Hollywood City Tours That Show You What Others Can’t
Celebrity Homes Tours, Landmarks and More!
Hollywood tours may seem like a dime a dozen to first-time visitors to the Los Angeles/Southern California area, but there is a difference. That difference is Star Track Tours! We’re located in the heart of Hollywood, close to several world-famous landmarks like the Chinese Theater, Hollywood and Highland shopping center, the El Capitan Theater and, of course, the Hollywood Walk of Fame! In fact, if you find yourself looking down at Anne Baxter’s star on the Walk of Fame, look up. That’s the location of Star Track Tours and the perfect place to start in in-depth, fun-filled tour of all the Hollywood has to offer. With views of the iconic Hollywood sign, bustling Hollywood Blvd., the awe-inspiring homes of Tinseltown’s A-listers and more. And, if the timing is right, you just may see a celebrity receiving his or her own star on the Walk of Fame.
Finest Hollywood Bus Tours Fleet
Our 13-seat Hollywood tour buses are the most luxurious you’ll find in and around Hollywood. We have retuned and updated our tour bus fleet so that you can relax in comfort and enjoy the every aspect our our tours. We have reupholstered our bus seats and spruced up our exteriors. Our covered buses keep you sheltered from sun or rain but our open windows mean you can get unobstructed views of all the Hollywood tour action!
Guided Tours of Hollywood: Video Makes Us Unique
When you take a Hollywood guided tour with us, you not only get to see the homes of famous stars and filming locations, but our onboard video screens show you INSIDE those homes as well as scenes from your favorite films and TV shows–as we actually drive by them! No other tour operators in Hollywood do this!
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6735 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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If you’re taking in the sights of Hollywood Blvd. you’ll find us right here, just a block from the Hollywood Wax Museum. Once you’ve spotted your favorite celebrity’s name on the Walk of Fame, jump on our comfortable, open-window Hollywood tours bus for the ride of your life. Our tours put you closer to the action (and famous personalities driving or walking by) than those other tours and our drivers/guides will keep you giggling while while simultaneously showing you aspects of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles that you’d never find out on your own. Plus, our 32” TVs show you views celebrity homes you can’t get from the outside. We also have videos showing scenes from films and television shows that play while you view the actual location where they were filmed!
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Hollywood Tours Celebrity Homes
Make Your SoCal Visit Memorable
A Hollywood city tour is one of the best ways to cap off your visit to Southern California. Movie and TV fans from out of town can have the opportunity to see the spots where your favorite movies were filmed—from Charlie Chaplin and the Silent Era right up to today. This is the place where it all started and where celluloid dreams were made—and still are! We put you right in the center of it all as we tour the homes of today’s big stars and those of the Golden Age of Hollywood. From Humphrey Bogart to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, from Judy Garland to Madonna, Star Track Tours will bring you spectacular scenery and unforgettable memories to take back and share with family and friends.
Hollywood Night Tours
See The Stars Come Out at Night
The best Hollywood Tours are sometimes at night and once again Star Track Tours has you covered. Hollywood and Los Angeles take on a different vibe when the sun goes down. It’s time for the stars in the sky—as well as those on the ground—to come out and shine. You never know who you might see at that traffic light in the car next to your Hollywood tours bus. Perhaps Jay Leno taking one of his classic cars for a jaunt? Trust us, we’ve seen a lot. If you want to see Tinseltown sparkle, our nighttime tours are just for you!
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Los Angeles, CA
Directions to Star Track Tours:
From the 101 Freeway (northbound) , take exit 8C to Franklin. Turn left of Franklin and take it to Cahuenga Blvd. Turn left onto Cahuenga to Hollywood Blvd and turn right. Take Hollywood Blvd to Highland and turn right. Park at Hollywood & Highland center. Walk across Highland to Star Track Tours.
From the 1o1 Freeway (southbound), take exit 9B to Cahuenga Blvd. Turn right onto Cahuenga, then right onto Hollywood Blvd. Take Hollywood Blvd to Highland and turn right. Park at Hollywood & Highland center. Walk across Highland to Star Track Tours.
Hollywood Boulevard: A Tale of Dreams and Stardom
Hollywood Boulevard, often simply referred to as “Hollywood Blvd,” is one of the most iconic and storied streets in the world, synonymous with the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry. Stretching approximately 2.5 miles through the heart of Los Angeles, California, this thoroughfare has a rich history that mirrors the evolution of the American film and entertainment industry. From its humble beginnings as a dusty, sun-soaked pathway to becoming the epicenter of the global entertainment industry, Hollywood Boulevard has a story that is as fascinating as the movies it has produced.
Early Days: A Rural Dirt Road
Hollywood Boulevard’s history can be traced back to the late 19th century when Los Angeles was a sleepy, agrarian town. In 1853, a prominent landowner named Harvey Henderson Wilcox and his wife Daeida envisioned a thriving community in the area and purchased 160 acres of land. They named their ranch the “Hollywood” Ranch, inspired by the sprawling holly bushes that adorned the landscape.
At that time, Hollywood Boulevard, then known as Prospect Avenue, was little more than a dirt road winding through fields and orange groves. It was a far cry from the bustling, neon-lit boulevard we know today. However, this bucolic setting would soon change dramatically.
The Birth of the Film Industry: The Hollywood Studio Era
Hollywood Boulevard’s transformation into the epicenter of the global entertainment industry began in the early 20th century with the rise of the film industry. One of the first studios to set up shop in Hollywood was Nestor Film Company in 1911. Soon after, other studios followed suit, drawn by the region’s mild climate and abundant sunshine, which was ideal for filming.
The influx of studios and filmmakers led to the rapid development of Hollywood Boulevard. The boulevard’s first grand hotel, the Hollywood Hotel, opened in 1902, offering accommodations for the industry’s elite. By the 1920s, it was renamed the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and became a symbol of Hollywood glamour.
The construction of the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in 1922 and the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1927 added to the boulevard’s allure. These iconic theaters hosted countless film premieres and cemented Hollywood Boulevard’s status as the epicenter of the film industry.
The Golden Age of Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard Shines Bright
The 1930s and 1940s were the heyday of Hollywood Boulevard. It was during this era that the Hollywood Walk of Fame was conceived. In 1958, the first stars were embedded in the sidewalks to honor those who had made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. The Walk of Fame has since grown to include over 2,600 brass stars embedded in the sidewalks, each bearing the name of a legendary actor, director, musician, or other entertainment industry professional.
Hollywood Boulevard also became home to some of the most famous theaters in the world, including the El Capitan Theatre and the Pantages Theatre. These venues hosted extravagant premieres and live performances, showcasing the biggest stars of the time.
The boulevard was further immortalized in popular culture with the release of countless films set in and around Hollywood. Movies like “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) captured the allure and challenges of life in Tinseltown.
Challenges and Transformation: The Decline and Revival
By the 1960s, Hollywood Boulevard faced significant challenges. Urban decay and the migration of the entertainment industry to other parts of Los Angeles led to a decline in the boulevard’s glamour. Theaters closed, and the area became associated with crime and seediness.
However, Hollywood Boulevard wouldn’t stay down for long. In the late 20th century, efforts were made to revitalize the area. The Hollywood and Highland Center, a massive retail and entertainment complex, opened in 2001. This development included the construction of the Kodak Theatre, now known as the Dolby Theatre, which became the new home of the Academy Awards.
With these developments, Hollywood Boulevard underwent a resurgence. Tourists once again flocked to the Walk of Fame, and the area saw an influx of new businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The historic theaters were restored to their former glory, hosting premieres and live performances once more.
Hollywood Boulevard Today: A Living Legacy
Today, Hollywood Boulevard continues to be a vibrant and iconic destination. The Hollywood Walk of Fame remains a top tourist attraction, drawing millions of visitors from around the world each year. Tourists and locals alike can stroll along the sidewalk, pausing to admire the stars of their favorite celebrities.
The boulevard is also home to Madame Tussauds Hollywood, where visitors can get up close and personal with lifelike wax figures of their favorite stars. The TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s) continues to host premieres and is a must-visit for film enthusiasts.
Hollywood Boulevard is not just a hub for entertainment; it’s also a reflection of the cultural diversity of Los Angeles. The boulevard hosts numerous events and festivals celebrating the city’s multicultural heritage, including the annual Hollywood Carnaval, a massive Halloween street party.
The Endless Story of Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard’s journey from a rural dirt road to the epicenter of the global entertainment industry is a remarkable tale of ambition, innovation, and perseverance. It has weathered numerous challenges and transformations over the years but has managed to retain its status as an iconic symbol of Hollywood glamour.
As we look back on its history, we see a street that has not only witnessed the evolution of the film industry but has also played a central role in shaping it. From the silent film era to the digital age, Hollywood Boulevard has been at the heart of cinematic innovation and storytelling.
While the entertainment industry may continue to evolve, and new technologies may emerge, Hollywood Boulevard will likely remain a timeless symbol of the dreams and stardom that have drawn people to Los Angeles for over a century. It stands as a testament to the enduring allure of Hollywood and the power of film to captivate our imaginations and transport us to new worlds.