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Best of Hollywood Helicopter Tour
"Your helicopter flight departs from Compton Woodley Airport. You can choose to drive to the heliport yourself or enjoy round-trip transport from your Los Angeles or Hollywood hotel.Hollywood StripGet amazing views of Hollywood and the massive USC and Paramount Pictures and continue over glitzy Hollywood Boulevard and the Dolby Theatre the Capitol Records Building the Staples Center and the Nokia Center. Fly over the Griffith Park Observatory and pass right in front of the Hollywood Sign for an up-close view of this world-famous icon.Los Angeles Coastal CitiesAdmire the LA area's beautiful coastal citie beaches harbors
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"Los Angeles Air Tour over Santa Monica
"Los Angeles Air Tour over Santa Monica Downtown LA and Hollywood""After checking in at Van Nuys Airport relax before your flightseeing tour with provided beverages and snacks. Then meet your professional pilot and begin your 60-minute aerial adventure by heading south following I-405 toward the Getty Center. From the vantage point of your 3-passenger airplane you have fabulous views of stunning coastal communities like Malibu and Pacific Palisades.Soar over Santa Monica and admire the view of the bustling Santa Monica Pier. Look down on Marina del Rey before flying east toward downtown Los Angeles
From $200.00
 
Private Tour: Hollywood Highlights or Celebrity Homes of Beverly Hills
"Begin your private tour with convenient hotel pickup in Los Angeles. Enjoy the ease and comfort of your own private vehicle with access to provided snacks and bottled water. Your 2-hour itinerary includes stops at historical Hollywood attractions or movie-star dream homes depending on your selection when booking. During the tour hear narration from your private guide about the glitz and glamour of this legendary city.Option 1: Celebrity Homes TourFeast your eyes on the elegant Beverly Hills Hotel and drive up to the gates of opulent celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air situated across Sunset Boulevard. See the former palatial mansion of pop icon Michael Jackson and get the inside scoop on the current lifestyles of the rich and famous. You'll have the opportunity to ogle the estates of Hollywood A-listers such as Marilyn Monroe
From $149.00

By Car Tips (12)

You will need a car for sure...

Since everything is so incredibly wide spread around here (and in the whole of LA) you really need a car...

For instance the supermarket was way too far for me to walk to. Almost everything is just that little bit too far to walk.

Quite annoying.

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funnybeee
Sep 03, 2005

Walk on your feet if you can

You can get to Hollywood by bus or taxi or you can drive there with your own car. Bring some snacks with you and leave your car in a pay parking where it is safer. Restaurant s are expensive and crowded.

You can get on a 2, 3 hour bus tour with a tour guide that takes you around famous places and celebrity's homes for a reasonable fee. You can always negotiate the fares for this. Don't forget to visit the wax museum!
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janika
Apr 04, 2011

Try riding on something like...

Try riding on something like 'La Beba' seen right here at Hollywood...... ain't she a beauty!???? a convertible is a must when you're visiting any cities in Southern California!!!!!

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la_beba
Aug 26, 2002

Parking in Hollywood and Highland Center

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 North:

Take 101 South. Exit Highland Avenue. The street winds down and becomes three lanes. You will then see the Hollywood & Highland retail complex. The parking structure is on Highland Avenue next to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, north of Hollywood Blvd.

From the South:

Take 110 North (passing the Downtown area) to the 101 North. Exit Highland Avenue (Stay on right-hand side of the freeway as exit splits). The street winds down and becomes three lanes towards Hollywood Bowl. Turn left onto Highland Avenue. The parking structure is on Highland Avenue next to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, north of Hollywood Blvd.

From the West:

Take 10 East to 110 North/Downtown (passing the Downtown area) to the 101 North. Exit Highland Avenue (Stay on right-hand side of the freeway as exit splits). The street winds down and becomes three lanes towards Hollywood Bowl. Turn left onto Highland Avenue. The parking structure is on Highland Avenue next to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, north of Hollywood Blvd.

From the East:

Take 10 West to 101 North. Exit Highland Avenue (Stay on right-hand side of the freeway as exit splits). The street winds down and becomes three lanes towards Hollywood Bowl. Turn left onto Highland Avenue. The parking structure is on Highland Avenue next to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, north of Hollywood Blvd.

Self Parking:
Entrances on Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. Effective July 1, 2011, parking rates are as follows: $2.00 for up to 2 hours with validation from participating retailers and restaurants (listed below). $2.00 for up to 4 hours with validation from Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Chinese 6 Theatres. $1.00 for every 15 minutes thereafter. Daily maximum is $10.00. Flat $10.00 rate after 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The structure is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Remember to use any one of the new Self-Serve Pay Kiosks before you return to your car. Kodak Theatre and the Grand Ballroom do not validate.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels

BoHo

Beard Papa

California Pizza Kitchen

Chinese 6 Theatres

Coffee Plus

Fossil

French Crepe Company

Fresh Fire Kabob

Gateway Newstand

Gifts of Hollywood

Great Steak & Potato Co.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Green Earth Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop

Hollywood Mongolian Grill

Johnny Rockets

Kelly's Coffee & Fudge

Koji's Sushi & Shabu Shabu

Level 3 Nightclub

Lucky Strike Lanes

Nestle Toll House Cafe

Oakley

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge

Sephora

Spa Luce (inside Renaissance Hollywood Hotel)

Starbucks

Starline Tours

Sun Taco

The Grill on Hollywood

Tasty Wraps and Sandwiches

Trastevere

Twist Restaurant (inside Renaissance Hollywood Hotel)

Victoria's Secret

Visitor Information Center
Valet Parking:

For your convenience, valet parking is offered only at the Highland Avenue entrance at H&H Center for an additional $6.00.
Parking Contact Information:

New South Parking
(323) 468-0720

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machomikemd
Apr 01, 2012
 
 
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going to hollywood blvd

you can use gps in you car and it is easy to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles which is just 102 miles away. Los Angeles Driving for the first timer in the City is A Nightmare! with a multitude of Interstate Freeways, US Highways, State Highways, roads and lots of flyovers and traffic (although traffic for me is manageable because if you come from the philippines, you will know the meaning of TRAFFIC!). They key to driving in LA is to stay calm. If you aren't comfortable driving with crazy people, try to keep off the major highways and interstates. If you think you can handle it, make sure to stay in the slow lane. The faster lanes are for experienced (crazy) people and before planning to go from point A to point B, always download the driving routed from map quest or google maps or yahoo driving maps or again use your gps maps (buy one).

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machomikemd
Nov 25, 2009

Yikes! Parking is a B-tch along Sunset!

If you want to party and club hop along Sunset on a Saturday night, be prepared to pay up!! You think that some of the entry costs are high to get into some clubs- don't forget to bring serious dinero for parking alone.I've seen as high as $30 for convenient parking spots It is frustrating enough to find parking alone along the narrow, limited strip which starts barely into Hollywood but really stretches mostly through West Hollywood (see West Hollywood page also).

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marinarena
Jan 20, 2006

Alternative Routes

Rather than using Sunset Blvd or Hollywood Blvd, I recommend Franklin and/or Fountain. They are lifesavers, especially during rush hour or nightlife traffic. I recommend using the website for street/city traffic before heading out.

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CastelliUSA
Apr 12, 2005

How to get there

From the south take the 101 north and follow the big green signs to the land of make believe.
You may find this to be a slow way due to the traffic in the morning and in the afternoon rush but it is one of the best ways.

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TinKan
Aug 03, 2004

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The Good Foot

We had no trouble at all getting around Hollywood on foot. It probably took us less time to get from point A to point B on foot than if we took a car. Besides, we got to see more and didn't have to pay to rent a car. Though, if you're hoping to see more of LA, walking will limit your range, as everything is a half hour away by car (so the joke goes).

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TashieKitten
Feb 20, 2003

By car, of course....
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By car, of course....

Photo Below: A cute dog I managed to photograph outside my hotel... Yes, I looove dogs... :-))

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Krystynn
Sep 12, 2002

Plenty Of Rental Cars in...

Plenty Of Rental Cars in Hollywood. I dont think these Cars were rented.Lots of Rich and Famous People in Hollywood.

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Randall_Burt
Sep 07, 2002

I traveled here by car, its...

I traveled here by car, its totally essential to have a car in the States. Here a pic of my companion, guide, cheuffer and her wheels.... the La_Beba's.... yes both of them.

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Beach_dog
Aug 26, 2002

Things to Do Near Hollywood

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Hollywood and Highland Center

This entertainment center is home of the Kodak Theater where many live events including American Idol are taped. It also includes many restaurants, shops and movie theaters. Don't miss the great view...
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Capitol Records Tower

The Capitol Records building is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Hollywood. The 13-story earthquake resistant tower, designed by Welton Becket, was the world's first circular office building,...
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Hollywood Walk of Fame

My name is not there. I had no time to follow all the walk, but I think that I'm the only movie star missing there. I knew 85, wrote down more 4322 names, and I'm studying why are they famous. I...
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Egyptian Theatre

Graumans Egyptian Sid Grauman wanted to create an exotic environment for the theater goers in Hollywood so he created four unique theaters. The Egyptian is one of them. It was built in 1922 and the...
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Hollywood

Hollywood is a community of Los Angeles that is most famous for it's connection to Entertainment/ the Film Industry. Truth be told, the glamor of Hollywood died out because many stars avoided the...
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Hollywood Wax Museum

Billed as Hollywood Walk of Fame, is the longest running wax museum in the United States, with more than 45 years of continuous operation by the same owners since 1965. I thought $30 was worth the...
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