Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood & Highland’
Our Private Tour Knows Where They Are
There is as much looking down as looking up when our private Los Angeles tour arrives in Hollywood. We are, of course, talking about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the 2,600+ stars embedded in the sidewalk along 17 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Talk about a stroll down memory lane….wow, this is it! We know where a good number of the stars are so if a guest mentions a beloved favorite we can get them to the star for a photograph and some adoration. If we do not know the exact location then we can quickly find it (there’s an app for that). At the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue (above) we are also at the Hollywood & Highland Center. So as not to forget where we are the city has marked the sidewalk in brilliant gold letters. For other looking at our feet activities here in Hollywood there is the Road to Hollywood, an art installation through the Hollywood & Highland Center leading from the Walk of Fame to the shrink’s couch with a view of the Hollywood Sign. Do not forget Grauman’s Chinese Theater courtyard filled with hand and footprints of movie stars throughout history. The nearby Rockwalk at the Guitar Center has the handprints of famous musicians. Thankfully, because of the all the looking down the sidewalks are always kept clear and clean. That’s a noteworthy accomplishment in a major American city.
High Above Highland with Our Private Tour in Hollywood
The Hollywood and Highland Center is a big place. City block big. Monumentally big. As big as the epic silent movie set from which much of the mall’s design is drawn. The fact that it is large means there are many places to eat, drink, shop and find something entertaining to do. From the central fountain to the Road to Hollywood it is a place within a place, a center of Hollywood. Being a tall structure means there are viewpoints in several locations providing perspectives of different parts of Hollywood. This photograph taken on a recent private tour of Los Angeles shows the Hollywood Sign glowing over the snaking part of Highland Avenue as it comes down from the hills, past the Hollywood Bowl and is just about to cross Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame just to the right of the edge of the image. Below us is a funtastic bowling facility, Lucky Strike Bowling. This is not your father’s bowling alley. Loud music, dancing lights, projections, and fine food and drink make this a fancy date-night destination….perfect for Hollywood. It’s a bowling night club and just part of what there is to do and see at Hollywood & Highland.
Our Luxury Tour Guests Cannot Believe What They See – But It Is Hollywood
One of the most interesting malls anyone will visit in the U.S. is Hollywood & Highland right in the heart of tinsel town. Designed with a giant archway and two towering columns topped with sitting elephants this relic from ancient history has restaurants, cafés, stores and attractions that any shopping mall would be expected to have. The physical surroundings transport its visitors, and our private Los Angeles tour guests, to another time – the earliest days of Hollywood. In 1916, barely a mile down Hollywood Boulevard, film director D.W. Griffith built a tremendous set to be a part of his epic Intolerance: Love’s Struggles Throughout the Ages. Set in Babylon and starring Lillian Gish, the film piece had to accommodate thousands of people around and on top of the giant structures. Chariots, flaming pyres, ancient armament and uniforms filled the screen. When the filming was concluded the set remained for a considerable time and was something of a sightseeing destination for visitors to Hollywood back in those days. The film set is long gone today and the production lot is now part of a television studio and recording facility. The Hollywood & Highland architects incorporated structures designed to pay tribute to that great film and the history of movies. There is so much more to see and enjoy when visiting Hollywood & Highland be sure to have a private tour guide (with a camera) with you when you visit.
Quotes to Inspire Our Private Tour in Hollywood
A visit to Hollywood means a lot of sightseeing at foot level. Everyone is familiar with the Hollywood Walk of Fame which has more than 2,500 stars embedded in the sidewalk along 18 city blocks ready to be inspected and considered. Admittedly, our guides do not know every person honored along the landmark walkway but they know many and are especially familiar with our more regular requests for particular celebrities that we get from our private Los Angeles tour guests. After sightseeing along the Walk of Fame we regularly end up at the wonderful multilevel outdoor mall, Hollywood & Highland, which is a sight to behold in many ways. One particular feature is Erika Rothenberg‘s ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD, a winding pathway through the ground level of the center from Hollywood Boulevard all the way to the giant casting couch with a view of the Hollywood Sign at the far end of the mall. The “road” consists of anonymized quotes from successful above-the-line and below-the-line people working in the entertainment industry who came here to make their dreams come true. Take the words immortalized in our tour photograph above. Do you know who is speaking? This is a fun guessing game and a delightful way to navigate and see Hollywood & Highland.
Hollywood Tour Follows Road to Christmas
The Hollywood and Highland Center, designed to recall a momentous film set built nearby for an epic silent film (Intolerance, D.W. Griffith, 1916) , is also oriented so that looking through the mall you will see the Hollywood Sign. The giant Christmas tree adorning the center of the mall obscures the sign in our photo. Also, it sits on top of the Path to Stardom, the endearing colored trail that winds through the Hollywood and Highland center with quotes from celebrities about their particular road to Hollywood fame. Private Los Angeles tour guests visiting Hollywood with us really enjoy this destination. Food, snacks and goodies aplenty plus the adjacent Dolby Theater, Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theater and other fun Hollywood sights and sounds make this a joyful holiday tour stop.
A Sweet Private Los Angeles Tour
Our custom tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the neighborhoods and beaches nearby visits great historic and noteworthy sights. We also stop regularly for photographs and closer inspection of our destinations as well as to experience food and treats along the way. One of our favorite stopping points is Sweet!, the utterly delicious candy store at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Our guide Nic took this photo last week at Sweet! that is a portrait of musician Eminem made entirely out of M&Ms. Looks like samples were taken by overly enthusiastic visitors. Not Nic! Now, try to repeat the title of this posting three times quickly.