Posts Tagged ‘holiday’
A Private Tour of Beverly Hills Means
Looking Up to See Santa
A drive down Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills means traveling right below Santa Claus upon his sled pulled by eight tiny reindeer and led by Rudolph and his shiny red nose. This particular flying elf sculpture has been around for decades, as far back as the times before color film. It is a truly grand tradition and well known signal of the approaching yuletide. It’s not like we get cold weather, falling leaves or snow. The holiday lights and decorations are here and showing up everywhere on a private Los Angeles tour. Our guests love the sights and colorful displays. The tours during and after sunset are spectacular. We can even drive to specific neighborhoods with our guests where the residents and businesses go all out to ring in the holidays. The hotel on the left beyond Santa is the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel. We consider the holiday lobby display there worth visiting on any luxury tour we do. There remains a tribute to Pretty Woman, as always, which we are proud to point out to our guests and there are the regular sightings of familiar faces from the world of entertainment, but the tree, the lights, the colors and the aromas make the Beverly Wilshire lobby a remarkable destination for sightseeing and getting to know Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Extend Your Private Tour to
Long Beach and the Queen Mary
There are more parties, balls and galas in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve than you can even read about on a website or in a newspaper or magazine. We Angelenos party well and what better occasion to celebrate than the start of a new year! For weeks now our private Los Angeles tour guides and office staff have been queried by our guests about where to head for a great New Year’s party. Each Elite Adventure Tours person has a different idea but we all agree that if you have never been on the Queen Mary then that is where to head. The Queen Mary Auld Lang Shine theme this year is to create on the ship seven of the destinations visited by the ocean liner in 1966: Cannes, Cartegena, Mykonos, Alexandria (Egypt), Tangier, Portofino and New York City. A tour of the world in one night. Read more about the party on the Queen Mary website and head over to Long Beach for a night to remember.
Fitting L.A. Tour Stop Today on a Private Tour
Veterans Day is today – a day to remember and honor the sacrifices made by American soldiers throughout our history. A number of cities and museums in our region will host ceremonies to honor the brave men and women who fought to protect our national interests. Among the museums are the Reagan and Nixon Presidential Libraries which we visit from time to time when our guests are interested in seeing them. However, one of the oldest (1889) and largest (127 acres) national cemeteries in the United States is right here, the Los Angeles National Cemetery. Open on Veterans Day for visitors from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (0800-1700 hours) this reverential and peaceful place is a perfect stopover on a custom private tour of Los Angeles. Among its honored dead are those who served from as far back as the Mexican-American War and Civil War all the way through Afghanistan. Fourteen Medal of Honor recipients are buried on the grounds. The chapel was renamed the Bob Hope Chapel on his 99th birthday to honor his lifelong contributions to veterans and active duty soldiers. Also, the cemetery is known for its annual February 12th celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
Los Angeles Tour Photos of the 4th
Our private Los Angeles tour guests on Independence Day (and there were many of them, our busy season is in high gear) had a chance to enjoy quieter streets because of the holiday and the sights of July 4th revelers out on their vehicles (it’s Los Angeles – we don’t walk) displaying their patriotism. Both of these photos were taken in Beverly Hills. The cyclist in on Wilshire Boulevard, the main street of Los Angeles connecting downtown with the beaches. We saw him right in front of Donald Sterling‘s law offices dressed in full red, white and blue cycling regalia. The orange roadstar was bedecked with flags to celebrate the holiday as it tooled through the serene residential streets near the business district.
Private Tour on the 4th then Americafest at Night
Friday is the Fourth of July so now is a good time to begin planning where you want to be for the most spectacular fireworks display that evening. There are many locations with parties and celebrations to choose from throughout Los Angeles. One of the most celebrated fireworks display is the annual pyrotechnic tour de force at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. They call the party Americafest and it is one of the best. The USS Iowa offers a day long party and there are fireworks after dark in nearby Cabrillo Beach – perfect for those who love a military touch to their Independence Day festivities. The Queen Mary continues its ironic tradition of celebrating the British “emancipation” of the colonies while downtown Los Angeles makes good use of the new Grand Park LA by offering a rooftop fireworks display. We will be making suggestions all week to our private Los Angeles tour guests about where to go Friday night to see huge colorful airborne explosions and maybe even show them where to go during the week while they are sightseeing with us.
We Really Love our Australian Private Tour Guests
Labour Day, or sometimes Eight Hours Day, is celebrated in much of Australia today. Other Australian states have their 3-day weekend in March but still celebrate the significant events that led to labor improvements in the country beginning in the mid-1800s. We wish our Aussie friends a great holiday. We entertain many folks from down under who enjoy our Los Angeles weather and environment as much as their own. Australians really know how to have a good time and make their private Los Angeles tour a true pleasure to provide… every time! We spent several days with travel writer Brooke Saward who was a pure delight for us. Gracious, beautiful, as articulate and interesting as we were trying to be, we wish she could join us for all of our tours just for the company. She even gladly allowed us to videotape her. We do not even mention to our guides that their guests that day will from Australia because they just get too excited before their tours.
Nothing says I Love You like a special private tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Seeing the locations where your favorite love stories were filmed as well as settings made famous by real lovers throughout Hollywood history. Would you like to stop on your private luxury tour to pick up a fine bottle of champagne to celebrate? Our private tours are custom so we can stop whenever and wherever you desire. How about a helicopter tour of the region and landing on a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper and a short ride over to a 5-star restaurant for dinner? Now that’s an adventure to spice up the celebration! Whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go in Los Angeles we wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
Throughtout the country today we should be reflecting on the profound influence Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had on our society and culture and be thankful he arose when he did. Besides being throughtful we should also be joyous and celebrate the memory of this great American. Here in Los Angeles we have daily reminders of MLK — a boulevard, a hospital, schools and parks — named to remind us of his efforts to promote equality in our democratic nation. The photo at left is the space shuttle Endeavour making its way through the center of Los Angeles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on its way to a new home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
To enjoy the festivities today we are suggesting to our private luxury tour guests visiting Los Angeles that we drive over to Leimert Park Village where music, food and crafts will be abundant and where a parade will be held in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.
Driving into Beverly Hills with our private luxury tour guests we ride directly below Santa in his sleigh with the full allotment of reindeer. This is just one of the many holiday decorations adorning the city both above and below. Sightseeing in Los Angeles is both a day and night activity, especially at this time of year when the neighborhoods, communities, cities, businesses and residences all go to such wonderful lengths to illuminate and decorate for the holidays. Join us for a drive up and down Sunset Boulevard through Los Angeles, Hollywood, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades to see the lights. It is the holiday thing to do!