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Los Angeles: Battleship Iowa Museum Ticket

1. Los Angeles: Battleship Iowa Museum Ticket

Learn about the Battleship of Presidents and see how sailors lived during your visit to the Battleship IOWA Museum. As you walk onboard you'll be greeted on the quarter deck and be given a safety briefing. Appreciate Iowa’s graceful, narrow lifted bow as you look forward up the sloped deck. Stand in front of turret one to get an up-close and personal look at the barrel of a 16-inch 50 caliber Mark 7. Continue a level above the main deck and see inside the captain’s cabin. Learn about president Franklin D. Roosevelt's custom-built bathtub, the first aboard a USN vessel. It was built for his stay on board because of his inability to take showers due to polio. Next, you'll see The 03 level flag bridge. Hear about the history of the ship and how only IOWA’s 03 level conning tower was armored among the four ships of her class. As you move toward the stern on the 05 level you'll get a closer look at the replicas of the 20mm Phalanx CIWS guns. Continue along the tour route, which will lead you down to a narrow deck behind one of the 5-inch gun mounts. Take a moment to walk around the large fantail when you reach the main deck. The self-guided tour includes free use of the award-winning mobile app and the Vicky the Dog scavenger hunt. This application contains a great deal of information that will enhance your experience.

Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Admission Ticket

2. Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Admission Ticket

Explore one of the largest vintage car collections in the world. See a vast array of over 100 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles displayed over three floors and 25 galleries. Admire the artistry and extravagance of iconic vehicles while learning about the engineering behind them. Marvel at Italian Maseratis and Japanese “supercars.” Discover interactive exhibits which will entertain the whole family. Visit the Cars Mechanical Institute inspired by the animated film. Watch as your favorite cars characters explain how the mechanical systems that make cars work. Paint and personalize virtual cars. Race and color your own Cars character to take home. Kids can zoom toy cars around a racetrack. Get behind the wheel of a virtual race car with the Forza Motorsports Experience. Choose one of 8 curated experiences and feel what it’s like to burn rubber on the racetrack.

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

3. Los Angeles: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover the top sights in Los Angles with a hop-on hop-off open-top double-decker bus tour. Choose a 24 or 48-hour ticket. Or upgrade your experience to the Deluxe 2-day Tour with the TCL Chinese Theatre Walking Tour, and the Celebrity Homes and Lifestyle Tour.  Climb aboard the double-decker bus for unique views of sights like the world-famous Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, and Beverly Hills. Your journey will be packed with fun and engaging stories with a fully-narrated audio tour. Stop at locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at the Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Stay comfortable with air-conditioning on the lower deck and recorded commentary available in 9 languages. Location Highlights Include: Big Bus Visitor Center Hollywood TCL Chinese Theatre Guitar Center “Rock Walk” The Comedy Store Whisky A Go Go Beverly Gardens Park Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive Beverly Center LACMA La Brea Tarpits Farmers Market The Grove Melrose Shopping Paramount Studios 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica Pier

Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

4. Santa Catalina Island: Nautilus Semi-Submarine Cruise

Join the captain and crew and set off on a 45-minute exploratory mission through Lover's Cove, a State Marine Conservation Area sanctuary. Traverse amazing undersea gardens and ocean habitats in a semi-submersible vessel designed after America's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, on a trip that is both educational and entertaining. Let your imagination descend into the depths of the ocean as you explore the magic and wonder of undersea life on the Nautilus. Venture into the ocean and through the kelp forest in a state-of-the-art vessel. Learn about what you see with the crew and research team, and let them entertain you with their stories. As you learn and explore, interact with the fish through a specially designed feeding system. Launch fish food torpedoes right from your seat (at an additional cost) and instigate feeding frenzies right outside your personal porthole.

Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

5. 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 pedaling with 6 gears, using the electric motor power which puts the power completely in your control, or both. All bikes are equipped with state of the art disc brakes. The lithium power assist will ensure that you are never far behind. This 3-hour tour operates daily and is designed for bicycle riders aged 14 years and up who appreciate the joy of riding a bicycle with a surprisingly fun added option.

Los Angeles: Big Bus Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour

6. Los Angeles: Big Bus Celebrity Homes & Lifestyle Tour

Get a taste of the celebrity lifestyle as you pass iconic sites in and out of Hollywood. Visit the latest hotspots and get a glimpse into where famous movie stars and musicians live and play. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know who you might encounter while cruising in style aboard LA's only fully air-conditioned, retractable glass-topped Mercedes sprinter. First-class guides are ready to make you feel like a VIP. Start your adventure in Hollywood and pass iconic landmarks such as Hollywood & Highlands and the Hollywood United Methodist Church, where "Sister Act" was filmed. Make your way to the Santa Monica mountains and legendary Hollywood Hills. See where the likes of Halle Berry, Quentin Tarantino, Justin Timberlake, and Billy Idol all call home. Stop at an overlook above the Hollywood Bowl where you'll have a chance to snap pictures of downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign, and Griffith Observatory. Then make your way to Mulholland Drive for a photo stop at Universal Overlook. Snag an amazing photo of the San Fernando Valley and the Universal and Warner Brothers Studios. Continue on Mulholland Drive and see Laurel Canyon, home to many LA rock stars. After, enter Beverly Hills and see the neighborhood of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. Make your way onto Sunset Blvd and pass the Beverly Hills Hotel, one of the world’s best-known hotels. Then head to Rodeo Drive, an upscale shopping area which has been shown in numerous TV shows and movies such as "Pretty Woman," "Clueless," and "Beverly Hills Cop." Continue your Los Angeles adventure on Sunset Blvd and the famous Sunset Strip. Make your way back to Hollywood Blvd to catch a glimpse of the Roosevelt Hotel and stop for a quick photo at Yamishiro. On your way back, see the opulent Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre.

Los Angeles: Best of LA Bus Tour

7. Los Angeles: Best of LA Bus Tour

Take in LA's top attractions on a guided bus tour. See the sights you want on a customized tour with plenty of photo opportunities. Take in Hollywood, Paramount Studios, the Greek Theatre, and more. Stop at Santa Monica Pier and Beach, the Original Farmers Market, and the Griffith Observatory. Meet your guide on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Climb aboard the bus and head straight to Santa Monica. On the drive, listen to entertaining stories and take in Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive. See views of the affluent Bel-Air neighborhood and the Getty. Next, stop at Santa Monica Pier and Beach for an hour to explore the famous boardwalk, shop along the 3rd Street Promenade, and see why Southern California is famous for its beaches. Head back to the bus to take in Culver City and Museum Row. Get insider tips on the best restaurants and museums. Then, stop for an hour's lunch break at the Grove/the Original Famers Market, known for some of LA's best dining and shopping. Once sated, climb aboard the bus to be taken to your last stop. On the way, see the sights of Fairfax, Melrose, Paramount Studios, the Greek Theatre, and Griffith Park. Stop at the Griffith Observatory for an hour, where you can take in sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. Take photos of the Hollywood Sign from the best angle. As you head back to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to end your tour, see the Capitol Records Building and explore more of Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles: The 420 Experience Cannabis Tour

8. Los Angeles: The 420 Experience Cannabis Tour

The 420 Cannabis Experience begins at Universal Studios Hollywood, near the Burbank studio tour. After meeting your group and presenting your passports, you'll climb aboard your comfortable chartered bus. Meet the knowledgeable guide who will give you the insider's perspective on the booming legal cannabis industry in California. Although each trip caters to the personality and vibe of each group, there are a few constants expected from every tour: Visit a High-End Dispensary Start your tour with a visit to MMD, a favorite of locals for its wide variety of cannabis products. Whether you're looking for edibles, flower, dabs/wax, concentrates, CBD or any other type of cannabis, you can rest assured that MMD has what you’re looking for. Enjoy a special 10% off your entire purchase in addition to a 50% tax break from the dispensary’s owner. Experience one of SoCal’s only licensed Cannabis Grow facilities Swing by a grow house famous for creating an iconic cannabis strain known as Skywalker OG. Here, you can get up close and personal with the cultivation process to learn firsthand how cannabis is grown for sale and consumption. Be prepared to come with questions for the master grower who oversees the entire production. Witness an AMG Glass Blowing Demo Ever wonder how luxury water pipes, rigs, and other glass paraphernalia are made? The demonstration at AMG (American Made Glass) will put you front and center of all the action. Shop and Smoke in Style Your last stop on the tour will be The System, the factory warehouse for AMG where you'll receive a generous and exclusive 50% off all items made in-house. This stop also includes a perfect bake session, where you can enjoy any products bought at the dispensary or anything you’ve brought along, and build up some munchies. This tour is the perfect afternoon for both the experienced cannabis aficionado looking to explore the best of what Los Angeles has to offer and the curious out-of-town visitor looking for a unique California experience alike. Enjoy LA's most professional cannabis tour offered by true insiders eager to share their local knowledge of this booming industry.

Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

9. Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

Explore LA’s top attractions with the Los Angeles Explorer Pass and get up to 45% off compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 activities from a list of over 30 attractions and tours. And with 60 days to use your pass, you'll have plenty of time to discover the City of Angels. You can go behind the scenes with a Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood tour, hop on and off a big bus tour around LA, take a selfie with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, or go hiking in the Hollywood Hills. Your pass is fully digital. Simply print it at home or display it on your smartphone and show it at each attraction for free admission. You will also receive a digital guide to help plan your itinerary ahead. See the following list of attractions, tours, and activities you can enjoy with your pass (any activity indicated with an "R" means advanced registration is necessary): Popular Attractions • Big Bus LA 1-day Classic Ticket • Warner Bros. Studio Tour (R) • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Hollywood Sign Tour (R) • TCL Chinese Theatre - Tour or Movie and a drink Tours and Cruises • Dolby Theatre Guided Tour - Home of the Academy Awards (R) • Celebrity Bike Tour (Guided or Self-Guided) by Bikes & Hikes LA (R) • Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour (R) • Downtown LA Food and Culture Tour (R) • Perry's Beach Café and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Whale Watch (Long Beach) (R) • Whale Watch (San Pedro) (R) • Harbor Cruise (Long Beach) • Harbor Cruise (San Pedro) • SoFi Stadium Tour (R) • Night Star Tour (R) Museums and Landmarks • California Science Center IMAX Movie • Aquarium of the Pacific (R) • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum • Grammy Museum (R) • Battleship IOWA Museum • LA Zoo • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Leisure and Entertainment• Yoga on the Beach - Huntington Beach (R) • 2-hr Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak Rental - Huntington Beach • $30 Credit at Sixty Four & Hope Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

10. Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

Discover the latest findings in astronomy and space exploration, hear about meteors and comets, and follow a curated journey through space and time on this small-group guided tour. Enter the Keck Central Rotunda, enjoy the beautiful Hugo Ballin Murals here, and spot the elegant Foucault Pendulum which shows the Earth's rotation. Investigate the interaction between science and mythology. Learn everything from science and history to architecture and movie trivia with your guide. Explore the moon landing and space debris in the Edge of Space exhibition. Walk around a spectacular scale model of the solar system outside and appreciate the beautiful vista from the terraces looking over Los Angeles Griffith Park, Mt. Wilson, the Pacific Ocean, and the impressive Hollywood sign. Choose to add a show in the world-famous planetarium theater. Experience a 40-minute immersive show with live narration that is truly out of this world.

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I booked this tour as a birthday present for my boyfriend. We had such a fun time. I highly recommend. Although the listing says that this tour could be with up to 6 people, we were the only 2 people on our tour with two surf instructors/organizers. They picked us up at our Airbnb and drove us out to a couple view points along the Malibu coast, including a walk out on the Malibu pier where we were able to grab a coffee. Since we are very much beginners, we headed to a quieter surf spot farther up the coast where the hosts gave us some surf tips and gave us wetsuits and surfboards. We had about 2 hours of surfing before lunch (hot dogs, chips, soda/water). They kindly were even able to accommodate my dietary restrictions (gluten free) and also had vegetarian options if needed. We were able to shower off at the beach and then headed back to our Airbnb in Venice. It was such a unique experience (we loved the van) and we had so much fun!

Our guide Austin was so friendly, knowledgeable and interesting. His tour was fun as well as informative. We had a small group which made it even better as we were able to ask lots of questions as we toured. Definitely recommend this your of you're looking for something different to do on an evening in Hollywood! Thankfully we didn't actually see any Ghosts on the tour!

Our guide, Jeff, was great! Full of fun stories and great advice! 5 hours went by fast! Would do another tour with him again!

Chad was great and funny!! Definitely got some cardio in during our trip it was worth it!

Comfortable ride and our tour guide was amazing, Gary with great sense of humour.