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You’ve seen the red carpet rolled out for the Academy Awards. Now it’s your turn. Skip down the pink-starred Walk of Fame, take a celebrity insider’s bus tour and snap a selfie with the famous Hollywood sign in the distance. After dark, party at hot nightclubs staked out by camera-flashing paparazzi.

They don’t call it the “dream factory” for nothing. Once downtrodden, this legendary neighborhood has recently been revived. Everything orbits the Hollywood & Highland shopping, dining and entertainment complex, where the Dolby Theatre hosts the Academy Awards. Glitteringly restored movie palaces include the Egyptian Theatre, Disney’s El Capitan Theatre and the Cinerama Dome at ArcLight Cinemas, where you might end up sharing an armrest with an A-list actor – swoon!

Although most TV and movie studios are found elsewhere around LA, far from Hollywood, it’s just a quick trip north on Metro Rail to Universal City. At Universal Studios Hollywood, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of a working studio backlot and experience movie-themed thrill rides and special-effects shows.