Walk, Hike, Eat, Repeat: 5 Must-Try Hollywood Tours For All - Updated 2024

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Do you want a bit of entertainment, ethnic cuisines, nightlife, and celebrity living in your itinerary? There is no better place in the United States to experience all these than in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The City of Angels offers the best of both worlds: from culturally diverse neighborhoods to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. There are historic and famous hotels in Hollywood as well. Different tours for all types of travelers are available depending on your budget. But if you’re looking for a mix of walking, hiking, and food tripping, check out these five tours to get the most out of your Hollywood experience.

1. Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour in Los Angeles (from USD 29.0)

Hollywood Hills Sign
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It’s one thing to see the Hollywood sign from afar and another to get really close. All you need to do is go on a hiking tour of Hollywood Hills. Your expert tour guide will take you on 2 ½ hours of hiking where you can view Los Angele’s majestic urban landscape featuring the Beverly Hills mansions, Hollywood city lights, and of course the famous Hollywood sign. You will find a perfect spot on the mountain to take your breathtaking photo with this landmark.

The trail is good for beginners and even children will enjoy the fascinating history about Hollywood, as shared by your tour guide. If you’re hiking late in the afternoon, you can catch the beautiful sunset from the highest vantage point of Hollywood Hills, a perfect time for you and your loved ones to just sit still and enjoy nature’s best. This is a must-try tour for everyone who appreciates affordable and less-crowded attractions.

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Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Hike Walking Tour

Duration: 2.5 hour

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2. Warner Bros. Hollywood Studio Tour and Movie Stars' Homes Tour (from USD 117.0)

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Do you ever wonder how Hollywood movies and shows are created? There’s a tour that will let you know and experience what it’s like to develop movies from the script to the big screen! In the Warner Bros. Hollywood Studio Tour and Movie Stars’ Homes Tour, you can step inside actual sound stages and studios for popular shows like The Big Bang Theory, Ellen, and Friends. It also features an interactive set where you can design your own costumes or see how green technology works in film creation.

Batman enthusiasts can lust over the Batmobiles in the Picture Car Vault along with other memorabilia in the Warner Bros. Archive. You can access all these and take your own photos like a celebrity. The second half of the trip will take you in a minibus tour to see the current and previous homes of Madonna, David Beckham and family, Frank Sinatra, and more. Feel like a celebrity for a day as you stroll around these exclusive suburbs lined up with mansions. You will also stop by Rodeo Drive, a place famous for designer jewelries and stores.

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Hollywood Celebrity Homes and Warner Bros Studio Tour

Duration: 6 hours

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3. Evening Walking Tour in Hollywood (from USD 85.0)

When the sun sets in Los Angeles, the best thing to do is walk along Hollywood Boulevard and sip some drinks while you listen to never-before heard stories about your favorite celebrities. If this sounds like a night trip you cannot miss, book an evening walking tour in Hollywood. This tour features the most visited pubs, bars, and lounges by celebrities in the Golden Age like Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and more. You can try some street food along the way and taste different kinds of drinks with your friends. You will also love the interiors and artistic design of the hangouts you’ll stay in, so have your cameras ready!

If you’re lucky you can spot a celebrity in the crowd. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes as you will walk the whole time with stops that will allow you to mingle with the locals or learn some interesting Hollywood facts from your tour guide. They will make you feel comfortable in every stop. If you’re below 21 years old, you can join the small group but will be served non-alcoholic drinks.

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Los Angeles Sips of Hollywood: Evening Walking History Tour

Duration: 3 hours

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4. Best of Hollywood Food Tour (from USD 116.0)

Can’t get enough of LA dining? If you’re into exploring food in Hollywood, you must treat your taste buds with some chocolate truffles, pizza with truffle oil, bacon quesadillas and a whole lot more in this Hollywood food tour. It starts with a one-hour walking tour of the historical Hollywood landmarks followed by a three-hour driving tour along Melrose, Sunset Strip, Tinseltown, some rock-and-roll music avenues and restaurants visited by celebrities.

Because you’re traveling in a small group (7 guests at most), you have plenty of time to ask questions to your guide. Trish has a deep knowledge about the places and is very friendly. She will make you enjoy eating some of the best local treats you’ll find in the eateries set up for your tour. Indulge in gourmet lunches, fancy pastries, and richly-flavored ice cream just to name a few. The selection of food is out-of-the-box and all deserve a five-star rating!

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Best of Hollywood Food and Sightseeing Walking and Van Tour

Duration: 4 hours

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5. Ethnic Neighborhoods Food and Culture Tour (from 88 USD)

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Los Angeles is home for diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Mexicans, Koreans, Thai, Cambodians, Filipinos, Indonesians, and many more have found their home in the city and established ethnic neighborhoods to showcase this diversity. In this tour, you will have a glimpse and taste of different cultures through a guided food tour in Koreatown, Little Armenia, Thai Town and more.

You will visit the best authentic restaurants, markets, bakeries, and local stores. You can even talk to the restaurant owners and get some first-hand information about their dishes and community. Ride in a metro and enjoy the sight of traditional houses and road signs that will make you forget you’re in LA. Imagine visiting five or more countries and learning about them in just four hours! It’s best to bring the family with you and expect a lot of eating.

Ethnic Neighborhoods Food and Culture Tour

Price: from 88 USD


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Hollywood is for all

When you hear the word Hollywood, you will instantly picture a city with flashy lights, hard-to-reach celebrities, and glamorous living. But little do we know about the side of Hollywood that spells culture and history. It is also home to some of the world’s finest dishes which everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re a local or a tourist from the other side of the world, you will feel at home in this city. The Hollywood neighborhoods are a living proof that different people can come together and create a community that is always accommodating, attractive, and entertaining.

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Carmela Ann Santos is a freelance writer and a licensed teacher from the Philippines. Her top destinations would include any place with a clear view of cloud formations and peaceful waters. She...Read more

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