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Los Angeles is not only the arts and entertainment capital of the world, it's also the second most populous city in the Untied States. Visitors are attracted by the region's temperate climate, with an average annual temperature of 74 degrees. The city offers rich diversity of food, fashion, architecture, entertainment, languages, and cultures that are showcased in a large number of community and ethnic festivals held throughout the year.
The Los Angeles region, which includes Santa Monica, is home to many museums and galleries, including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Norton Simon Museum. Music and theater may be enjoyed under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre, or inside at the Music Center or Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
The history of this region also is reflected in popular destinations such as Watts Towers, the La Brea Tar Pits, and Little Tokyo. For celebrity sightings and a true Hollywood experience, visit The Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollywood Boulevard's "Walk of Fame," and Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Industry giants such as Disney/Capital Cities, ABC, CBS Television City, Paramount, Columbia, and Universal Studios, are located here, as well as many advertising agencies, famous restaurants, and trendy boutiques. Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood provide a break from the city scene.
When students are looking to kick back, Santa Monica's famous pier is a popular attraction, adjacent to wide, sandy beaches. There are also many opportunities for hiking, biking, watersports, and people watching at Muscle Beach. Los Angeles sports fans follow the Clippers, Dodgers, Galaxy, Kings, and Lakers.