Seems Our Private Tour is About Kevin Hart
Living is Los Angeles is often akin to living in a publicity barrage. When the PR machine for a major star begins to roll we here in the Hollywood area get ALL of the media material in ALL of its manifestations. Not just television and radio which we have a great deal of but giant banners and billboards, moving billboards mounted on trucks, vans, buses and cars, and signs, signs and more signs. So it is no surprise that our Los Angeles private tour guests recently asked us about Kevin Hart. He has taken over the city…he has taken over the world. He has a new comedy series, an upcoming concert film, a summer blockbuster with Dwayne Johnson (Central Intelligence), a major animated character (Snowball in The Secret Life of Pets) and a recently unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What’s next? Probably a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s, a lookalike character in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and certainly I ♥ HART buttons and stickers (we would like those for our vehicles). We can certainly take our guests on a custom Kevin Hart-themed tour visiting film locations and hangout spots and points of interested connected with this man’s life and career. He has many devoted fans and we expect to see them on one of our private tours of Hollywood and Los Angeles.
Our Private Tour Guests from Chicago Love Catalina Island
So many of our private Los Angeles tour guests are unaware of the island paradise only 23 miles away from Los Angeles. Santa Catalina Island (just Catalina to those of us living here) is the largest of the eight Channel Islands just off the southern coast of California. It’s rich history is only a small part of its attraction for visitors to our region as well as locals wishing a little “island” time to get away from the city. Our guides regale our guests with tales of Hollywood celebrities, gamblers and criminals on those days when the island appears through the foggy mist of the marine layer. Even better than stories told about the island while peering across the channel is our private tour out to Catalina (by helicopter, yacht or ferry – our guests’ choice) when we can show off the beautiful city of Avalon and the wild landscape that is still the major area of the island. The Catalina Island Museum is now housed permanently in the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner building, a lovely structure that pairs with the beautiful Avalon Casino and has whispers of Wrigley Field in its design. Ada (“Blanny”) was the granddaughter of William Wrigley, once owner of the Chicago Cubs and builder of famous Wrigley Field. Blanny Schreiner and the Wrigley Family contributed greatly to the island’s modern development and preservation and much is owed to them for the abundant joy that Catalina provides.
How About a Private Tour of Paris (from Los Angeles)
It turns out that a taste of Paris is not that far from here. We are talking about Paris – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. With its half-sized Eiffel Tower, a mini-Arc de Triomphe, a suggestion of the Montgolfier balloon, a facade of the Louvre, replica fountains and bridges – this is Las Vegas at its best – much like the collection of souvenirs your aunt and uncle brought home to you from their European tour. Giant kitsch. We love it! Everyone does. One does not go to Las Vegas for historical accuracy. We go for the fun of it. We want to be transported to Paris for a night or two or to Camelot or Venice. Las Vegas makes Los Angeles seem stalwart and pious which it definitely is not as we so ably demonstrate to all of our private tour guests enjoying a custom tour of the city with us. And if our guests request that we take them to Las Vegas for some gambling and big name entertainment accompanied by superb wining and dining then we can do that. Las Vegas is a short charter flight away. We have all the connections to extend a private Los Angeles tour to our neighbor state and continue the VIP treatment that our guests expect. Even more…we can arrange a private helicopter tour and catered lunch on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Nothing “reduced scale” about that! If you are feeling like une nuit sur la ville, Paris then let us make that happen for you.
It’s Not Only the Homes that Say Beverly Hills on Our Private Tour
There is no missing the transition from any adjacent neighborhood into Beverly Hills. There are large signs like this one on Sunset Boulevard. There is a change in the street name signage. And then there are the homes. It is the homes that we and our Los Angeles tour guests are eager to explore any time we cross the boundary into Beverly Hills. This is where the movie stars live and have been living since the earliest days of Hollywood, even before Beverly Hills was its own city. This was ranch land back in those halcyon days as California was being settled and film industry pioneers were drawn to this part of the state with its varied and easily accessible landscapes and, most important, lots of bright sunny days all through the year. Making movies outdoors using natural light meant many more movies could be produced. Wide open spaces meant easy to manage chase scenes and western sets and explosions. This was pure heaven for filmmakers. And as the money rolled in there had to be a nice residential area fit for big homes and extravagant gardens and a very special shopping and business area. That was Beverly Hills and its Golden Triangle. We will tell you all about it as we show you around to the earliest homes (that still stand) and to some of the more recent celebrity mansions. There is much history and so many juicy stories to share that we could do an entire custom tour and never leave this tiny bejeweled city.
Another Eye-Catching Sight on a Los Angeles Helicopter Tour
Soon after circling the Los Angeles Coliseum we find ourselves above the StubHub Center, another major sports venue for L.A. fans. The StubHub Center is home to the L.A. Galaxy, our professional soccer team (part of the MLS – Major League Soccer). This is the second largest soccer specific stadium in the league and seats 27,000 cheering soccer lovers. The stadium is a centerpiece of an entire sports facility that also includes a velodrome and tennis stadium as well as other track & field locations. But soccer is the major draw to this campus between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach and right off the San Diego Freeway (and two other local freeways). We have a large number of guests on a private tour of Los Angeles, in one of our helicopters, luxury SUVs or both, who consider soccer to be the world’s pastime and are much more interested in seeing this “football” stadium over any other of the beautiful stadiums and ballparks in the Los Angeles area. While this is our football season (NFL and college) we accept that their football is a beautiful sport, too, and admit that we watch the games from time to time during the Olympics and World Cup competitions. Sports connects all of us no matter where we come from and we are very pleased to be able to take our guests to a world class soccer stadium when they visit.
This Private Tour is Private at the Destination
We have this extraordinary luxurious estate all to ourselves for an exclusive wine tasting as we watch the sun set. The drive itself from Los Angeles along the Pacific Coast Highway (“PCH”) and then up through the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu itself is amazing, jawdropping to our private tour guests visiting Southern California from their far away home. Our staff is split trying to decide if the drive is more awesome than flying by helicopter to Malibu Rocky Oaks, a mountaintop vineyard and estate. Either way, getting here is an adventure but only part of the fun.
Spreading out into the living areas of this Tuscan-style home, enjoying the wide open decks that overlook the vineyards and steep hillsides all around, we sample wines made from the grapes growing all around us and soak in the golden colors drenching the landscape as the sky darkens. The beauty of the region is inspirational. We are blessed to have access to this one-of-a-kind destination and are delighted to share it with our guests who love wine, fine weather and the world of Los Angeles.
Combine Flying and Driving in a Los Angeles Tour Adventure
There are many ways to travel in and around Los Angeles. Cars and buses, of course. Bikes, skates, skateboards, horses and various sea vessels along the coast. And by helicopter. For a truly magnificent sightseeing adventure we always suggest a combination of air and ground. Specifically, we like to customize a tour for our guests that consists of a one-hour aerial tour around Los Angeles (downtown to the beaches and all the surprising and interesting sights in between) combined with a 3+hour ground tour to see up close some of the sights seen from our luxury twin-engine jet helicopter as we flew over Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. What’s more, we offer several heliport locations to suit our guests’ wishes and, unlike no other tour company, a helipad in downtown Los Angeles on top of a skyscraper. So, sit back and let us do all the driving and flying. You just soak in the warm sunshine, the glamor and mystique of the City of Angels. Your guide will take an album’s worth of photographs of the places you see and visit. We promise you will remember this private tour of Los Angeles forever.
One Awesome Way to Tour Venice Beach
One should not be drinking and driving is the rule but there are exceptions. One exception, for instance, is you’re not exactly driving but rather pedaling. On the Barcycle. There are several advantages to a fun tour of Venice Beach bars on the Barcycle. You can enjoy a beer as you soak up the fantastic sea air and enjoy the local sights; pedaling means the calories in the beer are being worked off as fast as they are consumed; and, you get to meet some nice people without having to yell over loud music from a jukebox. Now we can do much the same thing on our private tour of Los Angeles but without all the physical effort. We can provide transportation and a vehicle in which to enjoy a fine class of wine or a heady pilsner (on a BYOB basis) as we drive from one fancy nightclub to another on an evening tour of the hotspots of the city. Yes, we know exactly where you will want to go for cocktails (or craft beer) and dancing from downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and assorted beach communities. We even make it a point to know where the latest celebrity nightspot is (we just look for the paparazzi). The Barcycle is a lot of fun and you don’t have to dress up. Our suggestion is to spend a couple of hours on the Barcycle and follow that with a nighttime private tour with us.
Our Private Tour Is Introduced to 10-4 Day
“10-4,” “Roger that,” “Copy” – all expressions we know from countless years watching police procedurals on television and enjoying cops in the movies. But where did they originate and why are they still used? Turns out that the Ten Code (like 10-4) was developed in 1937 as a way to standardize radio communication especially in city police and fire departments which had a lot of radio traffic. The public became aware of this abbreviated form of communication, and in particular the acknowledgment code 10-4, because of an Academy Award winning actor, Broderick Crawford, on a very popular television program in the 1950s, Highway Patrol. Hollywood periodically brings out old police cruisers kept in good shape for use in film productions and lines them up along Hollywood Boulevard on October 4th (10/4) to celebrate Broderick Crawford, police stories and law enforcement. It is a fine tradition and we are happy that we happened by at a good time with our Los Angeles private tour guests to see the cars and participate in the festivities. You gotta love Hollywood and the regular celebrations and activities that happen here. 10-4, over and out.
Our Private Tour Guests Get an Aerial View of the Los Angeles Coliseum
Football season is here and this is a very special season for us. Professional football, the NFL, is once again playing in Los Angeles. We used to enjoy two professional football teams, the Rams and the Raiders, at one time over 20 years ago. For two decades Los Angeles football fans have only had the option of the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins for adult-level live action football. Football purists will argue that college football is decidedly different though equally exciting. Now, thanks to the gods of football, the pro game is back in town and so are the Rams. They will be playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum (former home of the LA Raiders) until the new stadium is completed for the 2019 season which will be in Inglewood about 3 miles away as our luxury helicopter flies. This particular private Los Angeles tour has us circling above the historic stadium which remains home to the USC Trojans. Remember that two Olympics (1932, 1984 and maybe a third in 2024) have been staged here, a baseball World Series (1959), Super Bowls I and VII and a long list of other notable sporting and cultural events since the stadium opened in 1923. It is really a pretty sight as we hover just south of downtown Los Angeles where we can also see near the Coliseum the University of Southern California campus as well as Exposition Park. Obviously this is not a weekend as we fly over because the stadium is empty and quiet. Plan your visit to Los Angeles over a weekend when either football or professional football is being played at the Los Angeles Coliseum. You should note that we have a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper helipad where we can land that is quite close to the Coliseum. We can also help you to get tickets to any Coliseum game or event.