Hollywood is more of a state of mind than a real place, but in Los Angeles, much of the hype is embodied on Hollywood Boulevard, centered around its intersection with Highland Boulevard. Ever since Sid Grauman built his first movie houses here and started asking his friends to imprint their hands and feet in wet cement outside his Chinese Theatre, it's been the scene of a film fan frenzy.
Along the boulevard, you'll find the Walk of Fame - a series of stars embedded in the sidewalk, celebrating hundreds of folks' achievements in film, television and music. Celebrity impersonators prowl the sidewalk, posing for photos with the passers-by (for a small tip) and everyone seems to want to check out the hand- and footprints at the Chinese Theatre. If you're lucky, you might even happen by when there's a footprint ceremony, star ceremony or movie premiere going on.
There's more to Hollywood than just the boulevard. Nearby you'll find the Hollywood Bowl (the best place for a summer concert), Paramount Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum (birthplace of the film industry) and a bunch of other sights. You'll find them all on this driving tour.
Hollywood is not a city by itself but a neighborhood of Los Angeles. It's located west of downtown.
Pros and Cons
What could be more fun than watching the Hollywood Boulevard street heist in The Italian Job while sitting inside the theatre it was filmed in front of? Don't let outdated guides tell you that the area is dirty and run-down. For the most part, that's a thing of the past.
On the downside, Hollywood is not for everyone, especially if you're not interested in films. Only one film studio remains in the area - and if you're celebrity-hunting, the stars don't live here.
More About Hollywood Boulevard
If you need more information, check the Complete Guide to Hollywood Boulevard. 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 Hollywood Boulevard to see what it's like.
See where it is on a map. It's the bright green-colored balloon.