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Paramount Studios. Gerry Boughan/Shutterstk
Paramount Studios. Gerry Boughan/Shutterstk
Academy Awards. Stacie Stauff Smith Photos
Academy Awards. Stacie Stauff Smith Photos
Famous Red Carpet. Music4mix/Shutterstock
Famous Red Carpet. Music4mix/Shutterstock
Hollywood Boulevard. View Apart/Shutterstock
Hollywood Boulevard. View Apart/Shutterstock
Hollywood Sign. Konstantin Sutyagin/Shutterstk
Hollywood Sign. Konstantin Sutyagin/Shutterstk
El Captain Theatre. Music4mix/Shutterstock
El Captain Theatre. Music4mix/Shutterstock
Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Palette7/Shutterstk
Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Palette7/Shutterstk
Kodak Theatre. Andrew Zarivny/Shutterstock
Kodak Theatre. Andrew Zarivny/Shutterstock

Hollywood, Los Angeles

Hollywood is a famous for being home of the entertainment cinema and film industry. Founded as a small community in 1870 it merged with the City of Los Angeles in 1910, so unlike Beverly Hills City, Hollywood does not have its own municipal government and is merely a district of Los Angeles, California.

The name Hollywood originates from HJ Whitely who developed the area and seeing the many fig trees growing was about to name it Figwood. HJ Whitely was also responsible for the construction of the Hollywood Hotel in 1902 prior to any movie studios being born.

The most notable landmark is of course the Hollywood sign perched high on the hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. This 45 foot tall iconic sign was erected in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development and due to its recognition the sign was never taken down.

Hollywood is all about the film industry and in 1911 Nestor Studios was founded as the first movie studio with a further fifteen independent studios following in the first year alone. Today many remain with 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Warner Bros just to mention a few becoming a global economic powerhouse in the film industry. Although Walt Disney Studios is located in the next-door district of Burbank it should also get a mention as Walter Disney lived in Hollywood and anyone visiting here should take the Walt Disney Studio tour.

Of course a trip to Hollywood is not complete without taking the walk of fame along the 15 blocks of sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. Some come for the tour to pay tribute to their favourite stars while others come to dream about their ambition and aspirations of becoming a Hollywood name and having their own star added one day.

An event not to miss or in this case if lucky enough to get in, is the annual Academy Awards or The Oscars, as they are known. An event held only for the world’s best actors and stars you have to be blessed or truly lucky to walk the famous red carpet.

A must see is the Sunset Strip located in West Hollywood. This is the place go for restaurants, cafés and nightclubs with its wall-to-wall advertising and bright lights it‘s hard to miss.

Streets of Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood USA. Andrey Bayda/Shutterstock
Streets of Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood USA. Andrey Bayda/Shutterstock
Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood USA. Filipe Matos Frazao/Shutterstock
Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood USA. Filipe Matos Frazao/Shutterstock