Sunset Boulevard is a glamorous street often associated with Tinseltown. As an icon of Hollywood celebrity culture, tourists traveling around this western part of Los Angeles, California can visit popular areas such as Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades. Travelers can also check out the nearby Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, two independent incorporated cities in the City of Los Angeles.
Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is sometimes referred to as “Guitar Row” because of its many guitar stores and music industry-related businesses, including the legendary recording studios Sunset Sound Studios and United Western Recorders. It also attracts residents who are mostly young and struggling actors, musicians, and other artists.
Location and Transportation
Stretching from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Palisades, Sunset Boulevard is about 24 miles in length and it passes through the Bel-Air district of Los Angeles and the northern boundary of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Westwood Campus.
Sunset Boulevard has at least four lanes in width in its various routes. Driving around the boulevard can be winding and treacherous in certain areas. Whether tourist or local, extra care is always advised when driving around the numerous hairpin curves and blind crests. There is also a lack of a center divider in most sections of the roads. Motor accidents are not uncommon in these areas.
Tourists renting a car, taking taxis, or riding buses can typically expect traffic congestion, especially in the areas near Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards. Even the traffic in other areas is often slow-moving with bumper-to-bumper congestion, especially during rush hours. Those near Doheny Drive, Holmby Hills, and Bel Air, west of Whittier in Beverly Hills, usually get better traffic flow with the well spaced and timed traffic lights.
For those who want to take the bus, lines 2 and 302 of the Metro Local, a bus system in the Los Angeles County, operates in Sunset Boulevard. Many of these buses are distinctive of their prominent orange color. The Metro Local buses provide local, limited-stop, and shuttle bus services in the area.
Those traveling around various locations around Los Angeles can also take advantage of the Metro Rapid, an express bus system with two routes operated by Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver CityBus. It complements the Metro Local bus network and other bus routes around the city.
Those who want to take the subway in Los Angeles can ride the Metro Red Line with a nearby subway station at Vermont Avenue. Operated by the Los Angeles County Metro Rail System, this subway line connects Downtown Los Angeles to North Hollywood via the districts of Hollywood and Mid-Wilshire.
Popular Landmarks and Attractions
Sunset Boulevard is famous for the Sunset Strip along West Hollywood, a center for nightlife in the Los Angeles area.
Some of the nearby hotels within the area include: Beverly Hills Hotel, Dino’s Lodge, The Standard Hotel, Chateau Marmont Hotel, Hyatt West Hollywood, Hotel Bel-Air, Graft on Sunset, and Mondrian Los Angeles.
Popular entertainment spots around Sunset Boulevard include: Hollywood Palladium, Cinerama Dome, Comedy Store, The Roxy Theatre, Earl Carroll Theatre, Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum, and Tiffany Theatre.
Popular bars, clubs, and restaurants around the area include: The London Fog, House of Blues, Viper Room, Rainbow Bar and Grill, Spago, Tiki Ti, and Whisky a Go Go
Some of the shops and relaxation and recreation spots around include: Designer Donuts, Book Soup, Rock ‘n’ Roll Ralphs, Dudley Do-Right Emporium, and Ole Henriksen Face/Body, Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and Will Rogers State Beach.
Some of Sunset Boulevard’s landmark attractions include: The Garden of Allah, Gower Gulch, The Pink Palace, Crossroads of the World, Hollywood Athletic Club, Rock Walk, Blessed Sacrament Church, and Elliot Smith’s Figure 8 Wall.
Nearby schools around the area include: UCLA, Los Angeles Film School, Palisades Charter High School, and Hollywood High School.
Media offices, studios, and other related media establishments around include: Amoeba Records, Sunset Gower Studios, Metromedia Square (former Fox Television Center and KTTV studios), CBS Columbia Square, KCET, KTLA, and the Directors Guild of America Headquarters.
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