A West Coast Road Trip Wraps Up in Hollywood and Anaheim

I know, I know, when you think of a West Coast Road Trip, you don’t necessarily think of Hollywood and Anaheim. But here we are in Santa Monica, and the heavy lifting in this West Coast Road Trip is pretty much over. We have crammed 1700 miles and a lifetime of memories on this trip, and days 7, 8, and 9 will be spent in Southern California. So what would any self-respecting tourist do? Well drive our 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo down Santa Monica Boulevard into Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, and Hollywood, of course!

 West Coast Road Trip – A Day on Hollywood Boulevard

Beverly Hills Boutique

Driving down Santa Monica Boulevard was not the highlight of this west coast road trip. But, as it turns out, that particular road takes us right through Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, and on into Hollywood (I won’t tell anybody I missed a turn if you won’t).   I’ll say this about Beverly Hills, it was very nice, clean, thumbs up to the hot-shot in the Ferrari, and a lot of names on stores that I cannot and will not try to pronounce.  I wonder if any of those boutiques would trade our jeep for a handbag? We cruised around checking the place out, it was pretty cool, but it didn’t really have any of the wow factor as many of the sights we had seen over the last week or so did. But I’m glad we were able to check it out. 

Driving on into Hollywood, I had no idea what to expect, but I liked what we found. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, The Kodak Theatre, The famous and amazing Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, another Hard Rock Cafe’, actors walking around imitating Hollywood’s famous, and a whole lot of everything else. Hollywood was clean, vibrant, and more fun than I thought it would be. I saw three stars for Dean Martin. (and he deserved them). No doubt the most popular star was the one and only Michael Jackson. But no Clint Eastwood. Huh?

Capital Records Building

Walking down Hollywood Boulevard was cool, but I did not realize there are over 2000 of those stars. The one thing I did not see was the Hollywood Sign. Next time… If you go, you could spend the day there, have fun, and it’s not cheap, but it’s not outrageous. ThatMadame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is really great, and it cost more than I would have liked, but, I’m glad we went in. Those wax figures are amazing works of art. All of the touristy stuff is cool, but I like the stuff that is not so touristy. Murals, cool signs, interesting businesses, people, and buildings. Hollywood has definitely got some of those…and was great to just walk around and take it all in. There were plenty of cops around if needed, but no TMZ cameras anywhere…

West Coast Road Trip – The Final Stop

As mentioned in the first post of this series, the catalyst for this entire West Coast Road Trip was that my daughter was to start work at Disneyland while being involved in their college program. This being the case, after a full day in Hollywood, we hit the freeway to Anaheim.  We made no plans to go into Disneyland, as we have been there a few times, and it was August. I expected everybody else in the whole country would be there.

Outside the Rainforest Cafe' in Downtown Disney

We got her checked in, with all the other college kids, and it was smooth sailing.  Say what you will about The Disney Corporation, but my experiences with them have been great, and this was no exception. They have their act together. We did go to Downtown Disney, and if you have never been, it’s quite nice. Shops, restaurants, and a great vibe, a family vibe. Live music at times, an electric feeling, and a fun place to hang out.

 

This West Coast Road Trip  Comes to a End    

 It’s mission accomplished: a daughter delivered to her destination, a West Cast Road Trip with memories that last far beyond 1700 miles, and a family bond that only gets stronger. On this trip we take a flight home as our dependable Jeep is staying in Southern California. A safe west coast road trip, a safe flight, and home. We are blessed, and after a week or so, I’m ready to go again…

A couple more for the road…

Wall Mural in Hollywood, artist unknown

 

Mural on building in Hollywood, artist unknown

 

Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

 

Carrie Underwood, the wax version

 

That’s a wrap on our West Coast Road Trip Extravaganza…Thanks for reading! Drop me a line if you have or are going on your own road trip. I love hearing about cool places to go to. As always, I encourage you to receive free updates to this blog. It’s easy, confidential, and did I mention free? Just click on the “subscribe in a reader” line at the top right of this page, and pick a reader. You can also leave your email address in the box at the top right also. That’s it.


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  1. Will be doing the road trip from Western Washington down HWY 1. Loved reading your report & I took some notes. THank you!

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