SUMMER VACATIONS... come in many flavors, but a studio tour is a classic must-do for fans of classic television shows and films. Tours are available all year long at places like Warner Bros. Studios and Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers its famous backlot drive-around, but you're more likely to see families making the trip to Burbank and Universal City during the school break (not to mention those people who equate summertime with the ideal moment for a vacation).
IF DIGGING DEEP... into Tinseltown's working side is part of your getaway itinerary, and you're seeking a spot to stay that's A) close to both Universal and Warner Bros. and B) a television and movie star in its own right, look to the neon glow found just off Olive Avenue in the Media Capital of the World. It's that retro-nifty, pool-tastic local landmark, the Safari Inn, we speak of, and if you're thinking you've seen it before, you have, in shows like "Six Feet Under" and "The Partridge Family" and feature films like "Apollo 13." And to make it all a little simpler for the star-loving traveler, the motel has a partnership with Starline Tours, as well.
WHERE TO START? Your Warner Bros. tour is best booked in advance, but the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot tour is part of your ticket to the theme park (a park that's now home to the immensely popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter). The Safari Inn is a few minutes drive from both, and at the end of your touring days? You have that motel-perfect pool, some mountains in the distance, and the knowledge that you're staying in at a famous location setting, one that'll likely be used in many more productions to come.