How to Visit Hollywood
By eHow Travel Editor
Hollywood, located northwest of downtown Los Angeles, is synonymous with the film industry. Once an agricultural center, Hollywood began making movies in 1913 and by the First World War had become the world's film-making center. Today, many of the studios and stars reside elsewhere, but Hollywood still means "movies" to anyone who hears the name.
Step1 Explore Hollywood Boulevard. Hollywood Boulevard, and the intersecting Vine Street, are home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a collection of over 2300 stars embedded in the sidewalk honoring individuals who have contributed to the film, television, recording and radio industries. Hollywood Boulevard is also home to Grauman's Chinese Theater, built in 1927. The sidewalk and courtyard of Grauman's feature handprints and footprints of scores of Hollywood stars.
Step2Tour Paramount Studios. The only working studio left in Hollywood proper, Paramount offers guided two-hour tours about the history and behind-the-scenes action at the Paramount facility. Advance reservations are required. Call (323) 956-1777. Step3Take in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The Hollywood Bowl, located on Highland Avenue, opened in 1922. The open-air amphitheater with the shell-shaped stage surround, is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, the venue hosts a full schedule of summer music concerts, featuring music from a wide range of genres. Step4See the sign. The sign, the symbol of Hollywood known throughout the world, was put up in 1923 as a real estate advertisement. It's visible from all over town, but for an unobstructed view, cruise up Mulholland Drive. There's a small overlook and parking lot about half way up the hill.