About History Tours in Los Angeles in Los Angeles
You're in LA so roll camera. Get that Hollywood Sign picture and see how your foot print matches up with Marilyn outside the Mann's Chinese, then tip a dollar for a pic with a Marilyn impersonator standing near by. Don't forget the Elephants sinking into the tar pits or Randy's donut. The Santa Monica pier at sunset? It's in the can.
Buy a star map and see if you can scale Brangelina's compound and sell a pic of the brood. Tour the studios like Paramount or Warner Brothers and see cavernous sound stages where all the magic is made. Over the last decade Hollywood has invested heavily in tourism building the Hollywood Highland Center, LA's equivalent of Time Square. Bookending the boulevard rises a revitalized Hollywood and Vine, Arclight Cinemas, and Ameoba Music, and the strip continues creeping eastward.
Now that Hollywood is 100 years old there's some history about particularly beautiful art deco architecture like the Wiltern or Bullocks Wilshire, the Bradbury Building, the Hollywood Bowl and the unique houses of Wright and Gehry. Even the campuses of UCLA and USC make fine strolls. Tired of buildings? Get an ice tea and check out the talent on the streets. Your waitress may be the next undiscovered starlet. She looks the part.
Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, Graumann's Chinese Theater, Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Venice Boardwalk, Malibu, Melrose
Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Sunset Junction, Downtown LA, The Grove, Arclight Hollywood, Abbot Kinney
To self-guide you need to get to the right neighborhood. Hollywood: get yourself to Hollywood and Vine and walk around, you will be looking at the stars on the sidewalk. Griffith Park: Hike to the top and you can see all of LA before you and the Valley behind you, trails are well marked so getting lost is not an option. Santa Monica: Walk the Third Street Promenade. And then there are the infamous Star Maps: Drive around Beverly Hills and there are guys hawking star maps that are self-guided driving tours to all the big stars' mansions (alive or dead) in Tinsel Town.
Runyon Canyon, Mulholland, Getty Center, Will Rogers State Park, Griffith Observatory
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