City sightseeing in Southern California can be a blast if you explore Los Angeles attractions by joining a unique area tour. Whether you’re a tourist in L.A. for the first time, or a local looking for a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon with friends, look beyond the usual spots with a tour that highlights the best of the city.
A Workout/City Sightseeing Hybrid
Why not skip today’s spin class for Bikes and Hikes LA, which lets you explore Los Angeles attractions either on wheels or by foot? L.A. is a hiker’s paradise with breathtaking views. Join your guide on the Hollywood Hills day hike, climbing to summit Mount Hollywood, where you see panoramic postcard shots from the downtown skyscrapers to Beverly Hills and beyond. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes for the hike to the vista overlooking the famous Hollywood sign. Keep an eye out for locations from your favorite films and TV shows, which your guide will share via an interactive video presentation along the route. Tour the Griffith Park Observatory, and don’t forget to take a few selfies!
If your idea of city sightseeing includes the macabre, you won’t want to miss Dearly Departed Tours’ Tragical History, a multimedia bus tour that takes you past spots where Hollywood stars lived . . . and died. Cruise down the Sunset Strip and past Los Angeles attractions to see where a certain ’60s starlet had her last restaurant meal before she was murdered, and the payphone in front of a Sunset Strip club used to make a 911 call when a young star overdosed. You also get to hear about some juicy scandals and stars who had endings that were out of the ordinary. Be prepared to be scared!
Bring Your Appetite
L.A. is resplendent with opportunities to experience cuisine from all over the world, and one great place to taste new flavors is the Original Farmers Market. Join your Melting Pot Food Tours guide as you stroll through the Southern California landmark. You get the insider’s perspective while you hear about the market’s history, and stories about the legacy families who have been part of the farmers market since its opening in 1934. Sample global treats like Brazilian churrasco grilled meats and tasty plantains. Don’t forget to try a powdered donut from Bob’s.
Calling Late-Night Film Buffs
This is Hollywood, the film capital of the world, so if you stay up into the wee hours watching classic cinema, the TCM Movie Location Tour is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Relax on the custom Starline bus, which features retractable windows, theater seating, and a high-definition 65″ screen. See clips from modern and classic movies and the actual locations where they were filmed. Your tour starts at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre, and you cruise through through Hollywood, Wilshire Boulevard, Downtown, Echo Park, and Silver Lake—a route that follows the cinematic history. Listen to the expert tour guide share the kind of behind-the-scenes information for which TCM is known.
For Design Aficionados
L.A. has a treasure trove of architectural gems, many of which you can explore on your Entasis Architectural Tour of Downtown L.A. North. Join your group at the last of the great railroad stations built in the U.S. Designed by a father/son duo of John and Donald Parkinson, Union Station—completed in 1939—combines elements of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles. Walk through El Pueblo, L.A.’s original founding location, with buildings from the 19th century. If you tour on a weekday, don’t miss the iconic City Hall tower’s viewing gallery, with its 360-degree overlook of downtown. Continue your walking tour through Grand Park to the Music Center, home to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, before then returning back to Union Station.