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Worldly life, historic restaurants, elegant boutiques, nightclubs that have become legendary, and a very high probability of seeing Hollywood stars. These are the main features that distinguish the Sunset Strip from other streets in the world. It is a street with so many stories and anecdotes to tell that it has become an undisputed symbol of the city: in short, an unmissable destination during a Los Angeles trip.
You may ask what to do on Sunset Strip. So let’s take a closer look at this famous street and at some recommendations for those who plan to visit it.
- Where is the Sunset Strip?
- How to Get There
- Where Can You Park? When You Visit the Sunset Strip?
- How to Get Around the Strip
- Famous Places on the Sunset Strip
- Famous Hotels
- Historic Venues
- Best Places to Eat on Sunset Strip
- Where to Stay?
Where is the Sunset Strip?
The Sunset Strip covers a 1.5-mile section of the famous Sunset Boulevard, the 22-mile artery that runs from inland Los Angeles (the Silver Lake area) to Highway 1, the scenic road on the Pacific Ocean.
The part of this great road that is commonly identified as the Sunset Strip lies between Sierra Drive (bordering Beverly Hills) and Crescent Heights Boulevard (bordering Hollywood).
Although it may not be as famous as the Las Vegas Strip, the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles is still one of the most iconic places in the city and is known worldwide for its tourist attractions and establishments that have become historically significant in the music and entertainment world.
This street began to make a name for itself in the 1920s, when many restaurants and nightclubs opened there, turning it into a hub of Los Angeles nightlife. The success it enjoyed is also due to its geographical location. Since it is outside the city limits of Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip was able to take advantage of a less rigid application of the (then restrictive) rules on gambling and alcohol distribution.
How to Get There
The Sunset Strip is located in West Hollywood, a city in Los Angeles. There are buses that pass through West Hollywood (Metro line 2), however, the easiest way to get to the Strip is by car. Below I would like to point out 2 of our articles that could be useful for you:
- Our guide to getting around Los Angeles
- Our tips for renting a car
Where Can You Park? When You Visit the Sunset Strip?
Just like in the rest of the city (as I already explained in my article on where to park in Los Angeles), even in this area, finding free parking is not an easy task, so much so that often the clubs or restaurants on the Sunset Strip have their own parking lot with a valet to whom you have to give the car keys (valet parking).
Since these parking spaces are often far from cheap, it may be useful to know that there are some cheap solutions in the area, in some cases, there is even free parking for 1 or 2 hours. In the interactive map above I marked some of them based on information provided by West Hollywood’s website. I have also included prices and times that I was able to find (however, you should still check for yourself to make sure that the information is still the same).
How to Get Around the Strip
Some people may be content to simply drive across the Sunset Strip. If you are coming from Hollywood, you will end up at the Beverly Hills sign, which marks the beginning of the new neighborhood. However, you can also opt for a more detailed exploration.
Once on the Sunset Strip, you can walk along the street and if you are in the area on a Friday or Saturday, you can also take advantage of a useful shuttle service called Sunset Trip. This is a free trolley offered by the city of West Hollywood that passes every 15 minutes. It makes numerous stops along the Strip and it is particularly convenient for getting around quickly. For a list of all the stops, go to this website.
Famous Places on the Sunset Strip
On the map above you will find the main points of interest along the route. Below I will describe the attractions, which will be divided into categories:
Chateau Marmont (8221 Sunset Blvd)
“Touched by scandal and commemorated in literature.” This is how the Los Angeles Times described the Chateau Marmont, one of the most controversial and at the same time intriguing historic hotels in the city. Built in 1929, its design was inspired by the Château d’Amboise in France and it has been used as a set for many Hollywood filmsand has been referenced in famous songs and stories.
In addition to the many personalities who have stayed there (for example Francis Scott Fitzgerald and Johnny Depp), the hotel has gone into the news for some controversial events that occurred inside, such as Jim Morrison’s fall from the balcony of his room, and John Belushi‘s death caused by overdose. If you want to take a look at its interior without booking one of its expensive rooms, you can eat in the hotel’s elegant restaurant. While driving through the Sunset Strip, you may not notice it because it is at an elevated position on the hill.
Sunset Tower Hotel (8358 Sunset Blvd)
The Sunset Tower Hotel is the first skyscraper built on the Sunset Strip (13 floors) and is a fine example of Modern Art Deco Streamline architecture. In the ’30s, it became a destination for almost all Hollywood stars, including John Wayne, who is said to have kept a cow on his balcony so he could always have good fresh milk.
The pool on the terrace has been used for many films (such as Get Shorty and Strange Days), while the current Tower Bar & Restaurant was originally the apartment of mobster Bugsy Siegel.
Andaz West Hollywood (8401 Sunset Blvd)
Andaz West Hollywood was renamed“The Riot House” because of the unruliness of the rock-and-roll bands that stayed there after performances on the Sunset Strip. Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Elton John, Thin Lizzy, and many others have passed through here. They are the protagonists of stories of smashed rooms, televisions, and guitars thrown out of windows and entrances in the lobby on a motorcycle.
This hotel has also been used by Hollywood directors for their films (for example Almost Famous, which not surprisingly tells the story of a fictional rock band from the 70s). In spite of its troubled history, today Andaz West Hollywood presents itself as one of the most elegant hotels with the best views of the area.
The Comedy Store (8433 Sunset Blvd)
This is one of the most important comedy clubs in America, where comedians such as Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Michael Keaton, David Letterman, and many others have performed… the interesting thing is that it is not at all rare that the great actors who began their career here come back on this stage to perform, maybe without announcing it beforehand, so get ready for possible surprises!
However, the reputation of this place was already remarkable before it opened as The Comedy Store in 1972. Just think that here in 1964, when the place hosted the concerts of rock bands, The Byrds performed.
Fun fact: The Comedy Store is also famous for hosting the wedding reception between Liza Minelli and Jack Haley Jr. The street was blocked off for the event so that the many entertainment personalities who were invited could attend.
The Viper Room (8852 Sunset Blvd)
Opened in 1993, The Viper Room, owned for a while also by Johnny Depp, ended up suddenly in the eye of the storm due to the death of River Phoenix from overdose, which occurred the same year that it was inaugurated. This did not prevent it from becoming an important reference point for rock and metal band concerts, and at the same time a popular place for many VIPs (for example Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston).
Some noteworthy performances that will remain forever in the club’s history are Johnny Cash ‘s 1994 performance for his American Recordings album, which marked his artistic comeback, John Frusciante ‘s live performances in 1997, a time when his health was severely affected by drug abuse, and the opening concert, for which Johnny Depp invited Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Fun fact: Are you familiar with Counting Crows? Well, you’ll be interested to know that singer Adam Duritz worked here as a bartender to regain some contact with reality after the extraordinary success of the album August and Everything After.
Whisky a Go Go (8901 Sunset Blvd)
Lovers of rock and metal will stop in their tracks when they pass by this venue. In fact, it can be said that the rock scene in Los Angeles exploded thanks to the Whisky a Go Go that, in 2006, was included in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Would you like to hear some names of bands that performed here? Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Doors, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, and AC/DC, but the list is so long that it’s much easier to say who didn’t get on this stage than the other way around.
Fun fact: It may surprise you to know that Whisky a Go Go was originally a disco, an extension of the first club with this name opened in Chicago, in turn inspired by a disco opened in France in the 40s. During its “disco” phase, Whisky a Go Go introduced suspended cages, later reused by dancers in many nightclubs.
The Roxy Theatre (9009 Sunset Blvd)
Opened in 1973, the Roxy Theater shares 2 things in common with Whisky a Go Go. Elmer Valentine was the co-founder of both of these establishments and both have had an incredible array of famous bands and artists perform on their respective stages. Compared to Whisky a Go Go, this venue boasts a more varied repertoire, ranging from rock bands like the Ramones and Genesis to jazz musicians like George Benson and The Crusaders, to prose comedies like The Rocky Horror Show.
In addition to those already mentioned, some of the great celebrities who have come here are John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, and Neil Young, but also in this case, the list is quite lengthy.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities all along the Sunset Strip, but the area where all shopaholics head is Sunset Plaza (8623 Sunset Blvd), a stretch of the Strip filled with boutiques and cafes. If you are not in the shopping mood you can always sit down and have something to drink hoping to spot some VIPs going shopping…
Best Places to Eat on Sunset Strip
On a street like the Sunset Strip, places to eat abound and when there are too many choices, having some recommendations can always be useful.
Saddle Ranch Chop House (8371 Sunset Blvd) is one of my favorite places both for the quality of the Tex-Mex cuisine with large portions served here, and for the atmosphere, which recreates the stereotypes of the Far West with live performances of country musicians and the mechanical bull that you can try to tame. To top it all off, if you have some space left, you can “facilitate digestion” with a lot of cotton candy.
There are at least 2 reasons to go to the Rainbow Bar and Grill (9015 Sunset Blvd), which was also opened by the ubiquitous Elmer Valentine, and they are its history and atmosphere. Back in the days when it was called Villa Nova, Marilyn Monroe had her first date here with Joe DiMaggio, while Vincent Minnelli, who owned the place, proposed to Judy Garland here. But what the club is most proud of today is the fact that it is an important stage for rock bands and metal musicians (Motorhead’s Lemmy above all). Memorabilia, photos, and furniture turn this place into a small museum for rock lovers.
Mel’s Drive-In (8585 Sunset Blvd) is a famous chain, also mentioned in some movies (e.g. Melrose Place and American Graffiti), which has left its mark on American popular culture, with its famous logo and 1950s atmosphere. Although the chain was born in San Francisco, the location in the Sunset Strip is still a good option, with good quality American food at affordable prices.
Another similar joint is Carney’s (8351 Sunset Blvd) which is famous for its eccentric sign and for the fact that it is located in an old Union Pacific locomotive. It’s a great place to have a burger!
Let’s close with 2 curiosities. The Beatles lovers will be pleased to know that a short distance from the Sunset Strip, in the Hollywood Hills, there is the house (1567 Blue Jay Way) where George Harrison lived for a short time and where he wrote the song Blue Jay Way, drawing inspiration from the name of the street. If you try to look for the street and you don’t see the road sign don’t worry. Very often the street sign gets stolen by some out-of-control fans. It seems to be for this reason that the municipality had to put the name of the street directly on the sidewalk.
Instead on Sunset Boulevard, you could go in search of the Statue of Rocky and Bullwinkle (8775 Sunset Blvd). Until 2013, the statue remained in front of the headquarters of Jay Ward Productions, the company that created the famous moose and the equally famous squirrel. There have been many protests about the removal of the statue, some have even come to believe that it mysteriously disappeared. In any case, fans of these characters can breathe a sigh of relief, because it seems that soon the statue will be reinstalled in its original location. If you see it leave us a comment below.
Where to Stay?
The advantages of staying in a hotel on the Sunset Strip are the proximity to all kinds of services and the fact that many of these hotels often offer a pleasant view and a terrace with a swimming pool. As I already mentioned, there are some historic and charming hotels, but the hotel selection is much wider, as you can see in this list.
If you want to visit other attractions in Los Angeles, you can also inform yourself about other areas of the city, for example, by reading our guide to the best neighborhoods to stay in the city, which you can access by clicking on the button below:
Our tips on where to stay in Los Angeles
Warning: Operating hours can change and closures for extraordinary events can occur, so we strongly suggest to check the venues official websites.
It extends from West Hollywood's eastern border with the city of Los Angeles near Marmont Lane to its western border with Beverly Hills at Phyllis Street. The Sunset Strip is known for its boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs, and nightclubs, as well as its array of huge, colorful billboards.Where is the famous part of Sunset Blvd? ›
The part of this great road that is commonly identified as the Sunset Strip lies between Sierra Drive (bordering Beverly Hills) and Crescent Heights Boulevard (bordering Hollywood).Is the Sunset Strip worth visiting? ›
Even though the Sunset Strip is a little over 1.5 miles long, the area is rich with history and things to do. The 100-year-old Strip is known as the entertainment and music mecca of Los Angeles, and famous movie and music stars are frequently spotted walking around the area.Why is it called Sunset Strip? ›
It got its name in 1888, according to street records, perhaps chosen by a city employee squinting against the sun while heading west. As Los Angeles extended westward, so did Sunset, eventually stretching more than 22 miles from downtown Los Angeles to the sea, crossing Beverly Hills and West Hollywood on its way.Where is the best place to see the sunset in Vegas? ›
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1. Griffith Park. This LA landmark is the talk of the town when it comes to places for watching sunsets. It is spread over 4,310-acre grassy land and has various vantage points but, the one that is most popular among the locals is the Griffith Observatory perched on the mountain top.Is there a 77 Sunset Strip? ›
No number 77 exists on the Strip, as all Sunset Boulevard addresses in the area have four digits.What is there to do in sunset Beach this weekend? ›
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Voodoo Lounge at The Rio Las Vegas
This is the best place to catch a 180-degree view of the Las Vegas Strip. From this vantage, you'll be able to see from the SAHARA Las Vegas to the MGM Grand, plus most of the city beyond the Strip. VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at the Rio Las Vegas opens every night at 8 pm.
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1. Santorini, Greece. The Greek Island of Santorini is covered with picture perfect sunset spots, and is known world-over for this.Where can I focus for sunset? ›
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Sunset Cliffs tends to be busiest in the mornings and just before and after sunset. Some of the beaches are more accessible at or near low tide. When the surf is good the area is generally packed with surfers and spectators as it gets some amazing waves.
But the best way to get to know any city street is to take it on by foot. Iconic Sunset Boulevard stretches more than 20 miles from downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean, and it's packed with places to shop, eat and gawk—before turning woodsy in Beverly Hills.
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Sunset Island and Ocean City Maryland are kid-friendly vacation destinations offering activities for kids of all ages. Parks and playgrounds offer beach volleyball, a skate park, tennis, volleyball and weekly camps galore. Ocean City, MD golf courses are nationally recognized. Choose from among 17 championship courses.What should I wear to Sunset Beach? ›
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Although there is a town in California called Sunset Beach, California, the show's beach scenes were shot on nearby Seal Beach, California. The show was co-produced by NBC and Spelling Television.How long is London's longest day? ›
When is the summer solstice? This year the summer solstice falls on Tuesday June 21 2022. On this day the sun will rise in London at 4.43am and won't set until 9.21pm, meaning city-dwellers will be able to bask in a whopping 16 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds of daylight. Think of the vitamin D.Which place has the longest sunset? ›
Near the Arctic Circle (65 degrees north latitude), the duration of a solstice sunset lasts about 15 minutes. At the equator (0 degrees latitude), the solstice sun takes a little over 2 1/4 minutes to set. Regardless of latitude, however, the duration of sunset is always longest at or near the solstices.Where should I go after 3am in London? ›
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- Many London gardens are now open.
- Lots of London royal attractions willl be open during 2022.
- The London Zoo reopens on 12 April 2021, offering a safe outdoor experience for all the family.
- Tower Bridge reopens soon.
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Though it runs only 4.2 miles long, beginning at Sahara Avenue and ending on Russell Road, the Las Vegas Strip is one of the most famous streets on Earth, attracting around 43 million visitors each year to the mega-resorts that pack both sides of the boulevard.What time is the Strip busiest? ›
Rush Hour in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas streets get very congested during morning hours (7am-9am) and evening rush hours (4pm–6pm), as well as at weekends. Traffic becomes heavy in tourist areas after 4:00 p.m. The Strip is slow-going most of the time and turns into a virtual car park when the town is busy.
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Sunsets on Ibiza are easily some of the best the Mediterranean has to offer. In fact, they are pretty spectacular, with beautiful orange, red, pink and purple tones that seduce those viewing one with sights of pure dreaminess.
Es Vedrá is the most photogenic islet of Ibiza, in addition, it is considered one of the most mystical places on the island. It is protected as a nature reserve and according to legends, it is an islet with magical properties of energy accumulation.Where is the best sunset in Ibiza? ›
Cala Conta is one of the most popular beaches on Ibiza. You can head to any of the three beaches around the area and experience a panoramic view of the stunning sunset. The beach bar overlooks the entire bay and the famous Sunset Ashram claims to be the best sunset in Ibiza.Why is Sunset Boulevard still relevant? ›
It is largely considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made and is preserved in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Sunset Blvd is a classic example of film noir. It is also very meta, and its dark, cynical tone, voiceover, and dialogue remain relevant to this day.What is the focus of Sunset Boulevard? ›
The film's main focus largely represents the Hollywood star system to which Norma Desmond is a victim of. The film particularly highlights the fantasy world in which Norma lives in, the world where she is the 'greatest star' (Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard, 1950).What is Sunset Strip in Ibiza? ›
THE SUNSET STRIP
The Sunset Strip is probably the most famous of all the sunset locations in Ibiza. Located in San Antonio, the strip of bars along the seafront make for the most picturesque setting to enjoy food and cocktails under the horizon.
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The character of “Norma Desmond” is a fictional composite inspired by several real-life faded silent-film stars, such as the reclusive existence of Mary Pickford, the mental disorders of Mae Murray and Clara Bow and the grotesque, and even predatory acting style of Norma Talmadge.What time is Sunset Boulevard set? ›
SUNSET BOULEVARD takes place in Hollywood between 1949 and 1950. REVIEWS: "Wonderfully entertaining. Lloyd Webber and his colleagues have reinvented the movie as a romantic musical spectacle.What style is Sunset Boulevard? ›
Sunset Boulevard (styled in the main title on-screen as SUNSET BLVD.) is a 1950 American black comedy film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett.What happens at the beginning of Sunset Boulevard? ›
The start is extraordinarily fast, with the Paramount logo quickly dissolving to a pan down to a curbstone, where we immediately realize that Sunset Boulevard is both the name of the film, and also the name of the street, stenciled as it as on the curbstone itself.Where is the car from Sunset Boulevard? ›
The car used in Sunset Boulevard is now displayed in Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Turin. The Isotta-Fraschini used in Sunset Boulevard has Norma Desmond's initials on the door. Isotta-Fraschini was founded in 1900 by Cesare Isotta and brothers Vincenzo, Oreste and Antonio Fraschini.Who is the main character in Sunset Boulevard? ›