If you’re a film buff, TV fan or music lover, chances are you’ll already know about the huge number of A-list celebrities who love to call California home. The sunshine and the surf, the laid-back attitude, and of course the allure of Hollywood, bring the rich and famous from all over the world to set up home here.
In the middle of Los Angeles, Hollywood is the global hub of the film and television world, with studios, theatres and backlots on almost every corner. Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard are top places to do some celebrity spotting and experience a little red-carpet action.
Kids and adults alike love the backstage tours at working studios Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Universal Studios Hollywood for a chance to see sets from current movies and TV shows, and then explore the rides, lives shows, and attractions featuring favourite characters. And don’t miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, with its motion-simulator ride through Hogwarts Castle!
If you don’t get to spot a star in person, head to Madame Tussauds Hollywood, or find your favourite film, music and sport legends literally under your feet on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. More than 2,400 named star shapes are embedded in this famous pavement along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street. There are also tours running through Beverley and Hollywood Hills where you can check out how the other half live from the comfort of a bus.
And don’t forget, Los Angeles isn’t the only place to go star-spotting. Throughout the state, celebrities have left their mark, from Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs house complete with a grand piano-shaped swimming pool, to showcasing upcoming project at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Even in the snowy peaks around Lake Tahoe you’ll find the rich and famous taking time off for the Celebrity Golf Tournament. If you keep a keen eye, you’re sure to recognise a familiar face!
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