Although a part of the city of Los Angeles, Hollywood has carved a name of its own. Home to the most glamorous film industry in the world, it is the land of dreams. No visit to LA is complete without a visit to the several attractions of Hollywood. Not only do you get to see movie-themed attractions, you can also visit actual working studios. And if you are lucky, you may even get to see a glimpse or two of your favorite stars. The Hollywood district is also home to several upscale shopping and dining options, perfectly complementing the chic feel of the district. Here is a list of some of the must-visit attractions that you just cannot miss in Hollywood.
- TCL Chinese Theater
The TCL Chinese Theater is a major landmark theater in Hollywood. Built in 1926 and opened a year later, the theater has not only hosted a number of major movie premieres, it also hosted 3 Academy Awards (the Oscars) ceremonies, from 1944 – 1946. The exterior of the Theater resembles a Chinese pagoda with dragons and dogs. The interior has a grand décor. It was declared a historic and cultural landmark in 1968. The biggest highlight of the Chinese Theater is the series of cement footprints, handprints, and boot-prints of several famous Hollywood stars.
- Sunset Boulevard
The 22 mile Sunset Boulevard that stretches from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Coast Highway is synonymous with Hollywood glitz and glamour. The Sunset Strip along West Hollywood is the most happening part of this boulevard. The 1.5 mile stretch has a number of night clubs, bars, restaurants, boutiques, and music stores. The north of the Strip, with its multi-million dollar homes and stunning view of the L.A. Basin, is home to a number of major celebrities.
- Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl is located on the northern flank of the district. This huge amphitheater has been a part of Hollywood since 1929 and has hosted numerous musical events over the years. The look of the amphitheater went through a major change in 2004 and it was given a more acoustically advanced shell. The Hollywood Bowl is the home to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and also the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Artists and groups who have performed in the Hollywood Bowl include The Beatles, The Doors, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, Black Sabbath, and Lady Gaga, to name just a few.
- Capitol Records Building
The Capitol Records Building, also called the Capitol Records Tower, is a major architectural and cultural landmark of Hollywood. This 13-story tower was built in 1956 and is home to a recording studio and the echo chambers of the company. It is also an administrative office of Capitol Records. The design of the building resembles a stack of 13 records on a turntable. An interesting feature is the light on top of the tower. Since its inception in 1956, the blinking light spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse Code!
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not Hollywood
This is one of the fun and quirky places to visit in Hollywood. It features oddities, artifacts, and exhibits from all over the world. It has a display space of 10,000 square feet spread over 20 floors. The space is divided into 11 themed galleries which display over 300 exhibits. Located right on the Hollywood Boulevard, this is an attraction for the whole family to enjoy.
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Madame Tussauds Hollywood is located on the Hollywood Boulevard, right next to another prominent attraction – the TCL Chinese Theater. Over 125 incredibly life-like wax statues of celebrities and world leaders are on display in its galleries. If you tried and could not get a glimpse of your favorite stars during your trip to Hollywood, this place will certainly cheer you up. Celebrities featured at Madame Tussauds Hollywood include Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Daniel Craig, Steven Spielberg, Michel Jackson, and Madonna, to name a few.
- Universal Studios
Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood experience in this movie theme park! This is a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: thrilling theme park rides and shows, a real working movie studio, and Los Angeles’ best shops, restaurants and cinemas at CityWalk. Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that is fun for the whole family. End your day with the energy and excitement of Universal CityWalk, where everything is Always Unexpected. All this and much more. Only at Universal Studios Hollywood, the entertainment capital of L.A.
- Warner Brothers Studios
See “Behind-the-scenes” and “into-the-scenes” of your favorite shows and movies at the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio. Guests of the Warner Bros 2-hour VIP Tour are offered a rare and intimate glimpse into real Hollywood at work. No two tours are alike and guides take you to where the real action is. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of your favorite star in action!
- Hollywood Sign
Hollywood’s beacon landmark, the ‘Hollywood’ sign, is located on Mount Lee in the Griffith Park of the Santa Monica Mountains. Originally built in 1923, it read ‘Hollywoodland’ to promote a housing project. Half a century later, in the 1970s, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce called for a complete makeover of the dilapidated sign, putting a price tag of $250,000. Hugh Hefner of Playboy came to the rescue with a ceremonial auction of the letters at $27777 each. November 1978 saw the birth of a new Hollywood sign – HOLLYWOOD – 350 feet long and each letter standing 45 feet tall.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
The 1.7 mile stretch of Hollywood Walk of Fame, with nearly 2500 brass stars, is a major tourist attraction with over 10 million visitors every year. The brass stars recognize artists from 5 different artistic categories. The Walk was constructed and inaugurated in 1960. There are a number of other attractions in the area including the Hollywood Wax Museum, the L.A. Fire Department Hollywood Museum, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, and the Hollywood Bowl Outdoor Theater.
Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:48:01.