Hollywood! You think of feather boas, decadence, diamonds, movie premieres and ordinary Joes making it big and being discovered. That's what on everyone's mind, whether you're American (Hispanic, Native, Anglo), European, African, Middle Eastern or Asian. It's a must to at least see where tons of famous people from the past and present have treaded. Hollywood takes up a huge strip of street that along the way includes attractions like Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, the Hard Rock Cafe and other eateries and attractions.
Unique Suggestions: Naturally you're gonna want to do everything in L.A. including at stopping at all the ultra cheesy things like the Guiness World Records museum like I did. You can buy a entry ticket that covers admission for this and other attractions along the Hollywood strip. I wasn't impressed with any of the attractions to be honest. Take a stroll and marvel at all the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for sure.
Fun Alternatives: After a while, I didn't bother checking out the rest of the area of Hollywood. I was kind of bored and didn't look for an alternative. It is definitely a place you need to check out on your list of things to do in L.A. because it's one of the hugest tourist areas of the United States. If you get bored quickly, you can always take the little metro near here that will drop you off back downtown where you can wander around.
Hollywood Blvd is the classic tourist dissapointment. Although it's cleaned up quite a bit, there are still lots of trash around (both human and regular garbage).Hollywood is best at night when the darkness covers its rough edges and the club scene heats up.
Another one- the sterile "Farmer's Market" is the last place an Angeleno would go to buy produce. And now they've built an ugly mall right next to it. Instead go to the market in Santa Monica or Hollywood on sundays (see my other tip)
The La Brea Tar pits- filthy fiberglass mastodons stuck in a pile of goo (an ancient tar pit is still an ugly one.) Leave the whole "Museum Mile" behind and go to the Getty Center instead. Both collections are mediocre anyway.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy Hollywood Blvd for what it is- a sinful st full of lingerie shops, tatoo parlors, and sex shops. Or, better yet, come at night and bar-hop with locals.
Fun Alternatives: If you're looking for celebrities- try West Hollywood rather than Hollywood proper.
Really... its not worth it. You go through all the traffic, and then go through the hassle of finding parking... and all you see are stars on pavements.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go, make sure its on your "shopping day". The Hollywood walk of fame is near the Hollywood/Highland shopping center, so while taking a break from shopping, go check out the stars. Or, if you need to go watch a movie, go see a movie at the Mann Chinese theater and then see the stars. Best time to go is quite late actually. I went after midnight and the street was quite empty (weekday) and so you can look around without having to deal with the locals or other tourists. Of course, there's the issue of safety. Its late and it is LA after all.... so be careful.
Fun Alternatives: Go to Universal Studios if you haven't been before. You'll get a better experience of movie making and Hollywood there. Or take a tour of Warner Bros Studios.
This is perhaps the most well known part of Los Angeles, but it is a big disapointment. If you want to see it, go. It isn't horrble, just be ready for dirtiness.
Unique Suggestions: If you want New York style pizza in LA, this is the place to go. Well, a place to go.
Fun Alternatives: If what you are looking for is to see beautiful or rich people in LA, go to Beverly Hills or better yet, Brentwood. If you want to see the world of movies and TV, go on a studio tour.
Ah, the Walk of Fame ... you can feel the sleaze settle on you like a film. These are my good buddies Katherine (a.k.a. Robotlove) and Emily.
You can't leave Hollywood without a pic with your favourite Star!
Here's mine with Elvis!.....he IS alive!!