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One Day Los Angeles Self-Driving Tour


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Driving through Hollywood
Amoeba Music in Hollywood

Amoeba Music in Hollywood

Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

Head back to your car and drive east on Hollywood Blvd, past some of Hollywood's other landmarks. The El Capitan Theatre and Disney Entertainment Center opposite Hollywood & Highland was restored by the Disney Company to its previous glory. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! show is taped in the Entertainment Center, while Disney films are screened at next door El Capitan with pre-show visits by costumed movie characters. The Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store shares the building.

On the next block, next to the dinosaur-topped Ripley's Believe It or Not, just down Highland, you can see the pink and green art deco façade of the original Max Factor factory, which now houses the Hollywood History Museum. Continuing east, on your right you will pass the Art Deco Hollywood icon that was originally Kress Department store. It spent a long time as Frederick’s of Hollywood before being converted to the now closed Kress restaurant and nightclubs. (Frederick's moved to a new location closer to Hollywood and Highland on the opposite side of the street.) Hollywood's oldest restaurant, Musso & Frank Grill will be on your left.

At Hollywood and Vine you can look for metered street parking to stop and take a photo of the circular tower of the Capitol Records building, the Hollywood and Vine signs and another view of the Hollywood Sign or you can look left at them as you turn right down Vine Street. Either way, when you're ready, head south (away from the hills) on Vine Street, then turn right on Sunset Boulevard. The half-golf-ball Cinerama Dome is on your left. Amoeba Music, at Ivar, is THE place to shop for hard-to-find music including a vast collection of recordings on vinyl and tape.

If you have longer, check out the Top Things to Do in Hollywood.

Following are two different routes to take you west to the ocean, depending on what you would like to see.

Route A on the next page takes you west by Museum Row on the Miracle Mile and the La Brea Tar Pits, if you're interested in pre-historic saber tooth cats and mammoths.

Route B on the page after that is west via the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

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