Description - The greater Los Angeles area is the repository of every grandiose vision, no matter how extraordinary, that comes under the heading "California dream." This is where people come to liberate, stimulate, and even re-create their lives. Brunch at a beachside cafe in Venice and you can watch some of these individualistic spirits parade by on roller skates. It's also where they go for a night on the town, in places such as 2nd Street in Long Beach.
- Los Angeles county stretches over 4,000 square miles, encompassing high deserts, sparkling beaches, snowy peaks, and meandering megalopolis. The county features the Angeles National Forest, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and numerous state parks, state beaches and state historic parks.
Recreation - Where, other than Los Angeles County, you go snowboarding in the morning and catch a wave in the afternoon, or hike into the wilderness just off a busy freeway. In addition to snowboarding, surfing and hiking, this region offers opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, road biking, mountain biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, picnicking, and camping.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California.
Los Angeles County lies along the coast of southern California, around the cities of Los Angeles, Malibu, Burbank, Pasadena, Hollywood and Long Beach.