Celebrity-Focused Tourist Attractions in USA

West Hollywood, California, a popular tourist destination for movie fans, offers

the following attractions:

• Each year, 5.5 million tourists visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

• Rudolph Valentino and many other stars of the early cinema are buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The cemetery hosts outdoor movies weekly throughout the summer.

• Several bus tours take tourists through the celebrity neighborhoods of greater Los Angeles – passing the grand estates of stars and other film icons.

• Shrine Auditorium, home of the Oscars, was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975.

The following are sites regularly visited by tourists paying homage to two of America’s most popular celebrities:

Celebrity-Focused Tourist Attractions in USA Photo Gallery

Elvis Presley

• The tiny two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born in January 1935, is open to the public.

• Lauderdale Courts, the brick apartment buildings once home to the Presleys, is a popular attraction in Memphis. Tourists can now stay in refurbished #328, the actual apartment where Elvis and his parents lived.

• Elvis attended Humes High School in Memphis, where he played guitar before school and was in the school’s talent show. The school is still active but gives tours.

• Elvis bought virtually all his clothing at Lansky Brothers on Beale Street in Memphis. The store moved to the Peabody Hotel in 1981, and among its many designer brands is a line of exclusive Elvis-inspired fashions called Clothier to the King.

• More than 600,000 people visit Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, every year.

Marilyn Monroe

• Forever Marilyn, a three-story statue, was relocated to Palm Springs from Chicago in April 2014. The park where the statue resides hosts the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

• Marilyn Monroe and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio married in San Francisco in January 1954 and spent their wedding night in Paso Robles at Clifton Motel, now the Clifton Apartments. The El Paso de Robles Historical Society celebrates the anniversary with a festival.

• Marilyn Monroe spent a great deal of time on Long Island, and her most iconic pinup shots are believed to have been shot on Tobay Beach. After she became Mrs. Arthur Miller, she and her famous playwright husband stayed at Stony Hill Farm on Amangansett.

• Some Like it Hot, arguably Marilyn’s most notable film, was filmed at Coronado Beach.

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