Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
Its hard to say that if you visit LA you should not go to Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, but if you somehow manage to resist the urge don't lose any sleep over it. The walk of fame is a very short stretch that consists of nothing more than tourist gift shops, celebrity impersonators, and famous names in the ground. The crowds were huge it I wasn't even able to take a picture of a few of the attractions without the heads of numerous other tourists polluting my photo. It is definitely a tourist trap in one of the towns that helped to invent tourist traps.
Unique Suggestions: Get your picture taken with one of the celebrity impersonators. I had one taken with the Jack Sparrow impersonator and it turned out to be one of the most popular pictures that I took during my stay. Just be sure to give them a dollar or some type of tip if you want a picture with them, they are after all out trying to make a living.
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.
Hollywood Blvd! I should warn it is not what you think. Sure you will see the stars and prints the famous left behind. But they did just that left them behind. Hollywood blvd smells of urine and shops that sell the same useless tourist crap. Don't buy into it!
Hollywood Blvd. Unless you're totally desperate to see the Walk of Fame there's really nothing else to see. It's just lined with overpriced souvenir shops and generic (and overpriced) restaurants. But to each his own.
Hollywood Blvd. was the worst. Other than seeing the stars in the sidewalk, which we would have not done but kids were fascinated by it, there is nothing else there but tourist shops. A waste of time.