Sliding High Above Los Angeles
Now Our Private Tour in Downtown L.A. Can Visit the Top of the US Bank Tower
Every movie and television program featuring the Los Angeles skyline focuses on the tallest building west of the Mississippi, the US Bank Tower. Rising 1,018 feet (72 stories) above Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) it is taller by far than any other skyscrapers and easy to locate from anywhere you look in the L.A. basin. Our guides tell wonderful stories about the super structure as it appeared in Hollywood productions and as it served the business history of the city. We often take our private Los Angeles tour families to explore downtown and make a point of mentioning and driving past. We do the same when we are airborne on a custom helicopter tour of Los Angeles (above, at dusk). Two things we can say about the US Bank Tower today. Soon (June) we will be able to visit the top floors of the tower where a glass slide on the outside of the building will be open allowing us to quickly descend from the 70th to the 69th floor, from the bar (good idea!) to the observation deck. Called Skyslide it is just a part of Skyspace L.A., a very extensive remodeling of the 27-year old building. The other thing we can say is that there will very soon be an even taller building nearby on Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa. Maybe having lost the reputation as the West’s tallest building the US Bank Tower will still be the coolest.