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So you can have the best and most authentic experiences of Los Angeles.

Check here for neighborhood guides to LA, with their history and information on attractions and things to do there, as well as ways to experience different sides and elements of the city.

how to guarantee seeing a celebrity in LA

How To Guarantee Seeing A Celebrity In LA

May 14, 2024

Some people have become obsessed by a celebrity and it can be very unhealthy. The news is full of stories of stars who’ve been stalked by overly-fanatical fans so I’m definitely not condoning that kind of stuff in How to Guarantee Seeing a Celebrity in LA! The first thing to know about famous people (and…

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Los Angeles Layover

Los Angeles On A Layover

April 9, 2024

If you’re booking a flight and the chance presents itself to visit Los Angeles on a layover, or stopover, you probably aren’t going to refuse the opportunity, especially if you’ve never been here before. LA is a place that most people would like to visit, at least once, in their lives. And why not? Forgetting…

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Culver City

Culver City: LA’s Hidden Westside Gem

February 1, 2024

Culver City isn’t by any means considered one of Los Angeles County’s best known cities. Sitting on the Westside, almost completely surrounded by the city of LA, at first it can seem like it’s in-between a lot of other, much more interesting, places such as Santa Monica, Koreatown, Venice, downtown and even Beverly Hills. However,…

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the black dahlia

Crime Seen: The Black Dahlia

January 8, 2024

The Black Dahlia is one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in criminal history and a subject for numerous documentaries, books, TV episodes and movies. Law enforcement agencies, criminal experts, on-camera presenters and amateur sleuths have all attempted to solve the case, all without success. Rather like the Jack the Ripper murders in London…

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The Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip: LA’s Adult Playground

January 3, 2024

Victor Ponet, a Belgian businessman and diplomat, bought 240 acres of the old Rancho La Brea in 1890. His new estate consisted mostly of poinsettia fields and was a couple of miles west of a small village that was only just becoming known as Hollywood. Fourteen years later Ponet had a six-hundred foot long dirt…

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign: Hiking & History

November 9, 2023

The Hollywood Sign is such an iconic structure that it never needs an introduction or description to first-time visitors who are guests. They know it well, having seen it untold times in movies, TV shows and news pieces. They’ve almost certainly seen a picture of it many times too. Interestingly if you next ask them…

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Broadway Los Angeles

Broadway Los Angeles: Historic Theater District

June 14, 2023

When we visit the Broadway Los Angeles Theater District on our tours, visitors from outside LA can get confused. We have a Broadway here too? Their confusion only increases when we tell them that it actually has the largest number of historic theaters in the U.S. It does perhaps seem incredible – but it’s true.…

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Bicycling in Los Angeles

Bicycling In Los Angeles: 6 Great Routes

May 2, 2023

A lot of people, both visitors AND locals don’t even think it’s possible to go bicycling in Los Angeles. Or even if it is, that it would be unsafe, not to mention downright dangerous. The car is king here – this ain’t Yurup (which is how we say Europe by the way). However, you probably…

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San Fernando Valley

San Fernando Valley: A Fascinating Place

March 18, 2023

The San Fernando Valley is, in many ways, underrated. Sure, it has some big attractions, such as Universal Studios, but it’s often derided as a suburban sprawl that’s generally way hotter than the rest of Los Angeles and much less interesting. It’s not seen as having either the cultural might of Hollywood, nor the theme park riches…

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Sid Grauman Million Dollar Theatre

Sid Grauman & His Theatres

February 24, 2023

When the TCL Chinese Theatre opened in 1927 it was known as Sid Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and some older Angelenos still call it such. Directly opposite, across the Walk of Fame, is the El Capitan Theatre, now owned by Disney, but when it opened in 1926 it was a Broadway style theatre that was part-owned…

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