Universal Studios was established at this location in 1915 by Carl Laemmle. Following an acquisition by MCA (Music Corporation of America), staff accountants suggested that a studio bus tour of the massive backlot and a stop at the commissary would boost profits. The famous backlot tram ride at the park today is a direct descendant.
In 1964, the humble tour was expanded to include staged events that are similar to the Wild West stunt show which closed in 2000. In the 1980s a large scale, motion picture themed amusement park evolved to accompany the tour.
In the 1990s, the extremely innovative City Walk was unveiled, an entertainment/shopping center that redefined the concept of an urban mall.
Universal City has its own exit from the 101 Freeway traveling northbound from downtown Los Angeles. The 134 freeway can also take you to the Universal City area by exiting Cahuenga or Lankershim Blvd and turning southbound.
Getting around Universal City is not a serious matter. Universal Studios Hollywood theme park is the primary tourist attraction in the city. Citywalk Hollywood next to it offers over 65 venues of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Each of the two nearby hotels (Hilton Universal City and Sheraton Universal) have additonal bars and restaurants available to experience.
Universal Studios Hollywood.  The tram tour of the backlot is still the heart and soul of the park. See the sets from Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Austin Powers, and many more. The theme park is also first rate.
You can enter Universal Studios for free and skip the ticket lines with the Southern California City Pass or the Go Los Angeles Card.
City Walk is located outside the gates to the theme park and is free, other than parking. Feel immersed in a comic strip - over-the-top colorful architecture, talented street performers, dozens of restaurants (all price points), novelty shopping, an IMAX theater, and a NASCAR simulator. The outdoor "mall" is usually packed on weekends and summer nights, which adds to the energy and atmosphere.
Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk hosts concerts from time to time.