All of you 90’s kids out there will remember the television series, “Beverly Hills, 90210”. This television series inspired people from all corners of the globe to set off on glamorous getaways to the city in Los Angeles County, California. If you didn’t catch an episode, let us inspire you to indulge in one of LA’s most affluent spots.
Fun Facts About Beverly Hills
The city of Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914 and the area ZIP code is the wealthiest per-capita location in the nation. Don’t expect to see any billboards plastering the buildings like you might see in other US cities. Home to famous faces like Jack Nicholson, Beverly Hills boasts a manicured police station and a police department that will respond in under a minute.
The world’s first Cheesecake Factory sits on North Beverly Drive and if you stroll around, you’re sure to find the facade of many buildings quite familiar. This is because Beverly Hills has been the setting for a colossal amount of TV shows and movies, including the 1984 hit movie “Beverly Hills Cop”.
What to Do and See in Beverly Hills
- Rodeo Drive – Stretching for two miles, this famous street is the destination for year-round events and seasonal shows. A star-studded street of high-end stores and boutiques, the area can be explored by foot, on a segway tour or on a celebrity-spotting bus tour!
- Paley Center for Media (The Museum of Television and Radio) – A memorable day out can be enjoyed at this attraction, which can be found on the corner where North Beverly Drive meets Little Santa Monica Boulevard. Founded back in 1975 by William S. Paley, this striking building houses an expanding collection of content that has been broadcast on television and radio. Contained in its archives is a rehearsal for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella that was previously never seen prior to being shown off at the museum.
- Trolley Tour – Hop aboard this open-air trolley and get a glimpse of Beverly Hills from all angles. The 40-minute tour will take you along Rodeo Drive, where you can window shop and search for famous faces. You will also see the city hall, library and other area attractions. Best of all, the vintage trolley is free to ride!
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – This professional honorary organization that comprises over 8,000 men and women working (and succeeding) in cinema. It is known around the world for hosting the annual Academy Awards, better known as “The Oscars”.
- Greystone Mansion – You may have heard of this historical landmark being called the Doheny Mansion. It is perched on a beautifully manicured estate and despite its serene vibe, the setting was once chosen for a murder. Ned Doheny Jr. and Hugh Plunkett were shot dead on the grounds in 1929 and the killer was never caught.
- Beverly Gardens Park – Officially opened in 1911, this picturesque public park covers 1.9 miles of land from one fountain to another. It’s well worth enjoying a relaxing stroll along the paved promenade, before sitting on one of the benches to admire the surrounding art sculptures, roses and cacti. Likewise, you can work off that serious case of jetlag with a quick run.
- Beverly Wilshire – Known as a landmark of Beverly Hills, this plush building is a Four Seasons Hotel on Rodeo Drive. The year 1928 saw its completion and since this time, it has been chosen as the shooting location for various movies and TV series.
- Spadena House – A storybook house positioned on the corner of Carmelita Avenue and Walden Drive, this attraction covers 3,500 square feet. Also known as “The Witch’s House,” it was designed by Harry Oliver with a stucco design and lopsided roof. Once upon a time, an architect named Charles Willard Moore likened it to Hansel and Gretel’s house.
- Virginia Robinson Gardens – Frequented by the famous, these gardens are part of the Robinson mansion at Virginia Robinson Estate. The historical landmark was built back in 1911 has a period landscape and Mediterranean Classic Revival Style. Set on six acres of landscaped gardens, the ancient estate is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Sprinkles ATM – No matter what time of day or night you fancy a sweet treat, this cupcake automat will not disappoint. It is open 24 hours a day to satisfy hunger cravings with red velvet cupcakes and vegan nibbles.
- Saban Theatre – Previously known as Fox Wilshire Theater, this timeworn entertainment venue is considered a classic landmark of L.A. The Art Deco style building was one of the first structures to be seen in the city’s eastern segment.
- Celebrity Sightings – Paparazzi congregate in various parts of Beverly Hills to capture photographs of celebrities going about their daily business. Celebrity hot spots include Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen and Mastro’s. You may also choose to join a Starline Movie Star Tour to see where the stars live.
Booking a Beverly Hills Hotel
Whether it’s a glamorous and relaxing getaway you are after, or a sightseeing trip on a budget, there’s something in Beverly Hills to suit. You could spend your days sipping champagne at a 5-star luxury resort, such as one of the Beverly Hills Hotels. These iconic hotels are proudly positioned in the most exclusive parts of the city. If you want to stay within the Golden Triangle, the Montage Beverly Hills will surely satisfy.
Alternatively, you might want to book a stay at an affordable, intimate boutique hotels with all of the amenities you could wish for. Sites like Expedia are a great way to find the right Beverly Hills Hotel for your trip. Recommended options include the Hotel del Flores, and Ramada Plaza West Hollywood Hotel and Suites.
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