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Making History in Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard

It’s neither the musical nor the film, but the stars certainly shine brightly along Sunset Boulevard. Although it’s just one of the endless streets in Los Angeles, California, it has become an important part of popular culture, immortalised in music, movies, and magazines. It’s just the place to go on a Los Angeles holiday.

Head to the Sunset Strip, where rock and roll legends once graced its bars and nightclubs. Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones all made some noise here, although it was a little too much from some of them, as they turned the Hyatt Hotel in West Hollywood into the “Riot Hyatt” with their rowdy behaviour. A night out to enjoy comedy shows and performance art at the Roxy Theatre is recommended. For some intense grooving, the Viper Room is just the place, with the sounds provided by DJs and bands.

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The RockWalk, like nearby Mann’s Chinese Theater, is a sidewalk with hand prints of guitar greats and renowned musicians like Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and Motley Crüe. The Charlie Chaplin Studios, built by the celebrated comic, also stands in Sunset Boulevard, although it is now owned by Henson Productions of Sesame Street fame. A statue of Kermit the Frog dressed as Chaplin’s character, Little Tramp, stands on the gate. The historic structure also used to be the location of A&M Records, where the song “We Are the World” was recorded.

The Hollywood Palladium is the site of many big concerts, as well as the Emmy and Grammy Awards. It is also host to private parties thrown by the rich and famous. The Beverly Hills Hotel, the so-called “Pink Palace,” is another familiar sight on a Los Angeles holiday, the playground of Hollywood stars and business tycoons since 1912.

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