Visiting the Studios
If you've never been to L.A.—or if you have, and are coming back with your kids—it's hard to resist the allure of being where the magic happens among the cameras, props, and backlots of Tinseltown's studios.
Nearly 70% of all L.A.'s entertainment productions happen in the Valley. And to really get behind the scenes, studio tours are the best way for mere mortals to get close to where celebs and the industry's crème-de-la-crème work.
Most tours last several hours, and allow you to see where hit television shows are filmed, spot actors on the lot, and visit movie soundstages—some directors even permit visitors on the set while shooting.
Specific sights change daily, so if there's something in particular you're dying to see, it's best to call ahead and ask.
It's All About Location
Many L.A. first-timers make the incorrect assumption that because Hollywood is where all the action takes place, it's also where the stars work.
The only studio that's still located in Hollywood is Paramount; Warner Bros., Universal Studios Hollywood, and NBC Television Studios are north of Hollywood, in Universal City and Burbank.
Warner Bros. Studios
Universal Studios Hollywood
NBC Television Studios
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