The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk attraction, those famous "stars" you've seen embedded into along Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, and on Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard.
Made of pink terrazzo (a composite material) and brass, Hollywood Walk of Fame stars honor famous individuals in television, radio, film, music and drama. An icon set into the star denotes the category the person is being honored in, and a few people get more than one star.
Cowboy and singer Gene Autry earned the most stars, with one in each category. Many honorees played supporting roles or faded from the general memory after their moment of fame, and even if you know a lot about entertainment history, you're likely to recognize only a fraction of them.
Scenes from the Walk of Fame
Enjoy some of our best shots in this Walk of Fame Photo Tour
What the Walk of Fame Is - and Isn't
Some visitors say they expected more, so let's be clear about exactly what this attraction is. First and foremost, it's a sidewalk. It sometimes gets dirty or needs repairs. It's in the middle of one of the longest-standing tourist areas in all of Los Angeles, with all of its pluses minuses.
While the area is much nicer than it was a decade ago, it's not a glitzy, glamorous, Camelot-like place where the fire hydrants are made of platinum and the rich and famous go just to hang out.
Many visitors are content to walk down the sidewalks calling their pals' attention to famous names they recognize, but if you want to seek out and photograph the stars dedicated to your favorite stars, you'll save a lot of time if you're prepared.
If you want to search by name, try the "official" directory.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremonies
There's always a ceremony when a new star is installed, and the honoree must attend, making it one of our sure ways to see a celebrity in Los Angeles. If one of your favorite celebs is being added, it's a good time to see them in person.
To find out if a Walk of Fame ceremony is scheduled during your Los Angeles visit, you can check the schedule online or call the information line at 323-469-8311.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Review
We rate the Hollywood Walk of Fame 3 out of 5. No matter how much I say I'm not star-struck, I still enjoy seeing my favorite performers' names and watching how other people react to it. In fact, people watching may be the best thing to do as you walk along.
When we polled more than 750 of our readers, 52% of them rated the Walk of Fame as great or awesome. 30% of them gave it the lowest ratings.
More Walks of Fame
This one may be the original, but others in California have borrowed the concept. At the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, it takes the form of a photo collage. Palm Springs calls theirs the Walk of Stars, but it also honors civic leaders.
Over on Sunset Strip, it's the names of the folks who worked on the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show. Elsewhere in LA, there's a similar walk near the Grammy Museum downtown and a Rockwalk at the Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd. In San Francisco, the Hotel Diva has their own mini-version, a Gay Walk of Fame is in the works for The Castro and across the bay, Oakland is starting a Blues music version on 7th Street.
Details About the Walk of Fame
- Hours: Any time
- Cost: No cost to stroll on your own
- Location: Hollywood Boulevard and side streets, driving directions below
- How Long: A short look will take a few minutes but hunting down all your favorite stars can take a while
- Best Time to Visit: Any time, but unpeopled photos are easier in the morning
Getting to Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Los Angeles, CA
From US 101, take the Highland Avenue exit and go south. The Hollywood and Highland parking lot is the most convenient. The entrance is on the right about half a mile down the hill.
Los Angeles MTA (Metro Transit Authority) Red Line Hollywood and Highland stop is on the Walk of Fame.