Hollywood, the center of the filmindustry, is home to the Academy Awards and is white-hot when it comes to nightlife. The locals are colorful, like the tattooed kids in combat boots and the photo-ready Superman and other costumed characters near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. A $1 billion, 30-year revitalization is in full swing, and it’s already translated into beautifully restored movie palaces, upscale eateries and boutiques. Hollywood tours should be up your alley as to be provided with a great overall synopsis of what this place is all about. There hasn’t been a more exciting time to visit Hollywood since its last golden age more than a half-century ago. East of Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Echo Park grow more popular with proudly indie restaurants, shops and more.
Hollywood + Highland
The mammoth Hollywood & Highland Center, which is named for its cross streets, is the home of the Kodak Theatre, site of the Academy Awards. You’ll also find boutiques and stores.
Walk of Fame
Sidewalks along the Walk of Fame—on Hollywood Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to Gower Street and on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard—are embedded with bronze-and-terrazzo stars.
Griffith Park, the largest urban park in America, offers miles of hiking and riding trails, among other attractions. The Mount Hollywood trail, one of the park’s most popular for its panoramic city views, begins at Griffith Observatory.