Wondering what’s going on in Hollywood these days? August is a wonderful time to be in Los Angeles, as the summer is wrapping up and autumn is just around the corner. Of course, the weather is still generally hot and sunny around this time—and well into September—and Hollywood is always hopping with big-name attractions, lesser-known gems, and a hip and glamorous night life.
Spend the day in Hollywood familiarizing yourself with the attractions you’ve heard so much about, from the Hollywood sign to the Walk of Fame, then make sure to explore the other myriad Hollywood attractions the area hosts. See the lifestyles of the rich and the famous without breaking the bank by taking advantage of a discount Hollywood attractions pass, your all-inclusive ticket to the city.
While it’s not actually in Hollywood any more, Universal Studios Hollywood is the ultimate blockbuster experience, and it still deserves a spot on any Hollywood to-do list. There’s always something new happening at the park; for instance, just this weekend the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride opened to the public. Other epic rides include TRANSFORMERS: The 3-D Ride and classics like Jurassic Park: The Ride. Any Universal Studios Hollywood trip using your Hollywood attractions pass also includes a behind-the-scenes tour, so you can see how the movie magic is made!
Speaking of “behind-the-scenes,” you should also make sure to get the in-the-know tour of Hollywood Boulevard, The Hollywood Walking Tour by Red Line Tours. Following a tour guide who’s full of facts and fun stories, stroll down the Walk of Fame, see the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, learn the history of the Hollywood Sign while getting an up-close view of the landmark, and hear stories about Marilyn Monroe’s glamorous glory days as you pass thee Roosevelt Hotel.
To complete your Tinseltown tour of Hollywood attractions stop by the Hollywood Museum, a huge three-story facility housing more authentic costumes, props, and photographs than any other attraction on Hollywood. See Marilyn Monroe’s sparking dresses, a Parisian swing from Moulin Rouge, I Love Lucy memorabilia, and props from the sets of Star Trek and Jaws. Then, spot your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, where like-like wax figures of movie stars from James Dean to Johnny Depp.
Bonus: Free Attraction!
In Griffith Park, 1,134 feet about sea level, the 79-year-old Griffith Observatory draws in visitors with its stunning architecture and promise of even more stunning views of the sky. As a hub for public astronomy and a beloved civic gathering place, Griffith Observatory is one of the most popular Los Angeles attractions. Inside the Observatory, telescopes, exhibits, planetariums, murals, and high-tech astronomical equipment stimulate your mind. After undergoing a four year renovation completed in 2006, the historic landmark has once again become a fine specimen of LA’s scientific and educational pursuits.