Get your own close-ups at a star-quality tour of movie locations from downtown to desert.
Trip length: 2 days
Santa Barbara (43mi/70km; 46 min). Revel in the red-tiled beauty of this seaside town and surrounding communities as you relive the cushy life of Meryl Streep as depicted in the 2010 comedy, It’s Complicated on a self-guided tour that visits the movie’s key locations. INFO (805) 966-9222; santabarbaraca.com
Hollywood (9mi/15km; 18 min). Get a taste of movie-making magic on an intimate VIP tour of Paramount Studios , the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Tinseltown. INFO (323) 956-1777; paramountstudios.com
Los Angeles (6mi/10km; 10 min). Spicoli fans, take note: Visit the real high school where Sean Penn’s iconic stoner and the other kids from the 1982 cult favorite Fast Times at Ridgemont High—it’s Van Nuys High (6535 Cedros Ave.). Also check out Angels Knoll (356 S. Olive St.) where Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared his favorite view of Los Angeles with Zoe Deschanel in 2009’s 500 Days of Summer. INFO (213) 624-7300; discoverlosangeles.com
San Diego (120mi/194km; 2 hrs 4 min). Take the elegant Coronado Bridge to visit the swanky setting of the 1959 comedy classic, Some Like It Hot, where the 1888 Hotel Del Coronado served as stand-in for a 1920s Florida resort. INFO (619) 236-1212; sandiego.org
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Hitching Post II Restaurant
Universal Studios Hollywood
Warner Brothers Studios VIP Tour
The Studios at Paramount
Hotel del Coronado