Spending a day in Hollywood whilst you're in Los Angeles? It's so much fun to explore Hollywood, here a few of the famous places you can easily get to when staying in LA.
We were staying near Mulholland Drive – It’s a long, winding road going up into the Hollywood hills. Fortunately, there are lots of pull in areas so we could stop and take some photos of the view. As we went higher the view got better and better.
There are plenty of hidden homes up there too. This would be an incredible place to live or even stay, I know I spotted a few Air BnB’s in the Hollywood Hills when I was researching somewhere to stop.
Our Air BnB was within walking distance of the famous Hollywood Boulevard so we didn't have to contend with parking. The first stop was to find somewhere for lunch. We settled on the California Pizza Kitchen which is in a complex next to the Chinese Theatre. You could even see the famous Hollywood sign from where we were.
After lunch we walked along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, stopping for a few photos of famous stars.
We walked to the end of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and back to the Chinese Theatre where we checked out some of the foot and handprints. It’s incredible to think of all the famous people who had stood where we were!
We needed a quick break and went for ice cream at Ghirardelli’s, somewhere we loved when we had been to San Francisco a few years earlier.
The Hollywood Boulevard does get very busy with lots of tourists taking photos of the different stars (like we did) so be warned you might have to stop or try to avoid people. If you can, go earlier in the day before it gets too crowded.
At night we went to the Sunset Strip. Our Lyft driver dropped us off at the Mondrian hotel which has a rooftop bar, again with a cool view. It wasn’t overly warm that night but it would be great on a hot summers day.
There’s a certain section of the strip which is famous with places like the Viper Room and The Roxy. We found a cute, little Italian restaurant called Amarone next to the Viper Room where we had an incredible meal before going for a few drinks. It was a Sunday evening so the vibe was very relaxed and it was fairly quiet but fun to have visited such a famous area of LA.
The next morning it was time to leave central Los Angeles and go for one night in Santa Monica.
On the way, we drove along Sunset Strip again, through Beverley Hills and had a walk on Rodeo Drive. It was fun to walk up and down exploring and taking some photos.
There's something wonderful about exploring Hollywood, especially if you're a fan of the movies like me!
Caroline Towers is the founder of Dreamers who Travel. When not travelling, she is researching & dreaming of the next trip!