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Our most recommended Los Angeles County Architecture Tours

Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory Guided Tour

1. 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.

Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice Electric Bike Tour

2. Los Angeles: Santa Monica and Venice 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: 2.5-hour Arts District Bike Tour

3. Los Angeles: 2.5-hour Arts District Bike Tour

Get an insider’s view of Los Angeles’ most vibrant downtown neighborhood on a bike tour of the Arts District alongside a local guide. Take all the pictures your phone can hold as street art and murals are the stars here. Explore the warehouse walls that international artists flock to. On this 7-mile, flat ride you'll learn about the history of the neighborhood, future development, and all about the "crews" who claim alley walls with their colorful, multidimensional street art. Visit Hauser and Wirth's museum-caliber gallery and browse works of art in this converted former flour mill. As you stop at fascinating artwork and landmarks your friendly local guide will tell you interesting facts and anecdotes about the city’s past and the people who have lived here. Finally, arrive back at the Grand Central Market. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of the nearest subway station or bus stop. Or feel free to ask them for local recommendations on great places to eat or drink nearby.

Los Angeles: Getty Museum Guided Tour

4. Los Angeles: Getty Museum Guided Tour

Explore one of Los Angeles' top sights with an art historian on a guided tour. Visit the Getty Center Museum and see works by Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci, and Cezanne. Meet your guide outside the Getty Museum and prepare to journey through time. Before you start your tour, let your guide know if you want to focus on a specific art period or want to see the highlights. Stroll through the impressive art collection, from illuminated manuscripts, paintings, drawings, and sculptures, to decorative arts. See paintings from Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. Meander through the museum's six buildings with your guide and enjoy magnificent gardens and a panoramic view of Los Angeles. At each section, stop and hear a "peek behind the canvas" from your guide. Learn how each artist impacted history and discover little-known facts about them. As you pass through the Renaissance paintings, learn why so many nudes are featured and how French kings influenced fashion and furniture. Visit the Dutch Masters and learn why they painted so many dead bugs, wilted flowers, and skulls. After you see the highlights of the permanent collection, head to the Decorative Arts Pavilion. Marvel at historical items belonging to the French Kings and Marie Antoinette before finishing your tour.

Los Angeles: Hollywood Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

5. Los Angeles: Hollywood Spirits Haunted Walking Tour

This Los Angeles ghost tour takes you through 8-12 different sites around the Hollywood Boulevard area, each one bringing the paranormal excitement to a boiling point. As you walk through Hollywood’s golden age on this 1-hour walking tour, you’ll marvel at the famous, oft-photographed buildings on the city’s Walk of Fame, all the while delving in to the ghostly presences that haunt the boulevard to this day. Ambling along the fabled throughway, become enraptured by your guide’s accounts of murder, obsession, and the dark dealings that crack through Hollywood’s glitzy façade. Pass by the TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Pantages, and more. Take an uncompromising look at the ebbs and flows of fortune that underly Los Angeles’ smiling exterior, and the apparitions that assure that time will not be forgotten.

Private Hollywood Sign Adventure Hike

6. Private Hollywood Sign Adventure Hike

After meeting with your English-speaking tour guide at the front entrance of Lake Hollywood Park, your hiking tour will begin. Be sure to have good shoes and a bottle of water for the strenuous adventure hike ahead. Starting in a nondescript neighborhood, you will soon be greeted by the famous Hollywood sign. As you hike through the dirt trails and historic neighborhood of Hollywoodland, the sign will loom larger and larger overhead. Along with many photo opportunities, you will also have a great view of Downtown LA and Griffith Observatory. As you ascend along the road you will crest the mountain, being able to see both Hollywood and Burbank Studios. In Hollywood the stars are immortalized in wet cement, while in Burbank movie stars are immortalized through cherished films. You can learn about the movie making process from your expert guides, before you reach the peak of the mountain and go behind the sign for a unique view of the letters. Only those that endure the hard work and reach the top ever see the Hollywood sign like this. Pack yourself a light lunch and enjoy the views of Lake Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, Downtown LA and on most days, the Pacific Ocean. During this adventure your guide will explain the ecosystem which contained in Griffith Park and the surrounding basin. You can hear the sordid tales of the parks namesake, Griffith J. Griffith, the history of Hollywood itself, and stop to realize that everywhere you can see was once farmland. Remember, your guide will be very knowledgeable, and if you're not sure what to do tomorrow they will be more than happy to suggest things as you make your way back down the hill. Your tour will conclude back where you started at Lake Hollywood Park.

Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory

7. Hollywood Sign Hiking Tour to Griffith Observatory

See iconic locations from your favorite films and television shows on this guided hike that takes you above Los Angeles. Start your tour at Franklin's Cafe and Market in Los Feliz, a neighborhood that’s home to celebrities and hopefuls. On this 2-hour tour you’ll pass the Greek Theater before heading off the paved road and into the LA wilderness. Take a short, steep path that rewards with stunning views of the city in all directions. During the half-hour hike you’ll ascend the equivalent of 12 flights of stairs at a leisurely pace, making frequent stops to admire the views and hear about the history of this place. As you approach the Griffith Observatory, the iconic Hollywood sign will come into view and provide a spectacular backdrop for your photos! The Griffith Observatory is an Art Deco masterpiece that is considered the hood ornament of Los Angeles. After the tour you have the option of entering the building (free of charge) or to take the short hike back with your guide.

Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Minibus Tour

8. Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Minibus Tour

Start in Downtown Los Angeles and discover notable landmarks like The Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Continue through trendy neighborhoods such as Echo Park, Silverlake, and Los Feniz until you reach Griffith Park Observatory. From this ideal viewpoint, admire the views of the iconic Hollywood Sign and the Los Angeles skyline. Next, visit Hollywood Boulevard, where you can place your hands in the handprints of movie stars outside the Chinese Theater. Walk down the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and spot the tiles dedicated to famous pop culture figures. Travel through West Hollywood to see the nightlife hub of the Sunset Strip, before arriving at one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world, Beverly Hills. Take pictures at the iconic Beverly Hills sign and see designer stores where the rich and famous shop along Rodeo Drive. Finally, end your tour with a lunch stop at the Original Farmers Market at The Grove, a historic and popular meeting point among locals and tourists alike. Enjoy food from a diverse range of restaurants and buy memorabilia at one of the many unique shops only found in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles: Private Mustang Celebrity Tour

9. Los Angeles: Private Mustang Celebrity Tour

Have you ever wanted to travel in a convertible Mustang on Beverly Hills' most luxurious streets? Are you curious to know what celebrities' houses and their neighborhoods look like? Have you ever wanted to learn interesting facts about these celebrities? If so, then this is the tour for you. Travel in luxury and comfort as your guide leads you all the way through Los Angeles, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard, and more to explore the most exclusive residential areas in the city. This 2-hour Hollywood VIP tour takes you to the popular places where your favorite celebrities live, work, eat, shop and socialize.

Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

10. Los Angeles, Hollywood, & Beverly Hills Afternoon City Tour

Start with an afternoon pickup from select hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, then travel with your small group through downtown Los Angeles. Get a look at art and culture venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Walt Disney Concert Hall—designed by celebrated architect Frank Gehry. Stop at the Griffith Park Observatory and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Hollywood Sign. Then pause in the center of Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. There you will see Graumann's Chinese Theater with its celebrity handprints and footprints. You will also see the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and the Dolby theater, the permanent home of the Academy Awards. Next, cruise along the Sunset Strip and into Beverly Hills, where your guide will show you the Beverly Hills sign, as well as homes owned by movie stars and other famous folks. Then continue through Beverly Hills and through the trendy Mid Wilshire district and through Koreatown before arriving back in Downtown Los Angeles.

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What people are saying about Los Angeles County

I had a great time on the trip. However I was told to meet at the library at 6:30 am, but the bus came at 8:30. I found someone who was told the same thing. We called her agency who confirmed 8:30. That is something that needs to be corrected in your itinerary.

A great tour around the Santa Monica and Venice area by a knowledgeable tour guide in Barb. A nice, easy going activity to enjoy the entire strip without breaking a sweat. The e-bikes were great too!

Barb was amazing and knowledgeable about local history. I highly recommend!

Great tour. Paul was very knowledgeable about each area of the city.

Excellent tour,guide was friendly and knowledgeable