Posts Tagged ‘San Pedro’
Have Your Los Angeles Tour Visit the USS Iowa Museum
Last year was the first Memorial Day for the U.S.S. Iowa in its new home in San Pedro, CA just south of Los Angeles. The celebration was a huge success and promises to be even better this year. Music, food, history and attractions and a loving tribute to all the men and women who served and are serving in the armed forces. Our private Los Angeles tours visit this port of Los Angeles regularly, sometimes meeting our guests at the nearby cruise ship terminal, and sometimes just driving down from Los Angeles along the Palos Verdes peninsula to marvel at the exquisite southern California coastline before arriving at the largest port area in the United States. The busy port now is graced by this exemplary naval vessel that plied the seas for the U.S. Navy for 48 years while seeing action in WWII and Korea. The marvelous Navy museum is perfect for these festivities. Be a part of this wonderful celebration and head to San Pedro between 8:00 a.m. (0800) and 3:00 p.m. (1500) this Memorial Day. Bring someone to kiss.
Spend Memorial Day Touring the U.S.S. Iowa
We have had the good fortune to take a number of our private Los Angeles tour guests to see the U.S.S. Iowa at its new home in San Pedro, CA (very near the cruise line terminal where we meet many of our tour guests). This will be the first Memorial Day that the ship has been docked here in the shadow of the Vincent Thomas Bridge. It is well worth the visit dockside to see this magnificent naval vessel and to take a moment to reflect on the heroism and dedication of those who served aboard her and all their military comrades in arms. The ship will be open to visitors from 0900 – 1600 hours (9am-4pm) and free to active duty and retired military personnel and veterans (please bring I.D.). Local radio station KRLA will be broadcasting all day from the ship. See and listen to your favorite talk show hosts like Michael Medved and Dennis Prager.
While the holiday season brings thoughts of giving and receiving gifts, we present today a couple of recent photos from a private luxury tour along the Los Angeles coast to San Pedro. The Korean Friendship Bell was donated to the people of Los Angeles in 1976 as a symbol of international friendship and unity from the people of the Republic of South Korea honoring the U.S bicentennial and the contribution of American military veterans who served in Korea.
Built atop a small plateau overlooking the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse, this contemplative sightseeing destination offers extraordinary views of the Palos Verdes coastline, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the Channel Islands. There are lots of things to do in Los Angeles besides visiting Hollywood and Beverly Hills and seeing celebrity homes and mansions. The city has a rich history and offers an enormous variety of activities. Plus, we are friendly. We have a friendship bell!
It looks like a vista point overlooking the busy (busiest in the U.S.) Port of Los Angeles but it is really the widely windowed Los Angeles Fire Department Station No. 112 wherein is berthed the magnificent Fireboat #2 (the Warner L. Lawrence). You would not believe, or even understand, the specifications of this nautical wonder but you must admit it is certainly an amazing vessel. Located along the waterway servicing the cruise ship terminal and U.S.S. Iowa as well as the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Ports o’ Call Village, we often bring our private luxury tour guests who express interest in the Los Angeles ports, harbors and shoreline down to Long Beach and San Pedro to show off the great seagoing capacities and history of Los Angeles. There is much sightseeing and many things to do on our private coastal tours.
A rare gray day in L.A. but a perfect match for the traditional look of a U.S. naval vessel. In this case it is the U.S.S. Iowa, now retired and living comfortably as a museum and showcase, docked in San Pedro, CA between the cruise line terminal beneath the Vincent Thomas Bridge and Ports o’ Call Village. While it is still being outfitted for tourist duty the museum has more than enough to inspect and examine in a day visit. This being a week of thoughtful respect for our veterans we should remember that it is not just the men and women who served but the vessels and craft they served upon that need to be saluted. When we pick up our guests arriving by cruise ship who want a private luxury custom tour of Los Angeles, even if their principal interest is sightseeing in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, we now make it a point to drive past the U.S.S. Iowa and point out a couple of its dominating features (like really big guns). Looking for something to do in Los Angeles? We suggest visiting San Pedro and spending some time at the U.S.S. Iowa museum.
One of the greatest warships ever commissioned (1942), the USS Iowa served the US Navy nobly until 1990 and has now found a permanent home in southern California’s quaint port city of San Pedro, just south of Los Angeles. Located between the cruise ship terminal and Ports o’ Call Village along the nicely developed waterfront, this great floating machine is a wonderful addition to the Los Angeles technical museum scene and a wonderful opportunity to visit the port area. Of course, the Queen Mary resides nearby in the Port of Long Beach which means for visitors to Los Angeles, especially our private luxury tour guests here to see the sights in comfort and style, a whole day can be spent at the ocean learning maritime history and stories of Los Angeles.