The Huntington, the former home of a railroad tycoon, is many things—an extensive library filled with rare books, a large art collection containing numerous European prints and paintings, botanical gardens of almost unmatched splendor and a forum for regular lectures and other activities. You will also find a fine bookstore, cafe and tea room on the grounds. Come and wander through the 150 acres of colorful gardens, lily ponds and beautiful sculptures. The rare books and manuscripts in the library include some of the earliest editions of Shakespeare's works, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible on vellum and the Ellesmere manuscript of one or more of Chaucer's greatest works. Please note reservations are required in order to visit and prices vary depending on the day of the week.
If you're an out-of-towner and miss riding the plains, you can cure your equestrian nostalgia by renting a horse and riding through the Hollywood Hills and Griffith Park. There are plenty of options here, including one and two hour rides during the day for anyone over the age of seven. A very popular option is the Friday night moonlight ride. Just arrive for a three-hour round-trip ride, which culminates with dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant.
Sitting pretty under the famous Hollywood Sign is the Paramount Studios lot, and a visit here is a memorable experience. Avail of one of the various studio tours, and let a bit of Hollywood glamor rub off on you. The venue is huge, and the wrought-iron double arch gate at Melrose & Windsor is an architectural wonder in itself, opening on to the vast premises where Hollywood productions come to life. Wander through the Bronson Gate and watch screenings in progress within the only big-time motion picture studio in the area. The huge library contains more than 1000 titles, including many Academy Award winners. Dating back to 1912, the place also contains a ton of history. If you are really, really interested, send in your resume, and they might just hire you! In any case, be sure to keep an autograph book at hand when here to gather a bit of stardust! Prices for tours may vary.
Westwood is a neighborhood of Los Angeles and was established in 1919 to accommodate the University of California. It is more known for Westwood Village which is famous for its shopping, theaters and restaurants. Westwood has many classic movie theaters such as the Bruin Theatre, Crest and Mann Village. One of the interesting places to visit is the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery which is the final abode of some of Hollywood biggest entertainers such as Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Roy Orbison and John Cassavetes.
Head down to Splash Zone for a fun-filled day splashing around in the pools, and riding winding water slides. A great place to visit during the summer, there's no shortage of fun at this water park with numerous activities and rides to indulge in. Featuring numerous swimming pools, water-rides and picnic zones, this place is perfect for a family-outing in the summer.
Undoubtedly the be all and end all of the city of Los Angeles, Hollywood is as much a universal icon as it is a neighborhood. This prominent landmark is surrounded by other neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Los Feliz, Hancock Park and the Hollywood Hills, and its street limits include the equally famous Hollywood Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. Hollywood attracts hordes of star-struck fans each day, seeing as that this is the closest one can get to the glitzy sheen that is the film fraternity. On your visit to this dynamic place, walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or trace your finger along film stars' cemented handprints outside of the TCL Chinese Theater. Take a picture with the Hollywood Sign in the background, or next to the waxy statue of your favorite movie star at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
The brainchild of renowned architect Max Behr, Montebello Golf Course is one of the oldest courses in the city, having existed since 1928. After decades, the course is still a golfing hot-spot, with plenty of diversity on each of its 18 holes. The size of the course is average, a little over 128 acres (51.7 hectares), but the joy of playing here is anything but average. Playing host to a number of local tournaments, this is also where you can tee-off against some of the city's best golfers.