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Our Private Tour Up the California Coast to Big Sur
We do specialize in tours of Los Angeles and Southern California but we have no restrictions to travel anywhere in the state. Many of our private Los Angeles tour guests decide they wish to drive up Highway 1 to see our magnificent coastline. We admit that the views are extraordinary just heading up as far as Santa Barbara. However, for a real California experience we think it is worth a lengthy contemplative drive at least to Monterey. San Francisco is a very special stop for the evening. On the way up there are views such as this one of the Bixby Bridge not far south of Carmel in Big Sur. This well photographed landmark has carried motorists since 1932 and has the distinction of being one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world (280 ft). The highway is quite busy during the summer months so we prefer to drive the coast during this time of the year or just before summer starts. Fine weather is usual at these times. We capture a memory card’s worth of incredible photographs for our guests and their tour albums. We can make stops at Hearst Castle to see the historic estate or along Año Nuevo beach to watch the elephant seals. California makes a big impression on visitors and residents alike who do not get to witness these sights regularly. It is truly breathtaking.
Before director Tony Scott’s tragic leap on August 19th, many Los Angelenos didn’t even realize our city is home to the 4th largest suspension bridge (1,500 ft.) in California (and one of the top 85 in length in the world). It’s called the Vincent Thomas Bridge, named after the San Pedro legislator who fought hard for its construction in the late ’50s. The bridge connects San Pedro with Terminal Island.
It opened on November 15th, 1963 — 7 days before the assassination of President Kennedy. The bridge has been featured in several movies, but most notably in 1985’s To Live and Die in L.A.
We took the aerial photograph above while on a helicopter tour of Los Angeles with guests who wanted to see the gigantic Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the largest port facility in the U.S. The photo below was taken when picking up another private luxury tour group from the cruise ship dock in San Pedro, just beneath the western approach to the bridge.
It will forever remain in the shadow of San Francisco’s majestic (and much larger) Golden Gate Bridge, but L.A. has one too, and it’s beautiful.