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The Best Time of Day to Be a Tourist on Hollywood Boulevard

While I passed through LA a lot as a kid, we never stopped there. We never did any touristy things and certainly never made the visit to Hollywood Boulevard, Grauman’s Chinese Theater ,or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’ve been to Hollywood twice this summer, once for the Radio Disney Music Awards and again for the world premier of Disney’s Planes.

My first venture onto Hollywood Boulevard was in the middle of the day on a Thursday. I took two steps onto the busy sidewalk and realized “NOPE. NOT MY PLACE.” You see, I have some anxiety issues that don’t mix well with a lot of people, noise, and strange things going on. It was just last year that Times Square became a little too much for me too handle, which makes me sad.

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This last trip to Hollywood had me staying at the historic Roosevelt Hotel with a room looking right onto Hollywood Boulevard and the Chinese Theater. My kind of tourism! I kept my windows open. While I may not like bodies and noise all around me, I enjoy ambient city and urban noise from the safety of a hotel room. It stayed noisy and busy from about 10 am to 2 am, with the noises really escalating around midnight. (Booze! WHEE!) The bodies were fairly constant, with the highest concentration of them in the mid to late afternoon (which was also when there were the most “characters,” literally and figuratively.)

So when does someone who doesn’t want to battle crowds visit Hollywood Boulevard? Someone who wants to seek out their favorite star on the walk of fame or hand prints in front of the theater?

7 am.

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If you’re a tourist on east coast time, this is a total bonus, because chances are you’ll already be up and at ‘em.

While I had meetings to attend that prevented me from making it down to the theater at 7 am, I enjoyed it in all of it’s pristine silence from my hotel room — because as soon as I came back from my meetings?

It was back to being a zoo.

The Museum of Neon Art is trying to save and restore two original signs from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, if you’re a sucker for neon, history and restoration click here to get more of the story and see how you can help.

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Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy or her Babble Voices site Shutterlovely. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

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