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Corner of Melrose & Gower. Formerly owned by Joseph Kennedy, Howard Hughes, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Acquired by Paramount, the familiar globe is still visible and its stages are still in use.
5300 Melrose Ave. Working studio dates back to 1914. Home of classic films such as Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers, In the Heat of the Night, and TV's Superman. www.raleighstudios.com (See EVENTS)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
6780 Hollywood Blvd. Ripley's Museum offers over 300 different exhibits of the strange, unusual and bizarre. Look for the dinosaur on the roof. Open daily 10am-midnight. www.ripleys.com/hollywood
Runyon Canyon Park
2000 N. Fuller Ave. Historic city park. Hike the trails and explore the relics and ruins of a Hollywood estate. Pedestrian entrance end of Fuller St. www.runyoncanyonhike.com.
2255 Verde Oak Dr. Lloyd Wright translates the textured pre-cast concrete Mayanesque block into pressed metal. The result hints at pre-Columbian Revival and Zigzag Modern composition.
835 N. Kings Rd. Rudolph Schindler's home, considered to be the first house built in the Modern style, now a center for study of 20th century architecture. www.schindlerhouse.org
Franklin Ave. between Myra Ave. & St. George St. Joins Los Feliz, Franklin Hills and Silverlake neighborhoods. This beloved 1925 Gothic beauty is one of L.A.'s historic landmarks.
8161 Hollywood Blvd. The second of four Hollywood area textile-block designed houses by Frank Lloyd Wright was built in 1923. www.storerhouse.com
Sunset Gower Studios
1438 N. Gower St. Formerly Columbia Pictures (1926-1972). It Happened One Night and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington were made here. New building at Sunset entrance houses iconic Technicolor.
Doheny Dr. to Crescent Hts. Once-favorite night spots such as the Trocadero, Mocambo and Ciro's were located here outside the city limits in unincorporated county land.
Sunset Tower Hotel
8358 W. Sunset Blvd. Completed in 1931, was originally home to such stars as Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, and Clark Gable. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. www.sunsettowerhotel.com
Sunset Vine Tower
1480 Vine St. L.A.'s first "skyscraper," built following removal of 14-story height limit in 1960, was the skyscraper in Earthquake and now converted to spectacular apartments. www.sunsetvinetower.com
100 Universal City Plaza. Los Angeles’ landmark urban entertainment, shopping and dining complex, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood. www.citywalkhollywood.com
Universal Studios Hollywood
A full-day movie-based theme park featuring rides and attractions including the world-famous Studio Tour and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. www.universalstudioshollywood.com
Vedanta Society Hollywood Temple
1946 Vedanta Pl. Founded by Swami Prabhavananda in 1929, preaches the philosophical basis of Hinduism. This temple attracted many Hollywood luminaries to pray and meditate. www.vedanta.org
Visitor / Tourist information
Hollywood & Highland at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 467-6412. 2nd level, #209. Open daily.
Walk of Fame
Created by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the world's most famous sidewalk contains nearly 2,000 stars embedded along Hollywood Blvd. from La Brea to Gower, and on Vine St. www.walkoffame.com
(See TV Tickets & Tours)
Warner Bros. Studios
3400 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank. Where legends such as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and James Cagney made their mark. Studio Tours daily. www.wbstudiotour.com (See FEATURED TOURS)
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