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Book your starring role in this action-packed scene when you find cheap holidays to Hollywood with TravelSupermarket…
You could say it’s just a neighbourhood of Los Angeles, and that the famous Hollywood sign is just a bunch of letters. But this district and that iconic hillside scene represent so much more than merely a place: Hollywood is a way of life, it’s a byword for the movie industry, a world laced with excess and juicy, celebrity gossip. It’s also a cracking holiday destination, so let’s discover more with the TravelSupermarket guide to holidays in Hollywood.
As we mentioned, Hollywood is a neighbourhood in bustling Los Angeles, a sprawling city in the state of California, on the west coast of the United States of America.
It was 1911 when the first movie studio arrived in the area, quickly followed by a flotilla of other filmmakers. The sign came along in 1923, though it originally read “Hollywoodland” to promote a housing development. Years later, the last four letters were put into retirement and an icon was born.
The studios might have moved out, but Hollywood is still Tinseltown to anyone who matters. Home to the Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars, the Walk of Fame, and the concrete-forged hand- and footprints of the who’s who of the movie biz, Hollywood will never lose its crown as the Queen of the silver screen.
Book a holiday to Hollywood and you can explore everything that makes this area tick. Good-value car hire in Hollywood is a great investment if you plan to see more of LA and the Californian coast. Just try to avoid rush-hour travel, as LA traffic can crawl along the freeways at peak times.
Read on to discover what the weather might be like, what’s on throughout the year, and where to find the hottest Hollywood attractions. Then book cheap package holidays to Hollywood using the search tool on TravelSupermarket.
The weather in Hollywood is pleasant year round. Read on to find out more…
Have you ever wondered how all those Hollywood starlets can pose on the red carpet in February or March with bare shoulders and arms ahead of the Oscars ceremony? When you know that the average daytime temperature during the Los Angeles winter rarely drops below 20C, everything clicks into place. This is a warm and mostly dry destination, with summer highs of 30C.
There’s always something happening in lively Hollywood. Here are some of the biggest annual events…
Oscars; February/March: Feel the buzz of the annual Academy Awards during holidays in Hollywood. Staged at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, this movie world extravaganza is the most glamourous event of the year.
Independence Day; July 4: The biggest and best display of fireworks on this national party day is at the Hollywood Bowl, where the musicians of the LA Philharmonic add a dash of class to proceedings.
Hollywood Christmas Parade; November/December: Celebrities line up alongside a procession of giant character balloons to welcome the festive period on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (which is on the fourth Thursday of November). It runs for nearly four miles along Hollywood Boulevard, and inspired the classic Christmas tune, “Here comes Santa Claus”.
From family antics and outdoor adventures to hard-core clubbing, there’s something for everyone in Hollywood…
Kids and teens: Universal Studios Hollywood is actually around 20 minutes by road from Hollywood, but it’s close enough for a fun-packed day with the family on rides and amusements themed around some of the world’s favourite characters.
Relaxing: Visit the Griffith Observatory in the hills above Hollywood for a break from the hustle and bustle below. Unwind as you check out its Art-Deco exterior. Free entry allows visitors to spend time among the displays and check out the backdrop for various films and television shows.
Active types: Get your hiking gear on and work off those cheeseburgers at Runyon Canyon Park, which is on the edge of Hollywood.
Free and cheap: It costs nothing to stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, checking off a list of your favourite stars. More than 10 million people visit each year to walk upon the immortalised names of over 2,500 actors, musicians and performers.
Nightlife: Universal CityWalk is the evening entertainment arm of Universal Studios and is packed with lively nightspots, a cinema and restaurants. Back in Hollywood, there’s a vibrant mix of cool bars and hot nightclubs.