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Los Angeles: Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Open-Air Bus Tour

1. Los Angeles: Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Open-Air Bus Tour

See Hollywood’s highlights for yourself on a guided sightseeing tour from the comfort of an open-top bus. Marvel at iconic locations such as the Hollywood Sign, where you can stop for a photo and admire the views of downtown LA. Make your way to the local partner’s office to begin your activity. Board the sightseeing bus, and away you’ll go on your tour of Hollywood.  Pass the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, the Art Deco entertainment complex of the Dolby Theater, and the circular Capitol Records Building and other historic sights you’ve seen 1000 times on TV.  Next, head to the Hollywood and Vine district at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.  Cruise down Sunset Boulevard, passing famous bars and nightclubs like Whiskey A-Go-Go and the Viper Room. Admire the Chateau Marmont Hotel, where Tim Burton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other legends have stayed. Then, drive past the upscale stores on Rodeo Drive as you head towards Beverly Hills. Take a photo of the Beverly Hills Sign and the Beverly Hills Hotel, plus see the homes of Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elvis Presley, and many more. Be dropped off at your Hollywood, West Hollywood, or Beverly Hills hotel at the end of your activity. If you’re staying outside of these areas, you’ll be dropped back at the local partner’s office. 

Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

2. Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

Get a feel for the City of Angels with this full-day tour to some of its key sights. Experience a selection of its main attractions including ocean views and the Walk of Fame. After departing at 10:00 AM from Sunset Boulevard, be driven first to Santa Monica Pier. Stop here for 1 hour to take a walk down the pier, see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and visit the 3rd Street Promenade. Next, drive to an outdoor farmer's market for a 1-hour lunch stop. Here you can enjoy some of the best food in LA, freshly prepared from local produce. Enjoy family-friendly activities and shop at the famous Grove in Beverly Hills. Then, head for the Griffith Observatory for views of the Hollywood Sign, space and science exhibits, and downtown LA. Finally, travel to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check out Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and take a photo with your favorite celebrity's star.

Los Angeles: Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour

3. Los Angeles: Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour

Explore the celebrity homes of Hollywood and Beverly Hills aboard an open-top passenger bus. Get the best views of Hollywood from the specifically designed bus, and receive a personal headset to enjoy your guide's commentary at your own volume and comfort level.  From Hollywood Walk of Fame, you’ll head into the hills along Mulholland Drive, a road frequented by some of Hollywood’s richest and most famous personalities, from the likes of Katy Perry and Michael Jackson to Nicolas Cage and Orlando Bloom. From the top of the hill, you’ll have breathtaking photo stops looking down into Los Angeles and across to the Hollywood sign before making your way down Laurel Canyon Drive, former home to music greats like Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, and Jim Morrison.  As the tour continues through the hyper-affluent streets of Beverly Hills and exclusive Bel-Air, you’ll pass by the infamous rental home trashed by Justin Bieber and Meek Mill in 2015, and the police station famously favored by rapper Chris Brown.  After that, it's back to Hollywood via the Sunset Strip and the myriad of restaurants, bars, and comedy clubs that call the place home.

Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes and Lifestyle Big Bus Tour

4. Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes and Lifestyle Big Bus Tour

Get a taste of the celebrity lifestyle as you pass iconic sites in and out of Hollywood. Visit the latest hotspots and get a glimpse into where famous movie starts and musicians live and play. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know who you might encounter while cruising in class aboard Los Angeles’ only fully air-conditioned, retractable glass-topped Mercedes sprinter. First class guides are ready to make you feel like a VIP. Start your adventure in Hollywood and pass iconic landmarks such as Hollywood & Highlands and the Hollywood United Methodist Church, where "Sister Act" was filmed. Make your way to the Santa Monica mountains and legendary Hollywood Hills. See where the likes of Halle Berry, Quentin Tarantino, Justin Timberlake, and Billy Idol call home. Stop at an overlook above the Hollywood Bowl where you'll have a chance to snap pictures of downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign, and Griffith Observatory. Then make your way to Mulholland Drive for a photo stop at Universal Overlook. Snag an amazing photo of the San Fernando Valley and the Universal and Warner Brothers Studios. Continue on Mulholland Drive and see Laurel Canyon, home to many LA rock stars. After, enter Beverly Hills and see the neighborhood of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. Make your way onto Sunset Blvd and pass the Beverly Hills Hotel, one of the world’s best-known hotels. Then head to Rodeo Drive, an upscale shopping area which has been shown in numerous TV shows and movies such as "Pretty Woman," "Clueless," and "Beverly Hills Cop." Continue your Los Angeles adventure on Sunset Blvd and the famous Sunset Strip. Make your way back to Hollywood Blvd to catch a glimpse of the Roosevelt Hotel and stop for a quick photo at Yamishiro. On your way back, see the opulent Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre.

Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

5. Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Climb aboard a 12-seater bus for an intimate, small group sightseeing tour of Hollywood’s celebrity homes. Meet your fellow travelers on Hollywood Boulevard, and set off to drive past some of the city’s most iconic attractions. Equipped with canopies to protect you from the elements, the tour bus will drive right up to the front gates of the rich and famous. Go to the Hollywood Bowl outlook, nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Take pictures of, and from, the Hollywood Sign. Marvel at the views of Downtown LA, and the Pacific Ocean (on a clear day). Drive the storied streets of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Hollywood, snapping landmarks and gorgeous mansions in many different styles as you go.

Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

6. Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

Explore LA’s top attractions with the Los Angeles Explorer Pass and get up to 45% off compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 activities from a list of over 30 attractions and tours. And with 60 days to use your pass, you'll have plenty of time to discover the City of Angels. You can go behind the scenes with a Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood tour, hop on and off a big bus tour around LA, take a selfie with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, or go hiking in the Hollywood Hills. Your pass is fully digital. Simply print it at home or display it on your smartphone and show it at each attraction for free admission. You will also receive a digital guide to help plan your itinerary as you go. POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • Big Bus LA 1-day Classic Ticket • Warner Bros. Studio Tour • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Hollywood Sign Tour • TCL Chinese Theatre - Tour or Movie and a drink TOURS AND CRUISES • Dolby Theatre Guided Tour - Home of the Academy Awards • Celebrity Bike Tour (Guided or Self-Guided) by Bikes & Hikes LA • Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour • Downtown LA Food and Culture Tour • Perry's Beach Café and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Whale Watch (Long Beach) • Whale Watch (San Pedro) • Harbor Cruise (Long Beach) • Harbor Cruise (San Pedro) • SoFi Stadium Tour • Night Star Tour MUSEUMS AND LANDMARKS • California Science Center IMAX Movie • Aquarium of the Pacific • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum • Grammy Museum • Battleship IOWA Museum • LA Zoo • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT • Yoga on the Beach - Huntington Beach • LA Galaxy Game Ticket • 2-hr Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak Rental - Huntington Beach • $30 Credit at Sixty Four & Hope Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off & Celebrity Homes Tour

7. Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off & Celebrity Homes Tour

Starline’s Hollywood tour has been around since 1935, and with over 80 years experience, LA’s most entertaining tour guides will take you on a trip like no other. Travel to Hollywood’s legendary landmarks and see first-hand where the celebrities work, play, live and create memories. Our professional guides spot more celebrities, see more homes and have more unique stories than anyone else. Our intimate, small, open-top vehicles allow you to see the sights in the upmost comfort. On top of our celebrity tour, your Hop-On Hop-Off double decker bus pass is your key to the city, delivering incredible adventure and great value for money. We offer two types of Hop-On Hop-Off bus passes, including 24 hour and 48 hour timeframes. It's an ideal way for first time visitors to get to know Los Angeles. If you’re a returning visitor, you can also take advantage of this tour to explore the city from a new perspective, at your leisure and convenience.

Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Minibus Tour

8. Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Minibus Tour

Start in Downtown Los Angeles and discover notable landmarks like The Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Continue through trendy neighborhoods such as Echo Park, Silverlake, and Los Feniz until you reach Griffith Park Observatory. From this ideal viewpoint, admire the views of the iconic Hollywood Sign and the Los Angeles skyline. Next, visit Hollywood Boulevard, where you can place your hands in the handprints of movie stars outside the Chinese Theater. Walk down the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and spot the tiles dedicated to famous pop culture figures. Travel through West Hollywood to see the nightlife hub of the Sunset Strip, before arriving at one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world, Beverly Hills. Take pictures at the iconic Beverly Hills sign and see designer stores where the rich and famous shop along Rodeo Drive. Finally, end your tour with a lunch stop at the Original Farmers Market at The Grove, a historic and popular meeting point among locals and tourists alike. Enjoy food from a diverse range of restaurants and buy memorabilia at one of the many unique shops only found in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: Dolby Theatre Admission Ticket and Guided Tour

9. Los Angeles: Dolby Theatre Admission Ticket and Guided Tour

Pre-book your entry ticket to Dolby Theatre in LA and experience all the renowned elegance and celebrity glamour that the home of the Academy Awards has to offer. Follow a guide on a walking tour to discover the Dolby Lounge and other exclusive celebrity hot spots. Inspired by the elegance of a European opera house, with state-of-the-art technical capabilities, Dolby Theatre has been host to many of the world's top performers, including Prince, Steven Tyler, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and the Dixie Chicks. Dolby Theatre also hosts high-profile events such as America’s Got Talent, the AFI Life Achievement ceremony, the ESPY Awards, the Latin American Music Awards, the American Idol finals, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and many more.

LA: The Los Angeles Highlights Tour

10. LA: The Los Angeles Highlights Tour

The Los Angeles Highlights Tour combines our Los Angeles Tour and the Los Angeles Beach Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. In 7 hours, you will see the best that the city has to offer from Hollywood, to the beaches, to Downtown Los Angeles, and more.  The tour gives provides a fun semi-private guided experience that is a great value and conducted in small groups. No other tour includes as much substantive history and fun sightseeing at a leisurely pace. In the first 3 hours of your tour, uncover the history of downtown, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. You will explore the most famous sights, including a few celebrity homes, and learn about some of the poignant moments from the glory days of Los Angeles and today. Some of the famous sites include the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Graumann's Chinese Theatre, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Dolby Theatre (Home of The Oscars), Sunset & Vine, Capitol Records, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood High School, the Viper Room, Whiskey A Go Go, the Chateau Marmont, Rodeo Dr., and many more.  On this tour you will enjoy a wide range of architectural styles. From the homes in Beverly Hills, to the iconic Staples Center, to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Mission on Olivera Street. This tour is a great way to get to know the unique character of Los Angeles. Some of the most beloved Los Angeles landmarks are downtown, like the Central Library, US Bank Tower, and Angels Flight. The history of the area goes back to the founding of the city in 1781, and its architecture tells the story of the city's growth from the 1890s to the present, including the current trend of converting vintage office buildings into loft-style apartments and condos. Learn fascinating information about Los Angeles and the people who have made it historic. This tour features glitzy buildings with historic charm and wonderful backstories throughout, and so much more.  After the morning portion is over we take a break and head to the Los Angeles Farmer's Market for lunch where everyone can enjoy a variety of lunch options on their own. The afternoon portion of the tour features dramatic ocean views, the Santa Monica Pier, a stroll on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and a beautiful viewpoint where you can enjoy dramatic ocean views.

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What people are saying about Dolby Theatre

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,168 reviews

Very well organised tour. There are 6 stops on the planned route. There is enough time to see the sites and get a taste of it. Joe was very knowledgeable about the locations and about the celebrities details. He was also very informative about the history of California and of Los Angels. The mini bus was comfortable, safe and ample inside. It was also luxurious when comparing to the open air options that we saw driving around. If you only have a short stay in L A then this is a recommended day trip

There is definitely value for your money here and we appreciated that we could prepay in CDN$ and we liked that there was a good clear website, guide and cancellation policies. You do have to do some pre planning and investigating to make the most of your pass but we never had any issues using the pass and enjoyed Aquarium of the Pacific, Harbour tour, Big Bus LA tour, Madame Tussauds, Walk of Fame, Mann Chinese Theatre, Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm.

Alaina was a very informative tour guide that made the experience enjoyable. She drive us to all the highlights efficiently and safely. She was always prompt with pick up times and conveyed instructions and city history regarding the points of interest.

It was an open top bus tour of the larger residential areas on Mullholland Drive. Many impressions of both the houses and Hollywood and the surrounding area.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. Not a dull moment at all.