Actually a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, Hollywood is an attraction within itself and is intrinsically linked with the glitz and glam of fame, fortune and films. Although many studios have since moved away from this quirky area of the city, their legacy remains as do some famous faces. Star spotting is one of the most popular attractions in Hollywood and whether it's a star on the Walk of Fame, a mansion in Beverly Hills or the real deal at a movie premier, there's always the opportunity to come across a celebrity.
The Hollywood Sign is perhaps the most iconic attraction in Hollywood and is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Originally used in a real estate advertising campaign in 1923, the sign originally read 'Hollywoodland' and it wasn't until 1949 that it became simply 'Hollywood'. Situated in a restricted area, access to the sign is not permitted. However it's so large you wouldn't be able to photograph it from close up anyway. There are number of vantage points around the city from which to view and photograph the sign including Hollywood and Highland, The Griffith Park Observatory, The Hollywood Bowl and Mulholland Drive. There are also a number of Hollywood guided tours that include stops for viewing and photographing the iconic Hollywood Sign.
Another popular attraction in Hollywood is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, offering thousands of bronze stars emblazoned with the names of famous figures in the movie, television, radio, recording and live performance industries set into the sidewalk of famous Hollywood Boulevard. As a main thoroughfare through Hollywood, visitors have great fun spotting and photographing the stars of their favourite celebrities as they make their way through the city. Another popular attraction and excellent star spotting sight is the Chinese Theatre. The most famous movie theater in the entire world, this spectacular attraction features a huge, striking red pagoda-style exterior and has been host to more movie premiers than any other theatre. Once the home of the Academy Awards, the forecourt is also one of the landmark's most popular attractions home to hundreds of celebrity hand and foot prints. Tourists take great delight photographing themselves in the hand and foot prints of their favourite stars.
Other popular Hollywood landmarks and attractions include the Hollywood and Highland Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Mulholland Drive, The Dolby Theatre, the Hollywood History Museum, the Capitol Records building, Hollywood and Vine and Madam Tussaud's wax museum. The high end areas of Wilshire and Beverly Hills are also popular for visiting the luxury and designer shopping destination of Rodeo Drive as well as a number of celebrity residences in the hills. Visitors can choose to grab a star map and find the houses themselves or join a guided tour.