Day Trips from Los Angeles to Hollywood Hills

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  • Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

    1. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

    Your 20-minute celebrity helicopter tour starts from the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from the world-famous 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. As your tour begins, you will 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 ge...

    The pilot was super friendly and informative. We departed on time. Great business and very professional.

  • Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

    2. Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

    Start your tour at Mother's Beach. Your guide will provide information about the local environment and marine life, kayaking/paddle-boarding techniques, and safety while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Los Angeles boaters realm. Then board your kayaks and paddle towards the main channel of the Marina. On the way, observe the beautiful and extraordinary boats. Begin your search for sea lions, birds, dolphins, and other marine life.

    First time paddleboarder. Although there was not a lot of instruction, it was a fun time and our guide, Walter, was so kind and patient. Saw loads of sea lions and had a great time!

  • Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

    3. Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

    Join the captain and crew and set off on a 45-minute exploratory mission through Lover's Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area sanctuary. Traverse amazing undersea gardens and ocean habitats in a semi-submersible vessel designed after America's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, on a trip that is both educational and entertaining. Let your imagination descend into the depths of the ocean as you explore the magic and wonder of undersea life on the Nautilus. Venture into the ocean and through the kelp forest in a state-of-the-art vessel. Learn about what you see with the crew and research team, and let them entertain you with their stories. As you learn and explore, interact with the fish through a specially designed feeding system. Launch fish food torpedoes right from your seat (at an additional cost) and instigate feeding frenzies right outside your personal porthole.

    Such a unique experience. My husband and I travel often and have never done anything like this! They take you to three different spots and you can see the kelp and different fish. Although you do see the same fish and kelp at each spot, it was still pretty awesome to see the fish up that close. I don't foresee myself ever snorkeling or scuba diving, so it was amazing to see the oceanlife. The guide was informative but he was not required to wear a mask, so him coming up to talk to us was a bit unsettling. Also, if you order mobile tickets you are still required to checkin and get your tickets printed. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend if visiting Catalina island!

  • Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight

    4. 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 privileged 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.

    The staff was really friendly and helped us to select the best flight. We were lucky enough to catch a sunset and the city lights during our tour time. The pilot was very friendly and down to earth. We had a blast. Booking was very easy, check-in was super simple, and the flight was very smooth.

  • 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.

    It was a beautiful tour over Hollywood/Beverly hills area towards the coastline. The team and the pilot were very professional too. I felt safe flying with him.

  • Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

    6. Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

    From beautiful sunny Los Angeles, this private, 45-minute helicopter tour provides the perfect romantic getaway for two. The journey begins from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and once you’re in the air, heads east over many of the iconic landmarks of Los Angeles, including Universal Studios, the famous Hollywood Sign, and some celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air. You'll then head west to see the world-famous beaches of Santa Monica, and the Pacific Palisades, which offer breathtaking views of the stunning California Coastline. Continue up the coast and land at your own private and secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu beach. At this point, you and your guest will have 30 minutes of time on the peak for a complimentary toast, a delicious dessert, and a rose to celebrate your special occasion.

    Such an amazing experience. From booking, to confirmation, the whole process was very professional, courteous and enjoyable. The staff even texted with me prior to our arrival as we were running late. Erick, the pilot was so knowledgeable, professional and down to earth. Made the whole trip so much fun for us. He gave us privacy when we landed on the mountain. I can’t say enough how much he made the trip for us! Answered all of our questions too. If you’re thinking of doing the romantic sunset tour, do it. Money well spent. Go ahead, you deserve it.

  • 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....

    May be pricey but totally worth it! Great experience and the people at Orbic air are very welcoming and nice especially blonde lady at front desk!!

  • Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

    8. Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

    Try something new on your trip to Los Angeles and ride an electric bicycle around the neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Hop on a colorful Pedego electric bicycle for a relaxing ride in the sunshine, where you can enjoy the mild warm temperatures of Los Angeles. This 3-hour active and fun bicycle ride lets you choose whether to pedal or not, and takes you to places in the city often unreachable by car or bus. From the cushy seat of your cool comfortable Pedego beach cruiser you will ride along Santa Monica’s award-winning beach to the Marion Davies Guesthouse, Under the Santa Monica Pier, and through Venice to the Venice Canals. You will be accompanied by a storytelling guide with interesting facts about the local art, architecture, and history of the area while you soak in the sun, surf, sand, and ocean breezes. The bicycle allows you to choose your own comfort level between pe...

    Incredible bike ride and extremely knowledgeable guide. Definitely check this out if you’re in the city

  • Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

    9. Venice Beach: 2-hour Group Surfing Lesson

    Meet your guide at Venice Beach, one of the most famous and lively beaches in California. Take part in a 2-hour group surfing lesson which is ideal for everyone from beginners (even first timers!) to upper intermediate levels.  Start the lesson by getting geared up with the wetsuits and surfboards. Head down to the sand with your group of 5-6 fellow students. Spend the first 30-40 minutes training on the beach and learning all the important aspects of surfing. Your professional certified instructors will teach you how to pop up on the board, educate you about the ocean and end the land lesson with the most important part - safety. After that, enjoy 40 minutes with an instructor(s) in the ocean getting coaching and helpful pushes. The remaining time will be yours to practice your skills and have fun in the water. After the class, an instructor will lead you to an outdoor public shower w...

    This was my first time surfing and I can’t imagine it being a better experience. The on land instructions we very detailed and clear and helped me a lot in the water. The instructor was with us the whole time giving advices and assistance whenever needed. Even it’s a group class, I felt like each of us had plenty of personal attention. The water didn’t feel cold thanks to the wetsuit. This was a fantastic memorable experience and I would never forget my first wave!

  • Hollywood Day Trip from Las Vegas

    10. Hollywood Day Trip from Las Vegas

    Take a scenic drive through the desert as you depart Las Vegas for Hollywood and marvel at the dry lakes, mountain ranges, and southern tip of Death Valley. Cross the state border into California and experience the glitz and glamour of the movie stars. Go to Sunset Boulevard and look at the hand prints of all the music greats at the Guitar Center. Search for your favorite star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, and get ample time to visit Grauman's Chinese Theater. Admire the ornate Roosevelt Hotel, where the stars are often seen having lunch. Use your time to visit the Hollywood Wax Museum, Madame Tussauds, or the American Cinematheque, and get a wonderful view of the iconic Hollywood Sign from the terrace of the Kodak Theater. Discover many famous film locations, including the landmark Baltimore Hotel, and Hollywood United Methodist Church, along with famous studio...

    Was an awesome trip with Knoah and Chris! They were awesome tour guides with lots of information about the sites and everything else around it. They were very entertaining and very knowledgeable and made sure we had the best experience we possibly could have. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience LA for a day!

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4.6 / 5

based on 84 reviews

One of the best memories from my LA trip! I booked this tour as a single participant and we had a small group of four people total. Stephen was our guide and he was absolutely amazing! He is very knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and even told us some cool stories about the local boats. I was able to get the equipment (a single kayak) that I initially requested. The paddle on the way out was easy as we were going with the current, on the way back it was a little bit harder but I expected some kind of a workout and Stephen also informed us about that, so it felt perfect overall. We spotted multiple sea lions enjoying themselves on the docks and were able to take a few cool pics with our phones. We also saw a few huge beautiful yachts in the main channel. I can recommend this experience to everyone who loves animals as this is a prefect way to see them in their natural habitat. Very peaceful and worth to do experience.

Such a unique experience. My husband and I travel often and have never done anything like this! They take you to three different spots and you can see the kelp and different fish. Although you do see the same fish and kelp at each spot, it was still pretty awesome to see the fish up that close. I don't foresee myself ever snorkeling or scuba diving, so it was amazing to see the oceanlife. The guide was informative but he was not required to wear a mask, so him coming up to talk to us was a bit unsettling. Also, if you order mobile tickets you are still required to checkin and get your tickets printed. Overall excellent experience and highly recommend if visiting Catalina island!

First time paddleboarder. Although there was not a lot of instruction, it was a fun time and our guide, Walter, was so kind and patient. Saw loads of sea lions and had a great time!

We had an absolutely great time. Saw a lot of sea lions. Our guide Walker was great.

Fun-great guide Walker, saw many sea lions—beautiful weather!