11 Things To Do in North Hollywood / The Valley in 2020
Hollywood and West Hollywood aren't the only must-see places to visit when you're on vacation in Los Angeles. Take a road trip up to North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley and experience these vibrant hidden gems. People in California and around the United States come to visit the kitschy bars, great hang out spots, and activities.
I've lived in North Hollywood for over 4 years and this somewhat gritty and slightly gentrified area has so much to offer. Even though I like to call it "NoHo - Up To No Good," you'll fall for its' charm.
Let me show you around my neighborhood!
1. Get up, close, and personal with iconic Hollywood Sign by visiting Lake Hollywood. You can also hike up the mountain on one of the several hikes that range from 3-miles to a 11 miles roundtrip.
Did you know that the sign read "Hollywoodland" from 1923 to 1949?
2. Go behind-the-scenes of current and classic Hollywood sets on any of the Hollywood Studio Tours. You can re-create a famous scene from the hit television show Friends at Warner Brothers Studio, have a blast at the attractions like Fast & The Furious: Supercharged at Universal Studios, and even see some behind-the-scenes areas that bring the history of Walt Disney to life with the Adventures By Disney: Disney Backstage tour.
3. Sit in the audience of a live TV show taping at NBC Universal, Warner Bros Studios and the neighborhood studios. Shows and sitcoms like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mom, and The Voice and always looking for lively studio audience members!
4. The NoHo Arts District is home to contemporary theaters, dance studios, art galleries, cafes, quaint shops, and public art. You can also pick up lunch and grab drinks at any of the bars and restaurants while you spend the day in NoHo!
5. Grab a flight of California Lagers at Brewyard Beer Company, a micro-brewery in Glendale.
6. Find out who's on the bill or try out a few jokes of your own at an open mic at Flappers Comedy Club. Celebrity Drop In Tuesday is becoming one of Burbank's hottest shows!
7. Get away from the bustle and find your zen at the serene Japanese Garden in Lake Balboa.
8. The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a 2,754-foot-long mural depicting the history of California through images of historic events and significant figures with a focus on women and minorities. It was executed by youth and artists in the LA community
9. Take in the city skyline at the Mulholland Drive Overlook. Sunset is the perfect time for panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles to the ocean, and the Hollywood Sign.
10. The Garland is the perfect place to cheers your bottomless mimosas at Sunday Brunch at The Front Yard.
11. For sweeping views of the city and the Valley, hike up The Tree of Life Trail to the Wisdom Tree, the only tree in the area that survived the devastating Hollywood Hills Fire in 2007.
What are your favorite hidden gems in North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley?