can
stroke their favorite animals in the children's zoo. It
should also be mentioned that in 2006 the tiger Tatiana
attacked an animal keeper and in 2007 the same tiger
attacked three visitors.
||1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, California 94132
Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
The park is 5 km long and 600 m wide - making Golden
Gate Park one of the largest urban parks in the world.
The landscape planner John McLaren managed to turn dry
sand dunes into lush vegetation. There is a lot of life
in the park: there are skaters, cyclists and joggers;
Children fly kites and there is a lot of grilling. The
Golden Gate Park is a meeting point for tourists and
locals as well as for young and old.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National
The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are
close together in the Sierra Nevada of California. The
area of both parks is approximately 3,500 kmē. The
parks are located at heights between 410 m and over 4000
m. The main sights are the impressive giant sequoias,
which can reach a height of more than 80 m and a
diameter of over 11 m. The two parks are managed jointly
by the National Park Service and are among the best
known in the United States.
||47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, California 93271
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is located in California,
about 300 km east of San Francisco. Its area is 308 kmē
and the park stretches along the western slopes of the
Sierra Nevada. Yosemite National Park was added to the
UNESCO World Heritage List in 1984.
The approximately 13,628 kmē large Daeath
Valley National Park is located in southwest California
in the Mojave Desert. It is the driest national park in
the United States. The valley got its name after several
settlers were killed in a blazing heat in 1849. The
lowest point in the western hemisphere, Badwater, is
also located here at 85.5 m below sea level. Visitors
are mainly drawn to the hostile but by no means
unattractive environment. Since the park is surrounded
by several high mountains, it offers the best views of
Lassen-Volcanic National Park
The Lassen-Volcanic National Park is located in
Northern California around Lassen Peak, the southernmost
volcano in the cascade chain of the Rocky Mountains. The
volcanically active area with boiling mud holes, hot
springs and fumaroles covers approx. 430 kmē and has
been a national park since 1916.
Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is located in northwestern
California, approximately 500 km north of San Francisco.
Its area is 534 kmē and extends along the Pacific coast.
Redwood National Park was added to the UNESCO World
Heritage List in 1968.
Other natural beauties
California Coastal National Monument
The California Coastal National Monument is a huge
nature reserve that includes all the small islands off
the coast of California. These over 20,000 islands and
islets serve as a habitat for the indigenous wildlife
and therefore deserve special protection.
Carrizo Plain National Monument
The Carrizo Plain National Monument covers an area
of approximately 1,100 kmē. The area represents a
landscape type as it was typical for the Central Valley
of California. The plain is covered with grass and the
highlight is surely the holy stone Painted Rock, which
was worshiped by the Cumash Indians.
Devils Postpile National Monument
The Devils Postpile National Monument in the Sierra
Nevada covers an area of approximately 3 kmē. The main
attraction of the area is a 20 m high cliff. This
consists of numerous basalt columns, which are due to a
volcanic eruption and the subsequent lava flow. These
columns have a very uniform hexagonal structure. There
are also 2 waterfalls in the park.
Lava Beds National Monument
The Lava Beds National Monument is located in the
far north of California and covers an area of
approximately 188 kmē. The diverse volcanic landscape
attracts approximately 100,000 visitors annually. Of
particular interest are the many lava flows that have
formed over several eruptions over the past million
years. But elongated caves that "eat" the lava flows
into the ground are extremely popular.
Muir Woods National Monument
The Muir Woods National Monument is located near San
Francisco and is characterized by its giant coastal
sequoias. The protected area covers an area of approx.
2 kmē and has existed since 1908. With a height of up to
115 m and an age of up to 1,100 years, the coastal
redwoods are the tallest and oldest trees on earth and
are likely to leave every visitor amazed.
Pinnacles National Monument
The Pinnacles National Monument nature
reserve covers an area of approximately 107 kmē and
represents an area with different terrain formations.
These terrain formations are due to volcanic activities.
Here rugged rock formations alternate with lava peaks
and prairies. Gentle hills in a Mediterranean climate
can also be found here.
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains
The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National
Monument is located in southern California and covers an
area of approximately 1,100 kmē. The area includes
beautiful mountain landscapes and a special feature is
that private plots can also be found within the
Zabriskie Point is a natural monument with a viewing
platform in Death Valley. It is also the title of the
film of the same name (road movie) by the Italian
director Michelangelo Antonioni from 1970. The visitor
is offered bizarre erosion landscapes that originate
from the former Lake Zabriskie.
It should also be mentioned that there are over 270
state parks in California, of which only the
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is mentioned:
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park covers an area of
approximately 2,420 kmē and is located in southern
California. It is the largest of all state parks in
California and the second largest in the United States.
The park attracts visitors due to its hiking trails,
which have a total length of 180 km, and the nature
experiences of the Colorado Dessert.