2018 Best Local Tours of Los Angeles by Expertise
We never started giving the best tours of Los Angeles for the accolades. Our main gratification is the feedback we receive from our guests telling us that they had an amazing #dayinla. But it doesn’t hurt when others recognize it too! On that note, thanks to Expertise for awarding us the Best Local Tour of Los Angeles 2018!
Expertise uses a 5 element test to determine the best of the best: (1) Reputation, (2) Credibility, (3) Experience, (4) Availability, and (5) Professionalism. Based on those criteria, they hand select the best in the biz. Here’s what they have to say:
“A small Los Angeles-based company built by travelers, A Day in LA Tours focuses on bringing 100 percent customer satisfaction. Founded in 2011, their famous buses and excellent guides also focus on keeping each guest entertained throughout the day while also seeing the most notable sights in Los Angeles. They offer public and private tours that cruise through to see famous sights including the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and more.”
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Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills
Rodeo Drive is the world famous 2-mile stretch of road that is known for its high-end retail shops that are frequented by the rich and famous. The area was developed in 1906 and plots of land were being sold by 1907 for ~$1,000 per parcel. While the area gradually became more popular over the proceeding years, it did not become the iconic symbol of wealth it is today until the 1960s.
In 1967, Fred Hayman – called the “father of Rodeo Drive” – opened Giorgio Beverly Hills. Shortly thereafter, Aldo Gucci opened his west coast location on Rodeo. By the early 1970s, Rodeo Drive had been transformed into the international center of glamour in Los Angeles.
The image of Rodeo Drive as the shopping street for celebrities and the rich and famous was spread in part by advertising campaigns by the Rodeo Drive Committee and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. By the early 1980s, the City of Beverly Hills stated that the street accounted for 25% of its sales tax revenues.
In 2015, Chanel purchased the building it had been leasing on Rodeo for a record breaking $152 million – over $13,000 sq/ft. Chanel also owns the building located next door giving them the largest footprint on the street. But records are made to be broken and it was surpassed less than a year later when Bijan purchased their property for $122 million – a staggering $19,000 sq/ft!
If you want to experience the best of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles, make sure to join us on our world famous tour of Los Angeles!
Griffith Park and Observatory
While well known by locals, Griffith Park is not always high on the list of tourists visiting Los Angeles. But it should be! High above the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, the park offers a relatively quiet respite from the chaos below. It also provides the opportunity for the best views of the city and an excellent shot of the Hollywood sign. Griffith Park is a uniquely Los Angeles icon where you can not just see, but experience, the diversity of topography and landscape that makes LA so unique among major world cities. Join us on the best tour of Los Angeles and see why Griffith Park is one of our favorite stops!
The park is named after Griffith J. Griffith (seriously!). He donated the original 3,000 acres to the city in 1896 which eventually would grow to encompass 4,300 acres, making it one of the largest public parks in North America. On the grounds, Griffith built an amphitheater (now known as the Greek) and the Observatory. From 1912 to 1966 it was also home to the Griffith Zoo – the remnants of which can still be found in the park.
The Griffith Observatory sits atop Mount Hollywood looking down on the city and the sprawl below. Opening to the public in 1935, the Observatory quickly became an LA landmark. It was also the backdrop for numerous famous movies, including The Terminator, The Rocketeer, and of course La La Land. But the Observatory was built for scientific and educational purposes. Mr. Griffith specified that the building would be open to the public free of charge and that it would serve to educate the citizens of Los Angeles and any visitors from around the world. That remains the case today.