20 miles southeast of downtown is Knott's Berry Farm. Originally a berry farm in the 1930's, this theme park has grown into a family favorite with child-friendly rides, short queues and offers a real taste of America’s pioneering heritage. Just down the road, in Anaheim, is Disneyland Park. Since its opening in 1955 over 600 million guests have delighted in seeing Disney’s much-loved characters brought to life. The Port of Los Angeles, the biggest container port in the USA, sits on San Pedro Bay. Climb aboard the USS Iowa, a World War II battleship which saw service in some of the most dramatic episodes in world history. Nearby at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 500 marine species sway, swirl and dive through the various marine systems of the vast Pacific, from the sun-drenched coast of Baja to the frigid waters of the Arctic. Long Beach was once the birthplace of California's surfing scene, but a breakwater has now tamed the wild waves, making the beach an ideal destination for families. From Long Beach, hop aboard a ferry, and take a one-hour trip to Catalina Island. Once the home of otter hunters, smugglers and gold prospectors, these days day-trippers and weekenders are far more interested in working on their golden tans and escaping the frantic pace of the mainland. Heading west from L.A., Santa Monica is one of the most popular resort towns in the US. Santa Monica epitomizes the California lifestyle of sun, sand and the body beautiful! And right at her heart is her iconic pier. Things get a little funkier just down the coast at Venice Beach. Long the center of L.A.'s counterculture, Venice is more than just a beach, however. The main attraction here is the promenade. So pull on your in-line skates and join the colorful and sometimes bizarre human parade. After the craziness of Venice Beach, head 5 miles north to the tranquility of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Getty Center houses the extraordinary art collection of billionaire John Paul Getty. Water features prominently throughout the complex, encouraging quiet reflection. Hire a convertible and follow the scenic Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu; 21 miles of prime Californian coastline scented with salt and coastal sage. Many of L.A.'s stars live in homes that cling to these dramatic hillsides by the Pacific, which is the perfect metaphor for L.A.. A city built on an unshakable optimism and a devotion to creation - both human and natural. Welcome to the City of Angels.