Hollywood Forever Cemetery
For a Hollywood experience a little out of the ordinary book a tour within the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the official ‘Cemetery of the Stars’.
First founded in 1899, this cemetery is noted as ‘one of the world’s most visited landmarks’, the cemetery the final resting place of hundreds of Hollywood legends such as Judy Garland, Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, Chris Cornell, and hundreds more. Not only is Hollywood Forever a landmark burial ground for VIPS, but it is also an entertainment venue known for outdoor movies and concerts. That’s right, this cemetery doubles as Los Angeles’ ‘most dynamic cultural event center’. There are two particularly popular entertainment experiences that are had here, one being the Cinespia summer screenings on the Fairbanks Lawn and the other being the massive Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, the largest of its kind outside of Mexico.
To get more detailed information on the cemetery’s history and celebrity inhabitants book a guided tour with local historian Karie Bible. She takes guests on 2.5-hour-tours that provide an excellent overview of this cemetery that has earned itself a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. You can opt-in for lectures and specific tour additions such as Jewish Heritage and Hidden Hollywood with Bible, the Jewish Heritage option highly popular as the cemetery holds one of the oldest active Jewish sections in California, the Beth Olam section.