You can't miss the bright red buses as they cruise around in the Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Miracle Mile (Museum Row) districts. The StarLine network covers most of the tourist destinations in the area, and includes a recorded narrative. The bus route is quite extensive, reaching from downtown L.A. all the way to Santa Monica.
Hollywood might be a neighborhood in the Los Angeles area, for some it's more a state-of-mind. While Hollywood has long represented the glitz and glamour of the film, television, and music industries, most studios have moved away from this quirky district in favor of other L.A. neighborhoods, like Burbank. Nevertheless, Hollywood still attracts millions of visitors each year who travel there to pay homage to their favorite stars and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a few famous personalities. Sometimes they're lucky!
Step onto the sidewalk anywhere on famed Hollywood Boulevard and you'll certainly see a number of stars-the bronze ones on the sidewalk, that is. The Walk of Fame was inaugurated in 1960 and since that time, more than 2,300 have been emblazoned with the names of famous personalities who've left their mark in the fields of radio, television, motion pictures, recording, and live performance.
Since itís opening in 1927, Grauman's Chinese has remained one of the most famous movie theaters in the world. Grauman's Chinese Theater has traditionally been the site of more Hollywood premieres than any other theater and, for several years, was also home to the Academy Awards ceremony. With its easily recognizable imposing exterior of a huge red Chinese pagoda, Grauman's Chinese Theatre is also where you can step into the footprints of some of Hollywoodís past legends and current celebrities.
More than just another amusement park, Universal Studios is a real working studio that offers guests a chance to see the inner workings of the film and television industry. The world-famous back lot tour highlights the sets from some of Universalís most famous movies and includes a behind-the-scenes look at special effects and movie-making techniques. Adjacent to the park is Universal CityWalk, an exciting promenade of shops, cinemas, and restaurants.
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