Los Angeles is extremely spread out.  It can take an hour to drive from one edge of L.A. to the other.  In addition, visitors to L.A. often travel beyond the city limits into adjacent cities and counties.  The links below are "cartoon map's" of the most popular neighborhoods in the city of L.A. as well as neighboring cities and counties.  At the extreme western edge of Los Angeles is the Pacific Ocean (not shown on the map):

Detailed map: https://www.flickr.com/photos/3535267...

(Note: the City of San Diego is a drive of 2-1/2 hours from L.A. -- longer, with  traffic!)

Simpler/Less Detailed map: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2695/4...