Travel Guide to California - - GOLF -

here is some­thing to be said for hav­ing even un­re­al­is­tic dreams,” says cel­e­brated Whiplash and La La Land writer/di­rec­tor Damien Chazelle. “Even if the dreams don’t come true—that to me is what’s beau­ti­ful about Los An­ge­les. It’s full of these peo­ple who have moved there to chase these dreams. A lot of those peo­ple are told by peo­ple around them that they’re crazy, or that they’re liv­ing in la la land.”

The City of An­gels is the land of rein­ven­tion. Los An­ge­les County at­tracts seek­ers, dream­ers, hus­tlers and wannabe ac­tors/screen­writ­ers/di­rec­tors. Most come from some­where else and are look­ing for a bet­ter life. Per­sis­tent op­ti­mism and self-ex­pres­sive­ness per­meate the air.

Thanks to the Beach Boys har­mo­niz­ing about Cal­i­for­nia girls, beach party movies of the ’60s and TV shows like Bay­watch, many peo­ple think of Los An­ge­les as palm trees sway­ing in warm breezes, end­less beaches and bikini-clad women. But LA is far more com­plex. It’s a mix of old and new, from cui­sine to cul­ture to ideas. The cre­ativ­ity and di­ver­sity of the re­gion are re­flected in the more than 100 mu­se­ums fo­cused on the odd to the di­vine, the vi­brant global street art and the con­stant evo­lu­tion of the food scene.

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