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Ask Getaway: Enjoy Los Angeles Like a Real Angeleno

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Here at Ask, we’ve made extensive guides for visiting Paris , Rome , Athens and even watching the Northern Lights . Traveling might still seem like a daunting prospect for many readers, but it’s absolutely possible to plan safe vacations that comply with the latest guidelines from the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

International trips will always be challenging to plan , so there’s nothing wrong with staying close to home in the U.S. Today, we have a getaway to Los Angeles, so that you have a very Californian experience.

Here are some of the many facets L.A. has to offer. And when we say L.A., we don’t mean exclusively the city of Los Angeles but the cluster of other towns that exist within the metropolitan area: Culver City, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and beyond.

How to Get There

You can obviously fly to LAX or any of the other area airports. But, depending on where you live and the number of days you want to spend on the road, Los Angeles may be one of the perfect cities to drive to since you know you’re going to be needing a car there for sure.

So make the perfect playlist — or borrow one from Spotify — roll your windows down, and plan your journey so that you get to enjoy the scenic route for at least a few miles while driving along the Pacific Coast Highway. Also, be prepared to be stuck in traffic at any point. In L.A., it’s always rush hour.

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The happy-to-drive-as-infrequently-as-possible in me can’t believe I’m about to say this, but driving is actually one of the required activities one needs to embrace in L.A. Just don’t do it aimlessly and check the traffic reports often to avoid ending up very much stuck. Although getting stuck in traffic is probably as authentically Angeleno as it gets.

Opt for a nighttime spin on Mulholland Drive for some arresting views of the city and its endless sea of lights. The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is also an excellent tour that will give you a glimpse of some of the urban nightlife, as well as the city’s love for bright neons and TV and film billboards.

During the day, head north on Beachwood Drive for some of the best views of the Hollywood sign. And then there’s Doheny Drive or the rest of The Flats area in Beverly Hills, where you’ll find some perfect examples of charming streets flanked by towering palm trees.

If at any point during your trip you feel a bit overwhelmed by L.A.’s six-lanes-per-direction freeways and overpasses, just follow the Clueless  (1995) guidelines : Relax. Also, keep your hands on the wheel at all times.

Other than driving — and if you’re feeling like having a full Clueless  experience  — there’s nothing like a little bit of shopping. L.A. is a fashion destination after all. But while Cher (Alicia Silverstone) favored the now-closed Westside Pavilion in West L.A. and the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, we’re going to recommend the outdoor street mall The Grove  in La Brea and the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica  in case you want to hit some classics like Lululemon, Splendid, Anthropologie, Nike or the Apple Store.

If you want more of an artsy bohemian vibe, head to Abbot Kinney  on Venice Beach where you’ll find labels like Scotch & Soda, Rag & Bone and Vince. And you can always finish your shopping spree with a little vinyl from the indie record store Amoeba Music in Hollywood or books from the indie The Last Bookstore in DTLA.

Where to Eat and What to Eat

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Let’s go with salad as one of Los Angeles’ most basic staples. Many restaurants in the city really know how to make a yummy bowl packed with protein, grains and vegetables. Like the Mediterranean Gem  at Sycamore Kitchen, the Dazzling Kale Salad with avocado at the vegan Café Gratitude , the Kale with Peanut Dressing one from M Café , the Avocado & Quinoa Superfood Ensalada at Mendocino Farms  or the salad trio from Joan’s on Third .

For less healthy but equally delicious options, you need to savor some of the tacos the city has to offer. You can try the mole poblano or tinga de pollo from Guisados , the sweet potato taco from Guerrilla Tacos  or the grilled fish ones from Neptune’s Nest , just to name a few options.

Discover that Los Angeles has nothing to envy from New York when it comes to pizza. Some of the best offerings include Pizzeria Mozza ‘s Californian take on Italian pies, Gjelina ‘s Californian Mediterranean ones and Jon & Vinny’s  Italian Californian pies.

And allow yourself to discover the very healthy relationship Angelenos actually have with sugar and carbs by devouring red velvet cupcakes from Sprinkles , vanilla bean glazed concoctions from Sidecar Doughnuts , chocolate avocado pudding from Gjusta  or a simple chocolate croissant from Urth Caffé .

Film buffs interested in touring one or several of the big studio lots. Paramount Pictures , Warner Bros. Studio , Sony Pictures Studio  and of course Universal Studios  — as part of their theme park Universal Studios Hollywood — all offer guided tours of their sound stages. The studios also really get into the holiday spirit when Halloween and Christmas roll in.

Also for cinema aficionados, visit Quentin Tarantino’s revival house cinema New Beverly  or the equally artsy American Cinematheque . Sadly the iconic ArchLight Hollywood and its Cinerama Dome — which were part of the ArcLight chain — closed permanently in April of 2021  after more than a year of being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celluloid lovers can also delight in visiting many of Los Angeles’ movie and TV filming locations . From La La Land  (2016) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955)’s Griffith Observatory to Bosch (2014-2021)’s Angels Flight Railway , Blade Runner (1982)’s Bradbury Building, Strange Days ‘ (1995) Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Iron Man (2008)’s Randy’s Donuts and the Swingers ‘ (1996) diner at the Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel.

The One Thing You Shouldn’t Miss

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Nothing beats something as simple as sunset over the Pacific. Head to the beach in Santa Monica or Venice and simply enjoy the end of the day. Plan accordingly though: bear in mind there will be traffic on the way to the beach and then you’ll have to find parking there. Allow yourself plenty of time. You wouldn’t want to finally make it to the Pacific when the sun is already gone for the day.


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10 Cool Facts About Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is one of the most popular cities in the world, and you probably already know a thing or two about it and its geography. It’s home to Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, it’s a celebrity hot spot, the traffic is bad and it has some really cool beaches. However, there’s much more to the city than that. Check out these cool facts:

The Film Industry

You already know the film industry is big in Los Angeles, but do you know why? You can think inventor Thomas Edison for that. The New Jersey businessman had over 1,000 film patents and attempted to monopolize the industry, driving filmmakers west.

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Luxury and Lima Beans

Today, Beverly Hills is a glamorous little spot where the rich and famous residents of Los Angeles and tourists from around the world come to shop at high-end boutiques. It’s almost hard to believe that it started out as a simple lima bean farm.

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If you see a toad in Los Angeles, don’t try to lick it. Apparently, that’s against the law. It’s also against the law to herd more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard and to wear a zoot suit, aCC0rding to Mental Floss. And if you have two children under the age of two, don’t bathe them in the same bathtub, as that’s also against the law.

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Los Angeles produced about a quarter of the world’s oil supply by 1923, aCC0rding to Mental Floss. Even though Texas has a reputation for being the place for big oil in the U.S., Los Angeles still has the third-largest oil field in the country. It was discovered near Dodger Stadium in 1892. There are still several other active oil fields, too, particularly in the Beverly Hills area.

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Behind Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, LAX is the second-busiest airport in the country. It’s the fourth-busiest airport in the world. The airport was originally used for military crafts during World War II.

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Mulholland Drive

If you’ve ever wondered who the iconic Mulholland Drive was named for, wonder no more. It was named for William Mulholland, the man who ran the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during the early 1900s. If you live in the city today and have water and power, you can thank him.

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Los Angeles has more cars than people, aCC0rding to Jack FM. As a matter of fact, cars take up a little less than one quarter of all land space in the city. No wonder traffic in town is always congested.

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Los Angeles hasn’t always been called Los Angeles. Its original name was the much longer “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula.” In Spanish, that means “the town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River,” aCC0rding to Mental Floss. Luckily, it’s been shortened to something that’s much easier to say.

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Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Over 135 languages are spoken among the city’s residents, reports Jack FM. It’s also home to the largest Thai population beyond Thailand.

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Underground LA

Few people realize that Downtown Los Angeles sits on top of a large series of underground tunnels. They were used during Prohibition to illegally transport alcohol from once place to another.

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Los Angeles Club Crawl

Every Friday and Saturday, Los Angeles Club Crawl takes you on a nightlife tour of three DTLA nightclubs, with VIP entry and no cover charges or waiting in lines. Come alone, bring a date or a group for a memorable night on the town. Guests meet at 9 p.m. at Broadway Bar. At check in, you will be introduced to your hosts, collect your Club Crawl wristbands, and be sent to the bar to enjoy exclusive drink specials. Presale tickets start at $25 for the entire night.


Melting Pot Food Tours

Melting Pot Food Tours was launched by Lisa and Diane Scalia in 2008. The sisters are Los Angeles natives of Italian descent, and they love to share their favorite L.A. culinary experiences with visitors and locals alike. Their tasting tours lead guests to popular destinations like the Original Farmers Market, Old Pasadena, and East L.A. Private and group tours (10-60 people) are also available.

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Orbic Air Helicopter Tours

For nearly 30 years, Orbic Air has been one of Southern California's premier helicopter companies, offering helicopter charters of Los Angeles, helicopter tours of Hollywood, helicopter training, aerial photography, production and helicopter leasing. Based at Hollywood Burbank Airport, Orbic Air offers numerous aerial tour options, including the Hollywood Sign, California Coastline, and Private Romantic Sunset, as well as landing tours such as Downtown Rooftop and Malibu Mountaintop.

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Rose Bowl Stadium Tours

The landmark Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena is home to the UCLA Bruins football team and the annual Rose Bowl game, aka “The Granddaddy of Them All," held every New Year’s Day. Rose Bowl Stadium has hosted Super Bowls, Olympic events and numerous landmark concerts. The Rose Bowl is one of two stadiums in the world to host the FIFA World Cup Finals for both men and women. The monthly Rose Bowl Flea Market features more than 2,500 vendors and welcomes 15,000 to 20,000 buyers. In 1987, Rose Bowl Stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.

Available the last Friday of every month, the Rose Bowl Stadium Tour offers exclusive access to the playing field, press box, UCLA locker room and more. Tours are offered at 10:30am and 12:30pm. VIP and Private Group Tours are also available.

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SoFi Stadium

Opened in September 2020, SoFi Stadium is the newest addition to LA's world-class collection of sports and events venues. Located in Inglewood, the state-of-the-art stadium is the home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The 3.1 million square-foot stadium is the largest in the NFL, as well as the first indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed.

Book a SoFi Stadium Tour and you'll feel like you've stepped into the cleats of an NFL player on game day. The immersive, behind-the-scenes experience takes guests through the creation of SoFi Stadium, private luxury suites, Rams and Chargers locker rooms, and a Tunnel Run onto the field, where they'll put their football skills to the test. Inspired by the NFL Scouting Combine, the on-field challenges include running the 40-yard dash, attempting a field goal kick, and passing tests. After they finish their challenges, attendees can compare their stats to those of the pros.

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Since pioneering the Movie Stars Homes Tour in 1935, Starline Tours continues to offer the best of L.A. to visitors from around the world. Starline offers a wide range of sightseeing tours, including the famed Celebrity Homes Tour; the Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour; Private Tours, Group Charters and more.

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Sunset Ranch Hollywood

For a unique tour of Griffith Park, get in the saddle with Sunset Ranch Hollywood , the only horse ranch located in greater Los Angeles. Sunset Ranch offers a variety of services and activities, including guided trail rides, boarding and lessons. A one-hour trail ride into Griffith Park includes a great view of the Hollywood Sign. A two-hour ride to the top of Griffith Park features spectacular 360-degree views of Los Angeles.

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The 14 Best Los Angeles Tours

Maximize your time in Los Angeles with the insider tips and historical context provided by the best local tours.

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Note: Some tour providers on this list may be running more limited operations due to COVID-19 or may impose testing or vaccine requirements. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.

At more than 465 square miles, Los Angeles defies easy exploration. Even those who dream of touring the city's top attractions in a sporty convertible may be discouraged by the city's notorious traffic congestion and tough parking rules. To enjoy that stress-free, laid-back vacation California is famous for, choose an easy, efficient guided tour. Using both traveler sentiment and expert opinion, U.S. News selected some of the top tours in Los Angeles whose entertaining introduction to the city will engage intrepid explorers, first-time visitors and local residents alike.

Bikes and Hikes LA – Hollywood Sign Hike

Summit Mount Hollywood on this 2 1/2-hour hiking trip. You'll see Griffith Park and the Forest Lawn Memorial Park as well as the world-famous Hollywood sign and panoramic vistas of the city. Be ready for a workout: You'll hike approximately 4 miles round-trip. While praising the excellent guides and overall experience, reviewers say tours may run long and require a fairly high level of fitness, so future tourgoers should keep that in mind. The tour costs around $30 per person (6 or older). Tours are offered daily year-round and depart at 9 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. The company also offers a shorter version of this hike and several bike tours of LA.

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Open Bus Tours – Movie Star Home Tour

Open Bus Tours whisks you through Hollywood and Beverly Hills in an open-top van to show you the places where the rich and famous play. The guide will point out landmarks associated with past and current celebrities, contemporary sports figures and YouTube stars, plus drive past famous movie studios and filming locations, if available. You can snap photos of mansions, the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame , Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, the Dolby Theatre and more. Visitors say they like leaving the LA driving to fun, knowledgeable guides who entertain them with gossip, history and local legend as they point out A-lister hot spots. The two-hour guided tours are available from Thursday to Monday; there are four departures each day. Tickets cost approximately $35 for adults, $25 for children 2 to 11 and $20 for infants younger than 2. The company also offers private tours.

Big Bus Tours Los Angeles – TMZ Celebrity Tour

Gossip, secrets and buzz-worthy names are the focus of this popular Hollywood Celebrity Hot Spot Tour from Big Bus Tours Los Angeles and TMZ, the famous celebrity news website. The two-hour, guided bus tour departs several times daily from Hollywood and makes no stops. Instead, the entertaining guides show video clips, share stories, do giveaways and manage a remote studio on wheels in case wandering celebrities want to stop for an interview. Recent tour-takers who love celebrity gossip and pop culture offer very positive reviews of the outing, while some complain about not seeing enough stars' homes, specific sites or celebrities during their tour. Tickets cost approximately $50 for adults and $30 for children 3 to 12.

ExperienceFirst – Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour: True Crime, Creepy Tales

This ghost tour not only covers paranormal activity in Hollywood, but also delves into LA's crime history. You'll learn about serial killers who traumatized the city as well as the infamous Manson family murders. Among the locations you'll visit are the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Reviewers say the tour is excellent and that guides are wonderful storytellers. Trips depart at 6 p.m. nightly. Fees start at $39 for adults and $35 for children ages 4 to 12. ExperienceFirst also operates guided hikes to the Hollywood sign, as well as private outings.

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A Day in LA Tours – LA City Tour

Cruise from Venice Beach to Griffith Park and everywhere in between on this 7 1/2-hour tour. Tourgoers will hop on an air-conditioned bus that's equipped with device charging ports and cruise in comfort to areas like Beverly Hills, Venice Beach and Santa Monica . First-time visitors to LA rave about how much you see in one day despite the city's famous traffic. Others appreciate spending about 40 minutes at each attraction so they could explore and take photos. Tickets start at $104 for adults and $94 for children 12 and younger. A Day in LA Tours offers free hotel pickup from both Los Angeles hotels and hotels in the Anaheim/Disneyland area. Traveling with a large group? Book a private tour.

Six Taste – Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour

On this four-hour Downtown LA walking tour by Six Taste, visitors will sample signature dishes from up to six eateries while learning more about Filipino, Mexican, barbecue and other cuisines, the history of downtown and the city's diverse cultures. Locals and visitors alike rave about the Six Taste guides and their selection of hard-to-find stands and shops, as well as the delicious tastings. Downtown tours run on Saturdays and Sundays only at 11 a.m. Tickets start at $75 per person. Some dietary accommodations can be made with advance notice, though the tour is not suited to vegan or gluten-free diets. Other popular Six Taste tours explore Santa Monica and the Arts District.

Malibu Wine Hikes – Malibu Wine Hike & Trail Tour

California wine is a must-try for oenophiles, but you won't need to venture to Napa , Sonoma or Santa Barbara to sample some vino. Approximately 50 miles west of LA you'll find Malibu, a well-known beach town and home to Malibu Wine Hikes. On its 2.5-mile wine tour, you'll explore Saddlerock Ranch and its incomparable beauty, including the property's grape vines. Guides will tell you about the varietals the ranch grows and you'll get to taste the wine it produces. Visitors say they had a great time and are particularly wowed by the scenery. The two-hour tours start at $49 per person, but keep in mind this hike isn't well-suited for those with mobility issues nor parents who need strollers for their little ones. Tour depart Wednesday through Monday. Times can vary by day, but you can generally expect tours in the late morning and mid-afternoon. Malibu Wine Hikes also offers a popular tour in a four-wheel drive vehicle.

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Ultimate Hollywood Tours – Celebrity Home & Filming Location Tour

See dozens of movie star homes and filming locations on Ultimate Hollywood Tours' two-hour bus tour. The open-air bus drives by the past or present homes of celebrities like Elton John, Lucille Ball, Bruno Mars, Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, Michael Jackson and many others. You'll pass shops and clubs where celebrities hang out. Buses also pause for photo opportunities, including at the famous Hollywood sign. Travelers rave about the entertaining guides, whose humor and insider knowledge make these small group tours a blast, even if they don't spot any celebrities. Tours depart multiple times daily beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets start at around $40 for adults, $30 for children 2 to 12 and $5 for infants. If you're looking for a half-day tour, consider the company's five-hour Taste of LA experience, which visits Santa Monica, among other locations.

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Architecture Tours L.A. – Silver Lake

Architecture buffs and design professionals should book ahead for this tour of the Silver Lake neighborhood. For up to three hours, you'll view midcentury modern and contemporary homes by master architects Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, John Lautner and other notables. Architectural historian and author Laura Massino Smith is your expert guide as she chauffeurs you through the neighborhood via van. Tour-takers appreciate Smith's insider access to homes designed by master architects that would otherwise be impossible to find or view up close. Tours run daily around 10 a.m. Tickets start at $80 per person and you must have at least two people to book. For tickets, contact the company directly. Architecture Tours L.A. hosts a variety of other tours through Los Angeles neighborhoods, such as Hancock Park/Miracle Mile and West Hollywood/Beverly Hills. You can also opt for specialized tours of Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Gehry masterpieces.

The Real Los Angeles Tours – The Real Hollywood Tour

On this walking tour, guides take visitors on a two-hour, 2-mile stroll through Hollywood to explore its history. Tourgoers will see attractions like the old house where Charlie Chaplin's children went to school, the historic Pantages and Egyptian theaters and the famous TCL Chinese Theatre. Patrons love the comprehensive commentary, suitable for school-age children, and appreciate the friendly guides. Tours run daily at 10 a.m. Tours cost approximately $35 for patrons 12 and older, and are free for children 11 and younger. Real Los Angeles Tours also runs a Speakeasy Bar Tour and a DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost Tour, among other options.

Sidewalk Food Tours of Los Angeles – Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour

This vegetarian-friendly food tour of downtown Los Angeles appeals to travelers interested in the neighborhood's history and ethnically diverse culinary scene. Over the course of three hours, you'll make six food stops that could include German currywurst, French pastry, Mexican tacos, Asian fusion and Texas barbecue. You'll also walk through Grand Central Market and see sights like the Biltmore Los Angeles, a luxury hotel, and the Million Dollar Theatre. Visitors rave about the knowledgeable guides and appreciate finding restaurants to return to, while locals enjoy learning about downtown and the city's hidden gem restaurants. Expect 2 to 3 miles of walking and bring a full water bottle. Tours run at 11 a.m. Friday through Monday. Tickets cost approximately $75 per person. Sidewalk Food Tours also offers a West Hollywood Food Tour and private food tours.

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Another Side of Los Angeles Tours – The Santa Monica & Venice Beach Segway Tour

Explore two different beach towns near Los Angeles during this two-hour sightseeing tour. Travelers hop on a Segway – a two-wheeled motorized vehicle – to glide by top sights including Pacific Park , Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier and more. Reviewers comment that the guides are great and the tour itself is fun. Fees start at $169 per person and at least two guests are required for the tour to run. Trips depart multiple times daily. Love to explore via Segway? Take the company's Beverly Hills tour, which also uses the vehicles.

Surf City Tours – Malibu Mansions & Beach Homes Tour

See the homes of the rich and famous – with a side of spectacular ocean scenery – during this tour. Surf City Tours whisks you through Malibu to see the homes of celebrities like Lady Gaga and Cher as well as historic sites and filming locations. It also includes an hourlong stop so you can explore the beach on your own. Travelers say the tour is a must-do and appreciate the guides' enthusiasm and historical knowledge. Trips last 4 ½ hours and depart at 9:30 a.m. daily. Tickets cost about $80 for those 14 and older; there's about a $10 discount for children, seniors and veterans. Infants come along for free, but you must bring your own car seat. Tours depart from the company's location in Santa Monica. The company also runs a surfing trip and a Hollywood tour.

Universal Studios Studio Tour

Movie fans will get a thrill out of Universal Studios' Studio Tour, a theme park attraction that moves tram riders through 13 blocks of studio backlot. Jimmy Fallon serves as your video tour guide who introduces short clips that serve to enhance the narration from your in-person guide. During the tram ride, you'll encounter the Bates Motel from "Psycho," the shark from "Jaws" and other key props. Interactive experiences include watching a 3D King Kong battle a T. rex and racing alongside stars from "The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise. Both experiences are favorites of reviewers who especially enjoy the special effects. The hourlong backlot tours leave throughout the day. Tours are included with the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park ticket, which starts at $109 per person for one-day general admission. The park offers multiple shows and rides featuring famous animals, cartoon characters and blockbuster hits.

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Los Angeles Tourist Bus

Los Angeles Tourist Bus

Transfers in Los Angeles

Transfers in Los Angeles

USS Iowa Museum Ticket

USS Iowa Museum Ticket

Civitatis Travel Insurance

Civitatis Travel Insurance

Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Tour

Hollywood & Celebrity Homes Tour

Aquarium of The Pacific Ticket

Aquarium of The Pacific Ticket

With this ticket to the Aquarium of The Pacific , you'll explore the fascinating marine wildlife of the Pacific . Fun for the whole family!

Madame Tussauds Los Angeles Ticket

Madame Tussauds Los Angeles Ticket

Go City Los Angeles Explorer Pass

Go City Los Angeles Explorer Pass

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Admission

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Admission

Griffith Park Tour

Griffith Park Tour

Explore one of the most magnificent natural parks in L.A . and admire the iconic Holywood sign on this hiking tour of Griffith Park.

Private Tour of Los Angeles

Private Tour of Los Angeles

Las Vegas & Hoover Dam 2 Day Trip

Las Vegas & Hoover Dam 2 Day Trip

Los Angeles Mysteries & Legends Tour

Los Angeles Mysteries & Legends Tour

California 3 Day Trip

California 3 Day Trip

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