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Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Ticket

1. Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Ticket

This hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour of Los Angeles allows you to see and explore greater Los Angeles. The narrated tour is now available in 9 languages. Enjoy the view from the open-air, double-decker bus as it takes you through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach. Pick a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour pass, choose 1 of 3 Loops, or combine them and experience the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour. You may start from the Starline kiosk or at any of the stops. Board the Hollywood Tour to experience the glitz and glamor of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, including such world-famous sights as Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue shopping district, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater, TCL Chinese Theatre, LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and much more. Travel between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica on board the Santa Monica Tour, enjoying stops along the way including Fox Studios, the 3rd Street Promenade, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. Take a solar-powered Ferris wheel ride at the historic Santa Monica Pier, walk or bike along the marvelous Pacific coast, and enjoy the heaven of shops, restaurants, and attractions at 3rd Street promenade.

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California Coastline Helicopter Tour

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

3. 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 pedaling with 6 gears, using the electric motor power which puts the power completely in your control, or both. All bikes are equipped with state of the art disc brakes. The lithium power assist will ensure that you are never far behind. This 3-hour tour operates daily and is designed for bicycle riders aged 14 years and up who appreciate the joy of riding a bicycle with a surprisingly fun added option.

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Los Angeles: Make The Most of LA Private Tour

4. Los Angeles: Make The Most of LA Private Tour

This is an example of your private customizable highlights tour. Meet your guide and get comfortable in a new, climate controlled vehicle. You'll begin with a brief drive to the beautiful neighborhood of Venice Beach. Once a seaside resort town, this surfer’s paradise is crisscrossed with canals, just like its Italian namesake. Venice is the center of counterculture in LA and is home to some of its most eclectic and bohemian residents. Stroll down the vibrant Venice Boardwalk and enjoy its street vendors, artists and performers as you learn about the birth of skateboarding and surfing culture and make your way towards the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Along the way, you will see the "Baywatch" headquarters, Muscle Beach, pass by the local Freak Show and let the laid-back ambiance of Venice Beach wash over you. Next, head to Santa Monica to learn about its interesting history. On the iconic pier, you will be dazzled by the local flavor of live music, laughing children, happy travelers and carnival noises which will heighten your senses and you will quickly come to understand why this is such a beloved part of the city. Try your luck at one of the carnival games and feel instantly transported back in time. Finally, snap a photo beneath the landmark sign and say you made it to the end of the historic Route 66. After a leisurely lunch, now it's time to glitz it up in the center of cosmopolitan LA. Your group will cruise by La Cienega’s restaurant row and see some of the world's most famous restaurants. View legendary institutions like the Saban Theater, home to many famous plays, musical events and filmed television segments from shows such as "Glee." Along the way, you'll cruise the Miracle Mile and see some of LA County Museum of Art outdoor exhibits. Right next door, the group will behold the wonder that is the La Brea Tar Pits - a natural pit of tar that has trapped prehistoric animals and now displays their large, dinosaur like fossils throughout the park. As you make your way into Hollywood, you will pass notable locations including the iconic Hollywood sign. Count stars on the Walk of Fame. Fit your hands into the impressions of legendary actors at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater. Don't forget to strike a pose at the Dolby Theater, where the Oscars are held. Now cruise down Sunset Blvd. See iconic venues of famous rock stars such as the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Ramones, Aerosmith and more. The day will wrap up scoping out the homes of the stars in glamorous Beverly Hills. Join your guide and walk the grounds of a billion dollar estate, Greystone Manor. Drive past impressive estates such as the Playboy Mansion, the homes of Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Simon Cowell and more. The journey will end on a high note with a visit to the premier shopping spot in America: 90210's Rodeo Drive.

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Los Angeles Small Group Sightseeing Tour in German

5. Los Angeles Small Group Sightseeing Tour in German

Welcome to the most comprehensive city tour in Los Angeles! Begin your exciting adventure in the heart of Downtown. The first stop will be at the historic Olvera Street where one of the oldest churches in Los Angeles “The Plaza Church” is located. From there you will be transported back in time to explore the world famous Union Train Station which is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." The route will continue through downtown, passing by Chinatown, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, the Civic Center, Broadway, and the city skyline. You will see the fashion district (which consists of over 1,000 stores), some film locations from famous Hollywood productions, and the Staples Center Arena before heading northwest toward Griffith Park. Griffith Park offers the best view of the city as well as the world famous Hollywood Sign; the views are simply breathtaking. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is the third major stop on this tour and is among the most popular stops in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Walk of Fame will give you the opportunity to walk among the “stars” that have made significant contributions to film, radio, television, theater, and the recording industries. The legendary Chinese theater located alongside the Hollywood Walk of Fame hosts movie premieres as well as other special events. You never know, you may be able to witness a red carpet premiere while there. After many attractions, you deserve a break. Next, you will stop at the historic Farmer's Market, which is one of the greatest places in Los Angeles to enjoy a variety of foods and beverages. "The Grove” which is located next to the Farmer's Market will not go unnoticed. You can take a ride on a historic 1950’s trolley and enjoy the features of a large center garden that includes an animated fountain with many shopping opportunities. Now that you've had time to relax and eat, you will be whisked off in the early afternoon to another world! From the Sunset Strip, you'll pass by iconic locations such as the Whisky a Go Go and the Chateau Marmont, before reaching Beverley Hills. While in Beverly Hills you will experience the charm of Rodeo Drive and may even feel like a star yourself. You'll soon see how varied and diverse this metropolis really is as you get an insight into what life is like once you've been discovered by the Hollywood Studios. Back on Sunset Boulevard heading west will bring you past the Getty Center. From there you will finally feel the breeze of the ocean. The Santa Monica Pier is a landmark of the city and has served for many backdrops in countless Hollywood films. Finally, round off a fascinating day with a nice walk along Venice Beach where you will be entertained by many different artists and showmen. “See and be seen” is the motto here. You will not be disappointed! With countless attractions in the most exciting city in the world, you will finally be brought back to your hotel or to a prearranged drop-off location by late afternoon. You won't sit on a big sightseeing bus on this tour. Capped at a maximum of 14 people, a familial atmosphere always develops during the tour. The tour makes frequent stops, allowing you to discover everything at a relaxed pace.

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Los Angeles: LA in a Day Bike Tour

6. Los Angeles: LA in a Day Bike Tour

Enjoy this rare find in Los Angeles by exploring the City of Angels on a bicycle. Experience the city in a sustainable, eco-friendly way. Begin on the legendary Route 66 in West Hollywood, then bike through iconic Beverly Hills and Bel-Air to have a taste of the extravagant and incredible palaces the Hollywood stars call home.  Then navigate your way through world-famous beach towns such as Santa Monica, Venice, and Marina Del Rey. Bike your way through Culver City where you will learn about the historic movie studios that put this city on the map.  Don’t worry, there will be time to rest with several breaks including lunch on the beach and several walking tours along the way. This comprehensive 32-mile excursion lets you enjoy the very best of Los Angeles and is definitely worth a place on your bucket list!

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Best of Los Angeles Day Tour with German-Speaking Guide

7. Best of Los Angeles Day Tour with German-Speaking Guide

On this 12-hour tour you’ll take in the highlights of Los Angeles. Your day begins with a hotel pick-up between 07:00 and 09:00, when you’ll set off with your German-speaking guide to visit some of the city’s most iconic sites. Start out in Beverly Hills and marvel at some of the multi-million-dollar homes of the rich and famous. Celebrities, movie stars, and wealthy business tycoons call this area home. Keep on the lookout for your favorite stars! Head to Rodeo Drive, one of the world‘s most exclusive shopping boulevards. Gaze in awe at the designer boutiques and glamorous stores. Next, Hollywood is calling. Visit the Walk of Fame and try to find your favorite actors from the 2,500-odd stars along the sidewalk. See the Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater), the Chinese Theater, the Roosevelt Hotel, Mulholland Drive, and the Hollywood Bowl overlook. Continue the tour from Sunset Strip to world-famous Venice Beach, finishing up at Santa Monica Pier and the quaint Venice Canal Historic District. Depending on timing and traffic, you may have time for a stop at Century City or Santa Monica Place for a lunch break or a bit of shopping.

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LA: The Los Angeles Highlights Tour

8. LA: The Los Angeles Highlights Tour

The Los Angeles Highlights Tour combines our Los Angeles Tour and the Los Angeles Beach Tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. In 7 hours, you will see the best that the city has to offer from Hollywood, to the beaches, to Downtown Los Angeles, and more.  The tour gives provides a fun semi-private guided experience that is a great value and conducted in small groups. No other tour includes as much substantive history and fun sightseeing at a leisurely pace. In the first 3 hours of your tour, uncover the history of downtown, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. You will explore the most famous sights, including a few celebrity homes, and learn about some of the poignant moments from the glory days of Los Angeles and today. Some of the famous sites include the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Graumann's Chinese Theatre, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Dolby Theatre (Home of The Oscars), Sunset & Vine, Capitol Records, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood High School, the Viper Room, Whiskey A Go Go, the Chateau Marmont, Rodeo Dr., and many more.  On this tour you will enjoy a wide range of architectural styles. From the homes in Beverly Hills, to the iconic Staples Center, to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Mission on Olivera Street. This tour is a great way to get to know the unique character of Los Angeles. Some of the most beloved Los Angeles landmarks are downtown, like the Central Library, US Bank Tower, and Angels Flight. The history of the area goes back to the founding of the city in 1781, and its architecture tells the story of the city's growth from the 1890s to the present, including the current trend of converting vintage office buildings into loft-style apartments and condos. Learn fascinating information about Los Angeles and the people who have made it historic. This tour features glitzy buildings with historic charm and wonderful backstories throughout, and so much more.  After the morning portion is over we take a break and head to the Los Angeles Farmer's Market for lunch where everyone can enjoy a variety of lunch options on their own. The afternoon portion of the tour features dramatic ocean views, the Santa Monica Pier, a stroll on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, and a beautiful viewpoint where you can enjoy dramatic ocean views.

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Los Angeles: Make the Most of LA Guided Tour

9. Los Angeles: Make the Most of LA Guided Tour

Start your LA tour at Venice Beach and learn about the skateboarding and surfing cultures. Then, go to Santa Monica Pier and be dazzled by the carnival-like atmosphere. Take an iconic selfie at the end of Historic Route 66. Next, explore the legendary institutions of the entertainment industry and go for a cruise to a farmers' market for lunch. Pass the La Brea Tar Pits on the way to the Hollywood Sign. Count the stars on the Walk of Fame, strike a pose on the Oscar's Grand Staircase, and get a selfie with the Hollywood Sign. Continue down Sunset Boulevard to glamorous Beverly Hills. End with a visit to America's premier shopping destination on Rodeo Drive.

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Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

10. Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour

Discover some of California’s coolest and most laid-back spots on this Segway tour through Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Learn to ride the incredible Segway® Personal Transporter and glide along the world famous Santa Monica and Venice Boardwalks for an unforgettable experience. See the historic Santa Monica Pier, the stunning seaside real estate, and the chic galleries along Ocean Front Walk, before making a stop at the California Heritage Museum. From there, glide along to the eclectic enclave of Venice, laid out by developer Abbot Kinney as a fantasy replica of the northern Italian city. Today Venice is home to a thriving underground arts scene, an active beach community and a ton of bohemian charm. Check out street performers and some of the area’s truly unique architecture, or stop into one of the area’s many art galleries. Let's just say there is no place quite like Venice Beach and our professional tour guides ensure you experience a scenic tour and soak up some glorious California sunshine.

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What people are saying about Venice Pier

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 990 reviews

We had only a few days in LA and it was our first time there. So this was a great way to quickly cover the touristy stuff in the city, and get some interesting fun facts about locations as you go through the city. We didn't have to use any public transportation as the place we were staying was close to one of the stops.

It was definitely a great way to see LA's beaches! I enjoyed the view, the ride and our amazing tour guide!

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

Great vibes experience and the caption was very detailed!

The tour was great! Lots of interesting information!