Explore Hollywood

Explore Hollywood
Hollywood, California. “Lights, camera, action.”  A trip to Los Angeles would not be complete without exploring Hollywood – images of celebrities walking the red carpet, beautiful bodies, and, of course, the famous Hollywood sign.

The three main streets of interest are Melrose Avenue for its fantastic shopping and great people watching, Melrose Heights for the designer end of fashion, and Sunset Boulevard. In fact, if this is your first time to Los Angeles and Hollywood, take a drive from the beginning of Sunset Boulevard all way down to the ocean. You’ll pass by some iconic spots like Hollywood RockWalk (Chuck Berry’s hand prints are here), The Comedy Store (Robin Williams’ stomping grounds), Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues, and some of the strip’s major bars such as Viper Room (previously owned by Johnny Depp). Further down you’ll pass by Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Pacific Palisades, and finally emerge at Malibu Beach (known for Babe-watch, or Baywatch).

Around every corner, there is a story to be told which is the beauty of Hollywood, but the only way to really hear those stories is to hire a guide or catch a tour.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood Boulevard
Walk of Fame

Places to Visit in Hollywood

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Universal Studios
  • TCL Chinese Theatre
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Sunset Plaza
  • Melrose Place

Unique Things to See and Do in Hollywood

  • Watch a performance at the outdoor amphitheatre, Hollywood Bowl
  • Go for a horseback trail ride at Sunset Ranch
  • Actually watch a movie at the Chinese Theatre
  • Walk through the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Check out the nightlife along Sunset Strip in West Hollywood
  • Buy a guitar along Guitar Row
  • Check out the Guinness Book of World Records Museum
  • Browse Hollywood’s mecca – intersection of Highland and Hollywood

Big Attractions in Hollywood

Universal Studios
The most sought out destination in Hollywood, you won’t be disappointed with a tour of Universal Studios. This theme park takes you in behind the scenes of a real working movie studio and shows you live action shots. The newest show is the Fast & Furious. Perfect for action lovers. The classic rides are still available too, like Jurassic Park and Water World.

If you’re not up for trying the rides, which you should be, you can always do the CityWalk which offers movies, restaurants, shopping, and nightclubs. You can even go indoor skydiving! If you thought Universal Studios would be a quick visit, think again, and plan for the day.

Hollywood Boulevard 
Most people wanting to see the big celebrity names will take a walk down Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. It starts on North Gower Street and ends on North La Brea Avenue. The total walk is 2.1 km and showcases more than 2,500 brass stars.

Chinese Theatre
The classic image of Hollywood since 1927, where Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Jack Nicholson were all honoured with their hand and footprints placed in the cement courtyard. Find your favourite stars, or be sure to catch a movie at Chinese Theatre.

Dolby Theatre
Catch a show at the Dolby Theatre. So many famous artists have performed here including the American Idol finalists. You can see anything from musicals to ballets and famous musicians; plus you get to see what the Oscar statuette really looks like.

Getting around Hollywood

Getting around Los Angeles is an adventure in itself, and this is where guided tours come in really handy. Many hotels offer shuttle service to the major attractions, or they can help guide you in the right direction with public transport.

Did you know…?

The first Hollywood sign included the word “land,” and was originally intended to stand for one year only.

Hollywood Sign - 1920

Did you ALSO know…?

That the highest cost production was the Pirates of the Caribbean. It cost over $300 billion and grossed close to a billion! Well done, Johnny Depp.

That being said, LA is a maze of suburbs that converge into one another and this can make taking public transit complicated and at times unsafe for the average traveller. Renting a car is a great option in terms of it being relatively inexpensive and it gives you a ton of flexibility. Parking can be pricey and freeways can be very congested. Always allow for extra time (30+minutes) and be prepared to use valet parking if the area is really congested. Renting a car gives you so many more options for touring around to different neighbourhoods like Laguna Beach, Anaheim, etc.

Best Time of Year to Travel to Hollywood

With weather this warm, there is really no bad time to travel to Hollywood, but the most popular time is during the summer. The sun shines over 300+ days a year with an average temperature 20C. If you are travelling for the beaches and surfing the warmer summer and fall months are better for water temperature, anywhere from 18C to 21C.

From March to June, there is typically an overcast fog that rolls in during the afternoons, called “June Gloom.” This applies for all of southern California and causes the temperature to drop, which is great for those wanting a reprieve from heat but not as much fun for those wanting to enjoy the beaches.

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