Los Angeles is the most populous city in California, and the second most populous city in the United States after New York City. Located on a broad basin in Southern California, the city is surrounded by vast mountain ranges, valleys, forests, the Pacific Ocean, and nearby desert.
The South Bay region of Los Angeles County in Southern California has many of the fine beaches of its neighboring areas on the West Side, with a wide variety of atmospheres, from high-end and yuppified to still-expensive beach raffish.
Culver City is on the West Side of Los Angeles County, and was given the moniker the "Heart of Screenland" during the 1930s and 1940s when it was responsible for half of America's motion picture production.
Northwest Los Angeles is a region of the city that roughly comprises the neighborhoods of East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, Elysian Park and Westlake/MacArthur Park, as well as the spacious Griffith Park.
Greater Wilshire is an area of Los Angeles. Its boundaries are Melrose Avenue/Hollywood to the north, Fairfax Avenue/West Hollywood to the west, the 10 Freeway to the south, and Hoover Street/Westlake to the east.
Anchoring the Westside of Los Angeles County, Santa Monica is a beachfront city popular with tourists for its expansive beach and its famous pier, which are among the most popular coastal attractions in SouthernCalifornia.