Since the early 1900s, Hollywood has woven tales across the silver screen,
capturing the minds and hearts of audiences worldwide. Today, Tinseltown
is the star of a movie all her own, a real-life actress returning to the
promise of her youth. More than $1 billion in renovations and developments
has been invested to bring glamour back to Hollywood.
than cosmetic, the dramatic transformation of Hollywood promises a significantly
enhanced vacation experience for the more than ten million visitors who
travel to this legendary community every year.
Today, visitors can beam up in the Star Trek transporter or belly up to
the Cheers bar at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. A recreated backlot
complete with props and wardrobes can be found here alongside high-tech
A revitalized Hollywood, and its expanding inventory of attractions,
are now easier to get to than ever before. The Metro Red Line, allows
visitors to travel between Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios Hollywood
in less than five minutes. The Red Line also connects Hollywood with Downtown
Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
For an up-close look at Hollywood, Red Line Tours visits all the famous
(and infamous) landmarks in Hollywood and is a delight for anyone fascinated
with Hollywood history, architecture and lore. The walking tours
open to the public seven days a week go beyond the surface and
actually take visitors inside many of the historic landmarcks.
Hollywood walk of fame
The forecourt of Graumans Chinese Theater has been one of the most
popular free attractions since the 1920s, when, during the premiere for
Cecil B. DeMilles King of Kings, actress Norma Talmadge
accidentally stepped in wet cement. Hollywoods biggest stars have
been imprinting themselves ever since: John Wayne, Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey,
Harrison Ford, Whoopi Goldberg.
When the Hollywood honchos realized how limited the footprint space was
at the Chinese Theater, they came up with another way to pay tribute to
the stars. Since the 1960s more than 2000 terrazzo and brass stars have
been unveiled on Hollywoods major sidewalks. The honorees are identified
by a camera, radio microphone, TV set, record, or dramatic masks. Fans
turn these stars into flower-strewn memorials to commemorate star birthdays
and death days. Among the stars sought out are Marilyn Monroe at 1644
Hollywood Blvd., Mike Myers at 7046 Hollywood Blvd., John Lennon at 1750
Vine St. and Elvis Presley at 6777 Hollywood Blvd., Eddie Murphy at 7000
Hollywood Blvd., Carlos Santana at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.