Introduction to El Monte, California
Originally settled around 1849 by missionaries and Spanish soldiers, El Monte is a city of of over 120,000 people located in Los Angeles County, in Southern California. El Monte is fifteen minutes east of the City of Los Angeles, and twenty minutes southeast of Pasadena. El Monte is south of the Angeles National Forest. El Monte is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest metropolitan area in the United States.
El Monte has received two "League of California Cities Helen Putnam Awards of Excellence" since 1997. Nearby Los Angeles was ranked as one of the top thirty "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a study conducted by Cranium, Inc. in 2004.
Similar to most of the Southern California region, El Monte experiences dry sunny weather. Average daily temperatures during the summer are in the high eighties and low nineties (degrees Fahrenheit), and winter average daily temperatures are in the low seventies (degrees Fahrenheit).
El Monte Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
El Monte residents can easily take advantage of all of the cultural and entertainment offerings of nearby Los Angeles as well as the rest of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Some attractions of note in and around El Monte include:
- The American Military Museum and Heritage Park
- The El Monte Historical Museum
- The American Society of Military History Military Vehicle Museum
For individuals looking for professional sports, Southern California has a lot to offer, including:
- The Arena Football League's (AFL) Los Angeles Avengers.
- Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Major League Soccer's (MLS) Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
- Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) Lancaster JetHawks, Inland Empire 66ers, and Lake Elsinore Storm. The JetHawks are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 66ers are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and the Storm are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
- The National Basketball Association's (NBA) Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.
- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.
- The United Soccer League's (USL) Premier Development League Los Angeles Storm, and Southern California Seahorses.
- The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
For sports fans who do not mind traveling, San Diego two hours to the South is also home to:
- The Major League Baseball (MLB) San Diego Padres.
- The National Football League (NFL) San Diego Chargers.
- The ECHL Sand Diego Gulls hockey team.
- The United Soccer League (USL) USL Premier Development League San Diego Gauchos and the USL W-League San Diego Gauchos Women.
Nearby Pasadena is home to the Tournament of Roses parade every January 1st, as well as the college football's Rose Bowl.
The Los Angeles area is one of the few regions of the United States where individuals can go to the shore in the morning, and skiing in the afternoon.