Winding and treacherous in some areas, glitzy and posh in others, this pot-holed four-lane street stretches all the way from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway in the Pacific Palisades. Known affectionately in pop culture as the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Sunset Boulevard remains a symbol of the glamor and pomp associated with Hollywood.
At nearly 22 miles in length, Sunset Boulevard passes through or near several well-known Los Angeles districts, parks, and independent incorporated cities including Echo Park, Silver Park, Los Feliz, Bel Air, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. This is the road that uncannily links the gritty, urban streets of downtown Hollywood with the lavish and sparkling allure of Beverly Hills.
After weaving through downtown Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard then becomes the Sunset Strip as it passes through the district referred to as West Hollywood. Since the years of early Hollywood, the Sunset Strip has been infamous for its upscale clubs, boutiques, and restaurants that are frequented by movie stars, professional athletes, and supermodels.
Sunset Boulevard is now what many consider a Hollywood legend and the inspiration for countless songs, movies, and television shows. Highlights along the most famous road in Los Angeles County include the Beverly Hills Hotel, Chateau Marmont Hotel, Comedy Store, Los Angeles Film School, Rainbow Bar and Grill, Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant, The Roxy Theater, Sunset Gower Studios, and Johnny Depp's the Viper Room lounge.