The best way to see Hollywood in depth with minimal cost is definitely by purchasing the 9 days validity Hollywood CityPass (www.citypass.com).
The $49.95 Hollywood CityPass offers one-time admission to the following attractions with total value of $87.95:
1) 2 hours Starline Movie Stars' Homes Tour
Tour departs every half an hour at the Walk of Fame, at the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
The 2 hours tour covers more than 50 breathtaking massions in Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills and Bel-Air which includes the mansions of Jackie Chan, Nicholas Cage, Tom Cruise, Robbie Williams to name just a few. Our guide even showed us houses and streets that have been featured in certain movies, which brough back memories in the movie.
At times, if you are lucky, you can see stars at their backyard / garden too!
After visiting the stars' home, the tour continues to see some attractions in Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. The guide will point out famous boutique of Jimmy Choo that stars shop at and famous restaurants that they dine at.
All ar done in a aircon mini van with total comfort!
2) Hollywood Wax Museum
6767 Hollywood Boulevard, open from 10am till midnight every day
Get close to the famous stars at their famous scenes, recreated by Hollywood masters of wax sculpting, hair styling and make-up. Curremt displays in the museum, to name a few are Spiderman, Charlie Angels, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator and Terminator III.
Displays and figures change regularly every season. For more information, please visit www.hollywoodwax.com
3) 1 hour Hollywood Behind-The-Scene Walking Tour
Open 7 days a week; 1 hour guided tours depart 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm (less crowded) from 6773 Hollywood Boulevard, right opposite of McDonalds.
With a personal headset to avoid noises from the street, this 1 hour guided tour see what the public generally misses. It unveiled the secret behind:
*Stella Adler Academy, where many stars of yesterday, today and tomorrow studied the art of acting.
*Kodak Theater, its design and layout
*Hollywood Boulevard, how the walk of fame is formed and its uniqueness
* Guaman Chinese Theater and the footprints on the ground
* Guaman Egpytian Theater, where the movie premier started
* El Capitan Theater, its interior design that remained till today
* The lanes and every corner within Hollywood Boulevard with many local landmarks
* The filming sites of many famous movies eg Italian Job
The tour gains offical permits to bring in visitors, and thus we actually go inside to each of the building!
4) Kodak Theatre Guided Tour OR Hollywood Museum in the Historical Max Factor Building
Among the 2 choices included in the city pass, Kodak Theatre Tour offers more, which i have made the right choice to give up the museum.
Open 7 days a week from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; the 30 minutes tours depart approximately every 30 minutes.
** Tour times subject to change due to theatre operations and availability. Please show citypass at the box office to reserve tour time.
Known throughout the world with its Academy Awards, this is a MUST STOP landmark in Hollywood. See an Oscar statuette, learn where your favorite celebrities sat during the ceremony and visit the exclusive George Eastman VIP Room.