Hollywood, California, has been known for almost a century as the movie capital of the world. From the earliest films of the silent era to the blockbusters of today, this neighborhood in Los Angeles has given rise to countless American classics and provided a glamorous backdrop to the homes of cinema's biggest stars. Come here to explore the history of cinema and experience the very best of movieland glitz and glitter. During the day, visit the museums and stroll down the walk of fame, rest your feet in a cafe where a movie star might be sipping a latte at the next table, and have your picture taken in front of the iconic Hollywood sign on Mount Lee. When the sun goes down, dine at world-class restaurants headed by celebrity chefs.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Hollywood:
-Take a guided culinary or movie tour around LA: These are two very popular tour themes in this area. A guide can drive you around the city to iconic movie-related sites and the glamorous homes of celebrities. While a food tour allows you to sample the best offerings of Hollywood's famous restaurants.
-Visit Universal Studios: Some consider this an absolute must in Los Angeles. Tour the sets of hit movies and enjoy the thrilling rides.
-See Madame Tussauds Wax Museum: Visit this fun museum to see famous movie stars and performers immortalized in wax.
-Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum: This place is worth a visit simply to see the architecture of the six buildings that make up the museum complex. Inside you'll find beautiful collections of work by Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh.
-Visit the Griffith Observatory: The observatory offers an excellent planetarium experience and also functions as an astronomy museum.
-See the Autry Museum of Western Heritage: This museum pays homage to the culture, history, and diversity of the American West. In addition to continuously updated exhibits, the museum offers fun lectures and workshops.
No matter when you plan to arrive here, you won't have any trouble finding a place to stay. For easy access to the hottest nightspots and daytime attractions, rent a trendy condo in the heart of downtown. You can also find a find a vacation rental suitable for any size group closer to the outskirts of the city.
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