If you stay around El Capitan, Grauman's and don't venture too far past Highland, its a decent experience to take family from out of town, but don't be surprised for the disappointment and the slight resentment your guests will have towards you for cursing them with the knowledge that Hollywood Boulevard is incredibly underwhelming.
There are bright spots to the street, but the further you get past Highland the more decrepit and filthy the street will get; though the saving grace of this street that pushes it out of a poor rating is the people watching. All kinds of people from any and all walks of life mix while traversing the streets odd shops and restaurants.
So go for a visit to say you've been there, but don't overestimate the streets charm. And don't keep your eyes glued to the walk of fame beneath your feet or you'll miss the true majesty of the people who are walking right besides you.
** Not really a kid or conservative mother friendly street for the most part. If you have kids take them to the Disney soda shop and keep it on that block and you should be safe, same with any conservative mothers or visiting family.
Also no public restrooms for 98% of the street.
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