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It’s growingly increasingly common in the world of Hollywood that movie stars become wildly successful early on, and then their stars quickly fade. The stars featured during sightseeing tours Los Angeles just a few years ago often are the butt of jokes now or cautionary tales for the new wave of talent. To that end, staying power seems to be a relic of old Hollywood. But for moviegoers that are looking for established actors and actresses, don’t fear. There are a few people that have managed to stay in the limelight for decades. Of that select group, Richard Gere is one of the most famous.
Richard Gere first captured the collective heart of America with movies such as “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Pretty Woman.” These Richard Gere movies helped kick off his career, but even he wasn’t aware that these films would only mark the beginning of his time in Hollywood. Proving relevant in the modern age of film as well, Gere gained equal notoriety for works such as “Runaway Bride” and “Chicago.”
Lost Angeles is notorious for its horrendous traffic, and when my wife and I recently visited the area on a business trip, the city certainly lived up to its reputation. Although we had the luxury of taking company taxis to and from everywhere we needed to be, we still had to allot ample time for travel. Since neither of us had ever been to the city before, we didn’t want to leave without a proper tour.
The prospect of spending an entire day fighting the traffic, however, was neither attractive nor feasible with my business schedule. Luckily, we were able to find a company that charters Los Angeles helicopter tours. Although we couldn’t see many of the sites close up, it did allow us to take in all of the major attractions in a fraction of the time.
Despite the fact that I have lived in Los Angeles a little over a year, I’ve had few opportunities to explore the sights the city has to offer. Due to my hectic work schedule, I hardly have a spare minute to spend traveling the city at my leisure. I’ve expressed my desire to see the city several times to my boyfriend, and for my birthday last we he surprised me with a pair of LA tours.
The tours were everything that I thought they would be, taking us to some of the famous haunts of bygone Hollywood stars, as well as some of the most popular current attractions. While my boyfriend was visibly bored most of the day, as he has lived in Southern California his entire life, we even stopped at a couple of sites he wasn’t familiar with. Now that I’ve become more acquainted with the city, I’m going to make a concerted effort to begin exploring on my own.
As one of the most densely populated areas of Los Angeles, The Miracle Mile is a buzzing stretch of Wilshire Boulevard located in-between Fairfax and La Brea Avenues. Many people are probably most familiar with The Miracle Mile through the 1988 film of the same name, but the area is one of the busiest in Los Angeles. The buildings lining the Boulevard are classic art deco structures and a spectacle in themselves.
One of the main attractions on the stretch is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which features four separate buildings and a wealth of original artwork. Traffic, as can be imagined, is a constant struggle, and as such, many people opt for Los Angeles helicopter tours while taking in the site—although you will have to venture in on foot to see the museum.
Private Los Angeles helicopter tours are defined by the sensibilities and desires of the client.
So does skeet shooting qualify? But of course! Chartering a helicopter and landing at a Gun Club with a Pro Club Instructor waiting for you at the landing pad certainly puts this afternoon in the running. Our tour landed us at Triple Clays in El Monte. Before I knew it my wife had a shotgun in her hands for the first time and she was knocking orange clay targets out of the sky. Our Club Pro Instructor instructor Zach Kienbaum told us, “This sport puts a smile on everybody’s face because it is instant gratification. Give me 15 minutes and I will have anyone hitting targets.” Triple Clays is an enormous Club that has Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays, which is like golf with a shotgun. As it turns out, women enjoy this sport just as much as men do and seem to catch on even faster; at least my wife did! She looks SO GOOD with a Shotgun!
No trip to Southern California is complete without a guided tour around the city of Los Angeles. As the largest and most influential city of the West Coast, Los Angeles is a hub of economic and social activity. If you plan to tour Los Angeles, however, it is important that you do your research to find a qualified guide and reliable transportation.
There are several options for touring the city—from buses and vans to helicopters. While they may be more expensive, helicopter tours are the way to go in my opinion. They usually allow you to go with only friends and family, making for a more personable atmosphere. Helicopter tours also allow you to see more of the city and afford you the freedom to go where you please.
Certain cities have so many attractions and historic locations to experience that the only logical option is to hire a professional guide; Los Angeles is one of those places. Trying to locate and enjoy all that the city has to offer will take days or weeks on your own. From historic theatres to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you will never be able to experience everything without sightseeing tours Los Angeles.
Not only will a guided tour ensure that you see all of the highlights, but you will also receive professional insights and information that you never would have known. These guided tours are carefully planned out so that you maximize every minute that you spend in the city. During the tour, you will inevitably also learn about some of the city’s premier eateries and attractions to go visit later as well.
When it comes to traveling abroad or in an area of the country where you’ve never been, it can be difficult to distinguish the hotspots and the duds. Traveler’s manuals will list various locations you can visit, but often won’t tell you if it’s worth it. Often the best way to visit fun or interesting locations is through travel tours. In civilized places a travel tour will take you to all the best historic locations, shops, and eateries, while if you’re traveling somewhere like South America or Africa, you can view the flora and fauna from a safe distance with an experienced professional.
People will often book travel tours with their airfare and accommodations; it’s a smart decision to plan your entertainment ahead of time so you don’t wind up bored! Before my last trip to Southern California, I booked my family and myself a couple of tours of Los Angeles to ensure that we didn’t miss out on any of the prime sightseeing opportunities.
Looking seaward from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, there’s almost no sign of the Beachcomber Cafe, but if you are on a surfboard in the ocean off Surfrider Beach, you probably have a great view of what’s so amazing about the place — its one of a kind location.
The Malibu Pier, part of a state beach and well on its way along a revitalization joourney, has a illusive kind of curb appeal. Unless you park and walk past the Sport Fishing Pier sign, you won’t know that it’s now a popular spot for strolling, sunset-watching and dining. But locals, including actor-celebs, have discovered the Beachcomber, a casual but pricey eatery that opened in the space once occupied by Alice’s Restaurant. It’s that rarest of waterfront restaurants, one that’s as cozy when the fog rolls in as it is fresh and bright on sunny afternoons. This is always a fantastic lunch stop on my private Los Angeles Tours, because it is that rare location that “has it all.” 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-9800
Join GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli as he interviews GRAMMY-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. and legendary industry executive Clive Davis at the GRAMMY Museum on Nov. 11.Before an intimate audience of 200 at the Museum’s Sound Stage, Connick and Davis will discuss their collaboration on Connick’s new albumYour Songs, which features new renditions of classic pop standards. After the interview, they will take questions from the audience and Connick will perform some of the album’s tracks. This is the perfect post event to attend after enjoying one of the many Hollywood tours during the day.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the GRAMMY Museum box office or by calling 213.765.6803. Limit two tickets per purchase. All proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the GRAMMY Museum and Musicians’ Village. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.