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Our Private Tour Is Just Getting Started at Sunset
This fine group of ladies has been enjoying a private tour of Los Angeles that ranged from Hollywood to the beaches…so far. Exploring the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater was a thrill for them as was learning more about the earliest days of Hollywood when movie theaters were a brand new business enterprise. They were taken to see our old Hollywood film studios as well as more recent additions to film and production facilities in and around Hollywood. What they really loved were driving through the fancy neighborhoods where the celebrities reside. Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Brentwood, Malibu to name a few of the areas we drove through while offering descriptions and stories from the times of Charlie Chaplin up to Charlize Theron. We timed it right to be out on the coastline of Santa Monica Bay just as the sun was setting. Sunset photos are always loved by our guests. Admittedly they are beautiful times in Los Angeles. And next – the night time tour begins. The Sunset Strip will look completely different with all the neon and bright illumination luring us to hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Beverly Hills remains elegant with its pretty street lighting and Hollywood looks polished and inviting, too. Take a look at our Pinterest page to see some of the great photographs we have been getting lately during our tours. There are some fantastic tour photo albums out there with our guests.
Our Private Tour Guests Reflect on Families as the Sun Sets in Santa Monica
Wilshire Boulevard is the “Main Street” of Los Angeles. For 18 miles the wide roadway connects downtown Los Angeles to the ocean in Santa Monica. Traffic on this main road of a major city can often leave our guides praying for salvation as they bring their Los Angeles private tour families through Beverly Hills and West L.A. into Santa Monica, talking about the rich history, lucrative businesses and wealthy neighborhoods, telling stories and adding anecdotes, our guests never have any idea how fraught a particular journey has been. We have great guides who are all excellent drivers. But still, when they get to the end of Wilshire Boulevard there is a statue of Saint Monica, the bay spreading out behind her to the horizon, and our guides can offer up their thanks. The city is named for this patron saint of difficult marriages and wayward children but sometimes any connection to the sublime when arriving at Palisades Park is worth paying tribute to. Our guests on their custom tour often choose to walk along the palisades to admire the sea and the city, to look down over the beach and the homes of Hollywood stars built along the Pacific Coast Highway below them, to enjoy the sea breeze and, if they are lucky to be out late in the afternoon this time of year, enjoy a beautiful sunset. We are pleased to talk about the creation of the art deco Saint Monica statue by sculptor Eugene Morahan back in 1934 with money from a federal public arts project. As we parade along the cliff edge towards the Santa Monica Pier there are other interesting landmarks to pass by including a camera obscura. The lights on the pier come up to make it look like a dazzling scintillating jewel against the golden sky. Children with us are always attracted to the Ferris Wheel and the roller coaster. Thank you, Saint Monica, for having a fun and beautiful city on the sea.
Our Private Tour Pauses Beneath the Palms
Not only is the world golden at sunset but the beach means the temperature is mild and the air is salty-sweet. The crowds on the sand have thinned while a few dedicated surfers vie to get the last best waves of the day next to the Santa Monica Pier. Our private Los Angeles tour family is happy to take off their shoes and walk in the sand. After hours of sightseeing and exploring the buildings and places, cars and people of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the studios, the celebrity hangouts and homes, it is really nice to stare out over the empty sea toward Hawai’i. Yes, the Channel Islands are partially hidden in the marine layer standing offshore and moving toward us already. There are boats and sea birds. If we watch carefully there might be a porpoise fin breaking the water or even a giant whale off schedule for the regular migration. The shoreline is peaceful and romantic as the last of the day slips away and night comes. That only means another part of LA life emerges that is exciting and exhilarating. Let’s go visit some nightclubs and enjoy some neon lights.
Our Private Los Angeles Tour Stays Up
When the Sun Goes Down
We understand that most of our guests want to see Los Angeles in the daytime. They are more awake, the sun is up, the day is nice – everything is there for a spectacular sightseeing adventure on a custom private luxury tour of the city. However, consider this: traffic, crowds, heat, noise, bright sunlight and more traffic. These are unavoidable aspects of a busy modern city that is a major destination for visitors from all over the world especially in the summer. We find that our guests who, because of their schedules or ours, decide to venture out of their hotels with us early in the evening, during or right after dinner enjoy sights of Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills that our daytime guests do not get to see. Summer sunset in Los Angeles is around 8:00 p.m. so a tour starting at 7:00 p.m. will enjoy a full hour of daylight (the Golden Hour) and then the beautiful dusk as night falls. We know the absolute best places to see the city as it transforms into a glittering jewel by the sea. For an even better adventure join us for a combination helicopter and ground tour after dark. With a departure from a downtown skyscraper this private Los Angeles tour becomes the ultimate experience.
The Days Get Longer, The Private Tour
Can Begin Later
The setting sun in Los Angeles casts a golden glow over everything but the draw of the beach is particularly strong at this time of day. Most of our L.A. beaches are south facing so dusk moves left to right as we stare off into the Santa Monica Bay. At the same time as the colorful lights begin to illuminate the attractions along the Santa Monica Pier the rides are getting busy as visitors want to witness the setting sun from the top of the Ferris Wheel. Like the shore birds our guests also begin to have urges for a seafood dinner and our guides know the best food stands for a quick meal as well as fine restaurants for something more elegant. The world is their oyster for our private Los Angeles tour guests.
Beautiful Sunset Sky for a Romantic Helicopter Tour
Our private Los Angeles tour guide snapped this photo (among many many more) of the sun setting over the sea and Santa Catalina Island as the luxury helicopter approached the coast. If we are not heading over the bay to land on Catalina Island for some island sightseeing and adventures we just head up along the coast to Malibu. When we get to the shoreline we can drop in altitude and just skim the waves. That affords us close up views of the celebrity homes along the beach as well as the whales migrating through the channel heading up to their feeding grounds in the north. We never worry when our guests book late afternoon tours with us because we know how beautiful and exciting sunset is in our great southern California city. We also have special spots in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica where we like to stop to admire the skies and the setting sun.
A Late Afternoon Private Tour Sees the Sun Set
Our Los Angeles coast is always beautiful and a real treat for visitors from inland communities especially if they live where warm sunshine is rare at this time of year. We in L.A. are spoiled that we have so many nice days even throughout the winter, our rainy season. Because we encourage our Los Angeles tour guests to begin their private custom excursions at any time convenient for them we are often out and about sightseeing late in the afternoon and into the evening. What makes that time special is that the southern California sunset is spectacular. If we can manage to get our group to the coast or to some high place where they can really see a wide beautiful landscape, we do that. In this photo we were perched upon the palisade in Santa Monica overlooking the Pacific Coast Highway and the bay. The lights of Santa Monica Pier illuminate the Ferris Wheel and rollercoaster. In the distance rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Now that Daylight Savings Time has begun our sunset begins later but it is still worth considering a late afternoon and evening sightseeing tour.
A Little Rain Does Not Dampen Our
Private Tour Guests’ Spirits
When the sunset glows like this on a golden downtown skyline everyone just takes a deep breath of clean city air and marvels at the beauty of nature. We joked with our guide back at the office after the tour that we could not see the faces of his private Los Angeles tour guests but we know that all of our guides know how to take a photograph into the sun to get shots like this during our custom luxury tour. It is all in the timing and our guests, who were staying at a downtown hotel, got a good look with us of the area around downtown Los Angeles as the storm moved out. Even during the rain they had a perfect time (we have sufficient rain gear on board all our vehicles) when we visited Hollywood and Beverly Hills as the precipitation deterred many other visitors from spending time around the major sights. Our private tour was really private, the storm a blessing in disguise. Plus, everyone knows how desperate California is for rainfall and no one begrudges us an occasional daytime cloudburst during our “rainy” season.
Custom City Tour Goes Into the Night
A late afternoon private Los Angeles tour often extends past sunset and darkness is no reason to conclude the excursion. Los Angeles is beautiful when the sun sets on Sunset Boulevard as you can see in our recent photograph taken from a tour stop in the hills looking over Hollywood to downtown. Street lights, store lights, neon lights and billboards add their glow to the scene as we continue to explore almost all of the same sights we would see during the daytime. The only unfortunate omission would be the Hollywood Sign which is not illuminated except by the moon on a clear night. But during a full moon even that stop on the side of Mt. Lee can be exhilarating for our luxury tour guests who can howl with the coyotes in the moonglow. We heartily suggest to our guests that they consider joining us for sightseeing in Los Angeles as the day ends and the night begins, “Golden Time” as the Hollywood filmmakers refer to it.
Luxury Tour and Beautiful Sunset in Los Angeles
Every day the sun sets sooner which means a late afternoon private Los Angeles tour with us will witness the exquisite golden skies above the City of Angels as night arrives. The sunlight is quickly replaced by the street lights and neon of a vibrant urban environment that comes to life again at the end of the day. Clubs, restaurants, plazas and sidewalks fill with Los Angelenos looking for fun and excitement. There is always something to see and do in in a 24-hour city like Los Angeles…even sightseeing. Hollywood after dark, anyone?