ALL THE STARS CAN BE FOUND IN FRONT OF YOU IN HOLLYWOOD
by Ken L.
When families come to Southern California, they want to see "stars." Fortunately, the folks in Hollywood knew that, so there are great ways to see stars. The simplest way- with no cost involved - is a tour of the 2,200+ "stars" on the Walk of Fame.
Predominantly located on Hollywood Boulevard, but expanding to Vine and other nearby streets, everyone from John Wayne to Doris Day to Britney Spears, Mickey Mouse and Russell Crowe have stars celebrating their careers. The Beatles are there, and three of the four have individual stars, too.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry has more than anyone (five), Dennis Hopper just got his, and Joanne Woodward (Mrs. Paul Newman) was one of the first. There's a name to delight every member of the family.
Leave the sidewalk, and check out the outside courtyard at Graumann's Chinese Theater just west of the famous intersection of Hollywood and Highland. Not only are there big names, but hundreds of stars left their handprints and footprints in cement over the past few decades.
Bring the family dog, too. Even Lassie's pawprints are there. if the names and measurements aren't enough, it's time for the Starline Tour. People don't always see the stars, but they do see their houses, where they shop, their hangouts and even where they lived before they hit it big.
See everyone from Orlando Bloom's home to the Aaron Spelling Manor, the largest home in Los Angeles. There's an amazing block in Beverly Hills where Lucille Ball, James Stewart, Jack Benny, the Gershwins and (later) Diane Keaton and Madonna lived. Put on some comfortable shoes and take a tour. There's truly something for everyone.