As it sometimes does, winter break this year found my family in Southern California looking for things to do in LA. In between goofing around at Universal Studios and meeting up with old friends, we booked a private tour of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood.
Touristy things to do in LA? Hello Hollywood
I turned to the internet, and immediately found the perfect activity for us. Glitterati Tours offers a 3-hour tour called “The Essential Los Angeles” that included all the highlights, plus a few celebrity homes. I briefly hesitated over the price tag ($169/hour for 4-6 people), before pulling out my credit card.
The tour of LA was private, custom, and conducted from a very comfortable SUV with tinted windows. This was kind of fun because people in the big tour buses tried to peer inside at us whenever we passed them. Ha ha ha.
Our tour guide was Jimmy McGill – an LA native, writer, voice actor, and all-around fun guy. Our ride was stocked with snacks and drinks. Our every wish was Jimmy’s command.
Since it’s better to show than tell, here are some of the things we saw on our excellent tour of LA:
Read on for photos of celebrity houses. Also? Snacks.
Read on for the darker side of the tour. And movie props. And an iconic view.
While it’s definitely not cheap, this tour is one of the best things to do in LA. If you decide to see the sights with Glitterati Tours, reserve far ahead and ask for Jimmy. In my opinion, three hours is plenty.