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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!
Prior to a Clippers game, I was finally able to try Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, at LA LIVE downtown, and loved every aspect of it. The restaurant is masterfully designed by Tony Chu, serving excellent food from chefs John Lechleidner and Dustin Lewandowski.
Wolfgang’s Bar & Grill showcases his signature comfort food with a variety of inventive dishes drawing inspiration from his renowned fine dining restaurants ranging in price to accommodate varying budgets. The restaurant offers creative salads, wood-oven baked pizzas, handmade pastas, enticing entrees and meats grilled over hard wood. If you are planning to tour Los Angeles, dining here will allow you to blend right in as a “Los Angelenos.” Also, if you happen to notice a family resemblance with the General Manager, Wolfgang’s brother Klaus Puck is partner and manager! 800 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015 – (213) 748-9700
The Malibu Country Mart encompasses 6 acres of land in the heart of the Malibu Civic Center and comprises approximately 82,000 square feet of high-end retail, dining, and service providers. Its buildings are a mix of architectural styles, displaying Spanish, Mediterranean, modern, and rustic influences. Other features of the property include unique gardens and sculptures, outdoor dining and picnic areas, and a children’s playground.
Because of its high end retailers, the Malibu Country Mart has been a destination for the famous and the well heeled who inhabit the beachfront property west of Los Angeles, and a hidden gem for Los Angeles tours. The Malibu Civic Center area is the primary local gathering place, known for being frequented by locals and tourists, alike. To the city’s bemoan the area has also become an increasingly popular venue for paparazzi hoping to catch a glimpse of local celebrities, like Pierce Brosnan and his sons. Definitely stop by The Malibu Country Mart @ 3835 Cross Creek Rd Malibu, CA 90265 / (310) 456-6226
This is the only company on the planet that offers the general public the opportunity to purchase actual wardrobe and props from movie and TV sets for sale in 2 fabulous retail stores. The folks from “It’s a Wrap” pick up wardrobe and props off the sets or out of the wardrobe or prop departments of major motion picture studios and independent production companies. Shoppers have the unique and special opportunity to purchase an item from a film or TV show-movie history can hang in your closet or decorate your home! The studios buy all types of clothing to dress the character from a movie or TV show.
It’s a Wrap sells designer labels such as Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Thierry Mugler, Anne Klein, Barney’s, Romeo Gigli, Escada, Prada, Hugo Boss, Canali, Ralph Lauren, Tahari, Nicole Miller, Ellen Tracy, Carroll and Company, St. John, Bagley Mishka, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianfranco Ferre, Yves St. Laurent, Anna Sui, Betsy Johnson, Product, Versace, Moschino, Chanel, Ann Taylor, DKNY, Dana Buchman, Banana Republic, Gap and more!!! Most items in their stores are priced at 35% to 95% OFF retail price! I have often thought of opening my own kind of store called “tour vans Los Angeles” dedicated to selling the piles of designer clothing left behind on tours; but I have an excellent track record of tracking down my clients and returning their forgotten articles. Celebs dig “It’s a wrap too! Their customers include Gena Davis, Drew Barrymore, The Olsen Twins, Shirley MacLaine, John Tesh, Anthony Hopkins, Joe Mantegna, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brittany Murphy, David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Shannen Doherty, Angela Bassett, Shelley Michelle, Mark Harmon, Mario Lopez, Nicole Eggert, Margaret Scarborough… and more. I am telling you……..add this to your list, because this place is simply the coolest! 3315 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505(818) 567-7366 or 1164 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 (310) 246-WRAP (9727)
U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are not to be mistaken for any other. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The unit started as an aviation detachment in 1962 with two HO-4s helicopters and has since grown to a station supporting four HH-65C “Dolphin” Helicopters. Air Station Los Angeles maintains a Search and Rescue helicopter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is responsible for protecting the coastal area of Southern California from Dana Point to Morro Bay. On average, 200 SAR (search and rescue) cases are prosecuted every year. In addition to SAR, Air Station LA helicopters provide Homeland Security Patrols for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and Port Hueneme in Ventura County.
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach comprise the largest cargo seaport in the United States and the fifth busiest in the world moving over 15 million containers every year. In Addition to container traffic, the seaport is also the largest Cruise Ship port on the west coast. Additional Homeland Security responsibilities include the over water approach and departure corridors for Los Angeles International Airport, which handles more international flights than any other airport in the country. Over 60 million passengers on California tours, ect. and 1.8 millions tons of cargo travel through LAX each year. Finally, Air Station Los Angeles helicopters and personnel protect the ecologically rich waters surrounding the Channel Islands National Parks.
News helicopters in LA are just part of the sky scape. Today we are accustomed to perfect HD news images that flow smoothly across our plasmas without a shake or shimmer. In 1958 – Television station KTLA became the first to use a news helicopter, and they cleverly called it the Telecopter, changing news history forever.
In general, helicopters in LA are highly leveraged as instrumental tools in police work, fire fighting, news reporting, rescue, and even the escorted tour for the ambitious visitor. As a side note, the original KTLA Telecopter sure looks a lot like the one in MASH!
When visiting LA, or any place far from home, perhaps the last thing on the agenda would be to go out and see a movie. Yet, let me be the first to tell you that Grauman’s Chinese Theater has been around since 1927 and practically ever celebrity since then has sat in this theater for a movie premiere. If the walls could talk they would have a lot to say!
Typically on visitors are attracted to the famous hand prints of the stars in the courtyard. 365 days a year, you will find crowds there at almost any time of the day and night. LA tours are always stopping at the famous theater, but over the years I have learned that most do not actually enjoy a movie there. Do it I say! The interior and exterior of this landmark is worth your full attention.
Ciro’s was a nightclub in West Hollywood, California, at 8433 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip, that opened in1940. Ciro’s combined an overdone baroque interior and an unadorned exterior and became a famous hangout for movie people of the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. Among the list of celebrities who frequented Ciro’s were Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Sidney Poitier, Anita Ekberg, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Joan Crawford, Betty Grable, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, George Raft, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Judy Garland, June Allyson and Dick Powell, Mamie Van Doren, Jimmy Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Peter Lawford, and Lana Turner (who often said Ciro’s was her favorite nightspot) among many others. During his first visit to Hollywood in the late 1940s, future President John F. Kennedy dined at Ciro’s.
Today, among the many things to do in Hollywood, the site of Ciro’s is now the world famous Comedy Store, owned by Mitzi Shore ( Paulie Shore’s Mom) since 1979.
The famous Westin Bonaventure Hotel has been around since 1976, and if you have never visited it, chances are you have seen it featured in many movies and television series over the years including: Strange Days, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Blue Thunder, This is Spinal Tap, In the Line of Fire, Nick of Time, True Lies, Midnight Madness, Showtime, Hard to Kill, Chuck, and was destroyed (via special effects) in Escape from LA and Epicenter.
On the 34th floor of the Bonaventure Hotel is the Bona Vista Lounge and should be on your list of Los Angeles things to do. This revolving cocktail lounge, boasts soaring views of downtown LA. It’s the perfect location for a romantic date or high-powered business meeting, or a fun place to hang out before or after an LA sporting event. As an aside, the glass elevator ride up is fun in and of itself. Perhaps you remember the elevator scene with Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich in the 1993 Thriller “In the Line of Fire.” It is also hard to forget our very own Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger riding a horse into a Bonaventure elevator in 1994’s “True Lies.” Ahh the memories.