Since I was going to be back in the southwest United States, it was about time that I took a trip to California to see what Hollywood was all about. I mean, there is only so much you can gather from the movies. Most people I’ve spoken to have described Hollywood as a world of its own, because it is not quite like anywhere else in the country. After walking around and observing my surroundings, I’ve concluded that they are right. It is unlike anywhere else I’ve been. Allow me to describe my favorite experiences. Lights. Camera. Action.
Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the most notable tourist attractions in the country. It is essentially a long stretch of sidewalk located off Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, where celebrities are immortalized with their names cemented in stars that are placed along the walkway. The tradition began in 1960, and now, there are over 2,500 stars honoring the biggest names in the entertainment industry. This year’s honorees include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tyra Banks, Goldie Hawn, Wolfgang Puck, NSYNC, and more.
Capitol Records Building
There are plenty of places to visit in Hollywood, but it can get so hectic that some of my most enjoyable moments were when I was able to relax and bask in the ambiance. The famous Capitol Records Building represented one of those moments. The subject of many postcards, this unique structure was constructed in 1956 to resemble a stack of vinyl records with a stylist at the top. Unfortunately, most millennials probably don’t even know what vinyl records are, but this is truly one of the most mesmerizing buildings I’ve had the privilege of visiting.
Another example of awe-inspiring visuals, the Hollywood sign is of course a must-see when in the entertainment capital of the world. Fun fact, the sign was originally conceived in the 1920’s to represent a new residential development project called Hollywoodland. Later, it was shortened to just Hollywood and became the city’s symbol. Other than maybe the Las Vegas sign, there is not a more iconic symbol in America.
The Hollywood Bowl is one of the most traditional concert venues in the nation. It was originally built in the 1920’s and can hold up to 30,000 people, with seating for approximately 20,000. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performs there in the summer months, but artists ranging from country to pop to jazz perform shows throughout the year. As a big music fan, it was a remarkable site to behold.