Hollywood Travel Guide

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    View from behind the sign
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  • Me hiking up to the sign, Feb 24 2008
    Me hiking up to the sign, Feb 24 2008
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    Pink's Hot Dog Stand
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Hollywood Things to Do

  • Hollywood Boulevard

    3 out of 5 stars

    I remember Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Strip, Melrose Ave, and etc., as being a very different world. The glizty and galmor has always been here, but there is the seedy side. Many of buildings here and there were very run down, and loads of homeless folks. There were your typical landmarks such as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame, El Captain,...

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  • TCL Chinese Theater

    This is the Original and most famous, Graumans Chinese Theater but it is now known as TCL Chinese Theatre. The idea was to have a Theatre District in Hollywood and Sid wanted to create an exotic environment for theater goers. The Chinese theme is well done and quite elaborated. As an active theater, films are played here and it is open to the...

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  • Walk of Fame

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Construction began in the 1960's after many years of setbacks from legal disbutes, a long-planned Walk of Stars began. The first star laid in the new Walk was that of Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960, near the intersection of Hollywood and Gower. Now the Walk of Fame extends all around from Hollywood Blvd. The link below is a great map to find...

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Hollywood Hotels

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Hollywood Restaurants

  • Yamashiro

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Well I finally got to go to Yamasiros. I had been wanting to come here for sometime now but something always came up. I had heard that this is a very nice restaurant, very romantic with great views of the city. Most of my friends had already been here and my sisters had too. As a matter of fact one of my sisters even got engaged here. So finally i...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The first time I went to the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood it was located at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It has since moved to Hollywood Boulevard at the Hollywood and Highland Center. After the TMZ Tour, Kimberly, The décor style has changed quite a bit. More sleek, modern and glitzy than the other location was. It's a large restaurant and though...

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  • Mel's Drive - In

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    This place is going down hill.....have been in BH for several years and stop by Mel's a couple times of year. Went in after the USC game last week and sat on the patio. Took 20 min. to get water while listening to the dogs (yes you can have dogs here) barking repeatedly the entire time. We were so disgusted that we finally just up and left. I...

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Hollywood Nightlife

  • Night Clubs

    Basque is a trendy nightclub on the Corner of famed Hollywood and Vine. Always full of Sexy people, its best Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I had a great time at Basque even though I had read some horrible reviews on it. I'm not sure why tight people would go out in Hollywood, or anywhere for that matter, and why they come back and write reviews...

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  • Theaters / Concerts

    There are tons of awesome rock clubs located on the sunset strip. I've placed a few of the premier ones on their own tip pages (Whisky a Go go and the House of Blues), but there are tons of others that rock out just as much. The Viper Room, the Key Club, The Roxy, The Rainbow Bar & Grill etc- all have great venues and are worth checking out!!!...

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  • Combined Suggestions

    One of the more classier venues in Hollywood, Grauman's Egyptian - American Cinematique is an enchanting night out especially for classic film buffs and those who appreciate local history. A typical night here includes a film screening. There are frequently exclusive film industry events, as such panel discussion featuring well known celebrities...

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Hollywood Transportation

  • Public Transportation

    I'll say it until I'm blue in the face: you don't need a car here if you are a typical tourist of the Hollywood area. There are plenty of ways to get around: by the Red Line (subway rail), MTA bus, Dash bus, Starline bus and charter coaches and by taxis which cross often. RED LINE Main Hollywood Red Line (MTA 802) stops include:...

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  • By Car

    What do you expect, hehehe parking rates at the Hollywood and Highland Center is astronomical. Hey this is a touristy place ok, even if you are staying at the Hollywood Rennaisance hotel, it is not free and it is more expensive to Park at the Rennaisance Hotel even if you are a check in guest since parking rates there at $ 30 and above. From the...

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  • Walking

    The Hollywood bowl is accessable for everyone. There is plenty of areas for the disable to access the bowl. They have escalators and elevators and very huge walking paths. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollwood, CA 90068

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Hollywood Shopping

  • Entertainment and Shopping Center of...

    I have not been down since the late 80's or just drove right by it not knowing it was here. What a place and it was crowded. I was all ready overwhelmed with all the people, so maybe next time we will explore inside. The entrances from all angles of the block is very grand. It has Apparel / Accessories, Casual Dining, Entertainment, Eyewear, Fine...

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  • Reasonably Priced Unique Clothes!

    Neat shop! I bought a few things. A hooded, short sleeve top as a Christmas gift. Simple design with soft material and colored stitching. My boyfriend picked out a sweater type top. It was flowy with extra material in the front. I definitely have to wear something underneath as it was totally open in front. Very flattering for $39.00. I also bought...

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  • Most Sought After Luxe Brand

    hollywood is all glitz and gamour right? it is but natural that the world's most sought after and most copied luxe brand has a shop inside the Hollywood and Highland Center Right?Louis Vuitton, the Most Copied Brand (and most sought after brand) in the World was Founded by Malletier Louis Vuitton in 1854, never would he realize that it would become...

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Hollywood Local Customs

  • People / Oddities

    popular oscar award replicas are widely available at the grauman chinese theater souvenir shops and around hollywood boulevard area shops and they cost $ 9.95 for the small oscar trophy and you can even have your name engraved on it. truly an oddity and a tacky souvenir of hollywood hehehe.

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  • Have an Oscar Award

    popular oscar award replicas are widely available at the grauman chinese theater souvenir shops and around hollywood boulevard area shops and they cost $ 9.95 for the small oscar trophy and you can even have your name engraved on it. truly an oddity and a tacky souvenir of hollywood hehehe.

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  • Yikes- a scary movie at the cementary!

    I mean, why not see a creepy movie in the most haunted place of all? Brilliant idea! At the Hollywood Forever, eccentric movie goers flock to the cementary, especially on Saturday evening for a freak show. Check out schedule on website !

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Hollywood Warnings and Dangers

  • Unsafe Areas / Crime

    Firstly, we never ventured into Hollywood - West Hollywood is where all the attractions are, like Graumans Chinese Theatre, all the celebrity sighting hotspots, and the nightlife like Chateau Marmont, The Standard etc. There is really no need to head into Hollywood or any further east. Thats when things get sketchy. We stayed right on Hollywood...

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  • Sleazy / Tacky

    Try not to buy anything in Hollywood from small vendors. Most of the items they sell are not genuine and have no warranty or fake! I went into an electronic store to look at digital cameras and the person was quiet rude with me. I explained to him what I am looking for and that I am from Canada. All he said is: "Here we go, Another Story" Very...

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  • It's fine, just be aware and be safe

    Firstly, we never ventured into Hollywood - West Hollywood is where all the attractions are, like Graumans Chinese Theatre, all the celebrity sighting hotspots, and the nightlife like Chateau Marmont, The Standard etc. There is really no need to head into Hollywood or any further east. Thats when things get sketchy.We stayed right on Hollywood...

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Hollywood Tourist Traps

  • Universal Studios

    Last visited: August, 2010 Times visited: 1 Highlight: Waterworld show I recommend Universal Studios for families with young teens and below. Due to word of mouth from back home we had high expectations entering the gates of Universal Studios. Those expectations were not met. Universal Studios is more of a regular themepark with movie theme. The...

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  • Cost Too High

    check it out on the outside! Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater), home of the Academy Awards is featured along Hollwyood Blvd. Most of us will not be able to score an invite to the Oscar show but there are concerts and other events that occur here throughout the year. This is by no means the greatest venue for concerts. Inside , the decor...

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  • Don't necessarily tour the Dolby...

    check it out on the outside!Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater), home of the Academy Awards is featured along Hollwyood Blvd. Most of us will not be able to score an invite to the Oscar show but there are concerts and other events that occur here throughout the year. This is by no means the greatest venue for concerts. Inside , the decor is...

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Hollywood What to Pack

  • Sunscreen an lots of money

    No bags. Bags will make you very tired as you walk around. Just bring a small back pack with water and some snacks in it. Chances are your luggage get stolen if left unattended. Running shoes, Shorts, T-shirt, Baseball cap. Dental floss Camera, film. Spare batteries. NIL NIL

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  • Packing List

    The idea is to take as little as possible. You're going to have to lug around everything you own on your back for awhile. The lighter your luggage.... the better mood you'll be in, the more you can see and do. :-)) I ALWAYS, ALWAYS bring along at least 2 camaras with me... just in case one breaksdown. My friends used to laugh at me.... until...

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Hollywood Off The Beaten Path

  • Celebrities / Studio Tours

    There are several studio tours in the Hollywood area. One that is really not well known but probably the closet there is to a true tour is the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. This is a 2.5 hour tour through the backlot of Warner Brothers. Unlike other tours there is a ratio of about 12 people to 1 tour guide, with the main mode of transportation...

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  • Hollywood / Boulevard / Sign

    This stainless steel gazebo on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea has four life-size silver ladies supporting the structure that represent Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna Mae Wong and Dolores Del Rio. Catherine Hardwicke sculpted it in 1993. Located at Hollywood Blvd and La Brea Ave. Visitors Information Center 6801 Hollywood Blvd –...

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  • Postcards

    This is a glimpse of Hollywood Boulevard through the swinging Sixties... This is also the era which turned young and refreshing starlets like Jane Fonda, Raquel Welch, Goldie Hawn... into mega-stars and multi-millionaires! :-) Ah. life can be soooo unfair!

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Hollywood Sports & Outdoors

  • Hike up to the Hollywood Sign!

    Wanna see the famous Hollywood sign up close? You can hike to it. The hike up is great, not too strenuous. It takes about an hour up and figure in another hour back down. This is from the Bronson Canyon entrance located at 2800 Canyon Drive in Hollywood. Follow Canyon Drive into the park all the way until it dead ends. Park for free in the last...

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  • Run Carefully, or walk at Runyon Canyon

    Close to the tourist-run-amuck Hollywood and Highland area with the Walk of Fame is a little natural paradise to go for a more local neighborhood experience. Come with a lot of energy and stamina to the 160 acre Runyon Canyon. Most park visitors are light hikers but many do dare to jog and run the steep paths, as well as do yoga exercises.Humans...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Hollywood Favorites

  • Grauman's Foot & Hand Prints

    At front of the chinese theater you can find the first prints done by stars.There are different stories how it came to the prints.Fact is that ,Mr.Sid Graumann invited on 17.May 1927 Norma Talmadge,Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to put their prints in the cement(all 3 stars at this time)The first walk of fame so to say. Hollywood Blvd.

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  • Universal Studios

    If you have a chance to go to Hollywood,I think many people go to there. It's enough to go once but it is really nice place. I went to there on Sunday but it was little bit rainy so not crowded. So if you don't want to rush at there,how about go to rainy day or wet weather?

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  • Walk Of Fame

    lots of different impersonators you can have your picture taken with but always remember that taking pictures with them will cost you $ 2 to 5, depending on the character they portray as nothing is free along the walk of fame fronting the Grauman's Chinese theater these days. lots of wannabee actors, actresses and impersonators.

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