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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 26 January 2017

Classical Music Loved by Los Angeles

That's the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion below us on this helicopter tour of Los Angeles

Big Music Buildings Impress Our Flying Tour Guests

As any of our guests will tell you when they arrange a helicopter tour of Los Angeles with us, seeing man-made structures from above is completely different from nature’s landscapes.  They are really surprised when they see what we captured in this aerial photograph over downtown Los Angeles.  The odd structure of Frank Gehry‘s Walt Disney Concert Hall across the street from the traditional architecture of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Both theaters host classical music concerts like the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as the L.A. Opera and ballet.  However, the range of music hosted at these two venues far exceeds the confines of classical music.  New symphonic works, jazz, world music – the range is considerable and there always will be something here for all musical tastes.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall extends the opportunities for theatrical culture with its proximity to the Music Center which, besides the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, also includes the Broadway-style Ahmanson Theater and the more intimate Mark Taper Forum.  The presence of these music and theater venues so near Grand Park create a wonderful focus of activity in the newly reinvigorated downtown.  With this activity in the north part of the downtown area and L.A. Live occupying the southern portion there is so much more to see and do right in downtown Los Angeles there is almost no reason to leave…except maybe to visit Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beach communities on our custom private Los Angeles tour.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 25 January 2017

Sunset Tower Towers above the Sunset Strip

We are flying above the Sunset Tower on the Sunset Strip

Helicopter Tour Reveals the Marvels of the Sunset Strip

We like to fly.  We have luxury twin-engine helicopters at our disposal and know Los Angeles as well from the air as we know it driving on the wide boulevards and narrow hillside streets.  A private tour combining both an aerial circuit of the city from downtown to the coast plus a ground tour in our smooth driving SUV truly allows our guests to really get to know Los Angeles.  One of the fun “pathways” we like to follow as we fly low over the city is along the Sunset Strip.  This stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Beverly Hills and Hollywood is famous throughout the world thanks to the countless films, television shows, commercial advertisements and photographs created along this glitzy roadway.  The Strip is forever populated by fashionable restaurants, luxury hotels, bars and nightclubs and every block, every building, has a story to tell.  Pictured above is the Sunset Tower.  A notable art deco structure located on a gentle curve along the famed boulevard it commands your attention as you fly over or pass by.  The address and the building was an easy sell to celebrities happy to call it home: John Wayne, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and too many other famous names to list.  Opened in 1931 it was THE place to live for a long time…but not forever.  The 80s saw a decline in the property that ultimately ended in its conversion to a hotel.  That seemed to do the trick and a new cadre of famous players turned out to spend their Hollywood days and nights here.  With its charm and excellent location the Sunset Tower is a wonderful accommodation that well suits many of our Los Angeles private tour guests.  If staying here is not in your plans at least plan to drop in for a drink and soak up some fine Hollywood history.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 6 January 2017

Getty Museum – Buildings and Grounds

Here is a beautiful aerial view of the Getty Museum from our tour helicopter

The Getty Museum Impresses Our Los Angeles Helicopter Tour

Depending on which heliport we depart from on a luxury helicopter tour of Los Angeles (Santa Monica, Van Nuys, Burbank or a downtown skyscraper) we do not see the beautiful Getty Museum atop its mountain ridge in Brentwood until well into the hour-long flight.  Our guests have already been impressed with the layout of this vast city (we only see a portion of the 500 square miles of the city proper).  We have probably seen (custom tours is all we do so our routes are not determined in advance) downtown Los Angeles with its gigantic modern towers (the brand new and not quite opened Wilshire Grand Center) and now not so tall historic towers (the infamous city hall building everyone remembers from the television cop show Dragnet).  Other grand buildings and extraordinary homes have been pointed out along the way.  Then we find ourselves following the mountains and there atop a tall ridge overlooking the entire Los Angeles Basin is the Getty Museum.  It is composed of a wild mixture of rectilinear and circular structures with beautifully landscaped gardens all around.  We see the snaking path of the electric funicular that delivers visitors to the museum from the parking area below.  The wide swath of the Santa Monica Freeway curves up through a canyon just to the east of this museum and art conservation facility.  And this is just the jawdropping beauty of the outside of the Getty.  Imagine what our guests get to see when they visit the museum (either with us or independently) and walk through the galleries.  This is what $1.3 BILLION dollars will get you (and that’s 1997 dollars).  But since 1.3 million visitors enjoy the museum each year the price was well worth it.  Plan a visit next year for the 20th anniversary and see for yourself what everyone is so excited about.  We will be flying over and driving over with our guests.  Join us.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 3 January 2017

Malibu Pier from Our Helicopter

Calm waters surround the Malibu Pier as we fly by on a helicopter tour of Los Angeles

An Early Helicopter Tour Means Calm Air and Sea in Malibu

Malibu lies like a ribbon along the top portion of Santa Monica Bay.  For twenty-seven miles the city encompasses a narrow swath of beach and mountain.  The bay’s shoreline runs from Point Dume down through Santa Monica, past Venice and Manhattan Beaches and all the way to Point Vicente on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Our private tour guests who wish to enjoy a luxury helicopter tour of Los Angeles really get to appreciate the scope and beauty of the coast along this metropolis.  There are wide sandy beaches in some places, steep cliffsides in others.  Surfing enthusiasts will probably already know the names of the point breaks and beaches beloved by the salt water athletes who come here from all over the world when the storm wells arrive.  We always can play some of the better known surfing tunes to remind our guests.  From our helicopter we can look from over the water to the coastline to see the magnificent beach mansions down below and the even larger homes built up on the ridges and in the canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains higher up.  We generally fly up the coast from Long Beach or Marina del Rey (depending on our departure heliport) and then turn inland when we get to Pepperdine University so we get to see both sides of the narrow city of Malibu.  The mornings are especially beautiful this time of year with the very clear cool air and calm seas.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 5 December 2016

Los Angeles by Helicopter

That is downtown Los Angeles and the ocean beyond

The Most Exciting Helicopter Tour of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a sprawling city.  500 square miles of urban expanse from the ocean toward the desert with mountains to the north and south.  We call it the Los Angeles basin.  About 18 miles from the sea is downtown Los Angeles (“DTLA”).  Believe it or not there is a river running through it that was the historical location of the first settlement that would become the City of Angels long before Los Angeles was so closely associated with Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Today there are skyscrapers including the tallest building in the west (the new Wilshire Grand Center).  At the top of the former tallest building, the U.S. Bank Building, there is a new glass sliding board.  Just for thrills.  We think the best thrill, though, is our private helicopter tour of the city that begins on the top of one of downtown’s tall buildings.  Or concludes there.  Or both.  That is up to our guests.  However, we have this landing pad as a choice among other heliports in the area to satisfy the curiosity and thrillseeking of those with us choosing to see Los Angeles by air.  Even better, we can combine the aerial portion of the tour with a ground tour of three hours (or more) and visit closeup some of the wonderful sights we saw from above as we flew over the city, the sea, the forests, the mountains and the beaches.  We will also see some pretty extraordinary buildings including movie stars’ mansions and remarkable structures that are museums, office buildings and businesses.  We are delighted to inform, entertain and excite our visitors who are just getting to know this magnificent city.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 14 November 2016

Hollywood and Vine at Sunset

The sun sets early now and our helicopter tour sees the lights coming on in Hollywood

Our Helicopter Tour at Sunset Above Hollywood

Now that Daylight Savings Time is over for the winter our Los Angeles sunset comes very early.  A private custom tour late in the afternoon will get to enjoy our beautiful sunsets.  Even more exciting is the view from above from one of our luxury helicopters.  We can look down on the landmark intersection of Hollywood and Vine just above the cylindrical Capitol Records building on Vine Street.  That is the Pantages Theater just above and to the left of Capitol Records.  The Redbury Hotel is the red building across the street.  The historic Knickerbocker building gets our attention when we drive by on the ground tour portion of our sightseeing expedition.  A good thing about this time of the year is that with cooler weather the air is clearer and visibility is excellent.  From this point above Hollywood we can see Catalina Island (25 miles off the coast) and the entire length of Sunset Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard (and other major roads we will show you) from the beach to downtown Los Angeles.  Set your sights high and enjoy a combination aerial and ground tour of Los Angeles when you visit.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 3 November 2016

Helicopter Smiles in Los Angeles

Our girl group poses with their helicopter before taking off on their tour of Los Angeles

Our Los Angeles Helicopter Tour Has Everyone Smiling

It is Ladies Day as we prepare for takeoff from a local heliport with our Los Angeles private tour group.  These besties are celebrating with a visit to Los Angeles that includes, with us, a helicopter and ground tour of the city.  The aircraft is very comfortable for everyone and there will be some exciting views of famous buildings and avenues that make Los Angeles the entertainment capitol that it is.  Not just buildings, but homes and mansions that are distinctive and important to our sightseeing guests.  Not only that, but mountains, woods, parks and Malibu beaches, too.  A small Malibu beach might be worth hiking to after we spot it on our helicopter tourMaybe even some L.A. wildlife like coyotes, whales, seals and porpoises.  Every day is a new surprise and a special adventure.  After the flight we will drive back to some of the important places that our guests picked out on their flight over the city.  Probably Hollywood or Beverly Hills but maybe a particular celebrity home or a special beach location.  We leave it up to them.  It is their adventure tour of Los Angeles.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 27 October 2016

Two Los Angeles Highways Tied in a Bow

A super highway interchange in Los Angeles is a pretty concrete ribbon

ALL of Our Private Tour Guests Are Glad We Are Driving

People think of Los Angeles as a city of highways.  They are correct.  Perhaps that is why we refer to the freeways most often by just their numbers and overlook the freeway or highway designation, route or thruway prefix and even the proper name given to long stretches of multi-lane roadway crisscrossing our grand metropolis.  For instance, the complex interchange above is, to us, the interchange of the 110 and the 105.  The large boulevard crossing through this pretty ribbon of concrete is Imperial Highway.  To say our freeway system is confusing is an understatement.  Believe it or not, in this extraordinary landscape of freeways, we have major highways that do not connect to one another.  Really!  Los Angelenos know where these non-interchanges are and know how to use the city streets to get from the 101N to the 134E.  Our guides are among the best navigators we know (we test them regularly).  They are premiere players of our Los Angeles “Best Route To Get There” game.  Even more, they are wired into traffic through cellphone apps and websites such as and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.  Since each Los Angeles private tour we do is set to the convenience of our guests we have to be able to navigate through all parts of the city at any time of the day or night.  Accidents, construction and just plain dumb luck can make it necessary to include a colorful detour into what is usually a straight route between two sightseeing destinations.  Our guides do this pretty much every day and are excellent at getting around Los Angeles.  Do you want to enjoy getting around Los Angeles?  Let us do the driving.  Oh, by the way, even better for avoiding traffic is sightseeing by helicopter which is how we got this photograph of the freeway exchange.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 October 2016

The Throne of Los Angeles Football

The Los Angeles Coliseum, home of the USC Trojans and the Los Angeles Rams

Our Private Tour Guests Get an Aerial View of the Los Angeles Coliseum

Football season is here and this is a very special season for us.  Professional football, the NFL, is once again playing in Los Angeles.  We used to enjoy two professional football teams, the Rams and the Raiders, at one time over 20 years ago.  For two decades Los Angeles football fans have only had the option of the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins for adult-level live action football.  Football purists will argue that college football is decidedly different though equally exciting.  Now, thanks to the gods of football, the pro game is back in town and so are the Rams.  They will be playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum (former home of the LA Raiders) until the new stadium is completed for the 2019 season which will be in Inglewood about 3 miles away as our luxury helicopter flies.  This particular private Los Angeles tour has us circling above the historic stadium which remains home to the USC Trojans.  Remember that two Olympics (1932, 1984 and maybe a third in 2024) have been staged here, a baseball World Series (1959), Super Bowls I and VII and a long list of other notable sporting and cultural events since the stadium opened in 1923.  It is really a pretty sight as we hover just south of downtown Los Angeles where we can also see near the Coliseum the University of Southern California campus as well as Exposition Park.  Obviously this is not a weekend as we fly over because the stadium is empty and quiet.  Plan your visit to Los Angeles over a weekend when either football or professional football is being played at the Los Angeles Coliseum.  You should note that we have a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper helipad where we can land that is quite close to the Coliseum. We can also help you to get tickets to any Coliseum game or event.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 5 October 2016

Go Dodgers! Hail Vin Scully

Dodger Stadium ready for the post-season

Our Private Tour Learns Some Sports History in Los Angeles

Nothing is better for a city than when its team makes it into the post-season competition.  Even transitory fans get into the excitement and begin rooting for the local team to progress through the contests on their way to a world championship. It is too early to say how far the Los Angeles Dodgers will get but we are behind them.  That means driving by the stadium and, even better, flying over on a helicopter tour of Los Angeles.  The helicopter means we don’t have to hurry past but can really take in the beauty of this storied ballpark set pristinely above the downtown city center, on a hilltop, above a small valley, with extraordinary and beautiful views for its fans.  Sadly, though, we talk to our guests about the voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, who retired after the regular season.  We all grew up listening to his voice and think of him in Dodger blue as much as any player arriving in Los Angeles to help the team win.  We avoid thinking about next season without him and concentrate our attention and love on this season’s team making it to the World Series.

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