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  • Los Angeles Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    1. Los Angeles Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

    Explore Los Angeles’ famous landmarks while you sit back and cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about Los Angeles’ unique history. You have the choice of personal recorded commentary, available in 9 languages, or an entertaining live commentary. This is the best way to discover all that Los Angeles has to offer. Our unique city tour and beach loop have a combined 22 stops for guests to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest. Included in your ticket are two exciting loops. The Hollywood loop features views of the world-famous Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, and Chinese Theatre. Explore Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive shopping area. See prehistoric fossils at the LaBrea Tar Pits and cruise the Sunset Strip. Discover a whole different side to LA by taking our Beach loop. Discover the sandy beaches and sun-soaked shoreline of Santa Monica and...

    Love this tour. The information provided for the places we were passing was very interesting. Drivers were friendly and professional. I enjoyed a lot listening to the stories during the tour in Hollywood , unfortunately when I changed to the bus that goes to Santa Monica pier we didn’t have one. Nothing to hear for a long ride. Over all I give the tour a 5 starts.

  • Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

    2. Los Angeles: LA Grand Tour

    Get a feel for the City of Angels with this full-day tour to some of its key sights. Experience a selection of its main attractions including ocean views and the Walk of Fame.

    After departing at 10:00 AM from Sunset Boulevard, be driven first to Santa Monica Pier. Stop here for 1 hour to take a walk down the pier, see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and visit the 3rd Street Promenade. Next, drive to an outdoor farmer's market for a 1-hour lunch stop. Here you can enjoy some of the best food in LA, freshly prepared from local produce. Enjoy family-friendly activities and shop at the famous Grove in Beverly Hills. Then, head for the Griffith Observatory for views of the Hollywood Sign, space and science exhibits, and downtown LA. Finally, travel to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check out Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and take a photo with your favorit...

    Geoff was our driver and guide. He did an outstanding job and made our day amazing. We truly enjoyed the entire tour. Ken S.

  • Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Ticket

    3. Los Angeles Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Ticket

    This hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour of Los Angeles allows you to see and explore greater Los Angeles. The narrated tour is now available in 9 languages. Enjoy the view from the open-air, double-decker bus as it takes you through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach. Pick a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour pass, choose 1 of 3 Loops, or combine them and experience the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour. You may start from the Starline kiosk or at any of the stops. Board the Hollywood Tour to experience the glitz and glamor of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, including such world-famous sights as Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue shopping district, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater, TCL Chinese Theatre, LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and much more. Travel between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica on board the ...

    Great experience for the price. Really was the highlight of my trip. I recommend to everyone.

  • California Coastline Helicopter Tour

    4. California Coastline Helicopter Tour

    Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.

    It was a beautiful tour over Hollywood/Beverly hills area towards the coastline. The team and the pilot were very professional too. I felt safe flying with him.

  • Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

    5. Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Tour with Mountain Landing

    From beautiful sunny Los Angeles, this private, 45-minute helicopter tour provides the perfect romantic getaway for two. The journey begins from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, and once you’re in the air, heads east over many of the iconic landmarks of Los Angeles, including Universal Studios, the famous Hollywood Sign, and some celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air. You'll then head west to see the world-famous beaches of Santa Monica, and the Pacific Palisades, which offer breathtaking views of the stunning California Coastline. Continue up the coast and land at your own private and secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu beach. At this point, you and your guest will have 30 minutes of time on the peak for a complimentary toast, a delicious dessert, and a rose to celebrate your special occasion.

    Such an amazing experience. From booking, to confirmation, the whole process was very professional, courteous and enjoyable. The staff even texted with me prior to our arrival as we were running late. Erick, the pilot was so knowledgeable, professional and down to earth. Made the whole trip so much fun for us. He gave us privacy when we landed on the mountain. I can’t say enough how much he made the trip for us! Answered all of our questions too. If you’re thinking of doing the romantic sunset tour, do it. Money well spent. Go ahead, you deserve it.

  • Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

    6. Los Angeles: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

    The Los Angeles All-Inclusive Pass is the only multi-attraction pass that gets you into over 40 top attractions in the city for one low price. Save up to 45% off retail prices on admission and pay nothing at the gate. In addition, when you buy a 3-, 5- or 7-day pass, you also get a ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. Visit The Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, Aquarium of the Pacific, Dolby Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and many more of the best things to do in L.A., Hollywood, and beyond. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see, and you can take up to 2 weeks from when you first use the pass to use the remaining days on your pass. The free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, how to get there, and even includes the best times to visit. The 3-, 5-, and 7-day All-Inclusive passes also include free admission to Universal Studios Hollywoo...

    I advise people who want to visit L.A to buy this pass. To save time and money. Each can schedule in terms of points of his own interest. The 7 days is better. For more Attractions. Then using it within 2 weeks, which gives to the visitor more time to do a break and doing other personal things. The bad point, the guide does, t tell you how to get there. It would be more helpful if we know where the attraction is. The best way to gather all which are in the same area.

  • Los Angeles: Private Full-Day Tour by SUV

    7. Los Angeles: Private Full-Day Tour by SUV

    Enjoy a flexible sightseeing tour through Los Angeles. After the pick-up at your hotel you will begin the tour through El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Ángeles de Porciuncula – this is the name the natives once gave the city. Experience an exciting and informative tour. Learn about the history of the city as well as the current developments. Visit the famous Hollywood sign up close and see the world-famous film studios. Stroll along the Walk of Fame and learn more about the stars who are listed here. Continue on past the Kodak Theatre, the location where the coveted Oscars is held. Afterwards you will see the Chinese Theatre with the famous hand and footprints. You will then head through West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. There you can admire the famous Viper Room, the Whisky a Go Go, the legendary rock club, and various famous hotels before driving to Beverly Hills and th...

  • From Santa Monica Pier: Malibu Homes of the Stars Tour

    8. From Santa Monica Pier: Malibu Homes of the Stars Tour

    Enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze of Malibu as you cruise along the pristine beaches of the Pacific Ocean, admiring elite beachfront communities with multi million dollar homes. Check in at the Malibu Star Homes booth across from Bubba Gump restaurant on Santa Monica Pier, and drive along the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Your fantastic guide will give you the inside scoop on the homes of your favorite celebrities, including Leonardo Di Caprio, Robert Redford, and Dustin Hoffman. Encounter the heart of California’s famous Malibu Beach surf culture.  Gaze at the sprawling beaches, iconic coastline, and amazing properties that have served as the filming and setting locations of numerous movies and television shows such as “Planet of the Apes,” “Iron Man,” “The Hills,” and “Baywatch.” See the splendor of the Getty Villa— an acclaimed local landmark atop the bluffs that houses one of the ...

    Star line office employee at Santa Monica Pier refused my ticket. She said it take 24 hrs after online booking with GetYourGuide website. But I got confirmation of my booking with you. She said you ( the agent of star line) should not have booked with only 6 hrs of gap between booking time and trip start time. After 30 minutes of my pleading, she allowed us to take the trip.

  • Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

    9. Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

    Try something new on your trip to Los Angeles and ride an electric bicycle around the neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Hop on a colorful Pedego electric bicycle for a relaxing ride in the sunshine, where you can enjoy the mild warm temperatures of Los Angeles. This 3-hour active and fun bicycle ride lets you choose whether to pedal or not, and takes you to places in the city often unreachable by car or bus. From the cushy seat of your cool comfortable Pedego beach cruiser you will ride along Santa Monica’s award-winning beach to the Marion Davies Guesthouse, Under the Santa Monica Pier, and through Venice to the Venice Canals. You will be accompanied by a storytelling guide with interesting facts about the local art, architecture, and history of the area while you soak in the sun, surf, sand, and ocean breezes. The bicycle allows you to choose your own comfort level between pe...

    Incredible bike ride and extremely knowledgeable guide. Definitely check this out if you’re in the city

  • LA: Santa Monica & Venice Beach Bike Adventure

    10. LA: Santa Monica & Venice Beach Bike Adventure

    Discover what makes Santa Monica and Venice Beach such alluring beach destinations by going on a bike ride led by a tour guide. Begin your tour in Santa Monica and start pedaling your way along the iconic Santa Monica beach bike path. Get the chance to see Santa Monica Pier and Palisades Park. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Californian coast. Make your way towards Venice Beach, most recognized as the birthplace of skateboarding. See the famous Venice Canals, the boardwalk, and Muscle Beach. Take in the architecture, sculptures, and West Coast graffiti walls that have become a source of expression for world-renowned street artists. Visit hidden treasures often missed and overlooked as your tour guide provides insightful information about the culture, communities, and history of the area.

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What people are saying about Santa Monica Pier

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,615 reviews

Love this tour. The information provided for the places we were passing was very interesting. Drivers were friendly and professional. I enjoyed a lot listening to the stories during the tour in Hollywood , unfortunately when I changed to the bus that goes to Santa Monica pier we didn’t have one. Nothing to hear for a long ride. Over all I give the tour a 5 starts.

I have traveled much of my adult life. I have done some phenomenal excursions. This is by far one of the top two. The tour guide Peter was very knowledgeable. He made this memorable experience perfect for my daughter and I. Take off and landing was so smooth. If you are on the fence with this one just book it! Well worth the money!

Great experience, great family event. We rode the bus to Santa Monica Pier, got off the bus there and enjoyed the entertainment, got back on the bus and finished the tour

Geoff was our driver and guide. He did an outstanding job and made our day amazing. We truly enjoyed the entire tour. Ken S.

We had and awesome time. Very beautiful highly recommended