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El Capitan Theatre: Our most recommended tours and activities

Los Angeles: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

1. Los Angeles: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover the top sights in Los Angles with a hop-on hop-off open-top double-decker bus tour. Choose a 24 or 48-hour ticket or upgrade your experience to the Deluxe 2-day tour with the TCL Chinese Theatre Walking Tour, and the Celebrity Homes and Lifestyle Tour.  Climb aboard the double-decker bus for unique views of sights like the world-famous Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, and Beverly Hills. Your journey will be packed with fun and engaging stories with a fully-narrated audio tour. Stop at locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at the Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Stay comfortable with air-conditioning on the lower deck and recorded commentary available in 9 languages. Location Highlights Include: Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood TCL Chinese Theatre Guitar Center “Rock Walk” The Comedy Store Whisky A Go Go Beverly Gardens Park Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Beverly Center LACMA La Brea Tarpits Farmers Market The Grove Melrose Shopping Paramount Studios 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica Pier

Los Angeles: Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour

2. 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: Big Bus Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour

3. Los Angeles: Big Bus Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour

Get a taste of the celebrity lifestyle as you pass iconic sites in and around Hollywood on this guided tour with photo stops. Visit hotspots and glimpse how the rich and famous live on this tour aboard a air-conditioned, retractable glass-topped Mercedes sprinter. Start your adventure in Hollywood and pass iconic landmarks such as Hollywood and 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.  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. 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.  Cruise along 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." Roll down Sunset Blvd and the famous Sunset Strip. Go back to Hollywood Blvd to catch a glimpse of the Roosevelt Hotel and stop for a quick photo at Yamishiro. On your way back to the meeting point, see the opulent Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre.

Los Angeles: Hollywood Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

4. Los Angeles: Hollywood Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

This Los Angeles ghost tour takes you through 8-12 different sites around the Hollywood Boulevard area, each one bringing the paranormal excitement to a boiling point. As you walk through Hollywood’s golden age on this 1-hour walking tour, you’ll marvel at the famous, oft-photographed buildings on the city’s Walk of Fame, all the while delving in to the ghostly presences that haunt the boulevard to this day. Ambling along the fabled throughway, become enraptured by your guide’s accounts of murder, obsession, and the dark dealings that crack through Hollywood’s glitzy façade. Pass by the TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Pantages, and more. Take an uncompromising look at the ebbs and flows of fortune that underly Los Angeles’ smiling exterior, and the apparitions that assure that time will not be forgotten.

Los Angeles: Haunted Hollywood Exploration Game

5. Los Angeles: Haunted Hollywood Exploration Game

Imagine you have just returned to consciousness. The Hollywood you once knew looks different, yet eerily familiar. As you roam the streets, you realize you’re a ghost and you can’t remember who you were when you were alive. A heart-shaped locket that floats around is the only thing tethering you to this earthly life. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. The city game starts at the northeast corner of Hollywood & Vine. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Parisian Florist. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

Los Angeles: Lost Souls of Hollywood Smartphone Ghost Tour

6. Los Angeles: Lost Souls of Hollywood Smartphone Ghost Tour

Listen to a group of three podcasters turned ghostly tour guides through your smartphone. Covering 15 points of interest on a 1.5-mile tour, you'll visit a number of famous locations and hear about the history behind Hollywood Blvd's haunted locations and lost souls. Haunted highlights include the Knickerbocker, Hollywood Pacific and Pantages Theatres, Boardner's by La Belle, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Hear about the famous ghostly inhabitants of the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, Hudson Hollywood Apartments, and the Vogue Theatre. Some great museums you may want to check out along the way, with undead visitors in attendance, are Madame Tussauds Hollywood and the Hollywood Wax Museum. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play. The activity also comes with a fun location-based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. Get all the best out of a guided tour but without the big crowds and tight schedules. Enjoy anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop and start anywhere along the route.

Los Angeles: Hollywood Walk of Fame Tour

7. Los Angeles: Hollywood Walk of Fame Tour

Pull back the velvet curtain on this tell-all walking tour of Hollywood. You’ll meet your top-notch guide at Musso and Frank’s, a 100-year-old staple of Hollywood Boulevard, before heading down the iconic Walk of Fame. Follow the same worn paths as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Bette Davis. Stand in the shadow of iconic landmarks like the Hollywood Roosevelt, the El Capitan, and the exclusive Magic Castle. Uncover tinsel town’s biggest secrets, including a murder mystery involving William Randolph Hearst and Charlie Chaplin, before circling back to Musso’s for a photo op with the Hollywood sign. You may even spot your favorite celebrity. Kids, teens, and adults will love this engaging daytime tour. Are you ready to see the real Hollywood?

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What people are saying about El Capitan Theatre

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 359 reviews

A good way to get around Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and surrounding areas. The recorded commentary provides interesting facts about some of the sights along the way. The separate tour of the homes of the stars climbs into the Hollywood Hills for some good views. The app allows you to find out when the next bus is due to arrive at your stop.

Great experience if you like stars. A lot of old and young stars are referenced, so there is something for everyone. Our driver has accompanied many places with additional pictures - so rather sit in the front of the bus. You should understand English well in order to get everything and to be able to laugh.

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

Very good tour the guide very attentive and friendly the excellent transport

Big Lou was amazing. We haven’t laughed soo much in such a long time!