Los Angeles, California audio tour: A Guide to Hollywood Boulevard’s Haunting History and Hidden Gems

A Guide to Hollywood Boulevard’s Haunting History and Hidden Gems

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

To many, Hollywood Boulevard is nothing but a tourist trap trading on its glory days during the Golden Age of Cinema. But there are secrets here, for those who go looking, and sometimes the dustiest rooms – and grittiest streets – yield the most fascinating treasures.

The stories on this Hollywood walking tour will lead you back to the beginnings of this neighbourhood. We’ll seek out rock legends, the perfect martini, and the best place to enjoy it. There’s a museum with a strange connection to the guillotines of the French Revolution along the way, and a certain hotel where you might hear the sounds of a trumpet – even when nobody is playing. Nobody you can see, that is.

Tour Producer


Stefanie C

My name is Stefanie, and I blog about the history of Classic Hollywood. I am not classically trained or college-educated in film studies. I didn’t receive a degree in history from Harvard. I just love Hollywood and its history.

Armed with a knowledge of the classic film actresses/songbirds and their life stories, my trusty Android, and Eliza, my pet cat, I’m hunting down star-studded stories both past and present.

Major Landmarks

  • Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Magic Castle

Directions to Starting Point

Begin your tour on the little corner island of La Brea and Hollywood Boulevard. Look for the silver gazebo with four silver statues.

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Places to stop along the way

Pig 'n Whistle, Lonos, Miceli's

Best time of day

This tour is good any time of day, though the dusk hours are nice for not only beating the heat, but for enjoying the pink sunsets Los Angeles offers. This is also the hour when the Boulevard nightlife starts to amp up.


Please look both ways before crossing a street, Hollywood Boulevard is particularly prone to wreckless drivers. It is always wise to keep an eye out for pickpockets. And think twice before you take a photo with the cosplayers along the boulevard--they will expect payment for that quick selfie.


One of the stronger VoiceMap tours I’ve taken. The GPS auto play worked reliably. Narration was solid. Choice of stops included a few nice surprises, though not sure why Madame Tussaud’s history was included, since it was about the London origins.

Posted by Tom , 4 months ago

I adored this tour! I'm not familiar with this area and learning new and exciting history about such a famous place was amazing. The narrator's voice was so calming and it pulled me in. I definitely reccomend this tour to anyone and everyone.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 6 months ago

Absolutely loved this tour! The narrator’s voice is so calming and peaceful. I’ve lived in Los Angels my whole life, and never truly appreciated Downtown Hollywood until this tour. The narrator shares so many fascinating details about Hollywood and the history behind its iconic landmarks. The stories that are shared truly bring the streets of Hollywood to life! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, whether you are a local or just passing though as a tourist, as you will never see the famous Hollywood streets the same after.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 year ago
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A Guide to Hollywood Boulevard’s Haunting History and Hidden Gems