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Travel Along: Food and fun in California

In the Los Angeles area, Hollywood is a tourist's playground, from the Walk of Fame to a tour of movie stars' homes. There are also a number of restaurants described as fast food that will please both kids and adults.
by Marcy Williams Modified: July 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014

During our recent vacation to the Los Angeles area of California, we succumbed to one very typical tourist attraction – a tour of Hollywood.

We strolled along the Walk of Fame to see how many famous stars we could find and were rewarded with such notables as Elvis Presley, Godzilla, James Garner, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Bing Crosby, Red Skelton and Greta Garbo.

In front of the TCL Chinese Theatre, originally Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, is also an area where concrete squares contain handprints and footprints and signatures of stars. We found it interesting to see if our hands or feet could fit the imprints left by these stars.

After lunch at Tin Horn Flats, a block off Hollywood Boulevard, we boarded an open-air bus and began our tour of the Hollywood Hills. From Hollywood and Vine to Sunset Boulevard and up through the hills of Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Drive, we saw many stars’ homes, though no stars.

Taking pictures was fairly fruitless, however, as most of the “views” were of hedges and fences: “Behind this fence is the home of Justin Timberlake” or “Just past this hedge lived Elvis Presley.” The elaborate homes are architecturally diverse and most are quite large. Included in the tour was a drive down Rodeo Drive, where the elite shopper can “break the bank” with her purchases. The tour ended with a view of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign in the hills.

During our California visit we enjoyed a number of meals, though most were West Coast fast food establishments. One day we enjoyed lunch at El Pollo Loco, where the chicken is grilled and seasoned just right. In-N-Out Burgers, known for its locally-grown beef, provided several meals for our group and beats out the usual fast-food burgers anywhere. Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill is known for its fish tacos and variety of fresh salsas. Never let it be said that all fast food is unhealthy, because these definitely offered some healthy choices.

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by Marcy Williams
NewsOK Contributor
After being an educator in Oklahoma public schools for so many years, I learned new skills and became a Web editor. Now that I have retired, I travel more but am still learning — about planning efficiently for travels and about what sights might...
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