Archive for January, 2011
Most people who visit Los Angeles want to experience all the glitz and glam. I, too, wanted to see the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Rodeo Drive, but mostly I wanted to visit the La Brea Tar Pits. La Brea is a cluster of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in the very heart of Los Angeles. The pits are most famous because over the centuries animals that came to drink the top layer of water would sink into the tar, which perfectly preserved their bones.
Fortunately, I was able to find Los Angeles tours that included La Brea as one of the stops. We had the opportunity to visit the George C. Page Museum which houses many of the fossils retrieved from the tar pits. I got to see the latest finds from the tar pits which were discovered during construction of the parking garage for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, next to the tar pits. Among the finds displayed are the remains of a saber-tooth cat, six dire wolves, a giant ground sloth, an American lion, and a near-intact mammoth!
Get out and enjoy this brilliant showcase of equestrian arts performed under a 100-foot-high big top. Often called the “Cirque du Soliel of horses,” this meticulous and riviting multimedia spectacle was founded by one of Cirque’s founders, Normand Latourelle, yet the impressive combination of horse and human talent makes this show unlike any other. Fifty horses are a part of the animal team, who perform with graceful human counterparts in dressage, trick riding, flying sequences, ball balancing , bungee jumping and intricate, ballet-like choreography. The human-equestrian connection will be sure to strike an emotional cord with you. This show is completely not what you anticipate, and something that I am reccommending to all of our clients partaking on private Los Angeles tours.
Several years ago, my family took an American history vacation in Pennsylvania. We visited Lancaster and learned about the Amish way of life (and ate some delicious shoe-fly pie!). We, of course, visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and ran up the “Rocky” steps at the Museum of Art in Philadelphia. The most memorable part of the tour was visiting Gettysburg. We opted to take a private van tour of the vast battlefield and its gravesites and memorials.
The private tour with an informative guide made for an incredible experience. With the vastness of the battle field and the sheer number of memorials, there is no way we would have covered as much terrain or learned so much without a guide. When we went out to California this summer, we decided to take one of the private LA tours. Just as it had been in Pennsylvania, we found that having a knowledgeable guide to whisk us around the city made our vacation experience memorable for all the right reasons.
Perhaps one of the most exclusive high-end adventures in Los Angeles is to charter a twin engine helicopter to Catalina Island for a day of fun!
This exclusive offering features door to door service for clients that starts early in the morning with a private helicopter charter to and around Catalina Island, a golf cart tour of the island, a stop for lunch + shopping, & a zip lining adventure the soars high in the sky; making this day the ultimate offering of private Los Angeles tours. In addition to the activity, the entire day is professionally photographed so that it many be shared and boasted about among friend and in arenas like Facebook!