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Our Private Tour Guests Love to See Movie Locations
Like an establishing shot in a movie our helicopter tour of Los Angeles gives our guests a chance to see film locations as the filmmakers do. This particular photograph was taken during a flight over Century City and features the Fox Plaza Building (left) and the Intercontinental Hotel. The Fox Plaza building was called the Nakatomi Tower in the first Die Hard film, John McTiernan’s blockbuster that turned Bruce Willis into an action hero. It was a convenient location for the 20th Century Fox production with the studio located just behind the skyscraper (also seen in the photo).
Now the Intercontinental Hotel, the ziggarat like structure next to the Fox Plaza, also a favorite movie and television filming location, was where important scenes in Lethal Weapon 2 were filmed. From this angle you can see the swimming pool where Mel Gibson as detective Martin Riggs falls with the faux room service attendant in one exciting scene. Our helicopter tours can be combined with a ground tour so our guests get a custom tour experience that fully captures everything about Los Angeles.
Our Private Tour Vans Seek the Kogi Truck
We have written about many exciting food trucks that we encounter in our travels around Los Angeles with our private tour guests seeking the Los Angeles “experience.” One of our favorites, and one of the easiest to find, is the Kogi Truck. The cuisine is a combination of Mexican and Korean just as its chief chef, Roy Choi, is. Roy has a book out now talking about his life growing up in Los Angeles as a Korean in a Mexican culture, his love of food and culinary arts training and the birth of the Kogi Truck with his friend Mark Manguera. With five trucks traversing Los Angeles daily the Kogi website and Twitter feed make it easy to plan where to intercept a truck for a delightful meal. Even a family sightseeing with us on a private luxury tour is eager to experience this particular wheeled fusion of culture and foods when we tell them about the acclaim received by the business since its Thanksgiving 2008 inception.
How to Cool the Puppies Off After a Hot Private Tour
In an increasingly pet friendly world of hotels and restaurants, especially here in Los Angeles, we are doing more and more private K9 tours of the southland. That means visiting the best celebrity dog parks – ever. We also show their masters around Hollywood and Beverly Hills to human-friendly sights and destinations. Our guests (hirsute or otherwise) always have a great time and this is truly a valuable way to enjoy a visit to Los Angeles with your pet along for the ride. But what else is there to do with your four-footed family member? Our dog-loving guides all recommend Paradise Ranch Pet Resort, a spa and water park (hotel and restaurant) just for dogs. Big or small, outgoing or shy, loud or quiet, it doesn’t matter to them because fun and frolic is the name of the game. It is a hop-skip-and-a-bark away from all the studios and glamor of Hollywood. Sharing our philosophy of cage-free boarding for dogs, Kristyn Goddard and Brian Kneier, the owners, treat all the animals with great love and respect. Take the kids to Raging Waters or Magic Mountain and take the dog to Paradise Ranch Pet Resort.
Bedroom Eyes Greet Our Private Tour Guests at the Loews Hollywood
We capture images for our private Los Angeles tour guests that they generally do not think to get for themselves. A product of seeing Hollywood and Beverly Hills every day results in our looking at the buildings, people and objects of Los Angeles with different eyes. We get our guests to different parts of town at varying times of day because we are not working with pre-determined schedules and routes. Every tour is a custom itinerary and different for every guest. It also helps that we have our camera with us every moment. If traffic comes to a halt for construction we can look up and think, “that would make a good picture.” Thus, the mural on the side of the Hollywood Loews Hotel makes it into a tour photo album for guests to remember when hearing about the former rotating restaurant and later grand suite at the top of the building. The hotel sits adjacent to the Hollywood and Highland Center with its many shops and restaurants, close to the Chinese Theatre complex and the El Capitan Theater, walking distance to the Jimmy Kimmel Show studio and the Roosevelt Hotel, and come Oscar time it is right beside the Dolby Theater.
Private Tour Guests See 2 Hollywood Icons at One Time
We get so much positive feedback from our descriptions of Los Angeles mural art that we are delighted to have a new image to share today. David Flores has brought his “stained glass” mural painting style to the side of the iconic Sunset Strip music club The Viper Room. Honoring the club’s black and white color theme the artist refrains from color but still renders his familiar country music star, Johnny Cash, in a captivating way. It was back in December 1993 that Cash appeared at the club in person, not long after the tragic Halloween night death of River Phoenix just outside the club’s door which itself was only weeks after Johnny Depp and his partners opened The Viper Room. Cash’s appearance was at once an historic event but also a salve for the sadness still permeating the club since the loss of its friend. So much music history, so much Hollywood history in this one building. Be sure to ask your guide about it while on your private Los Angeles tour with us and take a look at some of our other mural blogs.
Our Private Tour Does Museums
The film industry uses the term “cover set” to mean an alternate indoor or protected film location to be used in the case of inclement weather on any given shooting day. Los Angeles is a mecca for filming, in fact, became the film capitol known as Hollywood in part because of its excellent weather. However, while they say it never rains in California, it does. It pours. But, not often. The film industry has its cover sets and we offer our private tour guests – museums. Of the myriad museums close to our general touring vicinity one of our favorites is the Getty Museum. As much a work of art on the outside as what you will see on the gallery walls, this grand art facility offers spectacular views from around its Brentwood acreage and fine ongoing and visiting exhibits inside. Noted for its art conservation efforts the museum is a global resource in this area. A trip to the Getty Museum, or its ocean front predecessor, the Getty Villa, is a fine inclusion into any custom luxury tour around Los Angeles no matter what the weather is.
Enjoy a Private Tour to Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate
More than 10 acres of vineyards at the top of a Malibu hillside and a golden crowning jewel is Malibu Rocky Oaks. This exquisite Tuscan home glows even when it is not sunset. Fine wines, breathtaking views, art and architecture that makes our private Los Angeles tour guests feel like royalty. We are now welcome to visit with our custom tour guests and experience this 9,000 ft² home set amid the 35 acre estate at over 2,000′ above the nearby Pacific Ocean. Sit in luxurious comfort beside the infinity pool and sample from many of the estate’s award-winning wines. Remember episodes of The Bachelorette or the Kardashian family filmed here or many of the other Hollywood productions that have taken advantage of the setting for their movies and television shows. There is even a helipad where we can land our helicopter when our guests prefer to fly to Malibu Rocky Oaks.
Baking a High Flying Los Angeles Tour
The beauty of seeing Los Angeles on a private helicopter tour is that the flight path is quite flexible, just like our ground tour routes through Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu. While our drivers do not have to contend with any flight restrictions or air traffic in the proximity of several major and minor airfields and can go wherever they want whenever they want, a helicopter still has more control of its route than a fixed wing aircraft. A guest wanting a close-up view of MacArthur Park because he is so attached to memories of Richard Harris‘ recording of the Jimmy Webb folk anthem can ask to fly over the urban lake and picnic areas and we can accommodate our guest’s wish.
I don’t think that I can take it
’cause it took so long to bake it
and I’ll never have the recipe again, oh no
Cooler autumn and winter days mean much clearer skies so we can capture brilliant photographs like this one. Can you pick out some of L.A.’s notable landmarks: City Hall, Wilshire Boulevard, Library Tower, Langer’s Delicatessen?
Hollywood Tour Guests Always Notice the Globe Logo
One of Hollywood‘s Big 5 when the sound era arrived in 1928, RKO Radio Pictures was a formidable presence on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood for many decades and produced a great number of filmdom’s greatest films before its demise. Finally merged into Paramount in the late 60s the corner still bears the RKO globe symbol at the corner of Melrose and Gower. We love bringing our private Los Angeles tour guests to this location because it conjures images so well of Hollywood’s Golden Age. We can then describe the heyday of the popular filmmaking studio and Orson Welles, George Cukor, Howard Hughes, David Selznick and even Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, all participants in the wonderful history of RKO Radio Pictures.
Before the Christmas Tree Lane Tours Begin
Nearly a mile long, the blocks of Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena between Woodbury Road and Altadena Drive are famous as Christmas Tree Lane. The lane needs its lights strung at this time of the year, a volunteer activity. If you want something fun to do and, in particular, if you like to climb trees, then plan a visit to the neighborhood any Saturday or Sunday before December 14th and lend your assistance. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts are served at 9:00 a.m. and work continues until noon when lunch is served. More than one hundred 100+ year old deodar conifers line the street and need to have lights restrung every year. This tradition of lighting the trees has been going on since 1920. The weather is mild and the neighbors are fantastic. As a historic landmark anyone helping out becomes a part of history. Our private Los Angeles tours will be making regular trips to Christmas Tree Lane closer to the holiday as it is a truly magnificent and beautiful sight at Christmastime.