Many times, Hollywood is often confused with an independent city, although in reality, it is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. It stands out for being linked to the entertainment industry and for being full of famous film studios. Its population density is high, in its streets, thousands of different ethnic groups merge, and it has a highly active financial district. The chances of crossing a Hollywood star are very high, since it is home too many of them, as well as being the epicenter of fun. Hollywood is one of the most popular sites in the universe, and every day it becomes more interesting. Although I have selected the most popular attractions below, the possibilities are unlimited. Without a doubt!
A little history of Hollywood, Los Angeles!
At the end of the 19th century, Hollywood was a small city located next to Los Angeles. At the beginning of the twentieth it was annexed to the municipality of Los Angeles, and in 1910 the great film producers of the USA began to arrive and decided to join in a single place, Hollywood. The growth of Hollywood in this period was extraordinary, the fact that caused its union to the city of Los Angeles and became one more district of the great city.
For years, Motion Pictures Patents Company of New Jersey monopolized the film industry. One of the few places where it did not have patents was the area of California, for this reason, the film companies established their headquarters in Hollywood. In 1920 Hollywood was already the area with more film producers in the world. Of the big producers that formed Hollywood, we can find Paramount, Columbia, and Warner Bros, among others.
- Hollywood Universal Studios
The Universal Studios in Hollywood is a giant film studio and a theme park located in the San Fernando Valley, in the town of Universal City. It is one of the oldest active studios on the planet, and its mascot is the famous animated character the Woodpecker. Tours of the place were available from the day of its opening in 1915 at $0.05 per ride including lunch. In 1930, the visits had to be interrupted due to the incorporation of the cinema with sound. In 1964, finally, everything returned to normal. Your day will be full of adrenaline and fun with many games and live shows. Don’t forget to shop or taste some delicious dishes in the restaurants in the area. You will have the chance to know that he hides behind the scenes of his favorite movies and you can even meet face to face with the huge King Kong in King Kong 360 3D. There is nothing more wonderful than a family trip full of emotions.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is another attraction that is very popular with tourists, consisting of thousands of terrazzo and bronze stars embedded in the pavement of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. These famous stars are permanent public monuments for musicians, directors, producers, theater and music groups, fictional characters and, of course, entertainment figures. It is such a popular point of interest that the Hollywood authorities estimate that there are about 10 million visits per year. Until December 9, 2014, the ride had 2,538 stars located 30 cm apart. You will find five categories of plates: television, film, radio, music, and theater or live shows (it was incorporated in 1984), each with a representative symbol. If you are lucky, you may even have the opportunity to see how they honor some character in the walk of fame. These ceremonies are a true historical event and, as if this were not enough, they are free and open to the public.
- Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign, formerly Hollywoodland Sign, is a famous tourist landmark, located on a huge hill called Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills district. This 14-meter high sign is formed by the word “HOLLYWOOD” in capital letters white, which was built in 1923 as part of an advertising campaign. Although it has been the victim of numerous vandalism acts, it has been restored and a security system has been incorporated to avoid future problems. Although the letters have been arranged in a straight line, from a distance, the contour of the hills gives them a wavy appearance. The famous poster has appeared in various television shows, movies and, of course, parodies. No visit to Hollywood will be complete without a photo with the iconic sign in the background.
- Chinese Theater TCL
The TCL Chinese Theater, or better known as the Grauman Chinese Theater, is a cinema located on Hollywood Boulevard. In 1973 the name was changed to Mann’s Chinese Theater until in 2013, the company TCL Corporation bought its rights and granted it in the name with which we know it today. It was opened in 1927 with the premiere of The King of Kings and, since then, has hosted numerous events, birthday parties, business meetings and three ceremonies of the Academy Awards. In front of the theater is one of the most visited tourist attractions: concrete or cement blocks with autographs, footprints, and handprints of figures from the 1920s to the present. Besides, inside the building, you will find one of the most imposing IMAX® auditoriums in the world.
- Universal CityWalk
Universal Citywalk brings together hundreds of stores and entertainment areas and is the main entrance to the theme parks of Universal Studios. There are three blocks of fun, gastronomy, and shopping, with more than 30 restaurants, 19 movie theaters with huge IMAX® screens, 7-night bars, extreme sports and more than 30 different stores. This is the only place where fun, excitement and incredible come together. With live shows and everything that this space has to offer, there is no better walk to take advantage of a family. Visit the 5 Towers attraction and the outdoor venue or stage for live concerts, taste an exquisite sandwich at one of the many restaurants or go shopping at one of the world-renowned stores for clothing, groceries, and souvenirs.
- Runyon Canyon Park
This 65-hectare property is located in Los Angeles, on the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains. Run Canyon Road is a pedestrian path that extends from the center of the park, between the north and south entrances of the canyon. The highest point is Indian Rock, with 402 meters of height. Due to the proximity of the place with the residential area Hollywood Hills, it is prevalent to meet with the odd celebrity. The policies of the park related to pets are quite liberal since it is possible to enter with your dog without having to put a leash. There are three trails with different levels of difficulty; Runyon Canyon Road is intended for beginners, Star Trail is of medium difficulty and Hero Trail is ideal for those who have enough experience in hiking.
- Capitol Records Building
The Capitol Records building, also known as the Capitol Records Tower, is a 13-story, futuristic, reinforced concrete structure located at the epicenter of Hollywood’s commerce and entertainment. Its construction finished in April 1956 and houses some of the most precious recordings of the music industry. It has become one of the most important landmarks in the city and has been incorporated into the list of historical places in Los Angeles. At the highest point of the tower there is a light that spells the word Hollywood in Morse code and was installed at the time of its inauguration in 1956. At first, it emerged as an advertising strategy of Capitol Records to indicate that it was the first record label of the west coast. Its circular shape resembles that of a stack of records and has seen hundreds of heavyweights of music, such as The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Frank Sinatra, among others. There is a fantastic mural at the southern end of the construction, and in the direction of the main entrance, you will find the stars of John Lennon and Garth Brook.
- The Sunset Strip
The Sunset Strip is the name given to the 2.4-km stretch of Sunset Boulevard that runs through West Hollywood, California. It stands out for having renowned stores, restaurants, nightclubs and hundreds of giant colorful signs. In the hills near the Sunset Strip reside celebrities such as Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Leonardo DiCaprio and Keanu Reeves, and the value of the properties fluctuates between $ 3 and $ 15 million. Every evening, this area is transformed into neon lights, car caravans, and hordes of tourists. Its trademark, the “Vanity Boards,” is substantial handmade signs that aim to feed the ego of celebrities and capture the attention of the producers who roam the area. Its creators strive so much to be original that one of the advertising signs of a luxury vehicle company contains $ 30,000 in cash and is guarded by security guards. If you decide to visit the Sunset Strip, get acquainted with The Laugh Factory comedy club, The Liberty nightclub, the Cajun Bistro and Saddle Ranch Chop House. With so much to do, you will never want to leave here.
- Haunted tours through Hollywood
If you want to add some excitement to your vacation, take a tour of the most haunted places in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. You will hear stories about deaths, suicides, and accidents involving famous personalities. You will visit places where thousands of paranormal investigators have captured electronic voice phenomena (FEV) of spirits. Believe me, and these stories will give you goosebumps and, if you’re lucky, you may even see some specter. These afterlife tours take place in the afternoon and last about two hours. The main stops include the Grauman Chinese Theater, the Roosevelt Hotel, the Greystone Mansion, the Comedy Store and the house of the movie Nightmare on Elm Street. You will hear chilling anecdotes about Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and John Belushi.
- Griffith Observatory
On the south hill of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park in Los Angeles is a tourist attraction linked to space and science. The Griffith Observatory was opened in 1935, and the entrance to the establishment has always been free and free. The planetarium offers daily shows at very affordable prices. From the observatory, you can appreciate the Pacific Ocean, the Hollywood sign and the center of Los Angeles. This site has appeared in thousands of successful films, so more than one visitor will be known. Besides, you can see the stars up close thanks to the powerful telescopes or explore some of the many exhibits (Wilder Hall of the Eye and Ahmanson Hall of the Sky) or live shows (Centered in the Universe, Water is Life or Light of the Valkyries). This trip is educational and exciting!