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Los Angeles: a movie buff’s dream

It may not be one of the more uniques cities to visit in the US, but if you are a true movie buff, then we think Los Angeles is definitely worth a visit. Despite the abundance of tourists, if you have ever dreamed of a Hollywood lifestyle, this may be nearest you are going to get. Of course, you may just wander into a real-life movie set or find the rich and famous shooting on location in LA, so who are we to crush your dreams? Whatever your expectations during your stay, we recommend you book a room at the gateway to LA, the Holiday Inn, Los Angeles LAX Airport, and use our helpful guide to help you go la la in La La Land.

These are the just some of the places we think are worth visiting.

Warner Brothers Studios

The perfect place to start, as you can go behind the scenes of some of your favourite movies and tv shows, from Batman to Friends. Visit the sets, interact with the exhibits, and relive the studio’s history, from the first ever talkie, The Jazz Singer, through classics such as Casablanca and The Music Man. Fantasy fans won’t want to miss the Harry Potter displays and backlots, and no superhero fan in their right mind would miss the chance to sit in the Batmobile! There is much to explore, and while we recommend the Deluxe Tour to help you see everything, you may still want to pick and choose according to your favourite movies.

Griffith Observatory

‘City of stars, are they just shining just for me?’ That lyric was provided by the movie La La Land, and yes, the city of stars will be shining, especially if you hike to the top of the world-famous observatory. Not only will you get a close up look at the stars (and we don’t mean celebrities), but you can also get a perfect view of the city from this wonderful vantage point. Of course, movie buffs will be asking ‘what’s in it for me?’ Well, this has also been a location from films such as the aforementioned musical to classics such as Rebel Without a Cause and The Terminator. “I’ll be back” is something you will definitely say when you finally finish reenacting some of your favourite movie scenes.

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Okay, so a little morbid this one, but if you want to pay your respects to some of our greatest movie stars, including Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, and Jayne Mansfield, this is the place to do it. After mourning the stars who passed away far too soon, you may also get a glimpse of them in action. No, we don’t mean their ghosts! During the summer, outdoor film screenings are shown, so you will be able to celebrate the lives of some of the most famous movie actors in the world by seeing them in all their glory on the big screen.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of your favourite Hollywood celeb? Well, now you can. Covering 15 blocks along Hollywood Boulevard, there are over 2000 stars embedded into immortality. Nearly every movie actor you can think of – James Dean, Kirk Douglas, Harrison Ford – and some less deserving – Donald Trump – can all be found here. There are also personalities from the world of tv and music too, so there is something (or somebody) for everyone.

Whistle-stop tour

There is so much to see and do, that we haven’t had time to mention everything in our brief taster. Still, here are a few more… take a selfie at The Hollywood Sign, take the Starline Tours and get a peek at the rich and famous, celebrate the early years of Hollywood at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and live out your cowboy fantasies at the Paramount Ranch. So much to do, and so little time, but fill out your bucket list and make a return journey if you don’t get to see everything. Hooray for Hollywood!

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