It got the name "strip" from road workers who referred to it as "that strip of Sunset." It's a part of the longer, famous Boulevard famous for nightclubs and comedy spots. You've no doubt seen pictures of the winding road, the big billboards and the night spots along it.
During the day, Sunset Strip is much like other Los Angeles neighborhoods, with people shopping, dining and wanting to be seen at Sunset Plaza. At night, the lights come on, the clubs open and it's a popular spot to club-hop without driving around, and especially on weekends, the sidewalks are full of party-goers.
Sunset Strip is also not in Hollywood proper, but in West Hollywood, an incorporated city just next to the Hollywood neighborhood. It runs between Crescent Heights and Doheny Drive.
Pros and Cons
Sunset Strip is iconic and you might remember the 77 Sunset Strip show based on it, or the more recent Studio 60 on Sunset Strip. If you enjoy nightclubbing, this is a good place for it, but if you don't, you won't find much to do. Even worse, parking can be almost impossible in the evenings.
More About Sunset BoulevardIf you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Sunset Strip. It will tell you about hours, how to get tickets, admission discounts, how to get there and the best time to go.
Take a photo tour of Sunset Boulevard to see what it's like.
See where it is on a map. It's the purple-colored balloon.