Beverly Hills, sometimes referred to as “90210” which is one of its primary ZIP codes, is home to many internationally known actors and celebrities. To pay homage to some of these celebrities and more, the Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises of more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard.
Los Angeles nightlife offers endless entertainment options, whether it’s a quiet drink with that special someone or dancing the night away with thousands of fellow party people. Downtown L.A.’s vibrant nightlife includes numerous bars and nightclubs such as Lure. In Hollywood, dress to impress at Drai’s and The Colony. Universal CityWalk Hollywood has everything from the Hard Rock Cafe to the dueling pianos of Howl at the Moon. L.A. mixologists create some of the best cocktails in the country at top bars, restaurants and hotels. Laugh it up at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club or the Laugh Factory.
The Studio Tour (also known as The Backlot Tour) is a ride attraction at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles. The Tour is the signature attraction at the park, and goes into a working movie studio, with various film sets on the lot. In recent years, guests have sat in multi-car trams for the duration of the ride. The Tour lasts about 45–60 minutes and is led by a live tour guide who can be seen throughout the tram on video screens. It travels through the Front Lot, Backlot and various attractions, passing sets and props from movies along the way.
Sets from the Universal films Psycho, War of the Worlds, Back to the Future, The Sting, The Great Outdoors and How The Grinch Stole Christmas are visited in the tour. Disney has also used the backlot for movies such as the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, specifically for town scenes. There are also ‘general purpose’ sets visited, such as the neighborhood Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, and a neighborhood that is made to look like an old west town. This neighborhood has six streets, each with the essentials of a saloon and sheriffs station. Before the advent of sound, up to six westerns could be shot at once.