Hollywood – Fame, Fortune and Attractions Galore
The striking white ‘Hollywood’ sign on Hollywood Hills has long been the primary symbol of this mecca of fame and fortune. This is a place where life is fast, money is big, and fame is everything. As the home of American cinema, Hollywood is one of America’s biggest tourist attractions.
Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, did not start out as a thriving land of riches. In 1853 the only structure in the area was one small adobe hut. It soon blossomed into a farming area and, before long the land was targeted for a massive new housing development. This essentially marked the birth of the district of Hollywood. However it only became the home of the American motion-picture industry some time later. In the late 1800s, a number of short films where shot in Hollywood, leaving the town with a reputation for being a great place to film. Before long a number of movie-makers headed for the district and Hollywood’s first feature film, ‘The Squaw’, was shot here in 1914, marking the official birth of the Hollywood movie industry.
Today, you will find a never-ending list of great tourist attractions in Hollywood. In fact, visitors often find themselves spoilt for choice and they may struggle to determine which sights and attractions they most want to see. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one popular attraction since it is well-publicized and features many famous names. Another popular choice is a visit to Paramount Studios where visitors can be taken on a walk through various famous movie sets. Since Hollywood is known as being the home of the stars, many tourists enjoy taking a tour of the various homes of famous movie stars in an attempt to catch a glimpse of these famous individuals in person. Helping people tour Hollywood in this way has become big business for some.
Other great attractions in Hollywood include the striking Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the Kodak Theatre, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, and Griffith Park. The Grauman’s Egyptian Theater was created in 1922 for the first-ever Hollywood premier. This striking historical theater is still a brilliant tourist attraction today. Of course there are many more interesting attractions in Hollywood, so you will have to plan very carefully to get the most out of your stay here.