When you think of Los Angeles, you think of show business. This is the land of movie studios, impossibly rich stars, surfers, valet parking, and shopping on Rodeo Drive. However, there is also a rich history in this sun-drenched city that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the downtown skyscrapers and beyond.
In 1769, Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola dedicated the new town: Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles – Our Lady the Queen of the Angels. Since then the city has been a colorful melting pot of humanity and cultures. Wagon trains brought pioneers in the mid-1800’s, and during the Gold Rush local farmers made their fortunes by supplying hungry prospectors with food. All were drawn to Los Angeles by dreams of untold riches and balmy weather. Some succeeded and invested in the growing city, managing to establish businesses and building the hotels, libraries, museums and theaters that are such an important part of LA’s culture and history.
The movie industry came to the area in the late 1800’s, but it wasn’t until filmmakers like D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille arrived, drawn to the mild climate and long daylight hours, that Hollywood was born. Today, the Native American and Spanish architecture and cultural in-fluences sit comfortably alongside the glitz of “Tinseltown” and the cosmopolitan sophistication of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, is a glamorous and magical place with iconic locations such as Hollywood and its many major studios including Disney, Paramount, Universal, MGM, Sony, DreamWorks, and Fox...and major theme parks including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, and Magic Mountain.
Los Angeles is also the sports capital of the world, and Special Olympics will share the spotlight in a legacy that includes great teams, individual champions, and world-class events. Los Angeles is home to the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Ducks, Galaxy and Chivas USA...great college sports legacies including USC and UCLA...great sports figures including John Wooden, Rafer Johnson, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Oscar de la Hoya, Magic Johnson, Janet Evans, and John Naber...great sports announcers including Vin Scully, Chick Hearn, Keith Jackson, Bob Miller, Dick Enberg, and Al Michaels...and great events including seven Super Bowls, and the Olympic Games of 1932 and 1984.
Los Angeles is uniquely suited to host a major event like the World Games. It’s a modern, cosmopolitan city, the second largest urban region in the United States. Its stunning locale features 76 miles of coastline, beautiful beaches, the islands of San Clemente and Santa Catalina, all surrounded by several rugged and spectacular mountain ranges.
Outdoor life and sports have characterized the California lifestyle and defined Los Angeles. The weather is nearly perfect year around, and especially in the summer months when the World Games will be held.
Los Angeles also has an amazing array of existing facilities from the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, to new state-of-the-art venues such as Staples Center, Home Depot Center, USC’s Galen Center and UCLA’s soon-to-be newly renovated Pauley Pavilion.
LA, as it approaches its 230th birthday, is a city that opens its arms to visitors from around the world. An international microcosm of people and culture, Los Angeles is a fascinating place to explore and to visit. LA now represents more than 450 square miles and a population of 4 million people. From the diversity of its neighborhoods to the endless recreational and entertainment options, this is a destination that offers, quite literally, a world of possibilities.