Archive for the ‘Fitness & LA’ Category
Avoid Vampires, Eat at Raw After a Late Private Tour
Los Angeles is a pretty easy town to find late night dining, especially if IHOP and Denny’s revs your engines. However, we also have Norm’s, Pink’s, The Pantry and a number of pizza pits to fulfill the need for hot food after midnight. But what if you are a vegetarian and want something healthy and delectable and appealing when you leave the midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you are anywhere around W. Hollywood then get yourself to Planet Raw and embrace the raw food movement in the wee hours of the morning. Chef Juliano, who grew up in restaurants around the U.S., became a vegan before he turned 20 and later developed a philosophy and food preparation style embracing raw foods. With a complete understanding of nutrition and digestion the restaurant emphasizes proper food combining as well as selection. While we are mentioning it as a late night choice, Planet Raw is open all day, too.
Ziplining Tour to Catalina Island
What’s better than flying over Catalina Island safely harnessed and riding a long thin rope? Flying over to the island aboard a luxury helicopter and spending the day on a beautiful desert island that includes a ziplining tour as one of the many interesting activities available to our private Los Angeles tour guests interested in a little more excitement than simple sightseeing provides. This is where the ADVENTURE in Elite Adventure Tours becomes evident. Join us on ocean skimming flight to the largest of the Channel Islands just 25 miles off the coast of Los Angeles for a safari-like adventure through the island. Besides ziplining there are buffalo and incredible wildlife to see, great hiking trails and excellent lunch destinations in the town of Avalon. You may just be visiting Los Angeles on a summer vacation or here for a major family event like a wedding or graduation, maybe just passing through on a cruise or flight layover. We can entertain you with great fun activities no matter how long you plan to be here.
What We Cannot Do on a Private Hollywood Tour
As inviting as it might seem and as many Los Angeles hiking tours as we are requested to lead throughout the year that want to, regulations forbid us (OR ANYONE!) from climbing up Mt. Lee to the Hollywood Sign as these miscreants are doing. We do, however, follow a trail and road that circles up behind the sign to enjoy a hearty hike with our guests and be able to take sweeping photographs of Los Angeles with the sign in the foreground. We pointed our camera at this crew and so have evidence that illegal activity still occurs. The sign is protected by law, the city and the county, and has plenty of security so we are certain law enforcement met these folks at some point soon after we left. Instead of waiting to see what happened we decided to head off to the Walk of Fame and then to Beverly Hills before the helicopters and patrol cars arrived.
Hollywood and the Stars on Our Private Tour
Two Hollywood icons are caught in this one photograph: the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory where the photo was taken on one of those beautiful Los Angeles days. Naturally we take our private Los Angeles tour guests to see the celebrated homes and celebrity mansions of Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood but the Griffith Observatory has been a gateway to the skyward stars since 1935. The museum and planetarium have been recently renovated and are exciting to visit for young people as well as adults. Several fine hiking trails can lead you up to the facility if you do not wish to drive or are not with us on a private tour. In fact, we would love to combine a hiking tour of Hollywood with a visit to the observatory.
Where Do You Want Your Private Hiking Tour Today
Not all Los Angeles tours are about sitting in a bus with a crowd of murmuring people and trying to listen to a tour guide repeat a script for the umpteenth time while pointing out the window at tourist stops in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We specialize in private custom luxury tours that get you away from the crowds to enjoy parts of Los Angeles that even locals might not know. Our private hiking tours are one way to get around and get out of the vehicle to see, hear and touch the real Los Angeles. This particular hiking tour had us in Malibu exploring the coast from the Malibu Colony up to Pt. Dume. Our guests were exhilarated by the great trails with breathtaking views and sweet sea air. Our cameras catch all the action so we can send our guests home with digital photographs to share along with all the vivid memories they made.
Hiking on a Private Hollywood Tour
Years after a massive landfall caused by excessive rains the Lake Hollywood loop is now fully open so that the complete 3½ mile trail can be hiked. Offering several access points the hike is easy and fun with great views of the old William Mulholland created reservoir that supplied all of Los Angeles with its water at one time. The Mulholland Dam will be familiar to many film lovers and television watchers as they cross over. We enjoy the opportunity to impress our energetic private Los Angeles tour guests exploring local hiking trails with our film location knowledge as well as to tell more about the history of Hollywood and Los Angeles all tied up around one important subject — WATER.
The View is Worth the Effort on a Private Los Angeles Hiking Tour
Los Angeles has dramatic mountain paths and hiking trails all around. The view from these trails is always worth the effort to get there with the Santa Monica Bay and Channel Islands to the west of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood cityscapes. This photo taken at the top of Runyon Canyon in Hollywood shows only one of the many hiking paths we offer to our private Los Angeles tour guests wanting a little more intensive walking than simply the Hollywood Walk of Fame (we do that, too, on this tour). There is Lake Hollywood, the Hollywood Sign and trails deep into the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains. You decide from our suggestions what will work best for your group’s abilities and interests. When is the last time you had a professional photographer along on your hike? Just wait until your friends and families see you looking out over the ocean and celebrity homes below the trails.
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.