Everyone knows Hollywood, California, is the film capital of the United States. But everyone doesn't know the treasures -- the sightseeing musts -- that exist in Hollywood. If you're planning a Hollywood adventure, there are some sights you just won't want to miss on your trip.
El Capitan Theatre
Visit the historic El Capitan Theatre (elcapitan.go.com). Now owned and operated by the Walt Disney Co., the Hollywood Boulevard theater opened in 1926 as Hollywood's first home of spoken drama. Disney restored the theater to its original impressive Spanish colonial facade and east Indian interior design. The theater holds 1,000 for live stage shows, world premieres and special events. Before the show, enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream cone, sundae, shake or malt in Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store next door.
Great drama and intrigue doesn't just come from the theaters in Hollywood. Reserve a spot in the "Tomb Buggy" on Scott Michaels' "Hollywood Tragical History Tour" (dearlydepartedtours.com) The two-hour tour takes you to nearly 100 spots where celebrity scandals and deaths occurred, including the locations where Michael Jackson, River Phoenix and young actress Rebecca Schaeffer passed away. The tour is suited for adults only.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame (walkoffame.com) is one of Hollywood's most visited attractions. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, stars made of terrazzo and brass commemorating the lifetime work and achievements of professionals in the American entertainment industry line the street from the 6000 block to the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Additional stars line the 1500, 1600 and 1700 blocks of Vine Street just north and south of Hollywood Boulevard. Celebrities from Elvis Presley and The Beatles to Tom Cruise, Lucille Ball, John Wayne and Drew Barrymore have stars on the walk. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects and installs news stars each year. Also on Hollywood Boulevard is Madam Tussauds Hollywood wax museum (madametussauds.com), Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum (ripleys.com/hollywood) and the Hollywood Museum (hollywoodmuseum.com) featuring authentic movie artifacts.
Since opening more than 75 years ago, the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com) has hosted world-class dance and music events in Los Angeles. Concerts including performances by individual artists and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra are held regularly. Take the Bowl Walk, which includes a stop at the Hollywood Bowl museum filled with Hollywood artifacts. The Bowl is at 2301 N. Highland Ave.
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