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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 30 June 2014

Finding Salvation Mountain

Entrance to Salvation Mountain

Our First Private Tour to the Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain

We happily research and locate any destination our guests have in mind no matter where it is or how long it might take to get there.  As we keep repeating here, a custom Los Angeles tour means we go where our guests want to go.  This family toured with us throughout the Los Angeles area over four days and day four was a doozy.  The Salton Sea.  In June.  In the middle of the Colorado Desert.  A major point of interest there – Salvation Mountain.  Leonard Knight began this grand art installation more than 30 years ago and continued to develop it up until his recent death.  Lauded by statesmen and art connoisseurs, it takes volunteers at this time to continue to maintain this large structure made of adobe and straw and paint.  You have to see it to believe it.  The whole area around the sea conjures up images of an apocalypse.  The sea itself was a water engineering accident and now hovers in a state between life and death, a real ecological enigma today.  Will the sea survive?  Will Salvation Mountain continue to stand?  (click any of the images for larger views)

Salvation Mountain in the California desert A closer look at Salvation Mountain in the desert

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 February 2013

Marilyn Monroe Discovered in Palm Springs

Photograph of Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs The winter months always attract visitors from the north and east to our local desert community in Palm Springs, California.  Mild weather to us Californians means light jackets and socks, to those from winter climes we’re talking shorts and t-shirts, bathing suits and golf togs.

A special treat for everyone this year is a wonderful giant sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose captured in the film The Seven Year Itch.  This 26′ tall, 17-ton Seward Johnson
(of Johnson & Johnson) work is a lifelike homage to a queen of the silver screen.  She stands in the center of town drawing admirers, gawkers and some very strange people to meander all around her, framed by clear blue skies and the nearby mountains.


TPhotograph of Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs, CAhe sculpture was erected last May and is not a permanent resident of the neighborhood — at least not yet.  There is some controversy surrounding the highly sexualized yet iconic image (and fascination with the lacy panties, a photograph we are withholding to avoid the controversy ourselves).  Yet, Marilyn Monroe was discovered at the local raquet club and sat for Bruno Bernard, famous pin-up photographer, and met Hollywood talent agent Johnny Hyde there. She apparently always loved this beautiful desert village.

Photograph of Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs, CA




Palm Springs is less than 2-hours drive from our fair city so a private Los Angeles tour out to the desert is reasonable.  We can also fly by helicopter or private jet and spend more of a day trip seeing the desert and noting all the Hollywood history attached to this town.

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