The Heart of Hollywood
As much an idea as a place, Hollywood is a dream factory. Year after year, wannabe stars flock here in search of ever-elusive fame. Sure, Hollywood's top attractions are a bit touristy—but if it's your first time, you should at least make a brief stop here.
Be sure to check out the Walk of Fame and catch a movie in one of the neighborhood's opulent movie palaces, such as the infamous Grauman's Chinese Theatre or the El Capitan.
In the old days, the intersection of Hollywood and Vine was the hub of the radio and movie industry: film stars like Gable and Garbo hustled in and out of their agents' office buildings at these fabled cross streets.
The glamour has dimmed a bit, but the area comes alive after dark as a place for theater and nightlife. The intersection of Hollywood and Highland, another hot spot of yesteryear, is the location of a massive entertainment complex.
Tips for Touring
The best time to arrive to see this section of Hollywood is around 11 am, when there are just enough people to make it seem busy without it feeling overwhelmingly crowded. After you've seen the sites, stop for lunch at the Hollywood & Highland Center where you can get everything from pizza to sushi. If you can't get an early table, there's plenty to do to occupy your time while waiting.
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