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LA: Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Tour

1. LA: Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Tour

Go behind the scenes at a real working movie studio with a 1-day entrance ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. Enjoy VIP treatment as you explore by special trolley and disembark at areas not open to the general public. Visit real sound stages where blockbuster movies and TV shows are filmed, and get a sneak peek at the enormous props warehouse. Avail of unlimited skip-the-line access to all the rides and attractions and get access to the VIP lounge to enjoy a light breakfast or gourmet lunch. Rides and Attractions: Fast & Furious - Supercharged: Hold on tight for the all-new Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride that exceeds speeds of 120 miles per hour and catapults you into a high-stakes underworld of fast cars and international crime cartels. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Get the chance to become one of the mischievous Minions on a hilarious 3D ride. Transformers: The Ride Brave an epic ride that fuses HD 3D media and flight simulation technology to put you in the middle of the ultimate war zone. Studio Tour Go behind the scenes and explore Hollywood’s most famous back lot at the world’s largest working movie studio. King Kong 360 3D Test your survival instincts and prepare to be caught in the middle of a terrifying struggle between a 35-foot T-Rex and King Kong. Springfield Grab a Homer-sized helping of donuts at Lard Lad, imbibe at Moe’s Tavern or the first Duff Brewery Beer Garden and crash through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride. Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride Face the heart-pounding special effects and unexpected twists as you escape the Mummy’s revenge in life-like horror at speeds up to 45 mph in virtual darkness. Shrek 4D Take adventure to the next dimension in Shrek 4D, with hair-raising and eye-popping effects so real all your senses will be on ogre-time! WaterWorld Experience a tidal wave of explosive action at WaterWorld. Join an adventure that surges to life with jumping jet-skiers, perilous plunges, firefights, massive explosions and an in-your-face plane crash. Special Effects Show Learn the secrets behind the making of your favorite blockbuster movies, and become an expert in Hollywood movie effects magic. Universal’s Animal Actors Witness Tinseltown-trained critters putting pet tricks to shame with their animal antics as the animals take control. Universal CityWalk Kick back with all the great food and live music entertainment of Universal CityWalk. Get some retail therapy with over 30 shops to browse.

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Los Angeles: Hollywood Sign Comedy and Pictures Tour

2. Los Angeles: Hollywood Sign Comedy and Pictures Tour

Join your local guide for a walk right to the top of the Hollywood Sign. Be guided up the best path to get to the sign as your host entertains you with fun historical facts and stories relating to one of the most recognizable signs in the world. In addition to the storytelling, your guide has curated this hike to provide you with best pictures for your Instagram, creating memories to last a lifetime. Your guide is on hand to help you get the best photos of the sign, the city skyline, and other scenic panoramas that are bound to make your social media light up with likes.   Take once-in-a-lifetime photos in the best locations throughout Griffith Park, including a stunning panorama from above which comes complete with the sign in the background and Los Angeles below.

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Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

3. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour in a private helicopter over Beverly Hills and Hollywood. On this 20-minute tour, you'll get an intimate look into the lives of celebrities, while listening to true stories from your friendly pilot. Begin your tour at the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. Lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences. Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others get to see. From there, it's over Mulholland Drive and around Laurel Canyon, an exclusive, historical enclave once home to some of the greatest names in the music industry. Pass over Beverly Hills and the ultra-wealthy Bel-Air, and see the $90-million dollar mansion purchased by Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2017. Each tour has no more than 4 people to ensure every seat is the best seat and includes noise-canceling headphones that allow you to listen along to your pilot's running commentary as you whirl through the air on this exclusive celebrity helicopter adventure. For an additional fee, you can book out the tour as private or include the sunset option to add a world-class sunset to the already incredible experience.

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Marina del Rey: Sunset Cruise with Wine and Cheese Board

4. Marina del Rey: Sunset Cruise with Wine and Cheese Board

Enjoy wine and charcuterie board with a selection of meat, cheeses, and fruit while cruising in a fully electric Duffy boat along Los Angeles' largest marina. Start from the dock where the boat is parked and make your way towards the main channel of beautiful Marina del Rey, a charming coastal community with yachts, beaches, and cycle paths. Keep your eyes peeled for sea lions and bird species as you explore the surroundings. Get a closer look at the boathouses and luxury yachts parked along the way. Relax with a glass of wine while relishing the tranquil water and connecting with nature.

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California Coastline Helicopter Tour

5. California Coastline Helicopter Tour

Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.

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Hollywood: Madame Tussauds with Hard Rock Cafe Meal

6. Hollywood: Madame Tussauds with Hard Rock Cafe Meal

Enjoy admission into the world-famous Madame Tussauds on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the stars of stage and screen up close and personal. Go behind the ropes for A-list access and Instagram-worthy photos. Madame Tussauds Hollywood is the only place you can rub shoulders with more than 125 stars from the celebrity worlds of film and television. Skip the line with priority entry and jump right on set with all your favorite A-listers. When you’re done, head to the iconic Hard Rock Cafe for a delicious set meal surrounded by legendary rock and roll memorabilia. By combining your Madame Tussauds ticket and Hard Rock Cafe meal, you save money compared to paying for these experiences separately.

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10-Minute Hollywood Sign Helicopter Tour

7. 10-Minute Hollywood Sign Helicopter Tour

Built in 1923 to showcase the new real estate crawling up the hillsides just north of Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign towers above the sprawling city and suburbs of America's second largest city. While millions of travelers visit the sign every year, few have the opportunity offered in this once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour of the sign and surrounding hillsides. After checking in at Burbank airport and coordinating with your hospitable flight team, your 15-minute tour will take off and cross the hills, heading towards the sign.  Enjoy unique views of the surrounding celebrity-filled neighborhoods dotting Mulholland Drive, Laurel Canyon, and downtown Los Angeles. Keep your camera ready as you snap photos and listen to the commentary provided by your helpful pilot. As you pass the sign, your pilot will go out of their way to provide you the best angle and view to take incredible photos. If you select the sunset option, you'll enjoy a truly majestic California view with the mountains stretching in all directions and the sun setting behind the Pacific Ocean (this option is limited, so book fast).

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Malibu: Vintage VW Hippie Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting

8. Malibu: Vintage VW Hippie Sightseeing Tour with Wine Tasting

You will meet with the tour guide at the Santa Monica Pier, where you'll be able to take cool photos with a classic hippie VW van, jump in, and head towards Malibu for wine tasting. Taste 4-6 different local wines, along with cheese, salami, and a cracker plate. After spending some time in the wine tasting room and learning the history of Malibu vineyards, drive up north along the astonishingly picturesque coastline towards the mountains, where all the vineyards are located.     Pass different vineyards and stop at a few viewpoints, where everyone will be able to take great pictures with the VW van and the beautiful Malibu landscapes. On the way down you will visit Point Dume with its breathtaking views on the cliffs and the ocean. After spending some time there,  stop at famous Malibu Pier, where you'll be able to take a walk and capture these moments with your phone or camera. From here, you'll have an uninterrupted view of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Los Angeles Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner

9. Los Angeles Night Cruise in Marina del Rey with Dinner

Starlight Dinner Cruise offers a sublime evening of sightseeing, and dinner, and it all starts at Marina del Rey’s famed harbor. Guests board a sleek yacht and settle in for a 2.5-hour experience headlined by a duet entrée freshly prepared on board. All the while, grand homes, city lights and playful marine animals serve as an only-in-Southern-California backdrop.

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Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Newport Beach

10. Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Newport Beach

Relax and unwind on a 2-hour cruise departing from Newport Beach. Enjoy a buffet brunch prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients and sip on unlimited champagne or sparkling cider. Set off on a morning cruise from Newport Beach, where sunlight bounces of the water and a bottomless glass of bubbly or sparkling cider awaits. In addition to salty breezes and abundant sunshine, your champagne brunch cruise includes free-flowing champagne and a delicious buffet brunch to enhance your magical escape. Newport Beach is classic California, with wide beaches and expansive oceanfront mansions. The community boasts a well-known small-boat harbor as well as popular destinations such as the Balboa Peninsula, Fashion Island and bustling Mariner's Mile. Sample Buffet Brunch Menu Served upon seating: -Assorted Danish, cinnamon rolls, mini muffins, churro donuts with butter & fruit preserves-Fresh fruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple, grapes & berries Buffet Table #1 -Caesar salad, focaccia croutons, roasted garlic dressing, aged parmesan cheese & romaine hearts-Asian broccoli salad, tender broccoli, carrots, scallions, snap peas with sesame tahini dressing-Penne pasta salad, bell peppers, olives, garbanzos, baby tomatoes, zucchini, pesto vinaigrette Buffet Table #2 -Atlantic salmon , roasted with cherry chipotle glazeShrimp on ice display, red sauce Buffet Table #3 -Scrambled eggs , green chilies, bell peppers & cheese -Breakfast meats, smoked bacon & sausage -Cinnamon French toast , berries, bananas & maple syrup -Tri color potatoes, roasted onions & peppers -Roasted Turkey breast, cranberry-apricot chutney & pan gravy Final course -Desserts, delivered to your table, an assortment of mini pastries, tarts, dessert bars & cookies

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What people are saying about Los Angeles

Very fun! But do get ready to hike! I can imagine people not making it to the very top, (I think a couple in the group I was in left mid-hike and some were kinda behind) so prepare to hike so you can make it all the way. The guide JB was very friendly and accommodating and took a bunch of pictures of each of us and AirDrop them at the end of the hike. He brought water and granola bars but I’d advise to just bring your own bottle. Had to Uber to get to and leave the meeting point. Would do it again next time I’m there; it was one of the highlights of my LA trip!

It was wonderful! Seeing Hollywood sign from a helicopter was like being in a movie or something. My 5 year-old son was also very excited and wanted more flight. And the pilot and other staff are nice and helpful. If you want to try it, it’ll be better to book prior. Because the helicopter company needs to adjust the flight time, and the time could change from what you book at online booking site.

Amazing experience. Staff was great and pilot was really friendly and patient and let us take lot of pictures. Our kids really enjoyed it as well.

Very nice and outgoing crew. Knowledgeable in the area. Great experience would definitely go again.

My husband and I had a lot of fun! I would definitely do this hike again!