Hollywood Forever Cemetery

#17 in Best Things To Do in Los Angeles
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Key Info

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Price & Hours

Free
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

As morbid as it may seem, your best chance of spotting a celebrity in LA is at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Here, you'll find the final resting places of Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille and other stars who once worked at the adjacent Paramount Pictures Studios. Maps detailing the celebrities' gravesites are available at the cemetery's flower shop.

Recent visitors described the cemetery's quiet grounds as "peaceful and serene," adding that the grounds are well-maintained. Many also appreciated the informative and friendly staff.

On Saturday evenings from May through September, the cemetery hosts outdoor movie screenings; tickets can be reserved online on Cinespia's website for $18 to $35. Parking can be challenging to find in the area, but advance parking is available online for $15 per vehicle.

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance gate is on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood and is open to visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 5 or 5:30 p.m. Note that certain mausoleums have abbreviated hours. Admission is free. Check out the Hollywood Forever website to find out more.

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Most recent visitors cited the beautiful setting as Griffith Observatory's main draw, though the free entry was certainly a bonus. However, you will have to pay between $3 and $7 to see the planetarium shows. Griffith Observatory is open from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with extended hours on weekends. Free but limited parking is available along the winding roads leading up to the property, or visitors can park in the small lot by the observatory for $10 per hour. A gift shop and cafe can be found on-site as well. For more information, check out Griffith Observatory's website.

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