The Hollywood Sign
- Locations from which to view and photograph the Hollywood Sign, with a focus on areas of interest to tourists who have limited transportation options. You can take a shuttle to some view points, or go on a guided tour that includes a view of the sign from an overlook of the city on Mulholland Drive. If you don't want to spend the time to get near the Hollywood Sign, you can download a close-up photo of it for free.
- The sign's official website, produced by the Hollywood Sign Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. There is a photo history of the sign, including facts and a timeline. You can also find trivia, plus news and upcoming events. There's a live webcam running 24/7, although obviously the sign is only visible in the daytime.
- The "heart" of Hollywood is at the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Avenue. There you will find most of the most famous Hollywood tourist attractions such as the hand/footprints in the cement courtyard of the Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, Madame Tussaud's and more. This area also holds some of the most famous celebrity stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame (stars inlaid on the sidewalk). A short walk away are more famous tourist attractions, such as the Hollywood Wax Museum, Guinness World of Records Museum, the Hollywood Museum and Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium.
and nearby, including Hollywood & Highland, Universal CityWalk, Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard Shopping District in West Hollywood.
- The Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery and Fourth Floor Gallery offer free exhibitions that are related to the film industry, and are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Both galleries (as well as the Samuel Goldwyn Theater) are located at the Academy Headquarters in Beverly Hills. The Linwood Dunn Theater is at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood (at Fountain Avenue, a half mile south of Hollywood and Vine Metro station). The Samuel Goldwyn and Linwood Dunn theaters offer exhibitions on scheduled dates, which you can find on the calendar at the Academy's website.
- Photographs of driveways of the rich and famous.
StarLine Celebrity Home Tour
- Some of the most popular guided tours are the tours or movie star homes. Starline Tours of Hollywood offers a two-hour Movie Stars Homes Tour that takes you by current homes of top stars like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Dr. Phil, as well as former homes of super stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. The tour includes a drive past other hangouts of the rich-and-famous, such as Rodeo Drive, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip. LA City City Tours offers a two-hour tour that includes a stunning view of the city, the Hollywood Bowl and the Hollywood Sign from atop Mulholland Drive! See the stars' homes and then look down on the city below! You will also see Bel Air and the Sunset Strip. You might not actually see a celebrity, but imagine the thrill of seeing their neighborhoods, the streets that they drive on and the house that they call home.
These tours are far better than buying a worthless "map of the movie star homes" and driving around in a rented car looking for those locations. Those maps can be quite outdated. Instead, take a Movie Stars Homes Tour driven by a professional who already knows where to go. They'll give you the scoop on the REAL homes of the stars.
LA City Tours on Hollywood Boulevard
- Starline Tours: Movie Stars Homes Tour - (2 hours) - Current and past homes of movie stars and celebrities; Sunset Strip; Rodeo Drive; Beverly Hills, & Bel Air.
- LA City Tours: Movie Stars Homes - (2 hours) - More than 45 current and past homes of movie stars and celebrities; Sunset Strip; Bel Air; Mulholland Drive; Overlook the Hollywood Bowl, the city and the Hollywood Sign.
- LA City Tours: Hollywood & Movie Stars Homes - (3 hours) - Same tour as Movie Stars Homes, including current and past homes of movie stars and celebrities; Sunset Strip; Bel Air; Mulholland Drive; Overlook the Hollywood Bowl, the city and the Hollywood Sign. In addition, you will see Rodeo Drive, more of Hollywood, filming locations and more.
- Seeing Stars' comprehensive guide to the stars' homes.
- Stories, websites, books, a DVD and a professional guided tour that describe Hollywood hauntings and ghost stories, as well as gravesite locations.
- including Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood Walk of fame, Chinese Theatre courtyard cement impressions, the Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussaud's and many more attractions.
- The Hollywood Bowl is L.A.'s premier location for thrilling summer evenings of extraordinary music, dance, and film, fine dining under the stars, and, of course, spectacular fireworks! Calendar of Events, Online Store, Bowl info.
- features history, photos, posters, videos, and rock memorabilia from events at the Hollywood Bowl.
- Demographic data, visitor information, Hollywood Sign history, and Walk of Fame history.
- The very first parade, in 1928, consisted of only one actress, Jeanette Loff, and Santa Claus. Today, the holiday season is kicked off with a star-studded extravaganza with nearly 100 celebrities offering their holiday cheer to the people of Southern California and the World.
- Sunday, 8 AM to 1 PM, Ivar Avenue and Selma Avenue (between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd). Fresh fruit and produce as well as baked goods and prepared foods. Also features street musicians, community organizations and free events (such as cooking demos, cookbook autographs, kids workshops, and family-oriented festivals).
Johnny Ramone at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
- Founded in 1899, it is the resting place of hundreds of Hollywood's greatest stars. Recently refurbished to its original splendor, the cemetery attracts visitors from all over the world. On Saturday evenings during the summer, Cinespia shows classic films at the cemetery.
- guided by historian Kerry Bible, a 2-hour+ walking tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Three tours are available. Tours are normally offered on the weekends but check the schedule for a full listing. In Hollywood, this is an ongoing attraction.
- (across from Hollywood Bowl) is dedicated to the early days of filmmaking in Hollywood. The Museum features archival photographs from the silent movie days of motion picture production, movie props, historic documents and other movie related memorabilia. Also featured are historic photos and postcards of the streets, buildings and residences of Hollywood during its heyday.
- Hotel information, rates and online availability for hotels in Hollywood.
- The Academy Awards web site. Famous award ceremony for television and motion picture. See also, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- attractions and tourist destinations in West Hollywood, including the Sunset Strip, Santa Monica Boulevard attractions, Millions of Milkshakes, restaurants and concert clubs.
- Sitting high atop the hill at Universal City, California, City Walk is a one-of-a-kind environment that allows visitors to take in all of the ambience and magic of Los Angeles from a spectacular vantage point. This is an outdoor mall lined with shops and restaurants, plus easy access to Universal Studios theme park or Universal Amphitheatre.
- Theme park featuring movie studios, tours, attractions, rides, restaurants and more.