Posts Tagged ‘traffic’
Private Tour in Off Season is Perfect!
Any time of the year Los Angeles is warm, inviting and fun to visit. Regular visitors know as well as the residents, though, that there are times of the year where the city, especially Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beaches, is particularly busy. Summer time, of course, the winter holidays and the spring holidays. The rest of the time the crowds thin, the beach lifeguards are gone, and the lines at Disneyland and Universal Studios are more manageable. Also, restaurant reservations are easier to get and hotel rooms are in less demand. What we appreciate most as a transportation-based company is that traffic is more manageable, more predictable. We are masters of traffic flow and alternate routes. We are among the best players of the “Getting around Los Angeles” game. We have a fun staff meeting activity we call “SigAlert Detour” where we share traffic shortcuts and workarounds to recent construction or just changing patterns of vehicles on the streets we most regularly travel. We include parking tips in our game, too. What this means is that any time of the year we get our private Los Angeles tour from one location to another as expeditiously as possible (allowing for good sightseeing, naturally) and that we get there more easily during the off-seasons.
Our Private Tour Had to Slow Down to Let
the Presidential Motorcade Pass By
Our office staff and our guides follow all the activities going on in Los Angeles so that on any particular day we can take our private Los Angeles tour guests to see something special. We know when the awards are presented, the handprints left, the Walk of Fame stars laid down, when the stars are rehearsing, where the films are shooting on location. We were not privy, however, to the movements of President Obama on his latest visit to Los Angeles to see the Hollywood stars. However, as luck would have it, one of our tour groups got caught in the traffic jam created as POTUS and his staff and security passed our guide and his guests. “Wave at the President,” our guide instructed as he took photographs all the time wondering if that was OK to do. The traffic glitch was mild (that’s really saying something in Los Angeles) and they were soon on their way for more sightseeing and adventures in the City of Angels and world leaders.
This coming weekend, September 29th and 30th, the 405 will be completely closed — again! Starting around 10 p.m. on Friday and lasting until 5 a.m. on Monday, 10 miles of one of the busiest sections of one of the nation’s busiest highways will be empty. No cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles — nothing. Quiet. No fumes. Everyone hopes that like last year when the highway was cleared for the first part of the Sunset Boulevard overpass demolition everything will go better than planned, that the freeway will open earlier than expected and that Los Angelenos and their visitors will find things to do close by and use public transportation whenever possible. We had several private luxury tours by helicopter last year because our guests wanted to see a long and empty stretch of major highway. I think we might do the same thing this year. It’s easy to get from Hollywood to Beverly Hills to Malibu to downtown Los Angeles in a helicopter.