Check out the infamous 40ft sign propped up above it all. Check out the local burger bar and hang out with all the waiters – sorry, actors – at a pool party, talking celebrities between each sip and trying to weasel your way into a blockbuster. Go home no more famous than when you arrived, but somehow still feeling like a superstar.
True, Hollywood is arguably the most shallow and celebrity focused stretch of land in the entire world (though certain corners of Mumbai might beg to differ), but it’s also one of the most inspiring corners of the states, with a night out on Sunset Boulevard or star spotting down Hollywood Boulevard in the blazing sunlight feeling somehow more special than a night out anywhere else. There’s a palpable sense of excitement about the place, with everything from legends like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Motley Crue to drag acts and celebrity focused drug dealers focusing their life around Hollywood’s three main thoroughfares.
Aside from watching the filming of occasional TV shows, there’s plenty else to do in the Hollywood area: drift down the Walk of Fame, drop in on the wax museum or catch a future star at the infamous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Step away from celebrity and indulge in a bit of science, with the Griffith Park Observatory, or go star spotting amongst the mansions of Mulholland Drive.
Of course, downtown LA, the beaches and Universal City are all a mere stones throw away from central Hollywood, and you’d be mad not to incorporate the super city into any trip, too. Bikini clad beaches, manic parties, rock and roll and money, money, money are all just part of the experience.
Many come here with nothing in mind but fame, while others come just to get their own taste of how the other side lives. Whatever your reasons, you’re sure to enjoy your moment somewhere near the spotlight, and come away dreaming of a Hollywood life.
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