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Dam View on a Private Los Angeles Tour
Almost all of our custom tour guests in Hollywood spend time in areas where they see this view of Lake Hollywood and the Mulholland Dam. The dam, built in 1924, filled this reservoir with water which in those early days served all of Los Angeles. There is a 4-mile loop around the lake for hikers and joggers and other outdoor enthusiasts. At dawn and dusk you can enjoy the local wildlife (deer, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, bobcats) and the local wild life (actors, writers, directors). If you are the kind of filmlover who peppers your conversations with quotes from Chinatown or Earthquake then you will immediately recognize filming locations along the hiking route. Turning 180° from this view you are staring right at the Hollywood Sign which represents a different healthy hike up to the top of Mt. Lee just behind the sign with a magnificent view of both the Los Angeles basin and the San Fernando valley. If a private hiking tour interests you be sure to contact us. We know great trails throughout the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains.
Summer is near. That means it is time to get to the beach. What do they do at the beach? In southern California, and especially here in Los Angeles, they surf.
You don’t know how to surf? Then check out Learn to Surf LA in Santa Monica for private or group lessons or even enroll in surf camp. It is easy and fun. Many students get the hang (10) of it in just one lesson!
Among the many adventures we can plan for our private Los Angeles tour guests (helicopters, horses, Segways, ziplining are among the many) we are now encouraging our water lovers to enjoy a customized luxury tour that includes a surfing lesson. We will handle all the details for your comfort and fun. Just bring your swimsuit and a smile. We will even capture great photographs of your surfing safari for you to take home with you to show your family and friends.
Hiking to the Top — a Private Los Angeles Tour
We are not Elite Adventure Tours, with the emphasis on ADVENTURE, for nothing. Many of our guests not only want to see the sights, they want a heart-healthy happy hike on Hollywood hills trails. One of their favorite destinations is the top of Mt. Lee ending right up behind the famous Hollywood Sign. With all sorts of interesting vegetation and wildlife to enjoy on the hike not to mention great views of the Los Angeles basin and, if it’s clear, the Pacific Ocean and, if it’s really clear the Channel Islands, this hike is always spectacular and fun. We can look down on both Hollywood and Beverly Hills from this vantage point. We know all kinds of trails in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and can customize a luxury hiking tour to suit our guests’ interests and abilities.
Most of the Elite Adventure Tours staff ride motorcycles. We ride nice bikes but they all use gasoline (40-60 mpg). But we are all admiring the Zero sports bikes available at Hollywood Electrics — they use no gasoline! Plug them into a wall socket and you get 125 miles of travel for 1¢ a mile. No noise, no smoke, no oily patches in the driveway or garage and they look cool and go fast quickly.
Our company is ready to lead you on a private tour of Los Angeles on motorcycles any time you want to go with your friends. We would love to see some electric 2-wheelers with us as we ride the local mountain and beach roads.
Drop by Hollywood Electrics on Fairfax Boulevard (near Willoughby) and check out the newest mode of hot travel around. We will be looking there, too, for our next bikes.
We took this photo while hiking on a private luxury tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We are looking down on the Sunset Ranch Stables in Griffith Park and over to the Hollywood Sign. This terrifically fun destination gives our guests the opportunity to simply and easily get on top of a horse for a tour of horse trails in one of our country’s largest urban parks and even over the mountain to a wonderful Mexican restaurant for dinner and drinks. We are particularly fond of the sunset ride during the summer months. This is definitely one of the fun things to do in Los Angeles! And, while Sunset Ranch Stables is conveniently located right in Hollywood, we can arrange horseback adventures throughout southern California (mountains, beaches, deserts) for experienced riders and adventurers.
Several of our private luxury tour guests have already taken advantage of the opportunity to ice skate in Beverly Hills…outdoors. The city has erected a genuine ice rink outside City Hall on N. Crescent Drive that will operate through January 6th. One hour sessions are available each day throughout the day for anyone interested. When you get done with your sightseeing around Los Angeles and Hollywood then grab your blades (or rent when you get there) and enjoy a completely different thing to do in Beverly Hills.
Our private luxury tour guests couldn’t wait to get going on their custom hiking tour with us. Angie and Kevin, being fit and adventurous and wanting to explore some of the 4,300+ acres of Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, enjoyed a little Hollywood sightseeing before heading over to Los Feliz and a trailhead we like. We hiked up around the Griffith Park Observatory and reached a small summit where we snapped this great photo of the setting November sun with the Hollywood Sign in the background. The beauty of our cooler autumn and winter days is the clear skies with great visibility. We might not be able to see forever, but you can see Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes Peninsula easily from all around Los Angeles, especially up in the local mountains. It is the perfect time for our fitness tours and some fun hiking adventures!
It is still summer in Los Angeles, temperatures in the mid-70s-80s, clear blue skies, the Channel Islands coming into view from the mainland as the marine layer disperses, so it is not surprising that our private luxury tour guests decide to engage us on hiking tours around Los Angeles. It is a different sightseeing thing to do that we really enjoy providing. Griffith Park is one of our favorite hiking destinations (as well as the Hollywood Sign trail and Runyon Canyon). All of these urban trails are easy and scenic with lots of photo opportunities like the one above that we took while climbing up toward the Griffith Park Observatory.
With Griffith Park in the background and the Los Angeles River below and to the right in the photograph, this uniquely designed bicycle bridge allows two-wheelers to safely cross a major thoroughfare as they ride for miles along the paved waterway. From time to time we have been requested by our private luxury tour guests to provide custom bicycle tours through parts of Los Angeles and this bicycle route along the river is as much fun as Ballona Creek and the beach. Hollywood and Beverly Hills are not bicycle friendly at this time though we can suggest a Beverly Hills Segway tour as something to do when you visit Los Angeles.
One of the best things to do when visiting Los Angeles is our special Adventure private luxury tour to iFly at Universal City Walk. Having already shown our guests the major sightseeing locales around Hollywood and Beverly Hills we then head over to Universal City and this very fun attraction on the promenade outside the studio theme park. It is a vertical wind tunnel that simulates free fall — skydiving without the parachute. As you can see from the giddy photograph of our model (and tour guide) Jeff, appropriate clothing and safety equipment are provided as well as adequate training. After that it’s all just a good time floating up and down in a tall, clear vertical shaft. One tip that Jeff provides his guests when visiting iFly, “In a vertical wind tunnel, you drool up!”