Hollywood is a city that needs no introduction. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, it is the entertainment capital of the world. Obviously Hollywood is known for its glitz, glamour, and iconic attractions, and we would be remiss to not mention these must-see stops. However, in this guide, we’ll take you through the top things to do in Hollywood in 2024, ensuring you make the most of your visit to this influential destination.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
What’s a visit to Hollywood without strolling the Walk of Fame to find your favorite star? The Walk of Fame is synonymous with Hollywood itself. 2,950 stars naming award winning artists cover 15 blocks of Hollywood Blvd, and 3 blocks of Vine Street. Explore this famous sidewalk adorned with the stars of your favorite celebrities from the entertainment industry. Learn about the history behind the stars and snap some pictures while you’re there.
For a breathtaking panoramic view of Los Angeles and a chance to explore the cosmos, don’t miss the Griffith Observatory. It’s a great spot for both day and night visits, offering educational exhibits and star-gazing opportunities. On a clear day you can see the skyscrapers of downtown LA all the way to the Pacific Ocean. You can hike, drive, or take public transportation to this well-known attraction. Open Monday to Friday from 12 PM to 10 PM, and from 10 AM to 10 PM on Saturday and Sundays.
Experience the magic of movies at Universal Studios Hollywood. From thrilling rides to behind-the-scenes studio tours, this attraction has something for everyone. Indulge your inner child by exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or Plus, you can battle Bowser on the Mario Kart ride. You’ll be entertained and meet your favorite movie characters along the way.
Get closer to the iconic Sign by embarking on a hiking adventure. Several trails offer different vantage points for that perfect Instagram-worthy photo. Remember to stay hydrated, wear sun protection and don comfortable shoes.
The TCL Chinese Theatre & The Dolby Theater
Step into Hollywood’s cinematic history at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Marvel at the handprints and footprints of legendary actors in the Forecourt of the Stars and catch a movie screening inside this historic venue. Walk the steps of the where the celebrities walk the red carpet at the Dolby Theater for the annual Academy Awards.
Enjoy a night of music and culture at the Hollywood Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater renowned for its world-class concerts. Check the schedule for upcoming performances during your visit. The best part? Feel free to bring your own picnic basket of goodies. As long as your cooler fits under your seat, you can bring your whole dinner to the concert.
Hollywood has a plethora of historic buildings and shops that lines this area of Los Angeles. There are too many to name in this paragraph, but a few that we highly recommend visiting:
- The Hollywood Roosevelt
- Built in the 1920’s, this iconic hotel hosted the first Academy Award Reception in 1929. Marilyn Monroe stayed in this hotel for 2 years and had her first commercial photoshoot at the pool. Did we also mention that there is an excellent lounge on the main floor, and the stunning bar, The Spare Room, located on the second floor? Come for the antique two-lane bowling alley, stay for the expertly crafted cocktails and good times.
- Frank and Musso Grill
- Established in 1919, this is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. Frequented by the Hollywood elite such as Charlie Chaplin and Raymond Chandler, a dry martini is a must have on at this restaurant.
- Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park
- Technically located in East Hollywood, this iconic residence was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, for the oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. In 2019, the Hollyhock house (along with seven other buildings also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. That was the first time that modern American architecture had been recognized on the World Heritage List. The Hollyhock house also hosts cinema nights, wine tastings, and has self-guided tours. Open from Thursday to Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Last entry at 3:30 PM.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Fans of the renowned golden era of Hollywood may enjoy the all-star line up of this cemetary. Actors and Actresses such as Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, Tyrone Power, Douglas Fairbanks, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Chris Cornell and many others are buried here. Aside from the popular and well-known roster, this cemetery is also home to Cinespia’s summer outdoor movie screenings, as well as an annual Day of the Dead festival and concerts. These occur both outside on the lawn and inside the property’s Masonic lodge.
Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
Paramount Pictures is the last major movie studio located in Hollywood. You’ll have to head to Culver City, Burbank or Universal City to check out the other major movie studios. Through these famous wrought-iron gates, you’ll be able to take a guided tram tour through the history of this iconic movie studio, the various soundstages, and the well-known sets from your favourite movies. You can choose between the $65 per person Studio Tour, or go for the VIP Tour priced at $215 per person.
Catch a Live Show
Keep an eye out for live performances and events happening in Hollywood’s theaters and venues. From comedy clubs to live music, there’s always something happening in the entertainment hub. For touring acts, The Fonda and the Hollywood Palladium are the go-to picks. Looking for a serious dance party? The Avalon and Academy L.A. specialize in hosting DJs. Broadway more your style? Head over to the Hollywood Pantages Theater.
There’s Something for Everyone
While you’re in Hollywood, don’t forget to explore nearby attractions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Getty Center, and the La Brea Tar Pits. Hollywood boasts a vibrant shopping scene, with boutiques, vintage stores, and souvenir shops lining the streets. Additionally, indulge in the diverse culinary scene, offering everything from fine dining to casual eateries. Our recommendations? For stunning views, we suggest the historic Yamashiro Hollywood in the Hollywood Hills. For a five-star dining experience, Providence, is the go-to spot for a 2-Michelin star experience. Looking for something more casual? Head over to L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele for delectable italian dishes with indoor and outdoor seating perfect for groups or the romantic date night.
Hollywood, California, continues to be a dream destination for travellers worldwide. Whether you’re a film enthusiast, history buff, or just looking for a good time, Hollywood offers an unforgettable experience in 2024. Explore the iconic landmarks, immerse yourself in the entertainment culture, and create lasting memories in this iconic city.
Remember to check for any COVID-19 restrictions or updates that may be in place during your visit. Hollywood is ready to welcome you with open arms, ensuring an unforgettable adventure in 2024.
Plan Your Hollywood Adventure
Ready to immerse yourself in the allure of Hollywood’s golden era? We recommend to plan your itinerary in advance, considering the best times to visit popular attractions and booking tickets where necessary to make the most of your trip to Hollywood. Don’t want to do any planning? Book one of our exclusive private tours in a classic 70s Cadillac or a luxury SUV. Experience Hollywood like a star and create unforgettable memories. Reserve your tour now!