For 80 years the Sunset Strip has sparked the culture of America with behaviors that have now become normal, like dancing to rock music, gambling at casinos, smoking Marijuana and same sex marriage. And while the heat that the Strip generated from its nightlife sparks have spread out across the entire country, the sources of those sparks – the original ignition points that heated the action on the Sunset Strip – all came from gambling. This tour takes you through the Strip's transformation.
Chateau Marmot, Whiskey A Go Go, Viper Room, Garden of Allah, Sunset Marquis, Casablanca Records, Tower Sunset
Out front of the shopping plaza at 8000 Sunset Boulevard.
Places to stop along the way:
Best burger is at Burger Lounge (8539 West Sunset Blvd). Also, Book Soup (8818 Sunset Boulevard) is a wonderful bookstore filled with great art, film, and music sections.
Best time to walk:
Sunset Boulevard is good at sunset, as you might expect, but early Sunday morning is best. The Strip is empty like a ghost town, like an abandoned movie set.
In mid-afternoon the sun will be intense with little shade. Also, Los Angeles is the hit and run capital of the United States, so always look both ways.
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