Sunset Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles. It's 22 miles long and stretches from Downtown to the Pacific Coast Highway intersection, passing through Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel Air.
Of the 22 miles that make up Sunset Boulevard, the most famous stretch is Sunset Strip, located between Hollywood and West Hollywood.
Sunset Strip is home to countless restaurants, bars, pubs and clothing stores. There are also many comedy clubs, such as The Comedy Store, where the famous comedians Eddie Murphie and Jim Carey rose to fame.
Among the many luxury hotels on the strip, one of the most famous is Chateau Marmont, a legendary hotel with over 90 years of history where many celebrities have stayed.
Besides the lively nightlife on Sunset Strip, during the day you'll be able to visit Sunset Plaza, a mall located in the vibrant shopping area.
Sunset Strip was a hotspot for casinos and the sale of illegal substances during its first years in the 20th century. It wasn't until the 40s and 50s that the area was transformed and began to spark interest among wealthy people, visited by many Hollywood artists.
The transformation meant that from the 60s onwards the area was popular among hippies, punks, rockers and other urban groups. Many musicians took up residence there until prices rocketed in the 80s and many were forced to leave.
Other Places of Interest
Aside from Sunset Strip, other interesting places on Sunset Boulevard include:
Charlie Chaplin Studios (1416 N La Brea Ave): This is where Charlie Chaplin filmed all his comedies.
Guitar Center (7425 Sunset Blvd): Similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but with music artists such as Chuck Berry and Van Halen.
Rodeo Drive (1.5 km) Beverly Hills (1.8 km) Stahl House (4.7 km) Bel Air (5 km) Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5.5 km)