Clarion Inn at Universal Studios Hollywood
3241 Cahuenga Blvd W
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: (323) 845-1600
Fax: (323) 845-0771
Hollywood Bowl Museum is home to some of the best Hollywood legends the film industry ever witnessed. The main attraction here is a 10 minute video, which will enrich any visit to this legendary outdoor amphitheater. The film features the first ever recording here, as well as footage of a number of legendary performances over the years. Some of the highlights of the other exhibits include original designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Soundscape that lets you explore the myriad possibilities of sound and the GTE Museum Resource Center, which allows visitors to use computers to access thousands of photos, documents and video clips. Admission is free. Check website for varying dates.
160 acres (65 hectares) of unspoiled nature can be seen at the east point of the Santa Monica mountains at the Runyon Canyon Park. This pet friendly park has two southern entrances and a northern entrance at Mulholland Drive. Go for a hike or head to the play area where your kids can play. Keep your camera ready; celebrities are known to unwind here as well.
Head inside the Hollywood Hills and you will be pleasantly surprised by this man-made reservoir from where you can get a great view of the Hollywood sign. It is amazing to realize that this peaceful spot is only a few minutes away from bustling Hollywood Boulevard. There is also a 3.1 mile paved trail around the lake that takes you right across the dam (which broke and flooded Hollywood in the movie Earthquake). No dogs are allowed, and the path usually closes at dusk.
Perhaps the best way to spend a summer evening in Los Angeles is at this huge amphitheater, Hollywood Bowl, that offers jazz, pop and classical concerts for the denizens of Los Angeles. The sound quality is excellent from any point, although binoculars are suggested for the seats in the far back. The summer home of the L.A. Philharmonic since 1922 and the home of its very own Hollywood Bowl Orchestra since 1991, numerous guest stars from Itzhak Perlman to Tony Bennett perform their selections in this much loved, relaxed concert alternative.
Like the more famous Whitley Heights, this community of homes built in the 1920s was one of the most exclusive areas of its time. Back in its prime (1940s-1960s), it attracted a number of stars and other entertainment industry types. The developers created a beautiful area by planting a plentiful amount of trees, infusing a Mediterranean style into the homes and perfecting the innovation of submerging the utilities underground. The homes stretch quite a long way along Outpost Drive.
This iconic sign perched at the top of Mt. Lee is one of the most famous landmarks of California. The letters, standing at 50 feet each, can be seen from points all over Los Angeles, and originally read "HOLLYWOODLAND," an advertisement for a nearby housing community. Now a world-famous landmark, a hike up to a vista point nearby to view the sign is a must-do for anyone with some time to spare in Los Angeles. The sign itself is not accessible to visitors, and is surrounded by barriers, but incredible vistas are to be had from many points throughout the area.
One of the most noted places in the world, the Warner Brothers Studio has played home to some of the entertainment worlds most famous comedy and drama series. The studio has numerous sets for various scenes all of which have excellent facilities, props and sound and light systems. On location here are also craft and set shops where patrons can purchase memorabilia. There is a tour of the entire studio which takes guests on a journey into the entertainment world with guides who are well versed with the place.
The Hollywood United Methodist Church in Hollywood is an epic architectural masterpiece. The Church has Gothic influences evident in its architecture and the high arched ceilings, pointed arches and the sanctuary itself is massive. The stained glass with beautiful designs is an impressive sight. One can also get involved in the various activities and workshops. Attend inspiring sermons, lectures, debates, discussions, music sessions and services. Check website for more details.
Anyone longing for a piece of Tinseltown history should certainly spend some time at Whitley Heights. Some of the most impressive homes in Hollywood are found here. All of the homes were developed in the 20s and 30s by Hobart J. Whitley and remain in very good condition today. This was a mini-Beverly Hills of yesteryears, where stars like Marion Davies, Rudolph Valentino, Ethel Barrymore and many others lived and partied. Whitley, who had great admiration for Italian architecture, built these homes into the hillside and dubbed the community an "Italian Hill Town."
This is one of the final resting places of Hollywood stars, and suitably overlooks the Universal, Disney and Warner Brothers studios in North Hollywood. Though huge in its own right, the park is smaller than its Glendale counterpart, located just 10 minutes away, and there aren't too many celebs buried here. Well-known names include Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, Ricky Nelson and Steve Allen. The place also salutes the American Revolution with “The Birth of Liberty”, allegedly the largest historical mosaic in the world, and life-sized bronze statues of erstwhile presidents. Models of old-world churches also dot the scene, adding to the ambiance. Admission is free and hours are seasonal. Gather some stardust!
This lavish pantheon of fame and glamor captured in wax is one of Hollywood’s crown jewels. Hailing from London, Madame Tussauds brings to Hollywood its world-class interactive viewing entertainment, great for all ages. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, just next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the museum is hard to miss due to its prepossessing open-air facade with a few wax figures casually spilling out on the sidewalk. Come in and stroll the vast grounds populated with the rich and famous (as well as the infamous) and the beautiful and formidable. Photography and handling are a must. Whether it is shaking hands with President Obama or wrapping your arm around Mae West that is more your thing, you will be exhilarated by the lifelike, vivid portrayals and infinite photo ops.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood features depictions of such personalities as Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp, Audrey Hepburn, Denzel Washington, Rihanna, James Dean, Quentin Tarantino, Penelope Cruz, Wolverine, Beyonce, Audrey Hepburn, Spiderman, Elizabeth Taylor, Justin Bieber, Brad Pitt, Selena Gomez, and Iron Man.