Private Tour Guests See Bald Eagles and
Deer on Their Los Angeles Tour
Our tour guides have their cameras ready at all times because we never know what we are going to see when showing our private custom tour guests around Los Angeles. In the case above, we were visiting Catalina Island, just off the Los Angeles coast, hiking along the perfect trails on a late summer day when we saw this bald eagle majestically perched above us. We did not disturb the bird and only got photos of it at rest. We also regularly see coyotes, raccoons and skunks. Bobcats and possibly mountain lions are around but we never see them. We have managed to enjoy all our hikes without running into any bears which occupy the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena to the north of downtown Los Angeles. But deer, both a pest and a menace to homes with well tended gardens and landscaping, are everywhere and we occasionally see them close enough for a good photograph. In the land of Bambi all our tour guests enjoy seeing the tranquil animals munching on grasses and shrubbery on the hillsides.
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests Love Carspotting
Our guide was impressed to have his private custom tour guests draw his attention to the yellow rolls royce parked at an auto service center. They were familiar with the 1964 film The Yellow Rolls Royce that follows the romantic stories of three owners of the same Phantom. The 1964 film written by Terence Rattigan stars Rex Harrison and Jeanne Moreau, George C. Scott and Shirley MacLaine, and Ingrid Bergman and Omar Sharif. Could this be the same car used in the film? It is certainly possible though Hollywood film aficionados know that movie companies always have a number of similar vehicles available during filming in the event something unforeseen occurs or to have different cars available for different purposes (principal shots and 2nd unit filming). Sometimes one car is driveable and used for “on the road” scenes while another inoperative vehicle is only used for close-ups. This could be one of those cars or maybe not. Just another yellow Rolls Royce Phantom in for an oil change in Los Angeles.
Private Hollywood Tour Lunch Behind Jimmy Kimmel’s Studio
Do you love BBQ? Are you planning on a visit to Hollywood, maybe to watch a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel show? Then make sure you have tickets for today, Thursday or Friday for a chance to enjoy lunch from the super grill of celebrity chef Adam Perry Lang. He has set up shop in the parking lot area right behind Jimmy’s studio on Hollywood Boulevard. Lunch is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with take away service from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adam’s efforts will help support several local charities. Even if you do not have show reservations you should drop by for lunch and to help a couple of good causes. We are parking our Elite Adventure Tours vans downwind of Adam’s smoke trail and allowing our private Los Angeles tour guests to walk us over to the source of those enticing aromas. Our guides are eager to plan their tours to arrive in Hollywood at lunch time. See you there!
Our Private Tour Guests Love Los Angeles Weather
Was your summer too short? Do you miss the nice weather and the rolling waves at the shore? Los Angeles has more to offer than Hollywood and its stars, Beverly Hills and celebrity homes, exclusive shopping and gourmet restaurants. There is always the beach. Our private Los Angeles tour takes our guests to see the beach close up (a walk along the waves) with a thorough exploration of Venice and Marina del Rey, Fisherman’s Village and yes, celebrity homes in Malibu (you cannot escape Hollywood’s glitzy influence). Bring your shorts and flip-flops when you visit our grand city by the sea no matter what time of year you plan to be here.
Good Food and Lots of Excitement for Our
Private Tour Guests at the
Saddle Ranch Chop House
The original Saddle Ranch Chop House opened on the Sunset Strip in 1999 and has been attracting visitors and locals ever since. The success has bred four other restaurants in California and Arizona. The eye-catching “western” style architecture gets the attention of our private Los Angeles tour guests as we explore the Sunset Strip between Hollywood and Beverly Hills. If the mood is right we can pull in and enjoy our lunch time with excellent BBQ and steaks and watch folks, even our own people, ride the mechanical bull which is a centerpiece in each of the restaurants. It is so Urban Cowboy even after all these years. Where’s John Travolta and Debra Winger?
A Private Tour Meets Their First Real Zombie
He is not exactly an Abercrombie & Fitch male model outside a clothing store, but this Walking Dead guy had the look, the shuffle and the moan down pat when we encountered him in front of GAP Body. As for characters posing for photographs with our private Los Angeles tour people this takes a different turn from the usual happy cartoon characters and superheroes we generally meet along Hollywood Boulevard near Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Dolby Theater. Considering the proximity to Halloween, though, it makes sense that the Zombie Apocalypse would make it to Hollywood sidewalks. Maybe it is missing talent agent Andy Klein.
Our Private Tour Had to Slow Down to Let
the Presidential Motorcade Pass By
Our office staff and our guides follow all the activities going on in Los Angeles so that on any particular day we can take our private Los Angeles tour guests to see something special. We know when the awards are presented, the handprints left, the Walk of Fame stars laid down, when the stars are rehearsing, where the films are shooting on location. We were not privy, however, to the movements of President Obama on his latest visit to Los Angeles to see the Hollywood stars. However, as luck would have it, one of our tour groups got caught in the traffic jam created as POTUS and his staff and security passed our guide and his guests. “Wave at the President,” our guide instructed as he took photographs all the time wondering if that was OK to do. The traffic glitch was mild (that’s really saying something in Los Angeles) and they were soon on their way for more sightseeing and adventures in the City of Angels and world leaders.
Costumes Welcomed on our Private Halloween Tour
Looking for something fun, something weird and something eerie to do on Halloween when you are visiting Los Angeles and Hollywood One of the best, most elegant, most extravagant parties is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Halloween Ball. This museum, which should be a daytime part of any travel itinerary in our grand city, hosts a wild masquerade evening on All Hallows Eve just for Angelenos (and friendly visitors). While an adults only event, the licentiousness of other Los Angeles events (we will write about them later) is not evident here though there are plenty of grownup libations available. Glamor, glitter and graciousness will greet you and make your evening splendid. With Academy Award winning costumers judging the contest and significant prizes being awarded our private Los Angeles tour guests deciding to attend will see incredible and amazing creatures and imaginary beings as well as authentic-looking historical figures and some very bizarre characters and horrific manifestations of the human persona (and not so human). Galleries will be open, too.
Trojan Football and Olympics History at the Los Angeles Coliseum Impress our Tour Guests
Los Angeles is blessed to have two historic stadiums still in regular use. We have written about the Rose Bowl Stadium in nearby Pasadena (14 miles away). The other is the Los Angeles Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the University of Southern California whose Trojans call the Coliseum home. Since its completion in 1932 the Coliseum has also been home to the Los Angeles Rams and L.A. Raiders NFL teams, and for a short time to the Dodgers baseball team. The very first NFL/AFL Championship Game (later renamed the Superbowl) was played here in 1967. The record for highest attendance at a baseball game (115,300) was set in 2008 when the Dodgers hosted the Boston Red Sox (the Green Monster in left field in this case replaced by a very tall net – see below). Two Olympics were staged at this facility, large musical concerts, soccer matches, political rallies. Los Angeles weather permits year round use of this grand facility. Our helicopter route on the aerial portion of our air + ground private Los Angeles tour takes us right over the Coliseum just after we see the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles.
Our Private Aerial Tour of Los Angeles Flies Over Beverly Hills
When we take to the skies on a private Los Angeles tour, helicopter-style, we get to see Beverly Hills and its wonders from an excellent vantage point. For instance, we can see the entire property of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Pink Palace as it is familiarly known, as we look north above Sunset Boulevard. The beautiful park across Sunset to the south is perfect for a peaceful stroll with kids and pets. Many of our tour guests stay at this grand hotel which has been in business now more than 100 years (in California time that is really old). The hotel’s Polo Lounge is one of the finest restaurants in Beverly Hills and a regular place for “doing lunch” for Hollywood celebrities, agents and studio executives. This graceful and gracious hotel can be a tour stop, too, on the ground portion of our combination helicopter + ground tour. Lots of Hollywood history here.