Sunset Boulevard

#8 in Best Things To Do in Los Angeles
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Sunset Boulevard

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

One of the most iconic thoroughfares in the United States, Sunset Boulevard continues to live up to its legends. In the old days, it represented the classic and glamorous Hollywood lifestyle and became the setting of several famous films, including the obvious classic "Sunset Boulevard." Today, the palm-lined street (which connects downtown LA to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the Pacific Coast Highway) retains its cinematic appeal, and the Sunset Strip portion has become a popular nightlife spot. The strip is also home to many classic music venues, including the Rainbow Bar & Grill and The Roxy Theatre.

Recent visitors loved driving along this famous boulevard, adding that gorgeous sunsets can be enjoyed during late afternoon drives. But like other parts of LA, this thoroughfare gets congested once rush hour hits, so plan accordingly.

The clubs, bars and restaurants along Sunset Boulevard maintain varied hours, but the street itself is always free to visit and open 24 hours a day. For those without a car, the city's No. 2/302 buses travels along much of the thoroughfare.

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