Not sure where you want to go next? Just keep an eye out for the signs!


Not sure where you want to go next? Just keep an eye out for the signs!

For millennia, SIGNS have welcomed and guided travelers all around the world. Some have become worldwide celebrities.

Check out our picks for the greatest, which include a world-famous one in Hollywood and a contentious one in Paris.

It was first created in 1923 as Hollywoodland to promote a real estate development — basically, it was a sheet metal billboard with 3,750 lights and 30ft letters that cost $21,000, or roughly $330,000 today.

It was only supposed to stay on the hillside for 18 months, but as the local film industry flourished, it got associated with the location and was left there (tragically, a young actress jumped to her death from the sign in 1932).

The land was removed in 1949 after years of negligence and two patch-ups, and it was repaired again.

Get the most up-to-date three-day weather forecast for your location. Add your postcode or go to to find out. By the late 1970s, it had become severely dilapidated, prompting Hugh Hefner, owner of Playboy magazine, to launch a public campaign to restore it, which was backed by celebrities such as Andy Williams and Alice Cooper, as well as commercial interests such as Warner Bros Records and the Hollywood Independent newspaper.

The newly refurbished sign was presented with new 45-foot lettering, and it is getting set for its centennial after spruce-ups in 2003 and 2013. It is, without a doubt, a 450-foot-long sign of the times.

Like Hollywood, it’s all too familiar.

Since 1959, this 25-foot towering beauty has been welcoming visitors to Sin City.

Around 5.6 million international visitors visit Vegas each year, and it’s a must-do for first-timers (and many returning) to take a selfie here.

Although the sign has its own webpage, it is quite restricted.

P.S. Don’t miss the Neon Museum in Downtown Vegas, which has a collection of vintage signs.

The start or finish location for the 874-mile John O’Groats End-to-Enders is marked by what may be Britain’s most photographed signpost, which dates from the 1950s.

It’s part of a hugely commercialized tourist attraction, and the sign is owned by a local photography company, so you’ll have to pull out your money or handbag if you want a picture beside it.

Regardless, it is worth visiting at the very least, and the scenery is breathtaking.

A modest street sign amid Liverpool’s bright suburban skies, but one with global musical significance courtesy to John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s talent in 1967.

“Brinkwire Summary News,” by the Beatles.


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