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Visiting Hollywood, California:
Where to Stay, What to Do, Where to Eat
and How to Save

Activities and tourist attractions in Hollywood movie capital

When you think of some of the most popular places to travel to in the US, visiting sunny California is often on the top of the list for tourists. Though there are plenty of cities you could visit, one city that you’ll want to check off your travel list is Hollywood. Likely known as being the city for the stars, one might assume that all you’ll find here is production studios, glitz, and glam. However, the truth is, Hollywood is an awesome place to visit.

Looking towards Hollywood sign
Widely known as the movies capital, Hollywood is a great place to visit in California.

The Best Accommodations

As you decide where to go in Hollywood, keep in mind where you'll be staying. There are several options for tourists including hotels, motels, and vacation rentals. Where you stay in Hollywood can have a significant impact on how much you’ll pay. Some of the more popular hotels in Hollywood include The Charlie Hotel, Le Parc Suite Hotel, and The London West Hollywood to name a few. If you’re on a tight budget, you can still stay in Hollywood by reserving more affordable hotels like Holloway Motel, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites, or Alta Cienega Motel.

Things to Do

Whether you like outdoor activities, parks, and beaches, or exploring the arts, museums, and culture, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s tastes. There are so many things to do in Hollywood, California that we’re not sure we can list them all here, but here’s a few suggestions:

The Walk of Fame

You can’t visit Hollywood and not talk a walk down the Walk of Fame. There you’ll find the who’s who of celebrities’ names on star plagues strewn across the sidewalk.

The Walk of Fame in LA
The famous Walk of Fame is truly a lengthy walk, covering some 15 city blocks in Hollywood.

Universal Studios

Universal studios in Hollywood is quite the site to see. With varying tourist attractions all in one location, this destination is great for families to enjoy. The attraction includes an amusement park, a city walk, and an area filled with shops and restaurants.

TCL Chinese Theatre

Located on Hollywood Boulevard is the TCL Chinese Theatre. Designed in 1927, this tourist attraction is filled with beautiful Chinese artwork and culture.

Sunset Strip

Hoping to run into a celebrity or two while on your trip in Hollywood? Well, if you’re going to have any chance, your best bet is to pay a visit to the Sunset Strip. Lined with fancy shops, fine dining, and high-end neighborhoods, you’re sure to spot someone you know passing through.

The movies' capital
Some of the famous movie stars that made Hollywood the movie capital of the world.

Where to Eat

When it comes to grub, Hollywood, California has some of the best options. With various options for you to choose from you should have no problem getting your grub on. Check out some of the most popular spots to grab a bite:

» Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles – great soul food restaurant

» Pink’s Hot Dogs – Not your average hot dogs. Great toppings with a line around the corner.

» Musso and Frank Grill – a local joint with great American dishes

Of course, there are more options for you to choose from. If you’re on a budget, a great tip when eating out would be to eat out during breakfast and lunch. The meals cost less than eating dinner. Then perhaps prepare dinner in your hotel or eat the leftovers to save cash.

Famous Rodeo Drive in Beveryl Hills
If you are in mood for shopping while visiting Hollywood, the famous Rodeo Drive is located
in the nearby Beverly Hills, with over 100 world-renowned stores and hotels.

Saving Money in Hollywood

If you’re vacationing in Hollywood on a budget you can still have a lot of fun. You’ll need to be mindful of how and where you spend your money to stretch your traveling budget the furthest. Here are some suggestions on how to save money:

  • Book a budget friendly room
  • Use public transportation
  • Check for city passes or discount passes to popular attractions
  • Look for local events that are free
  • Bring food from home to make meals if you can’t afford to eat out daily

There are a lot of cities you could visit in the sunny state of California, but there’s something special that attracts thousands of tourists each year to Hollywood. Great history, tons of activities, lots of festivals, and everything in between can be found in the city. If you’re thinking of visiting, be sure to use this as a guide of sorts to help you figure out the best accommodations, best things to do, and of course, the best place to grab some grub.

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