Hollywood--nicknamed Tinseltown--might sound more glamorous than it looks (at least to first-time visitors). But while chances are... more » slim you'll spot celebrities (although it could happen), there's a definite gritty charm that makes this a cool neighborhood to visit.
The heart of Hollywood is bordered roughly on the north and east by Cahuenga Boulevard, on the west by Highland Avenue and on the south by Franklin Avenue. But it's Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard (who hasn't heard of Hollywood & Vine?) that get top billing.
See street performers dressed as action heroes and browse through shops stuffed with trinkets, posters and T-shirts on Hollywood Boulevard.
When you look beyond the street traffic, crowded sidewalks and neon signs, you'll discover Hollywood's glittering history. Learn more about this famous town and get insider's tips about where to shop, dine and play with guided walking and theater tours on Hollywood Boulevard.
It wasn't until 1920 that this sleepy neighborhood evolved into a world-famous film industry, although many studios have since relocated to adjacent L.A. suburbs.
In the last 10 years, Hollywood has undergone major gentrification to help polish Tinseltown's aging facade. The facelift has worked wonders to attract more visitors. And that's a wrap! less «