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Los Angeles Grows Tall 800 523 admin

Los Angeles Grows Tall

Construction Cranes Catch the Eyes of Our Private Tour Our little city on the sea, Los Angeles, is growing.  Taller it seems.  Where once the U.S. Bank Building was the tallest building west of the Mississippi now there is the Wilshire Grand Center tower just a skosh taller.  From Mulholland Drive behind the Hollywood Bowl looking…

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More Art in Downtown Los Angeles 800 523 admin

More Art in Downtown Los Angeles

We Show Our Private Tour Around the Edge of Downtown Los Angeles Adaptive Reuse – that is a common expression and term of business art we discuss when we are in downtown Los Angeles on a private tour and sightseeing in the urban core.  This means that old buildings, beautiful and historic, instead of being demolished and…

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Union Station in Los Angeles is Always Open 800 523 admin

Union Station in Los Angeles is Always Open

Sometimes our Private Tour Guests Arrive by Train A number of long distance passenger trains arrive and depart from downtown Los Angeles at Union Station.  The monumental Spanish-style architecture rises up in walking distance to the birthplace of Los Angeles on Olvera Street.  The Mexican restaurants and outdoor shopping bazaar are a wonderful place to…

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Los Angeles City Hall – Tower of Power 150 150 admin

Los Angeles City Hall – Tower of Power

The City Hall Building in Downtown Los Angeles Familiar to Our Private Tour Guests Downtown Los Angeles (we refer to it as DTLA) has been undergoing a significant metamorphosis in recent years as most cities do in their lifetimes.  A cycle of boom growth is followed by stasis and then dereliction before a new period…

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Float on over to the Zep Diner in Los Angeles 150 150 admin

Float on over to the Zep Diner in Los Angeles

We Find Fun Diners for Our Private Tour Sadly, the Zep Diner is no more.  Gone along with America’s fascination with dirigibles and blimps.  With the exception of the Goodyear blimp moored in Carson just south of Los Angeles and the regular visits of several other television camera-equipped, sporting event covering floating airships, our skies…

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The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles 150 150 admin

The Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

This Unusual View is Usual for Our Private Tour When you take a private Los Angeles tour with us you are the only people we are guiding.  Private means private.  And custom.  And luxury.  That means we can park our vehicle wherever it is convenient and we can walk wherever we want to or need…

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Rhapsody in Blue – Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles 800 534 admin

Rhapsody in Blue – Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

We Walk Our Private Tour Around the Disney Concert Hall Perfectly reflected sound is the result of the acoustic engineering of Yasuhisa Toyota inside the Disney Concert Hall.  Perfectly reflected light is what Frank Gehry wanted with his architectural design for this auditorium in downtown Los Angeles.  A collection of perfectly arranged shapes with varying…

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No Terror in the Hollywood Tower 150 150 admin

No Terror in the Hollywood Tower

Disneyland Attraction Originates Here on a Los Angeles Tour This 1929 Normandy-style apartment building possesses a properly functioning elevator to travel its seven stories and is not known for its apparations, spirits, ghosts or portals to other dimensions.  It is simply a comfortable building overlooking the Hollywood Freeway that somehow inspired the Disneyland imagineers when…

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The Stahl House – Popular on our Los Angeles Architecture Tour 150 150 admin

The Stahl House – Popular on our Los Angeles Architecture Tour

Los Angeles Tour Guests Interested in Art and Design Get an Eyeful Here Twenty of the Arts & Architecture Magazine Case Study Houses are in the immediate Los Angeles area.  These homes were built between 1945 and 1966 and include some of the most notable stuctures in American architecture.  One of them (above) is the…

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Where to Get Donuts in Los Angeles 150 150 admin

Where to Get Donuts in Los Angeles

Leaving LAX on a Private Tour to Get Fresh Donuts Visible from the 405 Freeway, city streets and during the approach when landing at Los Angeles International Airport, the giant donut atop Randy’s Donuts is a Los Angeles icon.  Since 1953 the hole has marked the spot where folks come by for some doughy refreshment…

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