Hollywood is a living, growing city that is constantly changing and evolving while still retaining essential pride in its rich entertainment history and iconic culture. Keeping up with all the classic things to see while discovering all the new things to do in Hollywood takes time, so we’ve compiled this helpful Hollywood Bucket List of the ten best Hollywood activities for 2017.
Since the 1920s when it was first built, this landmark has been a lasting symbol of everything tinsel town represents. Renovated in the 40s, the sign today is made from steel with 45 foot high letters ranging in width from 31 to 39 feet. While it’s actually illegal to get too close to the sign, you can take some great hikes nearby that will provide you with a picture-perfect shot.
Among the many amusement parks in Southern California, Universal Studios is a standout. This Hollywood theme park features incredible, interactive rides and attractions based on some of the studio’s most famous movies and shows, constantly updated to reflect the newest hits such as The Walking Dead. The theme park’s rides allow you experience all the wonder of the most extraordinary special effects in TV and movie history.
What’s a trip to Hollywood without celebrity sightings? Luckily, you don’t need to rely on being in the right place at the right time. At the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum, you get to experience the stars in a totally different way – any time. Walk alongside them on the infamous red carpet, see some of Hollywood’s most famed from past eras, get into costume and add props as you take selfies with your favorite celebs, sing along with the your musical favorites, and much more!
While this is an incredible venue for experiencing live music, the Hollywood Bowl is also well worth a visit simply to admire the unique architecture of the amphitheater nestled into a scenic hillside. Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as concerts of all styles of music, it’s also a lovely spot for picnics or afternoon strolls – and a great setting for a memorable photo of your trip to Hollywood.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final home of more of Hollywood’s famous than any other place, including many of Hollywood’s great studio founders, actors, writers, and directors. Visitors from across the globe stop by to pay their respects to the likes of Johnny Ramone, Jayne Mansfield, Cecil B. DeMille, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and many more of Hollywood’s brightest stars.
For a more macabre experience, those who are morbid-minded will appreciate a tour of Hollywood’s Museum of Death. Featuring artwork by Gacy and Manson, the museum showcases famous deaths, screens cult recruiting videos, and investigates infamous murders such as the Black Dahlia. It even explores both past and current methods of execution.
A National Historic Landmark situated on top of Olive Hill, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is the focal point of Barnsdall Art Park. Built from 1919 to 1921, the house was Wright’s first LA project and his second in California. Once the residence of oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, the home famously incorporates her favorite flower into its design.
It’s totally touristy, but a must-do at least once, and with approximately 24 new inductions annually, you just may even find a reason to go back. First unveiled with eight stars in 1958, the original honorees included Burt Lancaster and Joanne Woodward. Today you’ll find hundreds of stars that have been awarded to those famed in all aspects of the entertainment world, from music to comedy and acting to directing.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is a world renowned movie palace conveniently located along the popular Hollywood Walk of Fame. Whether you simply want to wander by, enjoy the latest movie in IMAX 3D, or take a VIP behind-the-scenes tour, the history and grandeur here make this well worth your time.
Weathering the rise and fall of numerous other studios, Paramount Pictures is still one of most impressive lots in Hollywood. During two to four hour tours, you’ll explore more than a century’s worth of TV and film history. This is THE place to experience all the glitz and glamour of the silver screen with behind-the-scenes insights.
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