Trip Tips: And the winner is... Hollywood, home of the Oscars

Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:30am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

HOLLYWOOD (Reuters) - When Hollywood was its own little town at the start of the 20th century, it banned movie theatres and liquor, except for medicinal purposes (wink, wink). That ended quickly when movie studios arrived and a louche Los Angeles annexed the upstart.

Today, Hollywood is at the crossroads of creativity and business, generating $35 billion a year at the global film box office and drawing 40 million tourists annually. (Map:

At this time each year, the film community congregates for Hollywood's biggest night, the Oscars. This year's star-studded awards take place at the Dolby Theatre on March 2.

It's not all debauchery and late-night clubbing in Hollywood, although there is a lot of that. This neighborhood in the heart of Los Angeles also boasts healthy alternatives, from the latest offbeat workouts to wheatgrass shots.

Whether you are hip and gorgeous or trying to get there, an aspiring actor or couch-bound film critic, here are tips to experience Hollywood from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists around the world offer visitors the best local insights.


The Walk of Fame is Hollywood's stamp of achievement, honoring stars from film, music, television and radio along Hollywood Boulevard. But if you don't want to wear out your heels or mix with the hoards, the best place to embrace the stars is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Located opposite the famed TLC Chinese Theaters, formerly Grauman's Chinese Theaters, the Roosevelt at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard is steeped in Tinseltown history. (   Continued...

A women walks with her belongings under the Hollywood sign and across Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake