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Downtown Los Angeles

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Los Angeles: Big Bus Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour

1. Los Angeles: Big Bus Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle 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 stars and musicians live and play. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know who you might encounter while cruising in style aboard LA's 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 all 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: 2.5-hour Arts District Bike Tour

2. Los Angeles: 2.5-hour Arts District Bike Tour

Get an insider’s view of Los Angeles’ most vibrant downtown neighborhood on a bike tour of the Arts District alongside a local guide. Take all the pictures your phone can hold as street art and murals are the stars here. Explore the warehouse walls that international artists flock to. On this 7-mile, flat ride you'll learn about the history of the neighborhood, future development, and all about the "crews" who claim alley walls with their colorful, multidimensional street art. Visit Hauser and Wirth's museum-caliber gallery and browse works of art in this converted former flour mill. As you stop at fascinating artwork and landmarks your friendly local guide will tell you interesting facts and anecdotes about the city’s past and the people who have lived here. Finally, arrive back at the Grand Central Market. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of the nearest subway station or bus stop. Or feel free to ask them for local recommendations on great places to eat or drink nearby.

Los Angeles: Downtown Food Tour

3. Los Angeles: Downtown Food Tour

Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of Downtown LA on a food tour of Los Angeles! Your expert tour guide will lead you on a walking adventure through this extraordinary city, sharing stories of early settlers, Hollywood’s heyday, and the transformation of LA’s culture and food scene. On your food tour you will enjoy tastes from unique LA eateries, including the best bakeries, authentic ethnic eateries and renowned establishments creating a buzz in the foodie universe. Along the way your tour guide will introduce you to the city’s unique history, evolving food culture and fascinating architecture. At the end of your tour, with your newfound knowledge of LA’s best hidden gems, you’ll feel like a true "Angeleno"! Your flavorful food tour will visit: • The Pitchoun Bakery (an authentic French boulangerie in the heart of Downtown LA) • The Horse Thief BBQ (succulent Texas-style barbecue in the historic Grand Central Market) • Berlin Currywurst (a taste of Germany’s favorite street food with an LA twist) • DTLA Cheese (artisanal cheeses with a fun, modern vibe) • Madcapra Falafel (locally sourced produce and a unique take on falafel) • Guisados (slow-cooked braised meat tacos; some of the best in LA) • The Nickel Diner (Home of the maple bacon doughnut; serving up old-school comfort classics)  • the Bottega Louie (a grand restaurant, bakery and gourmet market located in the historic Brockman building) Behind every great food establishment in this city there is an equally great story of history, tradition and even innovation. On this food tour of LA you’ll discover these amazing stories while tasting what has made these eateries so prized among the locals.

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

4. 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 ahead. See the following list of attractions, tours, and activities you can enjoy with your pass (any activity indicated with an "R" means advanced registration is necessary): Popular Attractions • Big Bus LA 1-day Classic Ticket • Warner Bros. Studio Tour (R) • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Hollywood Sign Tour (R) • TCL Chinese Theatre - Tour or Movie and a drink Tours and Cruises • Dolby Theatre Guided Tour - Home of the Academy Awards (R) • Celebrity Bike Tour (Guided or Self-Guided) by Bikes & Hikes LA (R) • Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour (R) • Downtown LA Food and Culture Tour (R) • Perry's Beach Café and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Whale Watch (Long Beach) (R) • Whale Watch (San Pedro) (R) • Harbor Cruise (Long Beach) • Harbor Cruise (San Pedro) • SoFi Stadium Tour (R) • Night Star Tour (R) Museums and Landmarks • California Science Center IMAX Movie • Aquarium of the Pacific (R) • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum • Grammy Museum (R) • Battleship IOWA Museum • LA Zoo • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Leisure and Entertainment• Yoga on the Beach - Huntington Beach (R) • 2-hr Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak Rental - Huntington Beach • $30 Credit at Sixty Four & Hope 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.

Los Angeles: Little Tokyo and Arts District Food Tour

5. Los Angeles: Little Tokyo and Arts District Food Tour

Join a guided walking tour of Downtown LA’s incredible food scene, from Little Tokyo to Arts District. Boasting 1 of only 3 Japantowns in the US, this area of Los Angeles is teeming with delicious dishes, beautiful public art and architecture, and rich cultural history—ready for you to explore. Visit Little Tokyo and learn about its food, art, culture, history, and more. Along the way, enjoy the view of an incredible Japanese Buddhist temple and learn how this community has managed to maintain its historic traditions as the city around it has changed over the years. Then, it’s over to LA’s Arts District to take in the eclectic street art, revitalized industrial buildings, and stop for another appetizing bite from a food truck. End the tour with a visit to a captivating art gallery.

Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

6. Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

Climb aboard a helicopter for a panoramic 30-minute flight over the city center of Los Angeles. Departing from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank just north of the Santa Monica mountains, set off for breathtaking views of the Downtown skyline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Staples Center, LA’s multi-purpose sports center. Swoop over Hollywood, with panoramic views of the Kodak Theatre and Hollywood Sign on the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy views of Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, and many more of Southern California's notable landmarks. It’s truly amazing to see the shimmering lights of the city at dusk, and the tour is perfect for couples, families, or friends. Even if you are a native of Los Angeles you will see city sights you have never seen before.

Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

7. Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

Start with an afternoon pickup from select hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, then travel with your small group through downtown Los Angeles. Get a look at art and culture venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Walt Disney Concert Hall—designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Stop at the Griffith Park Observatory and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Hollywood Sign. Then pause in the center of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. There you will see Graumann's Chinese Theater with its celebrity handprints and footprints. You will also see the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and the Dolby theater, the permanent home of the Academy Awards. Next, cruise along the Sunset Strip and into Beverly Hills, where your guide will show you the Beverly Hills sign, as well as homes owned by movie stars and other famous folks. Then continue through Beverly Hills and through the trendy Mid Wilshire district and through Koreatown before arriving back in Downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

8. Los Angeles: Private 1-Hour Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Your flight departs from Van Nuys Airpor and heads off along the golden coastline towards Calabasas. Next, fly south over Malibu Canyon and then along the stunning Santa Monica Mountains. From here, admire breathtaking views across the Pacific, as well as Malibu Pier, Surfrider Beach, and Pepperdine University. Continue the flight over some of Los Angeles’ most iconic sights, including Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Downtown LA, and the Dodger Stadium. Swoop over the city and see the impressive skyline gleaming in the Californian sunshine, before finally passing by the iconic Hollywood Sign. This is LA's only 65-minute helicopter tour.

From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

9. From Long Beach or San Pedro: Hollywood and Los Angeles Tour

You will be picked up directly from your hotel in Anaheim, Long Beach, San Pedro, LAX area, Marina Del Ray, Hawthorn, or El Segundo. During the tour, you'll visit Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles Colosseum, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Sunset Plaza, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica Beach, and Venice Beach. There will be free time at each of the stops and you'll be able to get out of the tour van to take pictures, shop, and explore. For lunch, there will be an hour-long stop at Mel's Diner on Sunset Boulevard, a popular 1950s-style diner. After the tour, you'll be dropped back at your hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.

Los Angeles International Airport: Private Transfer to/from

10. Los Angeles International Airport: Private Transfer to/from

Ensure your trip to Los Angeles is hassle-free with a convenient private transfer to or from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Choose from 4 suitable vehicle options that all give you the comfort and space your transfer needs. Select from a Sedan that can fit 3 standard-sized pieces of luggage for groups of 3 passengers or fewer, or a minivan or minibus for that can fit up to 8 standard-sized pieces of luggage for up to 8 passengers. Get assistance with your luggage and avoid lugging it through public transportation. Skip haggling with a taxi. Board a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are smoothly taken to your destination.

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What people are saying about Downtown Los Angeles

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 580 reviews

This excursion was the HIGHLIGHT of mine and mum's trip when we visited relatives in downtown LA end May. Bing our tour guide went above and beyond in making our trip memorable. Even my cousin who lives in LA was so impressed with all her knowledge of the area that he too even said for him there were many info he hasn't heard before. This isn't just a tour, Bing explained the different type of areas, its history and who and when the celebrity lived at such place. I love her pragmatic approach and attention to detail making sure we were at each destination on time! It's as if we knew each other. Overall i would give this trip 10 7 stars. It's a shame a few members in our group couldn't adhere to time keeping. They were so ignorant! But that didn't spoil our trip. I will not hesitate to recommend this City tour to friends and family as i know they will be look after from beginning until the end! Thank you so much Bing! You were magical!. Come to England sometime! :) Jo x

Great guide - he made it all very interesting and we enjoyed it They were so courteous and helpful when we arrived and got us sorted in the bus - which was really lux and new. Great seats and so much nicer than all the buses we saw from other companies

Great tour. Paul was very knowledgeable about each area of the city.

It was amazing! Everyone was so nice and the sites were beautiful!

Excellent tour,guide was friendly and knowledgeable