My advise for those who want to take in too much of Hollywood in one day is: take the Hollywood Bus Tour. Taking the bus is a great option, unless if you planned to stay there for a few more days. There are still many things to see beyond Hollywood Boulevard where most tourists flock. Going around Los Angeles by bus for sightseeing is a challenge. And a waste of time, really. So, it’s better to hop on the Hollywood Tour Bus and get the most of the World’s Entertainment Capital.
When choosing a Hollywood Bus Tour, take the one that also goes to Beverly Hills where the you can ogle at the houses, gates and bushes of the famous and the infamous stars in Hollywood.
This our bus. It can accommodate around 13 people. If you hate sun, don’t a tour with a bus like this. The heat in LA is unberable to some people.
This is the first sight we were introduced to. It’s the hotel where Julia Roberts lived in PRETTY WOMAN movie.
We were then whisked off to Mulholland Drive. To the mountains where we would see some extravagant houses owned by the famous.
Our tour guide said that Kaley Cuoco (of The Big Bang Theory fame) used to live in one of these houses on the edge of the liff.
Our bus stopped on a small parking lot in front of this cliff. This house was once owned by Wilt Chamberlain, an NBA Hall of Famer. Now, the famous Director Ron Howard (of Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man, A Beautiful Mind fame) lives here.
Right in front of the house of Ron Howard (the house on the cliff above) is the view of the massive Hollywood Bowl.
And of course, the stunning view of Los Angeles skyline. Though it was hot, humid day, the sky was kinda grey.
And also here, you can spot the Hollywood sign. It might look big in this picture but actually, it’s far. If you take a picture with yourself in it, good luck! 🙂
This is a lone house on the cliff. Perhaps, he has his own special address to deliver mail? I asked our tour guide but he didn’t know who owns this multi-million property.
This is the Presbyterian Church where Whoopie Goldberg’s Sister Act was shot.
Looks familiar? If you’ve seen the Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle movie, then, yes, it’ looks familiar!
This is the house of Bob Barker, host of the TV show, THE PRICE IS RIGHT.
Our bus brought us to the Sunset Boulevard strip where the some of the famous stars started their career. The Sunset strip is notorious for the city’s nightlife.
This is owned by Ditta Von Teese. Nothing fancy outside but who knows what’s inside?
This Cravings Restaurant is otherwise known as The Oprah Restaurant–because she owns it.
Viper Room is a concert venue and was onced owned by Johnny Depp. It’s a hangout for Hollywood A-listers. The actor, River Phoenix died here because of drug overdose.
Whisky A Go Go is an institutuion in Sunset Boulevard. It’s the birthplace of go-go dancing!
The Comedy Store is a well-known venue for aspiring comedians, past and present. Big names include Robin Williams, Levi Taylor, Cindy Kaufman, etc.
This is the Screenwriter’s Guild Building.
Pink Taco, anyone?
Our tour didn’t stop here. I’ll continue the rest of our Hollywood Bus tour in my next blog post. To Beverly Hills!
OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
- Things to do in Santa Monica Pier
- PodShare is the New Backpacking Pad
- The Owl from Harry Potter
- Beverly Hills is Home to the Hollywood Stars
- Hopping on the Cable Cars in San Francisco
- Alcatraz Island is Home to the Notorious Criminals
- The Surfers in La Jolla
- Things to do and see in Hollywood
- The Murals in Mission District
- The Crookedest Street in the World?
- The Kiss That Celebrates The End of World War 2
- The Universal Studio Tour
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