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Following a green Lamborghini Aventador to the Hollywood Sign

Los Angeles Tour Guests Treated to Sight of

Newest Lamborghini

We were not really racing the bright green Lamborghini Aventador up the hill to the Hollywood Sign.  We just happened to be on the same road at the same time and enjoyed an eyeful of fine Italian sportscar engineering as we were heading up the hill.  Seeing expensive cars around Los Angeles, especially in Hollywood and Beverly Hills and some of the other fancy neighborhoods, is so common we often overlook them.  However, our private Los Angeles tour guests espy them instantly and draw our attention, and camera, to these amazing vehicles.  The brand new coupe has a 12 pound removable roof and even as a convertible still reaches its max speed of 217 mph in 3 seconds.  Not here in Hollywood, though.  Too many wide-eyed, slack-jawed car-lovers in the way.  The Aventador is yours, even in the sickly green color, for about $400,000.

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Jim Morrison stands tall on this Venice Beach mural

Murals Make the Distinctive Community

More Memorable for Our Private Tour

It is the time of year when we are requested by our custom Los Angeles tour guests to visit the beach communities of Los AngelesVenice with its boardwalk and canals is a favorite for our passengers.  We do not just drive through either.  We walk through the alleys to see murals such as the Jim Morrison design above and we walk the bridges over the canals and feed the Venice ducks and geese.  We might even patronize a business in a muraled building for drinks and snacks.  Los Angeles has wonderful large building paintings throughout the city and not just in Venice.  We can make a tour just visiting these notable locations.  There is even an organization dedicated to preserving and cataloging the murals, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

Venice is a day-glo community for our Los Angeles tour guests

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A view from the Hollywood Sign to downtown Los Angeles

Our Favorite Family Tour Hike in Los Angeles

There are a number of reasons we like to suggest our Hollywood Sign hike to our private Los Angeles tour guests requesting a sightseeing adventure that involves some health and fitness activity.  Mostly, the hike is very family friendly.  The trail is a service road, wide and smooth with an easy grade to it.  No creeping through dense chaparral brush, no going where there might be mountain critters basking calmly in the sunshine, no sheer cliffs to scale or large rocks to climb.  Also, the hike reveals all kinds of places along the way to talk about movies and television as it has been used as a location set in so many familiar shows and films.  And finally there are the views from the top of Mt. Lee, above and behind the Hollywood Sign.  Throughout the year this view is spectacular as we can see over the entire Los Angeles basin.  When the skies are clear you can see the mountains to the east and Catalina Island to the west.

The view over the Hollywood Sign to the ocean

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A different view of Beverly Hills City Hall

Our Private Tour in Beverly Hills Finds New Angles

We do not just drive through Beverly Hills and point to buildings while exploring on a private Los Angeles tour.  We park our custom luxury van often and take short walks to really see everything there is to see and see it from different angles.  We can find some very interesting places to photograph the city.  Beverly Hills City Hall, for instance.  Most just see the building passing by on Santa Monica Boulevard but do not get to examine the beautiful xeriscaped gardens and the public art installations.  Most visitors never even get to look closely at the city’s crest.  With its population of about 35,000 people situated in 6 square miles the city can be seen in three divisions: above Sunset, above Wilshire and below Wilshire.  There is also the Golden Triangle and within that the Mile of Style.

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Ghost of the Brown Derby

The (former) Brown Derby in Hollywood

Still Talked About on a Hollywood Tour

Ever enjoyed a Cobb Salad?  Would you believe it was created by Robert Cobb, owner of the Brown Derby restaurant and that it was created specifically for Sid Grauman of Egyptian Theater and Chinese Theater fame.  The ingredients were just what Mr. Cobb had on hand when Sid dropped by for something to eat and his toothache made chewing difficult (thus the sliced and diced ingredients of the Cobb Salad).  Today a large multi-use building stands along Vine Street where this once great Hollywood hangout used to be with the Trader Joe’s approximately in the front door of the former restaurant.  When Hollywood was HOLLYWOOD!!! this was the place to be for movie stars, studio executives and other members of the industry.  There were Brown Derbys in Los Feliz, Beverly Hills and the very first one was on Wilshire Boulevard near where the Ambassador Hotel once dominated the block.  The others were not as renowned as the Hollywood establishment and they are all gone now.  All that remains are the great stories to tell as we pass by on a private Los Angeles tour and our guests remember tales of those great days.  Tales and some terrific vintage photos like this one.

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You don't even need the sign to know you are in Malibu

Our Private Tour is Mad for Malibu

The summer heat of southern California often motivates our private Los Angeles tour guests to want to explore the coastline.  We visit Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu generally.  Each community is distinct and fun to explore.  Malibu is breathtakingly beautiful.  The coast and beaches on one side of us and the Santa Monica Mountains on the other.  The thin city is 27 miles long but only several miles wide on average.  The main thoroughfare is the notorious PCH, Pacific Coast Highway, or California Route 1 to map readers.  Mansions and beach estates all along the way allow us to do a celebrity homes tour for the coast and recount early Hollywood history as we point out and discuss the Malibu Colony near the lagoon.  The beaches and the surf breaks are famous from film and song and sightseeing along our exquisite coast makes convincing arguments as to why.

A beach in Malibu on a warm summer day

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Our little guest meets Minnie Mouse

Happiness is a Los Angeles Tour Meeting a Celebrity

For our young private Los Angeles tour guest this might very well have been the highlight of her exciting four hours of sightseeing with us.  Yes, we saw the Nickelodeon Studios and Miley Cyrus‘ house and other great sites that are significant to her.  But posing and hugging Minnie Mouse on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and having a photograph in her family’s Elite Adventure Tours album like this… yes, this was the highlight.

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Private Los Angeles tour guests at DASH

We Dash to DASH on this Tour of Los Angeles

We always welcome requests from our private Los Angeles tour guests and a good number of them will have researched Los Angeles or have heard of some location they just have to visit.  When it comes to retail, though, all our guests want us to take them to one place – DASH – the Kardashian owned boutique on Melrose Avenue near Beverly Hills.  The store brings in the Hollywood crowd at one time or another as well as curious cultural anthropologists from all over the world.  Our shopping tours (yes, we regularly guide private shopping tours) make DASH a stop either before or after nearby Robertson Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.  We used to drive up to Calabasas to visit the very first DASH boutique which is now closed.  The Melrose Avenue location is much closer to all the action.  DASH also has stores in Miami and New York.

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Surfboard equipped LAPD police pickup

No K-9 But a Hang-5 on this Los Angeles Tour

If you believe that we were down by the beach on this private Los Angeles tour you would be correct.  This surfboard equipped Silverado pickup is a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle ready to paddle out and surf to protect our citizens.  Do the officers shout “cowabunga” instead of “freeze”?  As smile-inducing as seeing this vehicle is we know the LAPD is working hard to keep our city safe and running smoothly.  Officers of the LAPD have 72 miles of city coastline to watch over so a surfboard on their vehicle makes perfect sense.  Whether on horseback or boats, helicopters, Segways, motorcycles or cruisers we salute our police men and women no matter how they are getting around the city and are always thankful to see them.

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Buying a treat at the Beverly Hills cupcake ACM (Automatic Cupcake Machine)

A Very Necessary Private Tour Stop in Beverly Hills

Not her family, not her tour guide, no one could keep our Los Angeles tour guest from halting our excursion through the Golden Triangle directly in front of the Sprinkles Cupcake ACM (Automatic Cupcake Machine).  This marvel of modern technology distributes something even better than cash – heavenly fresh baked goods.  Still warm.  Oh, so delectable.  Imagine living where there is 24-hour cupcake service?  It is almost too good to be true.

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