Hurray for it and all that To help find what you need at a glance here is some helpful links Hollywood- Walk of Fame, Hollywood Blvd., El Capitain and Chinese Theater Post #1 Quick Hints from Corpse Bride- Restaurants, Activities and other local favorites Post #3 Griffith Park- The View, Observatory, Museums and more Post #9 Television Audience Tapings- Helpful hints, sites to find tickets, and information on how to pick a show Post #10 Cemetaries- See history and the stars, both above your head and below Post #11 Los Angeles Traffic- hints from a local for dealing with traffic to and from LAX, Hollywood and even on to Las Vegas. Post #13 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood- Food, Sights, Star Sightings and shopping Post #17 Sunset Blvd. beyond Hollywood- Gladstones, the Getty Museums, and Gardens down to the coast Post #19 Melrose Ave- Lingerie, Pink's Famous Hot Dogs and more! Post #29 Pasadena - Shopping, NY's and Food Post #37 Architecture, Back to the Future House and more Post #38 Yamishiro's in Hollywood- I owe you one Corpse Bride, good food, atmosphere and what a view!! Post #45 Hollywood Last night while driving through Hollywood I tried to look at it through a Tourists eyes and realised that it might be helpful for us So. Calers to offer a thread to help tourists coming in from out of town to get the best out of a very unusual city. First Los Angeles is not Hollywood. Los Angeles is actually about 10 miles away from Hollywood and though LA does have some nice musuems and Olvera Street what most people want to see is in Hollywood. The first stop for most people is the now famous Hollywood and Highland (named for the corner where the two streets meet). H&H has a new complex built in 2001 to revitalize the area, it offers, dining, shopping and the Kodak Theater home to the Oscars. You can walk around seeing the sites or look into a tour of the Theater. From one of the balconies at H&H you can also get a great view of the famous Hollywood sign on a clear day. When you walk out side of the complex you are now standing on the famous Walk of Fame. The Stars are literally under your feet as you walk by shops and onto the famous Chinese Theater. Here you can see all the footprints and more of the stars from today and yesteryear. Don't miss Trigger or Jimmy Durante's marks since these are extra fun, so is R2D2's! You can also get guided tours of the theater or go see a first run show here. Watch out for Premieres you are sure to see the stars and lots of people for these! I also want to take a moment to point out a few things. This area of Hollywood is still in the process of being revitalized. Some areas and shops are not "pretty" and do need work. But its not a terrible area. Also you will see people dressed as Characters, these people are not paid by anyone to be there. They will charge you to take pictures. Do not take pictures if you don't want to pay. Also make sure your kids know this since many of these people do have amusement park quality costumes. This is these people's jobs, they are just trying to earn some money. If you want a picture its usually a few dollars. They can be pushy so just move on if your not interested. This is also a high tourist area so remember to watch your stuff. Like any tourist high area criminals know that you are so involved with the moment and large crowds that they can find easy pickings. I have never in all my years ever had a problem but its better to be aware then a victim. Now across the street is the El Capitan, it is one of the original Hollywood Picture Houses and a few years back was bought by Disney to be restored and used as a special first run movie theater. If you have the time go see a movie here you will not regret it! Most movies include a special treat with the showing depending on the movie it can be a live show, extra film feature, a props display, or even a Tea Party. These activities are included in your ticket price. They also have one of the few working Organs, they have some one playing the organ before the show just like they would have when they opened the theater, they play showtunes and Disney classics and is always worth showing up a little early before the picture starts to enjoy this special treat! Next door is what I like to call "The Littlest Disney Store" inside you will find a small disney shop that does have some pieces that are exclusive only to this shop. Its fun to have a peek and then head over for ice cream at the Malt Shop which is part of this store. Note that on busy days you might need a reservation or have to wait but it is worth the experience. If you head up the street towards Vine you will see the Ripley's Museum, the Wax Museum and more. More to come about West Hollywood, Sunset Blvd., Vine and Melrose. Locals feel free to add more of your helpful hints and must sees. If you want information of a certain areas feel free to ask.