Everybody comes to Hollywood

They wanna make it in the neighborhood

They like the smell of it in Hollywood

How could it hurt you when it looks so good

 By Madonna

When you think about Hollywood, the first things that come to mind are the film industry, movie stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Oscar ceremony, red carpet and glamour are the reasons way is LA always so glittery.

 

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a long street, covering almost 15 blocks. The street is paved with stars, each dedicated to a famous Hollywood celebrity. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is perhaps the most prolific public monument dedicated purely to show business, attracting almost 10 million tourists per year.

Movie and music stars make up the majority of the stars that cover this famous street. Among them stands out a rather prolific star, that of Donald J. Trump, 45th and current president of the United States. Before becoming president, Donald Trump was making headlines for other reasons, particularly due to his hosting role on the reality TV show, The Apprentice.  However, he is not the only president with his own star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ronald Regan is there too! Before becoming president, he was an already famous actor, with well over 50 movie and television appearances. 

Aside from actors, fictional characters also have stars, including Snoopy, Mickey Mouse, and Godzilla. It is interesting that anyone can nominate a celebrity for a star but the celebrity must accept and attend the star’s unveiling. It was announced that in 2018 Jennifer Lawrence, Gillian Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Weird Al and Minnie Mouse would get their own stars. A visitor can find the location of a given star by checking the website http://www.walkoffame.com. It is an absolute must-see.

While star searching is a lot of fun, very interesting part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame is also TCL Chinese Theatre. Opened in 1927, it is one of the most famous theatres in the world and is most notably well known for displaying actual celebrity hand and foot prints. On the www.tclchinesetheatres.com you can find some upcoming ceremonies and who knows, maybe meet a movie star in person. 

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is also one of the best places in the city to see the famous Hollywood sign. The iconic sign is located in the hills overlooking LA and is perhaps the most famous sign in the world. While the Hollywood Walk of Fame offers a great view of the sign, if you want to see it up close, we recommend checking visiting the Griffit Observatory for the best views. At the same time, you can check out the Samual Oschin Planetarium in the observatory itself. It is really impressive. At the very least, it gives you a chance to come by car and secure a free parking spot. http://griffithobservatory.org/

On the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and N. Highland Ave. stands the Hollywood Museum, the official museum for Hollywood with 10.000 famous objects such as Elvis's bathrobe and Marilyn Monroe's famous white dress that she wore in The Seven Year Itch. I didn’t have enough time to visit it but next time I will go for sure. The entrance fee is $15. 

http://thehollywoodmuseum.com/

Every time I travel I looove to buy souvenirs for my friends and myself. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the right place to buy souvenirs. There are a lot of souvenir shops but I recommend Souvenirs Outlet located on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga Boulevard (6408 Hollywood Blvd., LA). Souvenirs cost around $5 and you can find a wide choice of magnets, posters, T-shirts, bags, mugs.