Key Attractions in Hollywood
See the Sights and Spot the Stars
There is plenty to do and see in Hollywood, one of America’s most popular destinations. Whether you are a film buff seeking to explore the history of cinema, an art enthusiast looking for some of the nation’s top exhibits, or a music fan in search of a stellar live show, you’ll find something to love in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Sign
If one attraction in particular represents the lore and mystique of Tinseltown, it is the giant Hollywood sign that overlooks the area from its perch in the rolling hills north of town. The sign, which was first erected in 1923, features 45-foot letters, has been restored to its original grandeur after falling into disrepair in the 1970s. You can view the famed sign from our hotel, which sits just southwest of the Hollywood hills.
Hollywood and Highland Center
Many of the top things to do in Hollywood can be found at the Hollywood and Highland Center, an expansive complex of shops, restaurants and theatres. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre, Lucky Strike Bowling, and the epic cinema-inspired architecture are the main attractions at the center, which was constructed in 2001 and has ushered in a new era of Hollywood glamor.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
A stroll down Hollywood Boulevard places some of the world’s biggest stars directly under your feet. Fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street include more than 2,400 embedded terrazzo and brass stars, honoring legends of film, TV, music, radio and theatre. Some of the walk’s most prestigious stars sit on the sidewalk just outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Universal Studios Hollywood
One of the oldest and most famous active movie studios in Hollywood, Universal Studios is known as “The Entertainment Capital of LA.” One of the most diverse attractions in Hollywood, Universal Studios features a theme park, multi-screen theatre, working film studio and CityWalk, a collection of stores and restaurants. Guided tours of the studio are available.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood
If you don’t happen to catch the stars in person, visiting the Madame Tussauds wax museum is the second best thing. One of four locations in North America, the Hollywood museum features true-to-life representations of Hollywood icons, along with current TV and movie stars.
Explore outer space and enjoy a stellar view of the Southern California cityscape from this landmark observatory. Griffith Observatory sits in the hills north of the city, offering commanding cityscapes, a number of space and science exhibits, and noteworthy art deco architecture.