Beverly Hills Travel Guide
We all know Beverly Hills, 90210, is famous for its celebrity residents and iconic landmarks. This city mesmerizes visitors with luxury accommodations, top restaurants and of course, the chance to see a movie star living their daily lives.
We created this guide so that you can quickly and easily found the best free attractions the area has to offer!
Window Shopping and Celebrity Sighting – How can you visit Beverly Hills and not go window shopping? You just can’t! Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard form part of the famous Golden Triangle. This by far is the best area for people watching and shopping in Los Angeles. Enjoy eating lunch or sipping a gourmet coffee at one of the café’s, and you may get lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a celebrity coming out of their favorite yoga studio or boutique.
In the Golden Triangle area, you will recognize all the famous movies scenes and shops that line the streets. If you can afford to shop here, the stores and designers will provide an experience like no other. Shops including Chanel, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Versace, Yurman and more.
Beverly Gardens Park – Be sure to get that perfect souvenir picture in front of the famed Beverly Hills sign located at the Beverly Gardens Park. This 22 blocks long park has been in many movies and television shows. Look at the electric fountain in the far west end and the many art pieces scattered around. Another free option with plenty of shade and benches to enjoy while you people watch.
Beverly Hills Hotel – Feel like a famous celebrity when you walk the red-carpet entrance at this iconic hotel. Visit the famous Beverly Hills Hotel and soak up the 100-year history and beautiful grounds. You will no doubt recognize the inside from the many movies filmed here. There is no admission fee but ask to make sure the grounds are open before exploring.
The Museum of Television and Radio – The Museum of Television and Radio is in Beverly Hills, while its sister site is in New York. The exhibits are always changing, so it is a new experience each time. Be sure to look at the samples from its library of more than 75,000 radio and television programs. Plus, there is a gift shop that is a must for fans of TV trivia. Admission is always free.
Art and Architecture – Be sure to visit the 300 Block of Rodeo Drive to see the Frank Lloyd Wright designed “Anderton Court.” You will not be able to miss it, look for the spiral ramp and triangular tower. Another delight is to go see the O’Neil House at 507 N Rodeo Drive. The unique architectural design is surreal. Inspired by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi this private mansion’s facade is unique.
Greystone Mansion was once the most expensive house in California and was built in 1930’s. Two areas of the estate are open to the public. You can view the formal gardens with its large fountain, and the pool in the inner courtyard. The interior is only open during performances, or on the monthly mansion tour dates that book up fast.
Pop Art lovers will delight to hear of the Revolver Gallery. It features everything Andy Warhol and nothing else. In fact, this is the biggest Warhol collection in the world with over 150 prints and paintings. Beverly Hills has so much to offer that it’s hard to capture it in a single page. Start with this guide and let it lead you to discover all the amazing sights, shops, and restaurants in the area.
Trolley Tours – Our last suggestion is one that may surprise you because it is not free, but for $5 for adults and $1 for children it’s an especially good value. Take a quick 40-minute narrated trolley tour, and you’ll see famous sites and ride through neighborhoods of celebrity homes. This will acquaint you with the area fast and is quite affordable. After the ride, you’ll be ready to explore more of the Beverly Hills area on your own.
Post by: Arthur Glosman DDS