The Tinseltown mythology of Los Angeles was born in Hollywood, still one of the city’s largest and most vibrant neighborhoods. In the Hollywood Hills to the north of Franklin Avenue sit some of the most marvelous mansions the moguls ever built; in the flats below Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards are the classic Hollywood bungalows where studio workers once resided. Reputation aside, though, it's mostly a workaday neighborhood without the glitz and glamour of places like Beverly Hills. The only major studio still located in Hollywood is Paramount; Warner Bros., Disney, and Universal Studios Hollywood are to the north, in Burbank and Universal City.

Of course, the "idea" of Hollywood as a center of the entertainment industry encompasses more than just that one neighborhood: to the north there’s Studio City, a thriving strip at the base of the Hollywood Hills that’s home to many smaller film companies; Universal City, where you’ll find Universal Studios Hollywood; and bustling Burbank, home of several of the major studios. North Hollywood, a suburban enclave that’s actually in the San Fernando Valley, has its own thriving arts district. Los Feliz, to the east, where you’ll find Griffith Park and the hip and trendy Vermont Avenue area. Beyond that you’ll find Silver Lake and Echo Park.

  • Hollywood and Vicinity

    Sure, Hollywood's top attractions are a bit touristy—but if it's your first time, you should at least make a brief... Read More
  • Los Feliz

    In the rolling hills below the stunning Griffith Observatory, Los Feliz is one of L.A.’s most affluent neighborhoods.... Read More
  • Echo Park

    Centered on a beautifully restored lakefront park, Echo Park is the first residential neighborhood northwest of... Read More
  • Universal City

    Although it has its own zip code and subway station, Universal City is just the name for the unincorporated area... Read More
  • Silver Lake

    East of Hollywood, this hilly, mostly residential neighborhood sits southeast of Los Feliz and northwest of Echo... Read More
  • Burbank

    Johnny Carson, host of The Tonight Show, used to joke about "beautiful downtown Burbank," yet the area has become... Read More
  • Studio City

    Ventura Boulevard, the famed commercial strip, cuts through the lively neighborhood of Studio City. This area,... Read More
  • North Hollywood

    Originally called Lankershim after the family of ranchers and farmers who first settled here, this area took the... Read More