7. Stars at work, stars at restParamount Pictures (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Like Universal and Warner Bros. studios in the San Fernando Valley and Sony in Culver City, Paramount Pictures (5555 Melrose Ave.) opens its lot to paying visitors, offering a two-hour guided weekday tour ($45 a person) by foot and golf cart. The Warner Bros. tour is best at giving outsiders a sense of working Hollywood, including glimpses of prop inventories and sound-effects tools. But Paramount is where "Glee" is shot, where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made musicals (Stage 29), where "Citizen Kane" and "Rear Window" were shot (Stages 19 and 18, respectively), where Kelsey Grammer spent 20 years on the sets of "Cheers" and "Frasier" (Stage 25, 1984-2004). Your guide will pull out a tablet computer to show movie and TV scenes shot on the premises, and you'll probably get a peek at sets from some current shows. Note that studio rules forbid proposing marriage to anyone in the cast of "Glee" — "which has happened. Awkward," says guide Brynn Kushner. After the tour, drive slightly east, stroll prosperous, pedestrian-friendly Larchmont Village and have a great ham sandwich at Larchmont Bungalow (107 N. Larchmont Blvd.). Then hop in the car again, head up to Santa Monica Boulevard and turn south into Hollywood Forever (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.), where you'll find Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone, actresses Hattie McDaniel and Fay Wray and many others. In 2011, the cemetery added a memorial to Toto — the dog, not the rock band. Unlike Forest Lawn and others, Hollywood Forever eagerly offers maps to celebrity graves and hosts parties and DJs. From mid-May through mid-September, there are outdoor movie screenings (www.cinespia.org), where you can recline "above and below the stars."