Dear Travel Junkies:
In my recent post to Santa Monica, earlier that day I made a quick visit to the two famous destinations of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Home to Paramount Pictures, famous landmarks, A-list celebrities and the industry that brings dreams to reality for celebrities like Jessica Alba and Leonardo DiCaprio. Due to Hollywood’s fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars. the word Hollywood is most commonly used and known for American cinema. Hollywood is located in the northwest of downtown Los Angeles and it comprises numerous of things to do and places to see so you’ll never get bored.
What to do in Hollywood:
(Most of what is listed below are in the same area on Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave so park your car in the Hollywood and Highland Center underground parking lot or nearby.)
Charlie Chaplin Studios A motion picture studio built in 1917 by the silent and sound film star Charlie Chaplin, later sold and went through several changes in ownership. Today, it is designated as a Los Angeles historic cultural monument. Located on 1416 N. La Brea Avenue.
Dolby Theatre Formerly known as the Kodak Theatre. It is an entertainment theatre located in the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex on Hollywood Blvd. It is home to annual academy awards ceremonies like the Oscars.
El Capitan Theatre Formerly known as Hollywood Masonic Temple, owned and operated by Walt Disney Company. It serves as a venue for many of the Walt Disney Studios’ film premieres. ABC’s late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! originates from a studio in the building so buy your tickets and see him live =)
Capital Records Building Home to the recording studios and echo chambers of Capital Studios and also designated as a historical cultural monument.
Frederick’s of Hollywood This one is for all the ladies! This is where the first push-up bra was invented in this well-known retailer of women’s lingerie. Swing by and grab a couple of items, including their famous “Hollywood Dream” corset.
TCL Chinese Theatre Home to many premieres, birthday parties, corporate events and three academy awards ceremonies.
Guitar Center The largest retail chain of musical instruments in the world. It’s headquarters location is in Westlake Village. Great for music lovers.
Hollywood and Highland Center A shopping mall and entertainment complex. You will find most of the famous landmarks located here at this complex. It has nearly everything to keep you busy and entertained including name brand retailers and boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, a movie theatre, and a bowling alley. The center also includes television broadcast facilities like On Air with Ryan Seacrest. If you’re lucky, you might get yourself involved and dancing with the flash mob as seen on YouTube. Lastly, you will be able to see the notable Hollywood sign on the Santa Monica Mountains on the top floor of the complex.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Walk along the famous Hollywood Blvd and take a picture with your favourite Hollywood celebrities. Scroll down to see my pictures with my favourite celebrities.
Hollywood Wax Museum See your favourite Hollywood icons all waxed up like Halle Barry, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Many famous guests have stayed the night at this historic Spanish style hotel including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.
Laugh Factory Have some fun and swing by this comedy club of talented stand up comedians who will surely deliver you a good time and entertainment.
The Magic Castle A nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts as well as a clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts. It is known as “the most unusual private club in the world.”
Anyways, there is a lot more of things to do and see but these are just a few to get you started and planning your own visit.
Michael Jackson and I
Samuel Jackson and I at Madame Tussauds
Looking out to Hollywood Blvd
Window shopping at Hollywood and Highland Center
The famous Roosevelt Hotel seen on movies like Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle
My new friend with the beautiful Marilyn Monroe
With Mickey Mouse
The famous TCL Chinese Theatre
The famous Hollywood signage
The famous Kodak Theatre where most Hollywood award nights are held
Winnie the Pooh and us
Saying farewell to a new friend who left home in the countryside to chase his dreams of being a famous entertainer as well as working hard as a housekeeper to make a living.
Posing in front of Jimmy Kimmel
Shopping on Rodeo Drive in the affluent city of Beverly Hills doesn’t make economical sense to most people but to me, it’s the opposite. One day when I’m earning a six-digit salary, I will join those Stepford housewives on their shopping spree. If you love the good life of luxury and designer labels, you’ll love Rodeo Drive & Via Rodeo which includes Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermes, Cartier, and more.
Posing in front of Beverly Hills’ notable landmark
Brunch on Rodeo Drive
You can’t miss Bijan Pakzad’s custom $1.7MM Bugatti Veyron that is always parked on Rodeo Drive in front of of his House of Bijan boutique and has now become a landmark on Rodeo Drive.