Hail to Hollywood, Center of Global Entertainment
When it comes to movies, no other place beats the global glory of Hollywood, not even Bollywood. Such is the appeal of Hollywood that a Los Angeles trip will be incomplete without a visit to the commercial and residential district.
Hollywood has three main boulevards that evoke its vibrant spirit in different ways. Sunset Boulevard is the place to see and be seen because of its dynamic nightlife. Hollywood Boulevard is known for its historic place in American entertainment. Melrose Avenue is loved for its elite shopping options and eclectic nightlife.
While Hollywood is easily accessible without reserved tickets, visitors are well-advised to secure a Hollywood CityPASS; the pass provides admission to four attractions for reduced rates within a 9-day period. The attractions are Starline Tours of Hollywood, Red Line Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and The Hollywood Museum.
But you can also visit all the Hollywood attractions on your own with the must-visit being:
• Griffith Park Observatory is the place to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Los Angeles especially during a full moon. Enjoy the science and space displays, too.
• Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a place full of lifelike wax replicas of past and present Hollywood A-list stars on film, television and music as well as athletes and politicians.
• Grauman’s Chinese Theater is where movie buffs go for Academy Awards’ shows, world movie premieres, and the stars’ prints. Take your pictures here, too, and complete the Hollywood experience for your social media posts.
• Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre is the theatre to be for classic films.
• The Hillcrest Stairs is a public staircase connecting two architectural wonders, namely, the Samuel Freeman House and the DeKeysor House.
Hike near the Hollywood sign, mounted atop Mount Lee in Griffith Park and the most recognizable landmark in Los Angeles. Keep in mind that visitors should comply with the warning signs about not going any further; trespassing can result in embarrassment when helicopter-riding policemen advise trespassers to turn back. Close-up photos can be taken of the sign, which also means visitors can take selfies and groupies, too.
Other attractions are Runyon Canyon Park, Hollywood Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Walk of Fame, and Jim Henson Studios. Tickets are usually available on site, if the establishment requires payment for entry.
Shopping in Hollywood is a must especially when you want to look your best in an area filled with beautiful people. Browse and buy great fashion finds at Hollywood & Highland, located in the heart of Hollywood itself, which has 75 establishments including shops, restaurants, and a nightclub, among others.
If you are on a budget, you can take a walking tour around Hollywood instead of hiring a guide. You have the benefit of signs that allow for a self-guided tour, too, in addition to the information on your travel brochures.