Los Angeles is the epitome of a huge metropolis that spans from Granada Hills and Sylmar in the north, to San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles in the south. It can literally take 2-3 hours to get from one end to the other.
Its borders are not easy to define by shape. In fact, Los Angeles has several cities, or islands within it that are completely separate municipalities with their own mayors, city services, school districts and taxes. You may have heard of Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Inglewood or San Fernando – the Valley’s namesake?
The Port of Los Angeles is at the end of a long narrow piece of land along the 110 freeway, like a skinny finger. On both sides there are several independent municipalities, not part of the city of L.A.