At 1.9 square miles, West Hollywood is compact in size and high in profile. Unlike the rest of Los Angeles, the city of West Hollywood is ideal for exploring on foot.
The portion of Sunset Boulevard that runs through West Hollywood is known as the Sunset Strip, a world-famous stomping ground for the young, the famous, and the star-struck. Some of its distinguishing features are a bombardment of advertisements and celebrities behaving badly. Some of the Strip's infamous nightlife options include the Comedy Store, the House of Blues, Saddle Ranch Chop House, and the Viper Room. It is the location of the legendary Chateau Marmont and the ultra-hip Standard hotels, which stand across the street from one another. And adding to its notoriety is the fact that the Las Vegas Strip was named after the Sunset Strip.
Sheryl Crow's song All I Wanna Do name drops the expansive Santa Monica Boulevard, and West Hollywood's portion is nothing if not fun. This is the eclectic street where you'll find an immigrant Russian-speaking community, LA's gay community, and the illustrious Troubadour. Rainbow flags dot the boulevard, communicating pride and an overall celebration of diversity.
Lastly, West Hollywood's Avenues of Arts and Design, which is made up of Melrose Avenue and Beverly and Robertson Boulevards, is the design industry's largest West Coast market. Along these three streets are countless art galleries, furniture and interior design showrooms, restaurants and coffee shops, and high-end fashion and lifestyle retailers. The Pacific Design Center serves as the district's anchor, and is also known as "the Blue Whale."
- • City of West Hollywood: www.weho.org
- • West Hollywood on Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Hollywood,_California
- • GoGay West Hollywood: www.gogaywesthollywood.com
- • West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce: www.wehochamber.com
- • Get West Hollywood Events: www.getwesthollywoodevents.com