You've gone to all the celebrity hotspots hoping you'll find some of that Hollywood magic. You've walked up and down the Hollywood Boulevard a.k.a the Walk of Fame or otherwise known as the street where locals never go. You needed something a bit different (and hopefully away from hordes of tourists). So you set out on an adventure into the hills, trying to get closer to that ever elusive sign (by the way, it is actually private property and trespassing is illegal – we know, dreams shattered), and after hours of walking in the dust you realize that the best you can do is take photos on a camera with good zoom as you pose in the foreground.
Alternatively, you can get much closer from the back driving up Mulholland Drive, but then the sign is back to front, so you know, that's a bit of a trade-off. But did you know that there is more to the glittering metropolis beyond the hills? Venture out to the Valley, or North Hollywood, where there is so much more than you bargained for. Welcome to Studio City!
And since you're in Studio City…
Why not visit on of the huge studio lots where thousands of hours of entertainment are made each year. What better place to start than the renowned Warner Brothers Studios lot with its iconic rustic water tower - studio tours are available for those who want to step onto real sets on the sprawling backlot, and take in the vast sound stages where your favorite films spring to fruition. If you're a real film connoisseur, you may want to upgrade to the deluxe tour where you will visit the sprawling prop department, Stage 48: Script to Screen which includes a peek into the writer's lounge, and even a three course lunch!
Want a hike with a bit more foliage?
Try the Fryman Canyon Park Rainforest Trail. Not only is it not too long - the narrow footpath is only one mile long, the lush scenery is breathtaking. If you're up for it, continue onto the Dearing Mountain Trail and follow it all the way to the Nancy Hoover Pohl Outlook.
Need a drink?
Who could blame you after that momentous hike. We suggest heading to Black Market Liquor Bar to get liquored up. With an inconspicuous speakeasy style, the entrance can be hard to find as it is unmarked, but when you do, the quality food and drinks will make it all worth it. Low key and low lit, this is the perfect place for a quiet evening out. Enjoy a Red Hot and Bothered with your burrata and kale. Don't forget to drink responsibly!
Instead of another studio tour…
How about a theme park? You've saved on your accommodation, so why not splash out? Literally, on a water ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, where you'll have an unforgettable day immersing yourself in the world of movies we all know and love - explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, prepare for battle as you ride Transformers: The Ride 3D and join the minions on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem!
If you want exclusive backlot access at this one too, you'll want to go for the VIP experience. If you're lucky enough to be here over Halloween, do not miss the Halloween Horror Nights where you can lose yourself in a giant maze of terror (note the amazing special effects), hop aboard the Terror Tram and brave the scare zone.
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