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If you can stomach the suspect superheroes, claustrophobia-inducing crowds and never-ending line of gift shops, tattoo parlors and lingerie stores, there’s actually a lot of old Hollywood history and glamour to discover along the Walk of Fame. The immortalized names on those famous five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars run from the Walk’s western extreme at the Hollywood and La Brea Gateway to the W Hotel and Pantages Theater at Gower, and additionally on Vine from the Capitol Records Building down to Sunset, near where the original movie studios sprang up a century ago. Make a pilgrimage to the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. Or find a respite from the commotion inside a movie palace or the historic Hollywood Roosevelt

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame is worth seeing once in your entire life and let's be honest, you can drive by and see it from the car. If you really want to see the stars on the sidewalk, venture slightly east from the Hollywood and Highland area, you'll be able to get the feel of it without wading through tourists taking photos and stopping to point at names on the ground. The stars normally have a bit of a theme as to where they are placed, for example, head over toward Capitol Records to see lots of names famous for being in the music biz. 


Ugh. Don't even bother getting out of your car—there's really nothing to see here. I will say that the Chinese Theatre and El Cap are fantastic movie palaces, and the Roosevelt a pretty cool old Hollywood hotel, but everything about the Walk of Fame is just the very worst of tourist trap experiences.


As far as "tourist traps" go, this was is highly missable. The strip of Hollywood that featuring a sidewalk full of stars with names on them is about an inane attraction as one could think of. Skip the commotion and go to the Santa Monica Pier instead, at least there you'll have the ocean!  

While it's definitely something to see at least once, and is usually generally entertaining, I try to avoid the Hollywood Walk of Fame at all costs. The characters are entertaining, and there are some cool spots to visit along the way, but the crowds and traffic create more negatives than positives for people who live here and aren't just visiting.