Everything looks different on television and in the movies and Hollywood Boulevard is no exception. Others on this site have used the word "seedy" and I'd agree. To that I'd add "very touristy," which shouldn't be surprising. There are lots of stores selling souvenirs, restaurants, and some well-known places. If you're in Los Angeles on a one-time visit, you shouldn't miss this, but there's no reason to go back. The further you get from the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theater, the dumpier it gets. There's lots of relatively reasonable parking in lots around Hollywood Boulevard. We went in the morning and didn't have any problems finding parking or navigating the sidewalks. By late afternoon, the area was crowded with tourists. The salesmen hawking movie star homes tours are out bright and early and are somewhat aggressive. Public restrooms are few and far between.
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