Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hooray for Hollywood

Saturday we went to the California Science Center. We started with a 3D IMAX movie about the space shuttle and the Hubble space telescope. Next we toured some of the Science Center exhibits, and finally made it in to see the Endeavor space shuttle. It was awesome to get so close to an actual space shuttle. Some science center guides were there to answer questions and had samples of the space shuttle's outer materials that you could feel and touch. It was a fascinating experience.

Space Shuttle
We grabbed some lunch at a nearby McDonalds, and then headed to the Griffith Observatory. I had read that there was a shuttle bus from the Griffith observatory that would take you really close to the Hollywood Sign for pictures, and while that was true it turned out you needed to purchase tickets online at least 3 days in advance, so we didn't get to experience that. However the view of the sign from the Griffith observatory is better than any from down in Hollywood itself which is where we went next.
Griffith Observatory
Hollywood Sign
We drove to Hollywood and then along Holllywood Boulevard. We parked near the Chinese Theater and looked at all the famous hand and footprints.We walked along the Walk of Fame among crowds of tourists and buskers. Some were quite entertaining. After an ice cream snack at the Ghirardelli store we did a little more window shopping at the Hollywood Boulevard shops, and then headed to our hotel in Long Beach. The evening wrapped up with a late dinner at the nearby Parker's Lighthouse restaurant.
Hollywood Boulevard

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