Famous Streets to Visit in Los Angeles

Some of the famous streets to visit in Los Angeles can be more well-known than the actual attractions they host.  From Downtown L.A., to Santa Monica, there are names that everyone the world-over has heard of via movies, songs, TV shows and video games (think Grand Theft Auto).

In DTLA, there’s no street more important than Olvera Street.  Afterall, it was the birthplace of L.A. in 1781. Honorable mentions go to Alameda, Broadway, Grand (home of The Music Center), Olive, and Hope.

Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica

Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica

In Santa Monica, there’s Pacific Coast Highway, Ocean Avenue, Third Street with its shopping and dining promenade, Main Street, San Vicente lined with beautiful coral trees, and Montana Avenue.

Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard

Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard

The most famous streets however are up in the Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas.  There’s Hollywood Boulevard with its walk of fame, The Dolby Theatre, Hard Rock Café, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, The Hollywood & Highland Center, and dozens of other famous attractions.

Paul Smith Wall on Melrose Avenue

Melrose Avenue stretches through Hollywood and the City of West Hollywood.  On the west end of the avenue, look for more high-end boutiques and hot restaurants. As you move east, it’s loaded with the hip and trendy shops the street is really known for, as well as the connecting Fairfax Avenue and The Fairfax District.

PUMP Lounge on Santa Monica Boulevard

PUMP Lounge on Santa Monica Boulevard

Santa Monica Blvd also crosses city limits, but it’s mostly well-known in the West Hollywood area. It’s home to dozens of gay-friendly bars and restaurants. Even Lisa Vanderpump and Lance Bass have places on this well-traveled and pedestrian friendly walkable street.

Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills

Of course in Beverly Hills, there’s the one of a kind Rodeo Drive, loaded with the biggest names in luxury.  Attached to Rodeo, look for Wilshire Boulevard with even more shopping.  This intersection is also home to The Beverly Wilshire Hotel,

There’s no street in L.A. more famous though than Sunset Boulevard.  It starts near Dodger Stadium, and winds its way through several communities, including Angelino Heights, Echo Park, Silverlake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, before ending right at the sand near Santa Monica. The most popular section would be what’s called the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.  It’s where you can find much of the legendary nightlife, as well as the rock n roll clubs like The Roxy, The Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Viper Room, 1OAK, and The Whisky A Go Go.

Sunset Boulevard and The Sunset Strip

Sunset Boulevard and The Sunset Strip

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