Visiting Hollywood, USA

Hollywood is one of the most talked about cities in the USA. Travellers come from hundreds of different countries every year, and if you’re one of them, check out some of the top tourist attractions in the city.

The Hollywood Sign

This sign is one of the most iconic symbols but few people realise that this isn’t the original sign. The original, which advertised the Hollywoodland neighbourhood, was in a state of decay for a number of years. A group of local residents raised money to replace the sign by selling off pieces off the original. You can now take tours that lead you right up the hill to the sign.

Star Tours

No matter where you go in Hollywood, you’ll likely come across a few companies that specialise in star tours. While you might not see any celebrities on your tour, you will see the homes where they live. Many visitors have stories about seeing and interacting with famous faces on their tours, and you never know who you might see.

Hollywood Boulevard

The Walk of Fame sits right on Hollywood Boulevard, and hundreds of stars are on display. You’ll see names like Marilyn Monroe and Drew Barrymore, and you’ll likely come across a few names you never heard of before. While having a star on the Walk of Fame is an honour, celebrities must pay for the honour. Many top stars raise money through their fan clubs to pay for their stars.

TCL Chinese Theatre

Originally known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, this Hollywood landmark now goes by the name of the TCL Chinese Theatre. Thousands of stars appeared here over the years for movie premieres, and depending on when you visit, you might see the opening of a hit film. Right outside the theatre are a series of hand prints left by some of those stars. You can see how your hands or feet stack up against Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne, who actually left his boot prints in the cement.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory served as a backdrop for hundreds of films over the years include “Rebel Without a Cause” with James Dean, and it was the site of a real life mystery too. A young struggling actress, who recently filmed a movie with Kirk Douglas, disappeared from here in the 1950s. Though police officers later found her purse in the park, they never found the young woman. After learning more about the history of the park and exploring the grounds, check out the amazing observatory, where dozens of actors once stood.

Visiting these tourist attractions and others will give you a glimpse at the history of the film world.