Heading to Los Angeles? Here are 17 Hollywood Attractions to See

Heading to Los Angeles? Here are 17 Hollywood Attractions to See

Hollywood, a city where movies and dreams are made. Go climb and see the Hollywood Sign, catch a show at Dolby Theatre, see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the list of places to go to are endless.

Hollywood is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. It’s a place where movies and dreams are made. There are many things to do in this city. You can climb the iconic Hollywood Sign, watch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, go on a hike at Runyon Canyon Park, see a show at Dolby Theatre, take pictures with some of your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and so much more. The list of activities are endless and if you’re lucky, you may even spot your favorite celebrity at one or some of them. Read on to find out some of the top Hollywood attractions you must see during your stay in the City of Angels.

1. Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood is sign is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. It is often featured in movies, books, magazines, etc. Should you decide to hike your way up, there are many different trails that will lead you to the sign. Another way of getting there is by driving through some winding long, steep roads. It’s quite an adventure and climbing the mountain also provides a great view of the city. If you take the longer routes, you can stop by other popular spots such as Forest Lawn, a beautiful cemetery filled with intricate headstones, statues, and fountains. Another popular stop over is the Wisdom Tree. Make sure to bring some pen and a notepad/notebook because at the trunk, you can place it there together with other written poems, favorite quotes, dreams, and wishes. Lake Hollywood Reservoir is a nice, shaded place to get some exercise. Hiking the Hollywood Hills won’t be easy so make sure to dress appropriately, wear proper shoes, and bring water for proper hydration. There’s also no shade and plenty of direct sunlight so sunscreen is important. It may get a bit tiring but once you can to the top, it’ll be all worth it with the spectacular view and new memories made.

Hollywood, CA 90068
Hollywood Hills
Phone: (323) 258-4338
Website: http://hollywoodsign.org

2. Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl is one of the best places to hold a venue. If you get an opportunity to see a show here, take it. It’s a timeless icon. Before entering the seating area, there are clean restrooms, benches, and vending stands to buy food and drinks. It’s expected that a giant place such as the Hollywood Bowl would have a lot of people but the line moves fairly fast. The women’s restroom has so many stalls that one can barely feel the wait. Regardless of genre, whether it’s an orchestra, concert, or play, the Hollywood Bowl is a wonderful place to see a show. Some of the most popular shows held here are the Nightmare Before Christmas concert, Kanye West performing 808s and Heartbreak, and Fall Out Boy’s concert during the Boys of Zummer tour. If you’d like to save a few bucks, you’re even allowed to bring your own food and drinks, even alcohol. Occasionally though, there are a few events where alcohol is not allowed but food can still be brought. It’s an outdoor venue so you get the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Los Angeles weather, listen to high quality sounds, and one of the best places to see and event. Nothing can beat the atmosphere of a cool night in fall or a warm sunny afternoon watching some of the world’s best performers while drinking an ice cold drink and snacking on some popcorn.

2301 N Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA 90068
Hollywood Hills
Phone: (323) 850-2000
Website: http://www.hollywoodbowl.com

3. Runyon Canyon Park

The trek up Runyon Canyon Park is an adventure and one that should not be missed. There are two trails going up, the easy and hard trail. The easy trail is on the left side where the dirt trail is wide and has lots of cute dogs. Depending on the route one takes, the journey can be considered a long leisurely stroll or a true hike. The incline isn’t very difficult so it’s a great way to hang out with some friends, do some soul searching or take your loved one out on a date. It’s very dog-friendly too so you can take your furry family members off their leash and let them play. Going here on a weekday is a great way to avoid the crowd and make sure to check the whether first before going here. The view of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign is beautiful at the top of Runyon will make the journey absolutely worth it. Be prepared though because making can be a bit difficult, depending on when you go to the park. Make sure to bring water, sunscreen, and most importantly, your camera.

2001 N Fuller Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hollywood Hills West
Phone: (323) 666-5046
Website: http://runyoncanyon-losangeles.com

4. Dolby Theatre

Just like the Hollywood Bowl, Dolby Theatre is one of Los Angeles most popular places for live entertainment. It used to be called Kodak Theatre before switching to Dolby Theatre in 2012. Most red carpet events in Hollywood are held here and there are few experiences that will beat walking down the very same red carpet that some of the most famous celebrities have strutted. You can experience the vibe of an Emmy’s or Academy Awards while attending a show. Some of their most popular featured events are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Josh Groban’s stage tour, Tyler Perry's play Madea On the Run, the premier of Terminator Genisys and much more. The view is good from pretty much any spot in the theatre. The architecture is beautiful, the theatre is massive with three rows of balcony and box seats, well kept, and the staff are friendly and accommodating. With all the features it has to offer, no wonder the Oscar’s are held here every year. Checking out Dolby Theatre should be on your list of things to do while in Los Angeles. You get to feel like a star, even if it’s just for a day, and if you’re lucky, you might just be walking with some of the celebrities.

6801 Hollywood Blvd
Ste 180
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States
Phone: +1-323-308-6300
Website: http://www.dolbytheatre.com

5. Yamashiro Hollywood

If you’re looking for one of the best views in Los Angeles along with some excellent food, you’ve come to the right place at Yamashiro Hollywood. Day or night, the view is gorgeous and it is one of the highest peaks in the city. For the food, the Asian Baby Back Ribs are exquisite. The meat is soft, juicy, and tender. The knife just slides right through and is very easy to cut. The mashed potatoes it come with are creamy, buttery, and full of melt in your mouth goodness. If you love sashimi, then the Pistachio Salmon is highly recommended. The pistachio nuts add a unique taste and crunch to the dish which will not disappoint. Make sure to leave some room for dessert. The strawberry doughnuts are delightful and will leave anyone with a sweet tooth more than satisfied. A delicious meal, great companions, and a wonderful view of the city at one of the highest vantage points in Hollywood will make the trip to Yamashiro Hollywood worth your while.

1999 N Sycamore Ave
Hollywood, CA 90068
Hollywood Hills
Phone: (323) 466-5125
Website: http://yamashirohollywood.com

6. Amoeba Music

As we enter the digital age, music coming in the form of vinyls and records are slowly disappearing. At Amoeba Music, they have everything from CDs, vinyl, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, posters, and other products that haven’t been popular since the 90s. For many years Amoeba has served as a heaven for music collectors all over the world and it certainly deserves this title. If you’re looking for a nearly extinct Hip Hop record, limited edition punk rock album, or 8-tracks from decades ago, they have it all. The staff are also very generous and friendly so if you have some questions, they’re more than willing to assist you. If you’re looking for some extra cash, there’s even an area where you can see your old CD’s, vinyls, etc. It doesn’t matter what you’re in the market for, they have from every genre to every decade and artist and sold at reasonable prices to boot. Stop by Amoeba Music for some great finds and bargains.

6400 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 245-6400
Website: http://www.amoeba.com

7. Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame isn’t just any sidewalk. It is one of the most famous sidewalks in the world where anybody who has made a name for themselves in the entertainment and music industry can be found with a plaque to signify their career. The Walk of Fame spans for several city blocks starting from the West point at La Brea till the South point at the 101 Freeway. At night, it is brimming with life and there are so many spots to check out. There are dive bars, high-end clubs, chill pubs, and anything else in between. It’s also a great place for food tripping as there are so many places to eat for every budget and palette. There are more than 2,600 stars that go on for several miles so if you’re looking for a particular celebrity, check out Hollywood Chamber's website to find that person’s star and which street it is located so that you won’t end up walking for hours looking for your favorite actor/actress.

Hollywood Blvd & Vine St
Hollywood, CA 90068
Phone: (323) 469-8311
Website: http://www.hollywoodchamber.net

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“Found the famous name in Hollywood Walk in LA”

8. Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory is a famous structure in Griffith Park featured in many shows and movies. Visiting day or night can provide two different experiences. It’s located near the famous Hollywood Sign. Before getting to the observatory, you have to pass by the famous tunnel which was featured in the movie Back to the Future. During the day, you get an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign and other iconic landmarks and at night, you get to see different views of the stars and constellations depending on which telescope you view them through. There are a number of exhibits at the observatory that are entertaining and educational. Upstairs, you can find exhibits about the space, sun, and other general facts. Downstairs is a huge exhibit about the Solar System and other great shows. It’s also a great opportunity for taking pictures with all the nice backdrops and scenery. You can learn about astronomy, stars, different planets and galaxies in a fun and interesting way. Admission is free but there are some shows that charge $5 to see.

2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States
Griffith Park
Phone: +1-213-473-0800
Website: http://www.griffithobservatory.org

9. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Crematory And Funeral Home

This cemetery is unique. Most people find themselves feeling uncomfortable and creeped out in one but this cemetery is so well maintained and the atmosphere feels vey at ease. You can find a lot of famous and not so famous residents around. Every summer, Cinespia, an organization that holds on-site screenings of classic movies in Los Angeles, goes to Hollywood Forever Cemetery every weekend during summer. Feel free to drop by to catch a free movie. Viewers won’t be sitting on the graves as that would be rude but it’s feels quite surreal being surrounded by them. Just don’t make sure to be here when a zombie apocalypse happens or you’ll be in trouble. There are also several concerts held here through out the year but they’re usually small and intimate to respect those who are buried here. If you’d prefer to stay away from the crowd, you can opt to have a picnic and still enjoy some lovely music by the performers. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Crematory And Funeral Home provides a peaceful and tranquil environment perfect for walking and doing some soul searching.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (877) 844-3837
Website: www.hollywoodforever.com

10. Capitol Records Tower

The Capitol Records Tower was built in 1956 and is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. It was designed to look like a stack of records and is 13 stories high. It’s been featured ‘exploding’ in several movies. It is also the first circular shaped office building in the world. The halls are filled with many other pictures artists such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Katy Perry, Sam Smith and other famous names. A lot of music history has happened in this building. Many artists, musician, singers, writer, and producers have launched their careers at the Capitol Records Tower. Make sure to call ahead to know when the tours are held. If you go to the roof top, you get treated to a 360 degree spectacular view of the City of Angels. You get to clearly see the neon Patrol sign, the skyscrapers at Downtown Los Angeles, 101 Freeway, and other historic icons.

1750 Vine St
Hollywood, CA 90028
Website: http://www.capitolrecords.com

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“The studios inside this building are single-handedly responsible for producing some of the greatest music of all time. Really cool to finally see this up…”

11. TCL Chinese Theatre

The Chinese Theatre is one of the best places in Hollywood to watch a movie. Seats are assigned via online reservation. Try to schedule weeks in advance to get any seat you want in the theatre. The largest IMAX Theatre in the world is located here and they even feature IMAX laser projection where the quality is so immersive, it can feel like you are part of the film. The auditorium is so enormous it’s like setting foot in an opera house. The Chinese Theatre is a great place to catch a film you’ve been looking forward to for some time. It’s best to watch shows with amazing effects such as Star Wars and The Hobbit. One can truly appreciate all the features such as Dolby Atmos soundtrack which provides superb three-dimensional sound, excellent screen quality, and state-of-the-art projection equipment. For those who wear glasses, the 3D frames don’t really fit over eyeglasses and can be a bit uncomfortable so I recommend wearing contact lenses to fully enjoy the experience.

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 461-3331
Website: http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com

12. Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Get up close and personal pictures with some of your favorite stars at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The wax figures are so lifelike that at times it’s hard to tell if they’re real or not. You can even touch them. There are also props to help enhance your photos with the figures. Each floor is filled with different icons - superheroes, athletes, pop stars, Asian stars, Western celebrities, and even European icons. Brad Pitt, Audrey Hepburn, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Elvis Presley, whoever it is you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone. There’s also a 4D movie showing at the about Marvel Superheroes. Cap of your tour by looking at the ‘Behind the Scenes’ section where the staff show you how the statues are made and you can even have your own hand waxed. It’s a fun experience to go around looking at all the detailed statues and posing with some of them your favorite celebrities. Kids and kids at heart will certainly enjoy the visit.

6933 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States
Phone: +1-323-798-1670
Website: https://www2.madametussauds.com/hollywood

13. Egyptian Theatre

Watching a movie at Egyptian Theatre is like a blast to the past. It still has an old Hollywood vibe and is full of history. They don’t just show current films but old movies and foreign films which aren’t shown in normal cinemas. Sometimes the screenings are accompanied with a Question and Answer forum hosted by the film makers, directors, actors, screenwriters, and other people involved with the project. If you get presented with an opportunity to attend a party or event here, do it. The first three Indiana Jones films premiered here and it seems appropriate given the theme of the movie and theatre,The interior design is beautiful and can be likened to Pantages with its well-detailed carvings on the ceilings and scarab scarabs which serve as the center of attraction, It is very clean and well-maintained with plenty of comfortable seats. At the lobby, you will find many semi-hidden sphinx statues. The sound system is similar to what you would find at a normal modern theatre and at the concession, they only accept cash but the food and drinks are bit lower than other theaters. Watching a movie at Egyptian Theatre is over all a great experience and is must for anyone visiting Los Angeles.

6712 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 461-2020
Website: http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

14. Barnsdall Park

Barnsdall Park isn’t just a great place to walk and get some exercise but you can also get top notch art classes at low prices. Some of the classes are Jewelry making, Printmaking, Japanese flower arrangement, etc. You can also check out some art at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery where the staff are friendly, the art pieces are thought provoking and best of all, there is no entrance fee. On Fridays, they hold a wine tasting event for $30. During September, they hold small, intimate, free movie showings. Dogs are welcome as there are a lot of people who let their dogs off their leash to frolic and play. Sometimes there’s also a Farmer’s Market so you can go grab some fresh produce and handmade crafts. If you’re looking to escape the craziness of Hollywood for a bit, there’s no better place to do that than in Barnsdall Park. Have a picnic, go for a walk, drawing, sketching, or people watching, the park is very peaceful and serene, a great place to relax for a couple of hours.

4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
East Hollywood
Phone: (323) 660-4254
Website: http://barnsdall.org

15. Lake Hollywood Reservoir

Lake Hollywood Reservoir is a hidden gem in the City of Angels. The flat and paved path that goes around the lake is perfect for jogging, biking, roller blading, skateboarding, and other exercises. The loop is about 3.5 miles long and you can get awesome views of the Hollywood Sign, lake, and other famous Hollywood sights. Another perk of this hidden gem is that it doesn’t get too crowded so you can exercise without bumping into other people. There are also plenty of animals to see around here - deer, bunnies, coyotes, lizards, turtles, and different species of birds. There are plenty of shaded areas though it can still get a bit warm during hot days like summer. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed but there is a dog park over the hill where you can bring your furry friends. The reservoir is a great stop over on your way to the Hollywood Hills or if you’re just looking for a great place to exercise with some spectacular views.

2600 Lake Hollywood Dr
Hollywood, CA 90068
Hollywood Hills
Website: http://hollywoodknolls.org

16. Museum Of Death

The Museum of Death is not for the faint of heart. The exhibits include graphic and grotesque video footage, paintings, artwork, pictures of corpses, antique coffins, documents, animal skulls, suicide notes, artwork, a wall all about car accidents, and news articles. It doesn’t take a lot of time to visit all the rooms but if you want to read all the news clippings, suicide notes, and other letters, it could take up to several hours. There are different types of deaths exhibited in the museums. From drunk driving, suicide, jail, serial killers, unsolved murder mysteries, and even mummified animals. The stories all happened in real life an can be scarier than most horror movies. One can experience the insanity of death and murder on a personal level. It's different seeing things in the flesh compare to just seeing or hearing about incidents like these on the internet. This museum provides an unconventional twist and should be visited if you’re looking for something new and exciting to try out.

6031 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 466-8011

17. Universal Studios Hollywood

The main highlight here is the Studio Tour. You get to see the same movie sets where some of the best films were made. Some of the current sets they have are an adorable display for Minions, a short but fun tour of Revenge of the Mummy, interesting special effects for Shrek 4D, Jurassic Park, Transformers, and for the Psycho movie set, they even have a life size cut-out of Norman Bates. Potter heads will love Harry Potter World. It’s like stepping foot into the Harry Potter universe. The Studio Tour constantly updates itself to the latest movies. Another one of Universal Studios attractions is the theme park, an absolute must for those looking for something new, unique and exciting to try out. The Simpson Ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and Transformers have simulations and special effects that require riders to wear 3D glasses. The experience is so immersive that it feels like you are part of the animated film. Jurassic is a thrilling ride that will make you think that just when it’s safe, you’ll get wet and take the plunge. Revenge of the Mummy is a high speed roller coaster inside a dark indoor space. To save some cash, you can purchase the tickets 24 hours before your visit on the Universal Studios website. You get it $10 off the normal price which is currently $95.

100 Universal City Plz
Universal City, CA 91608
Universal City
Phone: (800) 864-8377
Website: http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com

There you have it folks. A list of some of the must see destinations during your stay in Hollywood. Make sure to plan your trip, dress appropriately, and bring a camera to capture the special moments of your travels.

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