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How to Tackle Los Angeles as a First Timer

How to Tackle Los Angeles as a First Timer

The City of Angels and home of Hollywood can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, with cinematic treasures and palm-lined beaches tucked among dense urban sprawl. Whether you want to feel like a kid at theme parks, soak up Southern California culture, or walk in the footsteps of the stars, here’s our newcomer’s guide to the essential LA. 

 

Get Starstruck in Hollywood

The heart of the US film industry, Hollywood is a must-see stop on any first-time LA itinerary. Equal parts grit and glamour, this iconic (and spread-out) area is best explored on a tour that takes you straight to highlights such as the Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theater, and Sunset Strip. To get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, join a celebrity-homes tour that cruises past Beverly Hills mansions and well-heeled hot spots such as Rodeo Drive.

 

Go Behind the Scenes on a Studio Tour

See how movie magic is made at one of Los Angeles’ famous film studios. Visit the sets of hit TV shows at Warner Bros. Studio, or hop on the tram for the legendary studio tour at Universal Studios. This urban theme park is worthy of a full day, featuring a small city’s worth of movie-themed rides, shows, exhibits, and shopping for all ages. 

 

Cruise Around on a Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Los Angeles traffic is notoriously bad, so save yourself the stress of driving and enjoy the view aboard a double-decker hop-on-hop-off-bus tour. Customize your ticket with single- or multi-day options and different routes with stops at dozens of top LA attractions such as the La Brea Tar Pits, Getty Museum, Santa Monica Pier, Farmers Market, and Hollywood Bowl. 

 

Feel the Magic at Disneyland®

A bucket-list Disneyland vacation brings millions of visitors to Los Angeles, with the world-famous Anaheim theme park less than an hour away from downtown LA. Easily reach the Disney resort area with an airport transfer from LAX, and save a long wait in line by purchasing your tickets in advance. That way, your family will have more time for rides such as Splash Mountain, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Tours.

 

Explore the SoCal Coast

If you want a break from movie madness and LA’s urban bustle, set aside a day or two to venture along the Southern California coastline. A quick trip south lands you at the postcard-perfect beaches and bays of San Diego, or head north to Santa Barbara, considered the “America Riviera” thanks to its posh Mediterranean feel.

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Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More

Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More

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From the Hollywood sign to the celebrity mansions of Beverly Hills, Los Angles is so full of iconic sights it can be tricky to see them all. This guided tour seamlessly transports you by coach to all of the city's top attractions—from Santa Monica Pier to the Sunset Strip—so that you don't need to worry about missing a thing.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

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See the sights of Hollywood on this tour by open-top Mercedes minibus, which allows you to enjoy unobstructed views as you go. Traveling with an on-board guide, you'll pass by attractions such as the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, and movie studios. Plus, get a look at some of the mansions where past and present stars have lived.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Discover Los Angeles on your own terms thanks to this convenient hop-on, hop-off bus excursion covering the city’s top highlights. Enjoy the sun from the open top of your bus, offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding landmarks. Best of all, your hop-on, hop-off excursion covers more than 50 locations throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown L.A. You can also choose between a 24-, 48-, and 72-hour ticket options and plenty of convenient departures, thanks to its 365-days-a-year operation schedule.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

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See the best that California has to offer during this 3-day, 2-night West Coast tour, covering some of the Golden State’s top cities and outdoor areas. Start your trip in Los Angeles, snaking north by van or motor coach through California hotspots including Santa Barbara, Solvang, Yosemite National Park, Carmel, San Francisco and Hearst Castle. It’s a memorable opportunity to explore one postcard-worthy destination after the next. Your tour of the California coast also includes two nights of accommodations and a driver-guide.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$530.00
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4 Hours Private Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with Multimedia

4 Hours Private Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with Multimedia

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Visit Los Angeles’ most glamorous neighborhoods and iconic sites on a sightseeing tour in a multimedia-equipped luxury van. Watch footage that highlights Hollywood history on a 32" HDTV flat screen monitor as you cruise the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills, and take in sweeping views of the city from Mulholland Drive. Try to find your favorite stars while spotting celebrity homes, and enjoy live narration from a professional guide, whose facts, trivia and insider gossip will bring your Tinseltown trip to life.
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  • 4 hours
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