Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Southern California Close-Ups: Going Hollywood
Southern California Close-Ups: Going Hollywood

First published on Dec. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012.Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op — they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this neighborhood either, but you have savvier Hollywood plans.They involve horse trails, hidden hotels, a magic castle, a monastery — and that's just a start. Here are 10 Hollywood micro-itineraries suitable for visitors from across town or across the planet.1. Get thee to a nunneryThe Hollywood sign (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)More specifically, head to the Monastery of...