As the center of the global entertainment industry, Hollywood is both a state of mind and a very real place. From the Walk of Fame to behind-the-scenes excursions, Hollywood is a true bucket-list trip. Spend some time here to witness reminders of both historical and contemporary movie icons while also learning about a bustling, modern urban quarter that has recently undergone a spectacular resurgence.
Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
You can unintentionally spend a surprising amount of time staring down as you go through Hollywood. That's because the Hollywood Walk of Fame features recognizable five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars placed in the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, immortalizing the biggest stars in the entertainment business. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the author of Hamilton, and Jennifer Lawrence have both received awards recently.
Go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood
During the renowned studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, you may look King Kong in the eye and discover the tricks of the moviemaking trade. The VIP Experience will take you inside soundstages and the prop room for an even closer look. Then hop on your broom and experience the exhilarating Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride above Hogwarts.
Walk Through Hollywood Boulevard
The renowned Hollywood Boulevard is home to renowned museums, theaters, and nightlife destinations in addition to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Visit Hollywood & Highland, where you'll find the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Dolby Theatre, Louis Vuitton's ultra-premium stores, the Frolic Room, and the location of the Academy Awards ceremony.
Stay at the hotel where the inaugural Academy Awards ceremony was held.
The first Academy Awards were held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, when the epic silent movie Wings won Best Picture. Stay the night at this exquisitely renovated boutique hotel, which has hosted celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. Let The Spare Room's skilled mixologists create the ideal specialty cocktail while you express your inner Lebowski on its two bowling lanes.
The Hollywood Bowl
Nothing beats a concert in the Hollywood Bowl under the stars, whether you prefer classical music, rock music, or something in between. This venue has hosted performances by everyone from the Beatles to Lady Gaga, and the history is pervasive. Consider leaving early for a picnic luncheon and exploring the museum, which honors the Hollywood Bowl's distinctive position in musical history.