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.
Kids on a Private Tour of Los Angeles
If you want your children to experience the joys of fishing in a controlled, safe and dry environment, let’s head up over the Santa Monica Mountains on your Los Angeles tour and stop for lunch at Troutdale in Agoura. This is a fun luxury Los Angeles tour adventure for young ones. The regularly stocked pond is full of fresh farm raised trout and everything is provided for catching and cooking up a fine fish lunch. The environment is peaceful and perfect for picnics. After lunch we can explore the elegant celebrity homes in and around Calabasas while we are up here and drive past the Peter Strauss Ranch Park and the Paramount Ranch as well as the Motion Picture and Television Country Home and Hospital. Most of our private Los Angeles tour guests, even those who live near Los Angeles, are completely unaware of the existence of Lake Malibou in this same part of the mountains where you could do some real fishing.
Private Tour Stops to See New Fashions
When a film company or major advertising company arranges to work on a Los Angeles street there are policemen, sawhorses, cones and lots of big trucks and milling craftspeople. And then there are the guerrilla shoots. These are generally film and art school students or aspiring young directors stealing shots for their films and portfolios. While not discouraged by the cities there is some administrative bureaucracy the photographers and filmmakers must endure to get their permits so…they…don’t. They take their guilty-looking crews out and quickly set up and photograph their subjects or run their scenes. Our guides see this often and entertain our private Los Angeles tour guests with anecdotes from their own glorious film pasts. These two photos (click for larger images) were captured on recent tours in Beverly Hills. One is on a palm-lined residential boulevard and the other on Rodeo Drive in the Golden Triangle, a retail and business district in Beverly Hills where fashion reigns. Could these be new fashions we can expect in the coming year? We here at Elite Adventure Tours certainly appreciate the Afghan or Borzoi and would love to have a tour with a family bringing one of those fine dogs along.
Our Private Tour Guests See This Corner of
Beverly Hills All the Time
This vintage photograph of movie star Cary Grant walking his Siamese cat in Beverly Hills is currently swirling through the internet and landed in our inbox. We pass by this corner regularly as we explore the area of Beverly Hills south of Wilshire Boulevard, “Lower Beverly Hills” to some of the locals, where the less fortunate of the well-to-do live. The movie CLUELESS reminds us that Sunset Boulevard is a dividing line in the social strata much as Wilshire Boulevard is. Three distinct price ranges for homes in this lovely city. The homes here beneath the Golden Triangle are lovely, if modest, and the neighborhoods peaceful, and we love showing the area off to our private Los Angeles tour guests because there are so many celebrity homes around here and stories to be shared.