Just 435 kilometres away from each other, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are wild and crazy cities. They are totally different from each other but both attract tourists in enormous numbers.
Los Angeles, California's largest city with 3.8 million residents, spreads a massive 1215 square kilometres. A city of vast extremes it has ghettoes of great poverty and areas of extreme wealth.
It was founded in 1781 by a Spanish governor, Felipe de Neve, who gave it the extraordinary name of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula. It became part of Mexico in 1821 following independence from Spain and then the United States in 1848. The colourful Spanish influence is still very evident in Los Angeles, particularly its architecture.
While not easy to navigate, Los Angeles has loads of tourist attractions and visitors seem to find their way to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, tours of movie stars' homes and the many areas where famous people are likely to be spotted.
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Las Vegas was established in the southern Nevada desert in 1905 and has evolved into the world's centre of gambling and extravagant entertainment. It has lavish and massive hotels and casinos, none of which have clocks, so patrons have no idea of the time and keep on gambling.
Along the famous Strip, hotels try, successfully, to outdo one another in the opulence stakes and even their names evoke the fantasy they have in store. Luxor, Mandalay Bay, the Excalibur, Bellagio, the Flamingo.
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