The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003.
Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the Universal City community of the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Its official marketing headline is "The Entertainment Capital of LA". It was initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios sets and is the first of many full-fledged Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world. Woody Woodpecker is the official mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood. Outside the theme park, a new, all-digital facility near the Universal Studios backlot was built in an effort to merge all of NBCUniversal's West Coast operations into one area. As a result, the current home for KNBC, KVEA and NBC News with Telemundo Los Angeles Bureaus with new digital facility is on the Universal lot formerly occupied by Technicolor SA.
The sensational view from the hill is just the beginning. The observatory itself is the real treat and a must-see while in LA. It is named after Griffith J. Griffith, a Welsh-American industrialist and philanthropist, who donated the land to the City of Los Angeles. Its main draw is definitely the Foucault pendulum, a device proving the rotation of the Earth, dating back to 1851. You can see the Hollywood Sign from here and the park offers hiking trails that provide with great photo opportunities. No wonder that the place is a popular filming location and appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, such as in the 1955 popular film Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean, or the latest hit La La Land.
The Venice Canal Historic District is a district in the Venice section of Los Angeles, California. The district is noteworthy for its man-made canals built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his Venice of America plan. Kinney sought to recreate the appearance and feel of Venice, Italy, in Southern California. The canals are roughly bounded by Eastern Court on the east, Court A on the south, Strongs Drive on the west, and Court E on the north. There are four east-west canals and two north-south canals. The beautifully lit canals with gondoliers and arched bridges drew widespread publicity and helped sell lots in the development.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown of Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It opened on October 24, 2003. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves, among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The hall is in a vineyard seating configuration, similar to the Berliner Philharmonie by Hans Scharoun. Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney's devotion to the arts and to the city. The Frank Gehry-designed building opened on October 24, 2003. Both Gehry's architecture and the acoustics of the concert hall, designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, have been praised, in contrast to its predecessor, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It is the second-largest city park in California, after Mission Trails Preserve in San Diego, and the 11th largest municipally owned park in the United States. It has also been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles but is much larger, more untamed, and rugged than its New York City counterpart.
Los Angeles Union Station is the main railway station in Los Angeles, California, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in May 1939 as the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, replacing La Grande Station and Central Station. Approved in a controversial ballot measure in 1926 and built in the 1930s, it served to consolidate rail services from a number of railroads into one terminal station. Conceived on a grand scale, Union Station became known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations" built in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Stepping into Olvera Street, you may think you have gone back in time. This historical market, also called "the birthplace of Los Angeles" brings the visitors a taste of what it may have been like when Los Angeles was still a fledgling city and the state of California was still young. Olvera Street is said to be founded in 1781, the same year as Los Angeles itself. However, it took until 1930 for it to be restored to today's state. Nowadays it is a place of celebration and preservation of the early Mexican and Aztec culture. Visitors are free to take a stroll through colourful stalls and historical houses, to browse through artfully handmade items out of materials like leather or clay, and to chat with the traditionally-clad vendors, some of whom trace their lineage all the way back to the first vendors on this market in 1930. There are also restaurants, selling taquitos and tacos, musicians playing traditional songs and folkloric dancers. The Olvera Street hosts and takes part in many events and festivals over the year. If you want to incorporate one of them into your visit, check the "Events" section on the official website for dates.
This 27-storey skyscraper is one of the landmarks of Los Angeles, its clear white façade standing out against the deep blue sky. From its top, you can see the whole city of Los Angeles and, on a clear day, even the ocean. Los Angeles City Hall used to be the tallest building in LA. That is no longer true, however, it still remains the tallest skyscraper with free entry. Its interior is an interesting sight in its own right, with beautiful domes, arches and marble decorations. You can also admire portraits of LA’s mayors with a list of their accomplishments on one of the floors near the top of the building. Not all parts of the building are open to public. The top floor, however, is freely accessible even without a guide. A lift carries you to the upper floors and a second one to the final floor. The roof itself can only be reached via stairs though. Be ready for a security check upon entering the building, also be aware that although entry into the City Hall is free, parking near the building is quite costly.
Formerly a high-class hotel that accomodated famous movie stars, the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International is nowadays a base for the Church of Scientology, some members of which live in it fulltime. It is also a tourist sight. Don't miss the renaissance restaurant inside, which offers affordable meals in a luxurious environment. The construction of the building began in the 1920s. Its owner, Elinor K. Ince wished for it to be an apartment house for movie stars, maybe in memory of her deceased husband, Thomas H. Ince, who was a member of the film industry as well. The house itself is a replica of a 17th century French castle. The building can be entered as a part of a tour organised by the church. These tours may be a good way to learn more about scientology, you can even see the room of the religion's founder, Ron L. Hubbard. The surrounding grounds and gardens are open to visitors, too. However, taking photographs is strictly forbidden all over the premises.
Hollywood and Highland Center is a large entertainment complex with shops, restaurants and much more. You can also take a look at the Hollywood Sign or the Walk of Fame here. There is also the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards. The shops in the Center include big name brands like Victoria's Secret or Louis Vuitton. Besides that there is also nightclub, a cinema and other attractions still, like a piano sounding staircaise. You can park your car in a subterranean garage directly in the Center for $2,00. You need to bring your ticket to the staff in one of the shops or in the cinema to get it validated though. Beware that it can get very crowded in the Center and you may experience some diffculties trying to find a parking spot at peak hours (in the afternoon or during the weekends). There are also many aspiring artists and impersonators around the Center. Be careful, as they may try to pull your hand or trick you into giving them money. If you want to, you can take your furry friend with you, dogs are permitted in the Center. Only if he weighs under 24 lbs though. Larger dogs are forbidden.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, informally known as COLA or the Los Angeles Cathedral, is a Latin Church cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. Opened in 2002, the cathedral serves as the mother church for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is also the cathedra seat of Archbishop José Horacio Gómez. The structure replaced the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Under Cardinal Roger Mahony, the cathedral was constructed in postmodern architecture and formally opened in September 2002. There was considerable controversy over its deconstructivist and modernist design, as well as the high costs to complete the building.
The Capitol Records Building, also known as the Capitol Records Tower, is a Hollywood Boulevard Commercial and Entertainment District building that is located in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The building is a thirteen-story tower that was designed by Louis Naidorf, and is one of the city's landmarks. Construction occurred soon after British company EMI acquired Capitol Records in 1955, and was completed in April 1956. Located just north of the Hollywood and Vine intersection, the Capitol Records Tower houses the consolidation of Capitol Records' West Coast operations and is also home to the recording studios and echo chambers of Capitol Studios. The building is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
The Hollywood Museum is a museum in Hollywood, California that houses a collection of memorabilia from the history of American motion pictures and television. It is housed in the historic Max Factor Building on Highland Ave, designed by American architect, Simeon Charles Lee. The collection of the Hollywood Museum contains over 10,000 items including costumes, props, photographs, scripts and other artifacts. Among the exhibits are the original four makeup rooms used by pioneering Hollywood makeup artist Max Factor, one each for redheads, blondes, brownettes and brunettes. The museum is connected to a branch of Mel's Drive-In restaurant.
Wilshire Boulevard is one of the principal east-west arterial roads in Los Angeles, California. Much of the length of the road can be traced back to the indigenous Tongva people who used it to bring back tar from the La Brea pits in today's Miracle Mile section of Wilshire Blvd, back to their settlement on the coast. This road was later used by Spanish explorers and settlers, calling it El Camino Viejo. The route that ultimately became Wilshire crossed the original pueblo of Los Angeles and five of the original Spanish land grants, or ranchos. Wilshire was pieced together from various streets over several decades. It began in the 1870s as Nevada Avenue in Santa Monica, and in the 1880s as Orange Street between Westlake Park and downtown. Nevada and Orange were later renamed as parts of Wilshire.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, originally named Hollywood Cemetery, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. It is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Paramount Studios is located at the south end of the same block on 40 acres which were once part of the cemetery, but held no interments. Those in the graves, crypts, niches, and sarcophagi at the cemetery include culturally significant people as well as celebrities, including legendary actors, directors, writers, etc. from the entertainment industry. People who played vital roles in shaping Los Angeles are interred throughout the property. The cemetery is active and regularly hosts community events, including music and summer movie screenings. In 2011, the cemetery acted as co-production company for the American silent movie Silent Life based on the story of the Hollywood idol Rudolph Valentino, who is famously entombed there in what was originally a borrowed crypt.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a movie palace on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, United States. Originally known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, it was renamed Mann's Chinese Theatre in 1973; the name lasted until 2001, after which it reverted to its original name. On January 11, 2013, Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL Corporation purchased the naming rights to the facility, making its official name TCL Chinese Theatre. The original Chinese Theatre was commissioned following the success of the nearby Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, which opened in 1922. Built by a partnership headed by Sid Grauman over 18 months starting in January 1926, the theatre opened May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's film The King of Kings.