On our second day in LA, we’ve planned a visit to Hollywood and Beverly Hills. When we leave the hotel, we know that it will be a hot day. After a 45-minute drive, we arrive in Hollywood and park our car on one of the many parking lots.
One of the main attractions in Hollywood is the Walk of Fame with all the stars. To make your visit a bit easier, try to get a free map of Hollywood Boulevard. We found the "Hollywood Visitor’s Guide and Map 2004-2005" in our hotel. With this map, we easily found the stars of our favourites, like Mickey Mouse, Elvis Presley, Sting, Tom Cruise, and many others. On this map, you find the 30 stars that attract most people. It’s not easy to find other stars between the 2,000 others.
Another major attraction is Mann’s Chinese Theatre. This theatre looks great and is one of the best movie theatres I’ve seen. This theatre is opened in 1927 with the movie "King of Kings." Its founder, Sid Grauman, also invented Hollywood longest-running publicity stunt: the handprints and footprints and autographs in cement of movie stars in the forecourt. You can check whose hands and feet you have. Along Hollywood Boulevard, there are also a few museums, like Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Hollywood Wax Museum. We did not visit them because of a lack of time, but also because we think that these are more tourist traps than interesting museums.
If you like shopping, you can visit Hollywood & Highland. From the main square of this center, you have a nice view of the Hollywood Sign. In this center, you find the Hollywood Visitors Information Center and a lot of shops, dining places, and of course, movie screens. We had a drink at the Mongolian BBQ.
A few other things along the walk of fame are El Captain theatre (an Art Deco theatre), the Clarion Hotel, Hollywood Roosevelt, and Frederick’s of Hollywood (with their Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame).
After our visit to Hollywood, we drive to Beverly Hills via Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.