Paramount Pictures Studios

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5555 Melrose Ave.

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Since the 1910s, Paramount has showcased the talents of film's all-time heavyweights, including Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The notable site has been home to everything from famous television shows like "I Love Lucy," "Cheers" and "The Brady Bunch" to box-office hits like "Mission: Impossible" and "Titanic." Today, Paramount Pictures is the only remaining film studio in the Hollywood area.

For an authentic Hollywood experience, set aside some time to tour the grounds. On the two-hour studio tour, a guide will take you around the site's 65 acres in a golf cart, and you'll also be able to hop off and explore sound stages and recognizable studio sets from many current TV shows and movies. Previous visitors praised the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, although some felt the tours offered at Warner Bros. Studio were better. Also, keep in mind the tours' age restrictions. Studio and VIP tours permit visitors ages 10 and older, while After Dark tours only welcome travelers 12 and older.

A trip to Paramount Pictures Studios would pair well with a visit to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, as the attraction is located in Hollywood just south of the cemetery. To visit the studio, you must reserve a spot in advance for a guided tour, which start at $60 per person. Evening walking tours and VIP tours with a meal, a souvenir photo and exclusive access to the property's production facilities are also available. Standard tours are offered every half hour from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily; parking costs $15 per vehicle but is free if you have an upgraded tour ticket. For more information, check out the Paramount Pictures Studios website and the Paramount Pictures Studio Tour website.

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Griffith Observatory sits on the south face of Mount Hollywood and overlooks the Los Angeles basin. Its location gives visitors impressive views of the surrounding area. But there's more than just a pretty photo-op here. The observatory hosts fascinating exhibitions and features a top-notch planetarium.

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 $4 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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