Legendary Things to Do in Hollywood
Every Day is Epic
When you stay at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach, you'll enjoy easy access to the most popular things to do in Hollywood, CA. From the shops of Hollywood and Highland to the iconic Walk of Fame, your star-studded Santa Monica, CA beach vacation simply isn't complete without a trip to Tinseltown.
Be Entertained at Hollywood & Highland
The can't-miss Hollywood & Highland complex (named for its cross streets) is home to the famous Kodak Theatre, permanent site of the Academy Awards. Here you'll find a variety of retail shops like Louis Vuitton and Sephora, as well as restaurants, which include Wolfgang Puck's Vert, stylish retro bowling alley Lucky Strike Lanes and other entertainment venues. There's also a stunning view of the Hollywood sign from the central courtyard.
*image courtesy of Hollywood + Highland
See the Stars
The sidewalks along the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to Gower Street and on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard are filled with the names of Hollywood legends. Find your favorite and take a photo, but remember there's more than 2,000 stars; comfortable shoes are recommended.
Visit Landmark Theaters
No visit to Hollywood is complete without a visit to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, located adjacent to Hollywood & Highland. Here you can see which legendary handprints fit your own as stars have made an impression in the concrete of the forecourt. The theater is still a favorite venue for Hollywood premieres. Farther down the boulevard is the Spanish-style El Capitan Theatre, host of the "Citizen Kane" premiere in 1941. Other nearby theaters include the Egyptian Theatre, built in 1922, and the Art Deco Pantages Theater.
Tour Epic Museums
La La land has many museums scattered throughout the city, but many of the star-worthy choices are located right here in Hollywood. The Guinness World Records Museum will wow you with epic record holders and amazing facts. The Hollywood Museum displays 5,000 artifacts on four floors of the restored Max Factor Building including costumes, props, photos, movie posters, and Max Factor's makeup rooms. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum houses kitschy oddities on display, including shrunken human heads and rare animal skeletons.