Top 11 Best Cities In America For Street Art

Los Angeles, California

In 2013, a 10-year ban on public murals was lifted in Los Angeles. While battling bureaucracy has remained a challenge since then, the city has hundreds — possibly even thousands — of murals both old and new. Many are painstakingly tracked and preserved by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, but newer works need to be sought out; heading Downtown to the Arts District is a good place to start. The temporary mural exhibits at the Hammer Museum are also worth a trip, having become iconic in their own right.

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in California and the county seat of Los Angeles County. Situated in Southern California, Los Angeles is known for its mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, sprawling metropolis, and as a major center of the American entertainment industry. Los Angeles lies in a large coastal basin surrounded on three sides by mountains reaching up to and over 10,000 feet.

Historically home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California. The city was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood. The city experienced rapid growth with the discovery of oil.