If you are interested in Hollywood sightseeing, there are a wide variety of sights to choose from. Although the name "Hollywood" is often used to describe all of Los Angeles or the film industry as a whole, it is in fact a district of the city. Once a city of its own, it was annexed in 1910, but nevertheless remains a historical community that is full of landmarks, many of which date back to the film industry's golden age.
Hollywood Sightseeing in the Hills
Two of Hollywood's most famous landmarks are located in its rolling hills. Recognized around the world, the Hollywood sign has been overlooking the community since 1923. Originally reading "Hollywoodland," the sign was used to advertise the new housing community being built at its base. In 1949, the last four letters were removed and the sign became forever ingrained as a symbol of the film industry. By 1978, the original wooden sign was replaced with a sturdier metal version that is now seen by tourists and residents alike.
Featured prominently in a scene from the movie "Rebel Without a Cause," the Griffith Observatory stands watch over Los Angeles. Built in 1935, the beautiful structure offers magnificent views of the entire city and is surrounded by the majestic Griffith Park. Closed in 2002 for major renovations, the entire observatory was refurbished, bringing it back to its former glory. Film fans will recognize a bust of James Dean in the courtyard, in memory of the Hollywood icon.
For the best in Hollywood sightseeing, contact Los Angeles Sightseeing Tours. For the past 10 years we have offered the best selection of guided tours. Reservations can be made online via our website or by contacting our representatives by phone at 1-800-870-1886.