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Hollywood Bowl

2301 North Highland Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90068 | Official website
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  • Type: Entertainment and Nightlife
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.7)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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If you can catch a gig at the Hollywood Bowl, L.A.'s beautiful outdoor amphitheatre, don't pass it up. Since its inaugural season in 1922, this unique stage, set in Hollywood Hills, has entertained thousands of fans and hosted some of the biggest names in music, including The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Tina Turner and Simon and Garfunkle. Many travelers praise the Hollywood Bowl as the quintessential Los Angeles experience, touting everything from the sound quality to the scenic overlook.

You may not have time to see a show (or an act you enjoy may not be performing at the Hollywood Bowl), but you can still make time for the on-site Hollywood Bowl Museum and the Hall of Fame. The museum highlights Hollywood Bowl history with special exhibits showcasing artists who have put on shows at the venue. The Hall of Fame celebrates performers who embody the meaning of a "true superstars — with appearances on screen, stage, recordings, and at the Bowl — whose contributions to the arts have made them part of the fabric of American culture," according to its website. Inductees range from Stevie Wonder and Bernadette Peters to John Legend and Reba McEntire. Admission to both venues is free.

During the summer, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform regularly. Take either a bus or taxi to the Bowl, as parking can be a nightmare. Buses run from several park and ride spots throughout the city. For more bus and ticket information, visit the Hollywood Bowl's website.

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