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Los Angeles: Celebrity Homes and Lifestyle Big Bus Tour

1. 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: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

2. 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) • LA Galaxy Game Ticket • 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: 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, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

4. 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: 2.5-hour Arts District Bike Tour

5. 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: Taco Tasting and Film Locations Tour

6. Los Angeles: Taco Tasting and Film Locations Tour

Venture into Downtown Los Angeles and discover the rich taste of tacos and the Mexican influence in the city. Arrive at famous filming locations and learn about Hollywood's rich history. Follow your guide to different taco spots and taste this Mexican delicacy from several sources. Begin the tour at the birthplace of Los Angeles, the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Hear about California's Mexican origins that date back to the 1700s and stroll with your guide through the downtown district. Next, taste the cultural flavors of one of Mexico's biggest exports: the taco. Try different types from several locations, as well as a few other delectable dishes. Full and satisfied, explore the origins of modern-day Hollywood and pass by many locations and buildings that are used in filming. At the end of the tour, leave with a new appreciation for the origins of the City of Angels and how Hollywood came to be.

Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Minibus Tour

7. 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 and Hollywood: 5-Hour Private Day-Trip

8. Los Angeles and Hollywood: 5-Hour Private Day-Trip

A private day-trip is one of the best ways to discover Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas. Not only you will not have to share the trip with strangers, but you will also be able to customize it as you go. Start with convenient pickup from your chosen location, before seeing the best of what Hollywood and Los Angeles has to offer. You could choose to visit famous landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, walk along the Santa Monica Pier, and so much more. Take things at your own pace, with the chance to stop for dining, shopping, snapshots, or go for a stroll to the beach or the town.

Los Angeles: Little Tokyo and Arts District Food Tour

9. 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: Private 3-Hour Tour by SUV

10. Los Angeles: Private 3-Hour Tour by SUV

Experience a unique tour through Los Angeles in a comfortable SUV. After pick-up from a location of your choice in the city, begin an unforgettable city tour specially tailored to suit your personal wishes and interests. Your tour guide will listen to your wishes and suggest ideas for your choosing – whether in Venice Beach, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown LA, or Malibu and Hermosa. You can go to Bel Air or even make a trip to Manhattan Beach or Pasadena. Enjoy the view of the famous Mullholland Drive or the sunset in Santa Monica.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 228 reviews

This was an excellent tour and well worth the money. We were given plenty of time to observe Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign as well as the Walk of Fame and Manns Chinese Theater. We also saw a lot of celebrity homes. The tour guide was awesome - very informative - she provided a lot of information about Los Angekes. Hands down- the best city tour I’ve ever taken.

So worth the money. Our trip was made even better by our guide Mike. What an amazing person. His sense of humour together with his vast knowledge just made it for us. So informative. I highly recommend this company. Easy to book and value for money.

This was an awesome experience we got to do so many things for a great price can’t wait to come back

Comfortable ride and our tour guide was amazing, Gary with great sense of humour.

Great knowledge of your guide. Very personable and friendly