Best Hollywood Walking Tour (2012)

Felix in Hollywood

Felix in Hollywood is the only Hollywood tour company that never covers Hollywood Boulevard, according to Philip "Felix" Mershon, who developed the tour in 2011 on the success of his eponymous blog, felixinhollywood.blogspot.com. From major film and TV companies to radio networks and record labels, nearly all forms of 20th-century entertainment began along a half-mile stretch of Sunset, Mershon says. He should know, too: He's traveled the world with Madonna and worked for Gucci during the label's heyday with designer Tom Ford. While he made his career in the wardrobe department, Mershon took up Old Hollywood history as a hobby and developed it into a 90-minute walking tour of Sunset Boulevard, from Vine to Bronson and back again. Tours are limited to eight people, and they're full of surprises. But Mershon wouldn't want us to tell you anymore; he wants you to take the tour and find out for yourself. Meets at Chase Bank, 1500 N. Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 929-0302, felixinhollywoodtours.com.

—Tanja M. Laden