THE CITY OF ANGELS is in a class all by itself. This magnificent city isn’t just America’s second-largest but is home to an array of interesting attractions and beloved landmarks in world-class. The art museum at the Getty Center is just an example and along Miracle Mile, you’ll find numerous great museums such as the underrated car museum, Petersen Automotive Museum. Downtown’s Grammy Museum is another hit, while maybe the most popular beaches are Venice- and Santa Monica Beaches while the prettier ones might be Manhattan- and Redondo Beaches. The beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches of Malibu, located along the famous Pacific Coastal Highway, is often less crowded but well worth checking out. Along Colorado Street, which is the closest thing to an LA main street, you will find many quaint cafés, restaurants, galleries, bars, and pubs. Let us present some of the things you absolutely shouldn’t skip on your Californication!
When cruising down the California coast there are many places to explore. Solvang is California’s historic Danish settlement and the town comes across as a postcard-picture from Denmark. Established as a Danish settlement in 1911, Solvang was among the first Danish colonies in America (along with Danebod, Minnesota and Ames, Iowa among others). Further south is where we find Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera. This affluent and idyllic city appears in numerous movies: Psych (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean III (2006), Disney’s Hidalgo (2003), and many more. Our limos for rent have been featured in many TV-shows in Santa Barbara, including the Bachelor (2003) and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010). The movie Sideways (2004) not only made the vineyards of Santa Ynez famous but was also filmed in Santa Barbara. For your exclusive Santa Ynez Valley-, Temecula- or Malibu wine tasting tours you can give us a call for an unforgettable day in SoCal’s wine country. Make sure to visit the beach promenade, the pier and State Street for a signature Santa Barbara experience. With its beautiful harbor, fancy cars, great shopping, and great eateries, the American Riviera is a must for anyone traveling to Southern California.
An hour south of Santa Barbara is where we find Malibu, also called Beach City USA. This beautiful LA suburb is the ultimate destination for those looking for the iconic Californication. Here you can see the houses of the rich and famous, spend the day sunbathing on one of the many white sandy beaches, or enjoy a dinner while looking out over the Pacific. While eateries such as Duke’s Malibu and Paradise Cove Beach Café are located on the beach itself, Nobu Malibu and the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant are two of the many restaurants overlooking the ocean. Often overlooked for wine tasting venues in Santa Barbara County and Temecula, the Malibu Canyons have the absolute closest vineyards to LA. Here you can enjoy Malibu wine tasting tours to venues such Rosenthal overlooking the sea, or venture inland to the canyons for gorgeous scenery at wineries such as Malibu Family Wines, Cornell Winery, SIP Malibu Grapes, and Malibu & Vine.
Eighteen miles south of Malibu is where we find the City of Santa Monica, one of the most visited areas in the Greater LA Area. Famously depicted in the long-running TV-series Baywatch, the Santa Monica Beach and its pier are musts to see in LA. Don’t forget to wander up Third Street Promenade for some great shopping at the Santa Monica Place and many nearby shops. Enjoy a meal at the pier or stroll along the beachfront down to the interesting Venice Beach. Here you can see the famous Muscle Beach, stroll the Venice Canals or people-watch along the beach.
After spending the day at the beach, go for a limousine rental to venture up Mulholland Drive on your way to the Hollywood Sign. With beautiful views of the city, the nearby Griffith Observatory offers some of the greatest LA skyline views. When it starts to get dark the views from the observatory are unmatched. Another signature LA nighttime experience is a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. LAX sedan and limos often transfer clients to the Hollywood Boulevard for landmarks such as the Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, Ripleys Believe It Or Not, Guinness Records Museum, and many more. The 387,000 sq. ft. Hollywood & Highland shopping mall is a frequent stop for shoppers.
The unusually exclusive (& expensive) Beverly Hills area is a fun stop. Here you can experience original window shopping at Rodeo Drive or go for one of the many Star tours for an opportunity to see celebrity homes in Beverly Hills’ neighborhoods and nearby Bell Air. You can also pick up a Star Map and go celebrity sightseeing yourself – by car or by one of the city’s limo services. Our limos and Los Angeles party bus vehicles are often hired for celebrity sightseeing throughout the city. We know the stars better than most!
While in Los Angeles, don’t forget to set off a day to visit Universal Studios and adjacent Universal CityWalk. At the studios, you can go on tours of various filming locations (e.g. Psycho, Desperate Housewives, Jaws) followed by a lot of fun in the many park rides. By buying a First In Line Pass at Universal you will not only skip the long waiting lines, but you will often get the chance of exclusive meetings with various actors. Especially fun to see is the movie sets from War of the Worlds, the Mysteria Lane neighborhood from Desperate Housewives and the motel from Psycho. The Shrek-, Mummy- and Jurassic Park rides are a lot of fun for kids and adults in every age group. Limousine rental customers often prioritize the Simpsons Ride, the Special Effects Show, Terminator 3 3D, and the Waterworld Show. After spending the day at the studios there is no reason to leave Universal City. Go for a stroll on the adjacent Universal CityWalk for dinner at Hard Rock Café Hollywood or a movie at the IMAX theater.
There’s an abundance of theme parks and studios in the LA region. Why not head to the Warner Bros Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain or Knott’s Berry Farm next?? By a Los Angeles party bus or not, older kids will have a lot of fun riding some of the nation’s fastest rollercoasters at Six Flags. Younger kids will love the rides at Knott’s Berry Farm, while the original one-and-only Disneyland is a must on anyone’s Californication. Looking for a water park instead? Don’t worry. Los Angeles has it all. Why not check out Valencia’s Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park, or Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim? The nearby Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove is another nearby pick for an affordable indoor water park. We’ve also had even foreigners calling from the airport in need of an LAX sedan in order to head for the Pacific Park amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier, the Balboa Fun Zone by Balboa Island in Laguna Beach as well as the merry-go-rounds in Long Beach’ Shoreline Village.
For possibly the most iconic Hollywood adventure, head on one of the LA area’s many exclusive film studio tours! Besides the previously mentioned Universal Studios, there are tons of other studio tours to enjoy in the Greater Los Angeles Area. While people utilizing our limos for rent often love to see the film sets of series such as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on the Sony Pictures Studio tour, others enjoy the sets from the Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live at the studio tours at the NBC Studios. Why just visit the studios when you can partake in a live audience? Conan, the Dr. Phil Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Talk and Wheel of Fortune are just a couple of the many TV shows filmed with LA audiences. Most studios and talk show tapings take place in the Hollywood area, Burbank and Studio City. Give limo services a call to set up your visit to the studios – for a tour of famous filming locations or to attend the audience for your favorite television series.
The City of Angels is a widespread metropolis that has more to offer than most places. Before venturing on your trip or tours in the Southern California region, make sure to make a list in advance of what to see, visit and experience while in Los Angeles. Newcomers and newly arrived tourists at LAX are oftentimes overwhelmed when arriving in LA. “Where should I begin?” is a question we get more than any other. And that with good reason. L.A. is the place that has it all, so making a few priorities fitting your preferences will make your trip to America’s 2nd biggest city more fun and memorable. Bon Voyage!