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A Hollywood Family Vacation with Sunshine and Star Power. There is no substitute for being there when it comes to regal palm trees, balmy air and star watching. Hollywood is at the very heart of the TV and film industry and is simply the best destination for families wanting a dose of glamour and a movie star fix. Beverly Hills for Star Watching 

Who’s house do you see? Starline Tours of Hollywood conducts a two-hour narrated tour of almost 50 movie stars' homes. Board a luxury minibus and travel to where the stars live, shop and hang out in the famous Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Holmby Hills and Hollywood Hills. You can see 40-50 homes of the best-known celebrities from an air-conditioned mini-bus. You will see mansions of today's superstars, homes of Hollywood legends and other sites such as Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and more. Tours depart from Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the only place where you can see the famous hand and footprints of the stars. Bonus Points: For several tours offered by Starline, they pick up from hotels in the Los Angeles Area – check their website (On the Walk of Fame, at the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd next to Metro Red Line at Hollywood and Highland Station. (323) 463-3333 or toll-free 1-800-959-3131 or www.starlinetours.com).

The face looks familiar? Imagine a magical movie theatre that ushers you inside the screen, transporting you from movie to movie, visiting famous stars as they create Hollywood History. Well, welcome to Madame Tussauds Hollywood. This famous wax museum first openned there doors 200 years ago and has expanded to over 12 locations world wide. Bring your camera - these celebrities don't shy away from the camera but autographs are not an option. Bonus Points: The museum is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am until midnight. Not to be missed: The wax figures of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe are among the most famous – but Oprah, Will Smith, George Clooney, Britney Spears, Steven Spielberg, and Julia Roberts give them a run for their money. Tip: There is generally a line to get in, even if you pre-order your tickets but it is worth the wait. Madame Tussauds Hollywood (6933 Hollywood Boulevard; next door to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. (323) 798-1670 or www.madametussauds.com/Hollywood).Sunset Blvd Los Angeles California

Want to know about the secrets? Red Line Tours offers Hollywood's secrets with a Behind the Scenes Tour. See what the public misses with expert guides; discover filming locations - Speed, Back to the Future, Charlie's Angels and more; go inside Hollywood's legendary movie palaces; uncover Hollywood's hidden Speakeasy; hear tales about the Hollywood Sign; step into famous footprints at the Chinese Theatre. (Red Line Tours. 6773 Hollywood Boulevard (just East of Highland Avenue). (323) 402-1074 or www.redlinetours.com).

And the Oscar goes to? It’s your turn to step beyond the red carpet on a Kodak Theatre Guided Tour. Known throughout the world as the home of the Academy Awards® ceremony, Kodak Theatre is the most glamorous stop in Hollywood. See an Oscar® statuette, learn where your favorite celebrities sat during the ceremony, visit the exclusive George Eastman VIP Room and get an insider’s view about the Oscars and Kodak Theatre’s many other televised events: the American Idol Finals, AFI Awards, ESPY Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards and much more. Bonus Points: The guided tour takes participants to see an actual Oscar® statuette, as well as where all of your favorite celebrities sat during the year’s Academy Awards® Ceremony. Tip: The theatre is closed to the public at certain times during the year due to high profile events like Oscar's weeK. (Kodak Theatre. 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (on the Walk of Fame). (323) 308-6300 or www.kodaktheatre.com).

Looking for movie props and memorabilia? Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor building is the ultimate destination for movie fans. The facility includes miracles of motion picture magic past and present on four floors and in 5,000 eye-popping displays. The spine-tingling cell of Hannibal Lecter and the landmark sets of Moulin Rouge are a few examples of the most spectacular collection of sets, props, costumes and memorabilia ever assembled. Bonus Points: The Mae West Collection and the extentsive costume collection from movies such as 'A Star is Born', 'Jurassic Park', 'Moulin Rouge', 'Highschool Musical', and 'The Social Network' (Hollywood Museum (in the Historic Max Factor Building). 1660 N. Highland Avenue at Hollywood Blvd. (on the Walk of Fame). (323) 464-7776 or www.thehollywoodmuseum.com).
 
Content posted by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Images by Taylor Stanforth. Copyright updated 2018.
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