Hollywood Boulevard is probably the most popular tourist destination in Los Angeles, California. It has become known as the place where famous celebs and actors go.
The area around the Boulevard is always packed with tourists snapping pictures of basically everything they walk past. It also happens to be the epicenter of Hollywood’s old history, with several historic places and buildings to see.
There are plenty of things to do, landmarks to see, and even potential sightings of celebrities on Hollywood Boulevard. If you’re visiting LA, then you’ll definitely want to check it out.
Previously known as the Kodak Theatre, this venue is now sponsored by another giant in the film industry and is called the Dolby Theatre. It is a live performance auditorium that is technically a part of the Hollywood and Highland Center (which we’ll get to in a minute.)
You can access the Dolby Theatre by walking through a corridor found at the back of the Hollywood and Highland Center. However, it’s much more enjoyable if you walk up the faux red carpet that leads to the Theatre from the Boulevard.
Hollywood and Highland Center
This is probably the most iconic and impressive location on Hollywood Boulevard, and it is the best plate to start your tour. It is the busiest spot on the Boulevard, and it is also located on one of the most dangerous intersections in LA. Unaware tourists are known to get hit by cars in this very busy and exciting intersection.
Pillars with elephants atop them adorn the main plaza as a tribute to the set of Intolerance, the classic film by D. W. Griffith. Also, don’t forget to read the stories along the Road To Hollywood, which are embedded in the pavement with mosaics.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Keeping with the theme of awe-inspiring buildings, the forecourt at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is littered with footprints, handprints, and many other kinds of prints from celebrities. The theatre behind this court is a sophisticated Hollywood palace from 1927, and the price of admission is so worth it, regardless of what they’re showing.
You can spend some time inside before the lights are dimmed, to truly appreciate the extravagant ornamentation of the Grauman.
While this is technically not a physical location that you can visit, it is still one of the main attractions on the Boulevard. Whether you’re looking to catch a celebrity sighting, or just chill out while watching the passing performers, the Hollywood and High center can offer you a bird’s eye view of everything.
There are a plethora of street performers dressed up as cartoon and film characters that can be found along Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Grauman’s. They’re great for taking selfies with, but be sure to tip them!
Walk of Fame
Probably the most popular tourist location on the Boulevard, the Walk of Fame covers the sidewalks along the Boulevard, so you’ll be walking it for the majority of your tour. It features hundreds of tiles with stars on them that display the names of celebs who have had an impact on the LA film industry.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
This is the same hotel that the Hayday Hollywood Legends stayed at, and it also hosted the first-ever Academy Awards in 1929. It is just across the street from Grauman’s, but renovation has removed much of its 1920s charm, and there’s not much to see inside anymore.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
Basically, any famous American you can think of has been immortalized in the wax museum, which first opened in 2009. It has locations across the states, and it has been acclaimed internationally for its realistic wax depictions of celebrities. This will probably be the best chance you have at a selfie with your favorite celeb!
The Japan House is located between several levels of Hollywood and Highland, and it provides a layered journey into Japanese culture, food, and shopping. There are plenty of stores that exclusively sell Japanese products, like teas, foods, and even ceramics.
The Hollywood Sign
While not technically on Hollywood Boulevard, we think that the Hollywood Sign is an essential stop for any visit to Hollywood. It’s been up for almost a century, and it is an iconic part of LA’s history. It is definitely worth checking out.
This stunning outdoor amphitheater has hosted concerts since the first-ever performance by the LA Philharmonic in 1922. It’s found in a gorgeous fold in the Hollywood hills, and sitting in one of its 18,000 seats can bring out the romance in even the most cynical of couples.
There are many more places to visit during your trip to Hollywood that we didn’t mention here, but these are the ones that we consider to be the essentials. Be sure to visit them on your next tour. You won’t regret it!