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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: Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

2. 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

Los Angeles: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

3. Los Angeles: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Explore the greater Los Angeles area with this hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Listen to the narrated tour 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 tour loops, or combine them and experience the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour. Start from the Starline kiosk or at any of the stops on the list. 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 Santa Monica Tour, enjoying stops along the way including Fox Studios, the 3rd Street Promenade, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. Take a solar-powered Ferris wheel ride at the historic Santa Monica Pier, walk or bike along the marvelous Pacific coast, and enjoy the heaven of shops, restaurants, and attractions at 3rd Street promenade.

Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off & Celebrity Homes Tour

4. Hollywood: Hop-On Hop-Off & Celebrity Homes Tour

Starline’s Hollywood tour has been around since 1935, and with over 80 years experience, LA’s most entertaining tour guides will take you on a trip like no other. Travel to Hollywood’s legendary landmarks and see first-hand where the celebrities work, play, live and create memories. Our professional guides spot more celebrities, see more homes and have more unique stories than anyone else. Our intimate, small, open-top vehicles allow you to see the sights in the upmost comfort. On top of our celebrity tour, your Hop-On Hop-Off double decker bus pass is your key to the city, delivering incredible adventure and great value for money. We offer two types of Hop-On Hop-Off bus passes, including 24 hour and 48 hour timeframes. It's an ideal way for first time visitors to get to know Los Angeles. If you’re a returning visitor, you can also take advantage of this tour to explore the city from a new perspective, at your leisure and convenience.

Malibu: Vintage VW Private Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

5. Malibu: Vintage VW Private Sightseeing Tour and Wine Tasting

Join a private sightseeing tour of Malibu with a wine tasting bonus and discover it all in a 1972 vintage VW van with hippie vibes both inside and out. Visit Point Dume and other photo-worthy spots along the way. Start your trip by meeting with your tour guide at the Santa Monica Pier, where you'll be able to take cool photos with the van, jump in, and head towards Malibu. Drive along the picturesque coastline towards the north end of the town where the celebrity homes and secluded beaches are located. Stop at a few viewpoints where everyone will be able to take pictures with the van and Malibu landscapes. On the way, visit Point Dume with its breathtaking views of the cliffs and the ocean. After spending some time there, stop at the famous Malibu Pier to take a walk and capture these moments with your phone or camera. From here, take advantage of uninterrupted views of the Santa Monica Mountains. It is always fun to watch the many surfers riding the breaks of Surfrider Beach. The tour ends at the Rosenthal wine tasting room where you will be offered a flight of four different local wines, along with a cheese, salami, and cracker plate.

Hollywood: Celebrity Homes Self-Guided Driving Tour

6. Hollywood: Celebrity Homes Self-Guided Driving Tour

Visit your favorite celebrity homes and hear about their famous occupants on this self-guided driving tour around the Hollywood, Los Angeles, area. From the classic stars of yesterday to the mega-stars of today, get the inside scoop on all your favorite celebrities. See the staggering mansion where Jay Z and Beyonce live. Hear about the “nicest guy in Hollywood” and scandals galore. Tour the astonishing neighborhoods of Hollywood Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, the Sunset Strip, and more. Add to your tour by visiting the Hollywood sign to panoramic views of Los Angeles. As an added perk, this tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Choose from a list of famous figures, then let the GPS guide you to their houses and hear all about them once you arrive. Celebrities to choose from include: • Zac Efron • Bob Barker • Cameron Diaz • Johnny Depp • Matthew Perry • Avicci • Keanu Reeves • Leonardo DiCaprio • Halle Berry • Simon Cowell • Michael Jackson • Marilyn Monroe • Adam Sandler • Meg Ryan • Jennifer Aniston • Salma Hayek • Jay Z & Beyonce • David Beckham • Sharon Stone • Ryan Seacrest • Carrie Fisher • Elton John • John Legend • Rod Stewart • Eddie Murphy • Calvin Harris • John Mayer • Paris Hilton • Jack Nicholson • Jennifer Lawrence • Gwen Stefani • Will Ferrell • Justin Timberlake • Robert Pattinson • Quentin Tarantino • Katy Perry • Charlize Theron • Bruno Mars

From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

7. From San Francisco: Highway 1 Self-Drive Audio Tour

Hop in your car and enjoy this self-guided audio tour along the Pacific Coast Highway. Start in San Francisco or LA, and simply follow the GPS guide to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal road in the world. Take your time driving through Monterey Bay, artsy Carmel and more. Your virtual audio guide will share interesting facts and insights as you drive. Admire views of rocky headlands, jewel-like coves, waterfalls and the famous bridges of Big Sur as you explore California’s coastal highlights. Your downloaded guide will give you plenty of opportunities to pull off the road and explore local beaches, wildlife and towns on foot. Wander through San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Ventura & Malibu before wrapping up the tour in Los Angeles. You will receive an email with the audio tour app link and a unique password from the local supplier within 1 hour of booking. Once the app is downloaded, take the tour whenever you would like. Just head to stop number 1 and begin exploring.

Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

8. Los Angeles: Self-Guided Tour of Iconic Filming Locations

With an app that functions as your guide, audio tour, and map all in one, this self-guided driving tour of Los Angeles Filming Locations is flexible and customizable. Choose which spots you want to see most and go right to them. To get started, simply download the app, then follow the audio instructions and route. As an added perk, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots of interior rooms. Visit the site where Joe Mantell uttered the famous words “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown” in Roman Polanski’s all-time classic, “Chinatown,” and take in some striking scenery while you’re there. See a courthouse from “The Dark Knight Rises,” a police station from “Blade Runner,” and a bank from “Catch Me if You Can," all the same building: Union Station. If old-timey sci-fi is more your speed, check out the Los Angeles City Hall, featured in “War of the Worlds” and “The Adventures of Superman.” Take some time to check out the Bradbury Building, where the climactic final showdown takes place in “Blade Runner.” Discover some surprising facts about that famous scene. Banks tend not to fare too well in Hollywood, and this couldn’t be truer of the next stop, where Doc Oc wreaked havoc in “Spiderman 2” and Jim Carrey was robbed in “The Mask.” If you’re into surrealism, you’ll find it at the Palace Theater, which doubled as the mysterious Club Silencio in David Lynch’s mind-bending “Mulholland Drive.” Fans of the supernatural can’t miss the Cicada Club, the setting of one season of “American Horror Story.” Stop at Millennium Biltmore, where the ghostbusters catch their first ghost (and break a few things in the process). If you’ve ever wondered how Hollywood gets away with all its destruction, you’ll get a glimpse of that here. Travelers needing a meal break can dine like Denzel at the Pacific Dining Car, where Denzel Washington’s character takes Ethan Hawke for a meal in the cop thriller “Training Day.” Those with a bad case of nostalgia will definitely want to stop by Echo Park Lake, home to none other than the lagoon from “Gilligan’s Island.” For the contemporary film-lover, this park is also home of Dom’s house in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Take a step back in time at the Music Box Steps, where Laurel and Hardy performed one of their most iconic bits. Head to The Virgil for a more contemporary musical landmark. This was where Lady Gaga first performed in “A Star Is Born.” Most high schools never see a serious film crew, but it’s part of the culture at John Marshall High School, which has served as a set for everything from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Finally, pay a picturesque visit to Griffith Observatory. This observatory wasn’t just a filming site for movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” and “La La Land,” it also offers the best views of Los Angeles anyone could ask for. Finish off your tour by getting close to the famous Hollywood sign and seeing the whole city sparkling below.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

9. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

Los Angeles: Lost Souls of Hollywood Smartphone Ghost Tour

10. Los Angeles: Lost Souls of Hollywood Smartphone Ghost Tour

Listen to a group of three podcasters turned ghostly tour guides through your smartphone. Covering 15 points of interest on a 1.5-mile tour, you'll visit a number of famous locations and hear about the history behind Hollywood Blvd's haunted locations and lost souls. Haunted highlights include the Knickerbocker, Hollywood Pacific and Pantages Theatres, Boardner's by La Belle, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Hear about the famous ghostly inhabitants of the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, Hudson Hollywood Apartments, and the Vogue Theatre. Some great museums you may want to check out along the way, with undead visitors in attendance, are Madame Tussauds Hollywood and the Hollywood Wax Museum. Live GPS map shows where you are and where to go next. As you get close, tour guide commentary will automatically play. The activity also comes with a fun location-based trivia game. After the commentary plays, look at your device and tap your guess at the answer. Get all the best out of a guided tour but without the big crowds and tight schedules. Enjoy anytime, not just on your booking date. Stop and start anywhere along the route.

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We had an amazing time going above and below decks, seeing the big guns (from the outside), a number of the 2000+ lb 16.5 inch rounds, the bridge, the 1980s modernizations (including a cruise missle), plus getting to see the kitchen, the captain's in-port quarters, and much more. Good descriptions along the way, and the below decks mess & museum were unexpected surprises. It made for a great half-day.

A good way to get around Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and surrounding areas. The recorded commentary provides interesting facts about some of the sights along the way. The separate tour of the homes of the stars climbs into the Hollywood Hills for some good views. The app allows you to find out when the next bus is due to arrive at your stop.

This was perfect for us! We only had a few hours to explore LA, so we didn’t even hop off the bus at all. We just stayed on for a full two hour guided tour. We learned so much that we never would have learned had we just tried to do it on our own!

Loved it! Great way to discover highlights around LA. The staff were friendly and helpful The bus drivers were not particularly personable but we really didn’t have to deal with them because it’s an audio tour

The experience was amazing and the people are so knowledgeable and friendly it’s very educational I totally recommend it