Hollywood Attractions You Shouldn’t Miss
No matter the time of year, Hollywood, California is bursting with things to do and places to visit. Traveling as a family? Spend the day riding coasters and exploring attractions in Universal Studios. Love history? Take a tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place for several notable stars. Here’s a few must-visit attractions to see while in Hollywood.
Since its opening in 1922, Hollywood Bowl has been home to a wide variety of concerts, orchestral performances and comedy shows. The outdoor amphitheater is known for its iconic band shell, carved into the hillside and set in front of the distant Hollywood sign. In May, Lady Antebellum will take the stage and in June, Hollywood Bowl will host Halsey during her Manic World Tour. Visit their website for a full schedule of shows. Local tip: Get to Hollywood Bowl early to check out the Hollywood Bowl Museum. Walk through exhibits and learn about the Bowl’s history in the Los Angeles area. The museum is open year-round with special seasonal hours.
Universal Studios and Universal Citywalk
Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most notable attractions in the Studio City area – and for good reason. The park features several movie-inspired rides and walk-through attractions, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Who-ville. Take time to meet and greet some of your favorite characters and eat at specially themed restaurants throughout the park. While in the area, also make sure to spend an hour or two on the Universal CityWalk. It’s three blocks of entertainment, over 30 restaurants and over 30 stores.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Founded in 1899, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for hundreds of Hollywood’s greatest stars. The cemetery is also one of the oldest in California and listed on the official National Register of Historic Places. Throughout the cemetery’s 50+ acres, you’ll find notable names like Jerry Siegel (creator of Superman), Mel Blanc (voice of Daffy Duck) and Judy Garland (Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz). Several local companies offer daytime guided tours of the cemetery, providing an overview of the cemetery and its most famous residents.
Since its opening in 1930, the Pantages Theatre has been home to a wide variety of notable movies, performances and events. Throughout its lifetime, the theatre has been an all-movie venue, the host of the Academy Awards and the stage for several live Broadway-style productions. Today, the Pantages Theatre is a well-frequented destination in Hollywood, restored to its original glamour and home of a plethora of impressive performances.
Sherman Oaks Antique Mall
Sherman Oaks Antique Mall is the epitome of all things unique in LA. As one of the oldest antique stores in LA, it has been a staple in the local community and a destination for visitors. The mall sells everything from costume jewelry and pre-owned luxury clothing, to vintage décor. It’s a melting pot of cultures, filled with decades of stylish options for everyone. Sherman Oaks constantly restocks by purchasing single items, collections and sometimes entire estates. The mall is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Historic Hotel in Hollywood
While in Hollywood, stay in Sportsmen’s Lodge, a hotel that has nearly as much history and glamour as the city itself. This hotel is known for accommodating some of the film industry’s biggest stars, like Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable. A stay at Sportsmen’s pairs perfectly with a tour of Hollywood’s biggest attractions.
Get the most out of your trip to Hollywood by visiting some of the city’s most popular attractions. And before you visit, make sure to book your stay in the stylish, historic Sportsmen’s Lodge.
WHERE TO STAY
With the soul of iconic Hollywood and aesthetic of modern Los Angeles, this historic hotel is just minutes from the best attractions of San Fernando Valley. 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. 818.769.4700