Handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Tourists flock to see the hand and footprints of favorite celebrities in this Hollywood theatre’s courtyard. But not everyone realizes the ornate pagoda is also Tinseltown’s favorite cinema for movie premieres.
6925 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Website
Tram ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
The best part of Universal Studios theme park is the backstage tram tour. Watch out for the animatronic shark from Jaws
, which splashes you with real water from the artificial lake.
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City CA 91608 Universal Studios Hollywood Website
Archives at the Paley Center for Media
The hardest part is deciding which of the 75,000 TV shows and commercials you’ll choose to watch. Don a pair of headphones in your very own air-conditioned viewing booth to experience a tiny bit of television history.
465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Paley Center Website
VIP tour at Warner Brother Studios
Reserve advance tickets online for an intimate behind-the-scenes tour of a working film and TV studio. You and 11 other people will be guided through echoing sound stages and dusty Western sets. You may even get to handle a prop or two from the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91522 Warner Brothers Studio Tour Website
Celebrity graves at Hollywood Forever Memorial Park
Grab a map at the front entrance and go on a hunt for the final resting places of your favorite stars from the silver screen. Come early on select summer nights to watch a film flicker against the mausoleum walls.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038 Hollywood Forever Website
Hollywood wardrobe wares at It’s a Wrap!
A different kind of second-hand store – flip through racks for clothes and props from a TV show or movie at discounted prices. You never know what bargain souvenirs are hiding on a shelf waiting to be discovered.
1164 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035 It’s a Wrap! Website
Dining with the stars at the Ivy
Book a table in advance for a late lunch to rub elbows with celebrities meeting their agents at this celebrated Hollywood spot. Ignore the snobby wait staff and paparazzi while savoring the overpriced pastas.
113 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Watch live taping of TV shows at CBS Television City
Arrive early to get free tickets for a live taping of American Idol or The Price is Right game show. Even if you can’t get tickets, grab lunch and perhaps a celebrity sighting or two at the Farmers’ Market next door.
7800 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90036
Shop like a Los Angeles insider at Fred Segal
The nondescript ivy-covered building belies the style-setting fashions inside. Although some of the biggest names and their stylists shop here, even unknowns get treated like royalty by the down-to-earth sales staff.
8100 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 Fred Segal Website
Drinks at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Relax with a cocktail by David Hockney’s underwater mural in this Los Angeles hotel’s swimming pool or opt for a more intimate setting at Teddy’s bar inside. One too many drinks and you too may see the ghost of Errol Flynn.
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Hollywood Roosevelt Website