How much do you know about Los Angeles? Before you head to LA on vacation check out our guide to essential Los Angeles trivia. Test your knowledge with these fun Los Angeles facts below...
Top LA facts 1-10
- Universal Studios Hollywood combines a theme park and a real working studio. CityWalk, the attached shopping and dining area, is free to explore.
- Out of American cities, Los Angeles is second only to NYC in terms of population.
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood is the only American location of this famous wax franchise featuring an entire section devoted to MARVEL characters.
- The Hollywood Walk of Fame includes more than 2,600 stars.
- Warner Bros. Studio features a replica of Central Perk Café from the Friends series that serves real coffee and treats.
- The Pacific Wheel at Pacific Park is the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel.
- The US Bank Tower is the third-tallest building in California and the fifteenth-tallest in the United States.
- OUE Skyspace LA, located in the US Bank Tower, provides views as far as the San Gabriel Mountains, Catalina Island, and the Pacific Ocean.
- Downtown LA is home to the largest concentration of government buildings and institutions after Washington, DC.
- In addition to hosting the Academy Awards®, the Dolby Theatre also plays host to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Daytime Emmys, and the American Idol finals.
Top LA facts 11-20
- Hollywood Museum is home to the most expansive collection of Hollywood props, objects and artifacts.
- Griffith Park at the Hollywood Hills sign has one of the best vistas of Los Angeles and it can be easily reached by hiking.
- Griffith Park is also the second-largest urban park in California.
- The RMS Queen Mary is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the official Historic Hotels of America.
- Los Angeles is the only North American city to have hosted the Olympics twice.
- The Los Angeles Zoo also encompasses a substantive botanical garden with a renowned collection of native plant species.
- Los Angeles is home to the largest historic theatre district on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is the largest such institution in the Western United States and its collections cover 4.5 billion years of Earth’s history.
- Approximately 50 million people visit Los Angeles County each year.
- The Huntington Library, in addition to being one of the best research libraries in the world and boasting gorgeous rose gardens, has been used as a set for nearly 30 different film projects from television to the big screen.
Top LA facts 21-25
- Los Angeles is home to the state’s only remaining wooden lighthouse, at San Pedro’s Fermin Park.
- The La Brea Tar Pits is an excavation site with the largest number and most diverse selection of Ice Age fossils in the entire world.
- The USS Iowa is now a floating museum known as Battleship IOWA and is made of 45,000 tons of steel.
- The Autry Museum of the American West was founded by iconic actor Gene Autry and encompasses significant collections of artwork and cultural artifacts.
- The Los Angeles area is home to more than 100 museums of varying sizes and purposes.
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