Hooray for Hollywood!

Hooray for Hollywood!


Just a hop, skip and a jump over the hills from the San Fernando Valley, you’ll find the bright lights and glitter of the world famous Hollywood. You can easily get there by car or by metro (from the North Hollywood or Universal City Stations). Hollywood has been undergoing some major changes over the last few years, so if you haven’t been in a while, be prepared for an exciting new experience. Be sure to make your first stop Hollywood Blvd. Stroll down the Walk of Fame and get your photo by the stars belonging to your favorite legends. Then head over to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to see the famous hand and foot prints. There’s a new complex there called Hollywood and & Highland and it’s filled with your favorite shops and restaurants, so stop in for a bite to eat and some gifts. Once you’ve seen where it all started, skip the kitschy museums like the Wax Museum and the Guinness World Record Museum and head down to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is a fascinating landmark and is the final resting place of many famous actors, producer and directors. On evenings in the summer, movies are projected on the side of the mausoleum and you can bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy a unique outdoor cinema experience.

When it’s time for dinner, you’ll have your pick of any number of great restaurants in the area, but if you want a meal with a view, head up to Yamashiro (www.yamashirorestaurant.com). This hilltop restaurant is designed to look like a Japanese palace and offers spectacular views and succulent food. And of course, since you’re in Hollywood, a trip to the movies is a must. If you aren’t in season for the outdoor screenings at the cemetery, then head to either the El Capitan, which is Disney’s theater on Hollywood Blvd or the Arclight on Sunset. The El Capitan is a classic old world theater and when new Disney films first come out, each screening is preceded by a special live show. The Cinerama Dome at the Arclight is one of the finest theaters around, with comfortable, reserved seating, excellent concessions and an 86-foot wide screen.




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