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Did a full day walking tour of LA. Our tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable and passionate about giving us all information in a clear and concise way. The tour was very well planned and organised and was not tiring.
We did the Hollywood tour and loved it! The tour was at a great pace and the guide (Vicky) was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Thank you
Booked the Wild Wild West To Now tour, our guide Terry was great! (He) was very knowledgeable and the tour brought us to some really cool DTLA areas we've never been to which was so much fun! Definitely worth the reasonable price. THANK YOU TERRY!
We had an Amazing Murder, Mystery & Ghost tour with Damien and Dante... thank you very much from Italian Girls... very interesting and funny… absolutely recommended!
My boyfriend and I took the Heart of Hollywood Tour and had a wonderful experience with Stuart. Really helpful for personal questions, funny, full of knowledge and a passion for Hollywood. Can't recommend this enough!
Angela took us inside some beautiful Broadway theaters, told us about LA history and was very enthusiastic about her city. The great thing was that she actually took us inside the buildings. Plus after the tour we went for the 35cent cocktails! Great tour and great guide!
I did the Historic Core Tour!!! It was an awesome walking tour and very informative even for this Angeleno!! I am downtown daily and drive past this area and never knew the history of various locations of the city!! This provides that!!
My son and I booked and completely enjoyed a private tour. We had a wonderful evening! Damien took us on a fun, informative tour. My son loves photography, and Damien did not disappoint, as he took over 300 photos!
15 Things to do in LA
Guests often ask us about interesting things to do in Los Angeles (other than our tours of course) while they’re here. So here’s a list of the best that Los Angeles has to offer (sorry if you think we’ve missed something – all lists are subjective). We also produce a list of the 10 Best Things to Do in LA every month on our blog – The Los Angeles Lowdown – with information on all kinds of events here such as screenings, festivals, exhibitions, concerts etc. Have a look at that too when you’re in Los Angeles, or shortly before you get here, for ideas on activities to make the most of your stay.
It’s one of the largest urban parks in the US, it has a beautiful observatory (see the photo above) which is free and offers great views of Los Angeles. If you’re feeling adventurous check out the old Los Angeles Zoo – you’ll get some good photos there, it’s very atmospheric. If you don’t feel like exploring on your own how about our Mount Hollywood Hike? It’s a 2 and a half hour hike from the Greek Theatre to the Griffith Observatory, via Mount Hollywood (which has amazing views).
2. Have a Beach Day
You might have heard that Los Angeles is a beach city and even as early as April and as late as October, depending on the weather of course, you can visit one of our many beaches. Santa Monica’s is very popular as it’s the easiest to get to, but Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach are very nice too. If you’re going to Santa Monica why not visit the Annenberg Beach House? It has a beautiful pool from the 1920’s and you can visit part of Marion Davis’ house. She was a silent movie star in the 1920’s and 30’s and she built an enormous beach house here (unfortunately only a small part now remains).
Instead of going right when you hit the beach at Santa Monica pier (and walking up 3rd Street Promenade) go left and walk down Main Street. There are many independent shops, bars and restaurants and itʼs only two blocks from the beach. Go all the way to Abbot Kinney – when you get there you’ll know why we recommended it.
The canals cover only about a quarter of the area that they did when first constructed, but it’s still a lovely, tranquil walk – around some of the most valuable real estate in the world (a 450 square foot “house”, with no kitchen, was on sale here in 2017 for $2.5 million). We also cycle through this area on our Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour.
A beautiful and historic area north of downtown, full of independent shops, bars and restaurants and which is very accessible on the Gold Line. In the area are also the Huntington Library and the Norton Simon Museum, which both have very impressive art collections.
One of the best things to do in LA is to visit some of the fantastic museums here. LACMA has a world-class collection of art situated on the Miracle Mile, it’s also only 10 minutes walk from the Farmers Market and the Grove (an open air shopping mall) which are both very popular with tourists and locals.
Another world-class art collection – this one housed in an award-winning building with breath-taking views of the sea and the Santa Monica mountains. Did we mention it’s free?
The latest museum to open in downtown and currently the hippest. Check out the first-rate collection of modern art in this beautiful building on Grand Avenue. Be smart though and reserve online before you visit – that way you don’t have to join the long lines they often get. If you’re in the area you could also visit MOCA, another great modern art museum, which is right opposite. You could do all this in conjunction with one of our downtown tours.
It’s got something for everyone – adults and children – including fighter jets, robots and the Space Shuttle Endeavor (which was built in the Los Angeles area). It’s free – and there’s nothing wrong with free, right?
Also has some wonderful exhibits, including a lot of dinosaur fossils which were found in the Los Angeles area (they’re still turning up fossilized remains at the site of the La Brea Tarpits) and a section on L.A. history.
11. Do a Movie Studio Tour
No list of things to do in LA would be complete without this. Warner Bros, Universal and Sony Pictures have guided backlot tours and they all have something to recommend them, but our tip is Paramount Studios. It’s the only studio still in Hollywood itself and it’s recognizable from movies like the Godfather. If you do go to Sony Studios though, you could also see Tara from Gone with the Wind, which is a brief walk from the entrance to Sony.
12. Catch a Game
Los Angeles has many world-famous sporting teams based here – and one of the best things to do in LA would be to see them in action. The Dodgers (baseball), the Lakers (basketball), the Clippers (basketball), the Chargers (football), the Rams (football), L.A. Galaxy (soccer) and the Kings (ice hockey) all call the city home. That’s right, LA is an incredible city to visit if you’re a sports fan.
13. Catch a Play, Classical Music Concert or Opera Performance at the Music Center
Believe it or not, but L.A. has award-winning work going on all the time in all three at this magnificent venue right in the heart of downtown. Our LA: Wild West to Now tour finishes here, so you could see a production afterwards.
14. Go to a Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
It’s a beautiful spot in the Hollywood Hills and they host all kinds of concerts here, from classical music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (sometimes playing the score to a movie while it’s being screened) to appearances by pop icons like Paul McCartney.
15. Go to a movie screening
You’re in Los Angeles, movie capital of America (and arguably the world), so it makes sense. The New Beverly Cinema (owned by Quentin Tarantino) and The Cinefamily both have very interesting programs, in which screenings are often followed by moderated discussions of the movie (usually involving a panel made up of some famous actors and directors).
If you have any feedback on our list of things to do in LA, or if you have some recommendations of your own, please email us and let us know. We’ll be sure to take it into account.
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