California's most populous city and the second most populous city in the United States (after New York City), Los Angeles is spread across a broad basin in Southern California surrounded by vast forested mountain ranges, valleys, the Pacific Ocean, and nearby desert. Los Angeles sits at the heart of a metropolitan area of over 18 million people that spreads across Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, and the Inland Empire region of San Bernardino County and Riverside County.
I knew I would leave my heart in Los Angeles and this past weekend I had a change to reclaim it. Oh how I adore LA, I just don't know if I could ever stand the traffic enough to want to live here. Definitely visit the Santa Monica pier over Venice Beach.