Many of us wish to visit Hollywood at least once in their lifetime to witness the history of the world’s greatest entertainment industry. Most commonly referred to as the self-declared entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood invites a large number of tourists every year, often from far off places. In fact, they say that no trip to Los Angeles, California, can be complete without a visit to Hollywood. So, if you too are planning a trip to the city of movies this year, here’s a list of the top 10 places in Hollywood you must definitely visit.
10. Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum:
To discover the strangest things ever made in the world, a visit to Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum is a must. You’ll be amazed by the kind of art displayed on the site. For example, there is a marvelous statue of Marilyn Monroe made of shredded money bills; there are torture chambers of different designs, and there is a huge stuffed two headed goat that awaits all guests just as they enter the building. In total there are 300 oddities that are exhibited in the Museum to keep you wondering even after the trip is over.
9. Whitley Heights:
Whitley Heights takes you back to the history of Tinseltown. This is the part of Hollywood, where Hobart J. Whitley had constructed a residential colony for Hollywood stars of the 20s and 30s. Celebrities like Rudolph Valentino and Mario Davies lived here. Since Whitley was inspired by Italian architecture, he built homes on the hillside and called the small inhabitation “Italian Hill Town.”
8. The Magic Castle:
The Magic Castle was built in 1908 and presently it houses the Academy of Magical Arts. It is dedicated to spread awareness about the art of magic and also undertakes research for further advancements. There are nearly 5000 members of the Academy. For them it serves as a restaurant and entertainment avenue.
7. Hollywood Boulevard:
A trip to the famous places in Hollywood cannot be complete without visiting the Hollywood Boulevard. This place features the famous Wax Museum, the Chinese Theater and the Kodak Theater. The place is always abuzz with live performances and hosts a number of eating joints that serve some of the best street food among’st all places in Hollywood.
6. Hollywood Sign:
The greatest symbolic representation of Hollywood is perhaps the Hollywood sign located atop Mt. Lee in Griffith Park. The nine 50-foot letters can be seen from anywhere in the Los Angeles Basin and even from flights passing overhead. By the end of the 1970s the letters were in pretty bad shape and therefore, to fund its restoration, the site was converted into a tourists spot.
5. Universal Studio:
Universal Studio is one of the world’s largest theme parks cum movie studio. Once inside you can take a ride to the moon with E.T. or take a stroll around the famous Jurassic Park. The place lets you live some of the greatest moments in the history of cinema. You can race back to the future, experience a live sea war and have spend some great time with family and friends.
4. Hollywood and Vine:
Hollywood and Vine is the place of intersection between the Hollywood Boulevard and the Vine Street. Once the most important hub for movie related business activities, it was in 1970s when it started losing its charm. Today, it still remains important from the tourist point of view. Many people come here to explore the history of Hollywood way back in the 20s and 30s.
3. Hollywood Walk of Fame:
Hollywood Walk of fame consists of a sidewalk covering five blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three of Vine Street. The sidewalk is embedded with almost 2,400 five pointed terrazzo and brass stars that commemorate the achievements of directors, actors, producers and all others in Hollywood and the American entertainment industry.
2. Grauman’s Chinese Theater:
The Grauman’s Chinese Theater is one of the oldest and largest theaters in Hollywood and is located at the Hollywood Boulevard. It was first opened in 1926 and is famed with the premier of movies like the “Wizard of Oz” and the “King of Kings”. Beside movies, what brings tourist to this place are the footprints, handprints and autographs of famous Hollywood celebrities.
1. Sunset Strip Hollywood:
The Sunset Strip is a mile and half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through Hollywood. What most attracts people to this strip is the Ranch. Here you can go horse riding around Hollywood. There are several 2-hour and 3-hour trips organized throughout the day, along with the special Friday Night Moonlight Rides. The trip takes approximately three hours and culminates with a dinner.