Ok, the Chinese Theater and the Westwood Memorial Park are in opposite directions from the Hilton.
If you went via taxi, you would take the taxi basically to Wilshire Blvd. and Westwood Blvd. for the Westwood Memorial Park - that's about a 2 mile ride so it should be less than $10. From there to the Chinese Theater is about 7.5 miles so figure a taxi ride of less than $30. From Chinese Theater back to Beverly Hilton should be about 5.5 miles and around $25.
This is all quite do-able by bus, as well. Your hotel is at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. From that intersection, take bus 704 east on Santa Monica Blvd to Fairfax Ave. From there take bus 217 or 780 north on Fairfax to the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. The Chinese Theater is right there. Going back, take 217 or 780 in the other direction, but exit at Fairfax Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. There board bus 720 headed west. Exit the bus at Wilshire Blvd. and Westwood Blvd., then walk to Westwood Memorial Park from there. Finally, to return to the Hilton, board 720 again at Wilshire Blvd. and Westwood Blvd., this time headed east, and exit at Wilshire Blvd. and Santa Monica Blvd.
Note that the Westwood Memorial Park can be easily missed if you don't know where to look. Basically, when you get to Wilshire Blvd. and Westwood Blvd., you want to walk south past the tall building that's on the southeast corner of that intersection. In between the building and an adjacent parking structure is an alley. Walk east through that alley and you'll come to the Memorial Park.
By the way, check if the Hilton offers a courtesy car to guests. Usually if they do they'd take you anywhere within 2-3 miles of the hotel - close enough for the Westwood Memorial Park, at least.
Let me clarify Mach's directions re: finding the Memorial Park. Here's a map of the walking route from the corner of Wilshire Bl & Westwood Bl to the Memorial Park.
From the corner of Westwood Bl & Wilshire Bl (point "A" on the map -- in green, just to the left of the center of the map), you'll first want to walk one block east along the southern side of Wilshire Bl to the intersection of Wilshire Bl & Glendon Av. You'll cross to the far (east) side if Glendon and then turn right, walking south on Glendon. You'll pass a large building on your left which is, in fact a movie theater. Then, you'll see an alley on your left (point "B" on the map). Turn left and you'll see the entrance to the Memorial Park ahead on the right (the large green area in the lower right corner of the map).
The #720 buses run frequently on Wilshire Bl -- as often as once every 3 minutes. Be sure to meet the 720 bus on the NORTH side of Wilshire Bl, not on Santa Monica Bl. (the two streets run by the hotel on different sides). The bus ride is 8 minutes long. I'd go with the bus for such a short trip.
Thank you so much. We will be there in about 18 hours so will certainly use your suggestions. Tripadvisor is fantastic, especially when being able to get such good advice as yours!
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