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Touring Hollywood

By Genie Davis

May 24, 2017

While a tour of Hollywood is a mainstay of visitor itineraries, local residents have much to learn and enjoy from these tours, too. With a variety of tour companies in the Hollywood Boulevard area, here are a few choices that deepen understanding of Tinseltown’s heritage, or offer just plain fun looks at iconic Hollywood locales.

Old Hollywood Walking Tour

Every last Friday of the month (and additional dates as scheduled), the Hollywood Entertainment District presents this 90-minute historic walking tour at 10:00 a.m. The tour encompasses Hollywood history from 1865 through 1960, and is conducted by the knowledgeable April Brooks Clemmer, a member of the Hollywood Heritage Preservation Committee. Attendees can learn what it was like when the tiny Hollywood suburb transformed itself into the world’s film capital in less than 50 years. Visit the oldest residential home on Hollywood Boulevard, as well as the city’s most famous movie theaters, the longest operating restaurant in Hollywood, and a variety of architecturally significant buildings, as well as its Golden Age shopping district. Featuring the use of historic photos, this fascinating tour offers an insiders’ look at the story of Hollywood’s past, present, and future.

6562 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 463-6767

Starline Tours

Located in the Hollywood and Highland center, Starline Hollywood operates a variety of tours such as a Hop On/Hop Off tour of Hollywood among other locations, arriving at attractions across the city and accompanied by audio tours. For visitors inclined to take their time at some locations and skip others, the Hop On makes it easy to remain independent, while double decker busses offer city views from the upper level. Other Hollywood adventures include a one-hour trolley tour, a Movie Stars Homes tour, and Movie Locations route. The short but sweet trolley tour includes a look at the Hollywood Sign, the TCL Chinese Theater, Capitol Records, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Want something a little spooky? Check out the Haunted Hollywood tour, featuring a visit to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, famous for celebrity hauntings.

6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 959-3131

TMZ Celebrity Tours

Focusing on Hollywood gossip as well as glamour, TMZ Celebrity Tours are coached in a custom-designed bus with state of the art audio and video systems designed to keep tour-takers in the thick of things – footage can be sent directly to TMZ itself, if an interesting celebrity sighting should occur. Stops include celebrity hot spots in and around Hollywood, and are focused on giving attendees a glimpse at celebs and their hangouts. TMZ offers what is essentially a celebrity-hunting tour with a light-hearted look at famous locales in Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills added in.

6801 Hollywood Blvd, # 105 Hollywood, CA 90028
(844) 869-8687

Primetime Hollywood Tours

With Star Homes and Celebrity Sites in and around Hollywood one of Primetime Hollywood’s most popular tours, visitors can get a look at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and famous actors’ homes. From the hotel featured in Pretty Woman to the Chinese and Dolby theaters and rock n’ roll landmarks on the Sunset Strip, this inclusive tour takes place in sleek luxury vans or on open-air busses. Other Primetime offerings include the LA Club Crawl and a Nightlife tour that allows attendees to get an inside perspective on celebrity hangout spots.

6363 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 262-7433

Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own

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