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Thanks again to a friend sending us the archive photograph of Los Angeles taken on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile looking east toward downtown. Our private Los Angeles tour guests do not see this view with us. The photo above illustrates the period when this stretch of the great roadway (16 miles long) was the principal business district of the city and connected downtown with Santa Monica. There were department stores (Nordstrom, May Company, Desmond’s) and major retailers populating this area. Today several of those great buildings are museums occupied by LACMA and the Petersen Automotive Museum. Now also referred to as Museum Row the boulevard also features the A&D Museum (Architecture & Design), the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Our custom tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood often brings us to the Miracle Mile but our photographs here are completely different.
Today at the California Science Center at Exposition and Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles the space shuttle Endeavour will be unveiled in its new permanent exhibit and open to the public. There will, of course, be a huge ceremony and tickets will be available at the California Science Center website.
In conjunction with the unveiling of the spacecraft the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is offering a “Museums L.A.” ticket package. Visitors to Los Angeles who book a 2-night stay at participating hotels will receive free admission for two (plus museum store discounts) to more than 30 museums in and around Los Angeles ($450+ value). For more information you can visit their website.
We captured some amazing photos last month on several ongoing private luxury tours when the Endeavour arrived here in Los Angeles atop its 747 and flew over and around the city in a spectacular aerial display. One of our tour guides was near the Hollywood Sign and another down in Marina del Rey with guests sightseeing with us and enjoying an unexpected treat on their trip. Not that Hollywood, Beverly Hills, celebrity homes and the beaches aren’t enough to impress visitors but that day was special. And from now on, among other things to do in Los Angeles, we can take our guests to the new home of the Endeavour at the California Science Center.
All of our tour specialists carry a high quality camera to take photos for our private luxury tour guests so we are not surprised that one was able to pull over and capture a clear image of the space shuttle Endeavour over Hollywood as the air convoy arrived in Los Angeles. The specially equipped NASA 747 carries its honored passenger escorted by two fighter jets in a dramatic looping and swooping exhibition of engineering marvel over many parts of the city before landing safely at LAX where the shuttle will be prepped for its upcoming 2-day road journey to the California Science Center museum in Exposition Park. Below the airplanes are seen as they pass over the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, just north of the Rose Bowl stadium.
Our private luxury tours of Hollywood are certainly fun for youngsters. Besides keeping kid-friendly snacks and drinks aboard our vehicles we stop often for run-around and potty breaks. Here we are at Madame Tussauds on the Walk of Fame stopping to get photos of the kids with Shrek. We’ll deposit some bills into the hands of the costumed characters by Grauman’s Chinese theaters so the kids can be remembered shooting webs with Spiderman or standing in the shadow of Batman’s cape. Then off to Nickelodeon and the Henson Studios and a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits to climb on the giant sloths.