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
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    Pink's Hot Dog Stand
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Hollywood Highlights

  • Pro
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     Lovely wheather: warm yet low humidity... 

  • Con
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     Cars, cars, cars all over the place 

  • In a nutshell
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     Come to Hollywood only if you're an absolute movie buff & wish to take a picture of yourself next to John Lennon's footprints or Marilyn Monroe's handprint on the Walk of Fame. Bring a vaccum cleaner... 

Hollywood Things to Do

  • Grauman's Chinese Theater

    the hand paints inside the Grauman's Chinese Theater and various hollywood actors and actresses and even international famous celebrities have their customized hand prints here in front of the grauman's chinese theater and you can pose at the hand prints of your favorite celebrity for free as this place is open 24/7 as it sits just at the front of...

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  • Hollywood Sign

    Designed by Thomas Goff and built for H.J. Whitley in 1923 a land developer who was advertising Whitley Heights, spelled it Hollywoodland. It was originally 30 feet wide and 50 feet high and consisted of 4,000 light bulbs and costed $21,000. It soon became recognized as a symbol of the American cinema of Hollywood. By the 1940's the sign was...

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  • Universal Studios

    the strip going to Universal Studios. My first time to go to Universal Studios in 1989, the City walk was non-existent then and in 2005, at my latest trip to LA, I was surprised at seeing a long area of bars, restaurants and kitsch at the Unversal Studios Entrance so now in a revisit in 2009, again more new shops and restaurants have mushroomed and...

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Hollywood Restaurants

  • Yamashiro

    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

    The Hard Rock Cafe we visited was located in Universal City walk which is a great place to visit day or evening. There are a choice of restaurants as well as the Hard Rock such as Bubba Shrimp Co, etc. The service is fine, the food is fine, and the memorabilia is worth a look. This Hard Rock Cafe is much like any other I have visited over the...

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  • A Blast From The Past!

    If your a baby boomer like me, you probably remember the movie American Graffiti. It was an era of innocent and introduced to me the music of the 50's and early 60's when cruising, car hops, fast cars, poodle skirts, vinyl records and good old rock and roll music was popular. Mel's Diner is a retro fun place that will bring back those wonderful...

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Hollywood Nightlife

  • 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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  • 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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  • Hollywood Boulevard

    Hollywood never sleeps. There are always people around. many tourists taking pictures and walking around. Personally I haven't seen any night clubs around Hollywood Blvd but I am sure there are some near by. A local resident could tell that more. . . Dress very comfortably and do not put on anything elegant of fancy. You will get tired quick from...

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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

  • 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 Souvenirs and More

    hollywood souvenir galore as this is the hot spot of the touristy hollywood area of Los Angeles. you can buy practically anything here, ranging from the odd fauz hollywood oscar trophies with your name in it, hollywood maps of the stars homes, my favorite, fridge magnets, shot glasses, post-cards, keychains, coffee mugs, beer mugs, caps, wind...

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  • Luxe Shopping in Hollywood Blvd (2)

    Part two of my Hollywood and Highland Center tips with more picturesluxe shopping area that Include's the Kodak Theater, Grauman's Chinese Theater and Hollywood Blvd. This is the most kitchsky and ritzy part of the Hollywood experience and a definite tourist trap for tourists hehehe. There are lot of shops and luxe shops and also several nitespots...

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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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  • Live Performance Venues

    Yeah, I know, you're in Hollywood, land of "film", TV and movies; but realize that actors, whether they're "known" or not, regardless of what they do for a "real" job, like to keep their creative juices flowing and they like to use theater companies and Improv troupes to do so. Go out, spend $8 and see a live show. I saw my sister at the Open Fist...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • 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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