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LA: Aquarium of the Pacific Skip-the-Line Entry

1. LA: Aquarium of the Pacific Skip-the-Line Entry

Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Los Angeles. Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line access so you don't waste your day waiting in the long ticket booth line. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch the Magellanic penguins. Discover Pacific Visions where you explore underwater realms and future possibilities. The centerpiece, Honda Pacific Visions Theater, features an 8-minute film with multisensory effects. The massive 180-degree curved screen and floor projection disc encompass the viewers’ full range of vision, creating a uniquely immersive experience. The theater experience is included in admission. Come visit our newest exhibition: Babies! Meet the newest members of the Aquarium family and discover how they hold the key to our future. From rescued sea otters, mesmerizing little cuttlefish, and miniature sea jellies to tiny translucent fish and a young desert tortoise, experience the heart-warming joy of baby animals while learning their fascinating behavior and biology, how we care for them, threats to their survival, and what their future means for their species and our ocean planet. Also learn about the many endangered local animals that the Aquarium is helping to save, including frogs, abalone, giant sea bass, green sea turtles, and more. Open Now! Join us as we feature new arrivals and the latest births. Babies hold the future for all species. There is always something going on at the Aquarium of the Pacific! Check out these upcoming festivals included with general admission: Moompetam: Native American FestivalSeptember 17-18, 2022In celebration of local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighteenth annual Moompetam Festival. This celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating California’s indigenous maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. Baja Splash Cultural FestivalSeptember 24-25, 2022The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its twenty-first annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival in celebration of cultures from México, Central and South America, and beyond. The event features traditional dance, live music, educational programming in English and Spanish, and booths. The festival takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Southeast Asia DayOctober 1, 2022The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate its eighteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. The festival’s program will highlight the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia. Guests will enjoy live performances, including music, dance, and cultural craft demonstrations. Children will have the opportunity to partake in arts and crafts. Scarium of the PacificOctober 29-30, 2022Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s twenty-third annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, creepy coloring contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, and kooky crafts, and eerie animals in the Great Hall.

Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

2. Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Embark on a whale-watching adventure off Newport Beach, CA and look out for a variety of whales, including humpback whales and blue whales. Observe marine life in the wild and admire the Newport-Laguna coastline. On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.

Marina del Rey: Luxury Boat Cruise with Wine & Cheese

3. Marina del Rey: Luxury Boat Cruise with Wine & Cheese

Enjoy wine and charcuterie board with a selection of meat, cheeses, and fruit while cruising in a fully electric Duffy boat along Los Angeles' largest marina. Start from the dock where the boat is parked and make your way towards the main channel of beautiful Marina del Rey, a charming coastal community with yachts, beaches, and cycle paths. Keep your eyes peeled for sea lions and bird species as you explore the surroundings. Get a closer look at the boathouses and luxury yachts parked along the way. Relax with a glass of wine while relishing the tranquil water and connecting with nature.

Los Angeles: The Official Hollywood Sign Hike

4. Los Angeles: The Official Hollywood Sign Hike

Hike to the Hollywood Sign and go directly below the world’s most famous sign for the ultimate photo shoot on this LA sightseeing tour. Stage the perfect Hollywood sign photos and immerse yourself in the best views of Los Angeles. Meet your guide and embark on the official Hollywood Sign hike, that is perfect for those looking for exercise, sunshine, LA history, celebrity sightings, and incredible memories to last a lifetime. Follow your guide around the Hollywood sign, as you learn about the world-renowned film industry. Allow your guide to help you stage stunning photos for Instagram and get a bird's eye view of the studios of Warner Bros, Disney, and Universal. Keep your eyes peeled for top LA filming locations in Griffith Park, the backdrop for such classics as 'Rebel Without a Cause,' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' 'La La Land,' 'Batman,' 'Back to the Future,' 'Terminator,' and Adele’s recent comeback concert. Catch a glimpse of the Forest Lawn Mausoleum, the final resting place for top Hollywood celebrities. Hear Hollywood History and Tinsel Town trivia on a safe and exciting climb. Cap off your tour by going behind the Hollywood Sign. Arrive at a viewpoint overlooking Los Angeles. Once you’ve taken photos behind the world-famous Hollywood Sign and admired the stunning views of Hollywood Reservoir and Los Angeles, walk down to conclude your tour.

Los Angeles: 2-Hour Hollywood Trail Horseback Riding Tour

5. Los Angeles: 2-Hour Hollywood Trail Horseback Riding Tour

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors on a 2-hour horseback riding tour with an expert guide. Ride through the top of Griffith Park with 360 views of all of Los Angeles. Meet your tour guide and group at Sunset Ranch conveniently located just minutes from Hollywood Blvd and the world-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mingle with the beautiful horses and get ready to start on a tour that’s sure to provide you with memorable views of Los Angeles. Go at a leisurely pace with your group and tour guide through the 5,000-acre park in the heart of Los Angeles. Along the way, witness the beauty of this famous city as you gaze at the remarkable Hollywood sign, the magnificent Griffith Observatory, and panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy this relaxing horseback riding tour as you continue to navigate the Griffith Park hills. Leave with a suite of special memories, knowing you experienced LA in a unique way.

Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

6. Beverly Hills and Hollywood: Helicopter Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour in a private helicopter over Beverly Hills and Hollywood. On this tour, you'll get an intimate look into the lives of celebrities, while listening to true stories from your friendly pilot. Begin your tour at the world-class Burbank Airport, a stone's throw from Universal and Warner Bros Studios. All guests are asked to arrive at least thirty minutes before the start of their tour in order to check-in with the flight team and get situated for their exclusive sightseeing experience. Lift off from the ground and soar through the air as you climb over the Hollywood Hills and across the LA basin. As you pass over Universal Studios, you might just make out the small crowds lined up for butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or see the gentle smoke rising from the stunt shows and animal experiences. Your tour will pass right by the iconic Hollywood Sign, offering you an opportunity to snap a photo (or a selfie if you're quick) from a vantage point view that few others get to see. From there, it's over Mulholland Drive and around Laurel Canyon, an exclusive, historical enclave once home to some of the greatest names in the music industry. Pass over Beverly Hills and the ultra-wealthy Bel-Air, and see the $90-million dollar mansion purchased by Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2017. Every seat is the best seat on a tour that includes noise-canceling headphones that allow you to listen along to your pilot's running commentary as you whirl through the air on this exclusive celebrity helicopter adventure. For an additional fee, you can book out the tour as private or include the sunset option to add a world-class sunset to the already incredible experience.

Los Angeles: 30-Minute Tandem Paragliding Experience

7. Los Angeles: 30-Minute Tandem Paragliding Experience

Paraglide for up to 30 minutes with an instructor on this paragliding flight from Malibu. Fly confidently with top-of-the-line safety gear that is maintained to the highest safety standards. Soar over sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean.  Meet your guide and get set up with your equipment. Listen to a safety briefing before taking off with your instructor. Take off from the beach or the 3,000-foot mountain top. This involves running a few steps, usually under 20. Admire breathtaking views and keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, rays, sharks, deer, mountain lions, hawks, and vultures. Ride thermals with hawks and vultures and experience the thrill of spiraling down over the Pacific Ocean.  Make an easy landing by stretching your legs and leaning forward as you touch down on the soft sandy beach. The tandem paragliding flight is very gentle but adventurous. 

California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

8. California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

Discover the most iconic highlights of California, as well as some lesser-known gems, on this 3-day tour from Los Angeles. Drive the renowned 17 Mile Drive, explore Santa Barbara, and visit Yosemite Valley National Park or Hearst Castle. Enjoy 2 nights of accommodation and a bay cruise in San Fransisco included. Day 1: Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – 17 Mile Drive – Carmel Summer RouteDepart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. See the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Visit the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach your hotel at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Winter RouteDepart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Stop at the heart of downtown at the “state street promenade” and stroll through the exclusive shops and restaurants. Continue to Santa Barbara beaches and Stearns wharf to “walk on the water” and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean. Finish your visit at the Spanish Mission Santa Barbara and continue to Solvang, “the Danish capital of America” a quaint Danish community at the heart of California. After your lunch break, head north through Silicon Valley before departing to reach your hotel at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport. Day 2: San Fransisco – Bay Cruise – Golden Gate Bridge – ChinatownSummer RouteStart your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. Enjoy great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Next, return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight in Modesto. Winter RouteStart your tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay. Enjoy great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. Then return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown, and Nob Hill. Stay overnight at the Springhill Suites Oakland Airport. Day 3: San Fransisco – Yosemite – Los Angeles Summer RouteHead east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. See the highest waterfalls in North America, Yosemite Falls. Then head back to Los Angeles in the evening. Winter RouteStart the day with a visit to Monterey including the wharf and Cannery Row. Continue your tour of the beautiful California Coast with a visit to the town of Carmel-by-the-sea. Then head south to the world-famous Route #1 where you'll see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full-size coaches will travel the 17-mile drive exclusively). Then drive back to return to Los Angeles.

Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

9. Marina Del Rey: Kayak and Paddleboard Tour with Sea Lions

Start your tour at Mother's Beach. Your guide will provide information about the local environment and marine life, kayaking/paddle-boarding techniques, and safety while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Los Angeles boaters realm. Then board your kayaks and paddle towards the main channel of the Marina. On the way, observe the beautiful and extraordinary boats. Begin your search for sea lions, birds, dolphins, and other marine life.

California Coastline Helicopter Tour

10. California Coastline Helicopter Tour

Glide through the melting sunset over the California Coastline, sweep over the Santa Monica Mountains, or get great views over the exclusive homes of the Pacific Palisades. This is a unique and thrilling 30-minute helicopter tour exploring the Los Angeles Coast. The California Coastline tour is available at any time during the day and is a must for anyone who loves the ocean. Take off from the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, heading south to fly over the Santa Monica Mountains and drop down into the spectacular coastal homes of Pacific Palisades. Fly low-level along the world famous beaches of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice. On your way back to the Airport, you'll fly over the new Getty Center, with its grand architecture appearing ever more dramatic from the sky.

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based on 678 reviews

This was a great tour! Our guide, Matt, was fantastic- knowledgeable about LA and its history, and patient with our 7-year-old’s many questions. It was a wonderful way to learn about the city and its layout, get some fresh air, and lots of great photos.

It eas amazıng .Specially I would like to thank to our guide for taking care of us from the beginning to the end of the tour.We learnt many things from him.Company is very lucky to have a guide like him.Thank you.The Hotel and organizing was great

An interesting hike to the hills with a nice and informative guide (modern: guide). Absolutely recommendable, especially for people who don't know their way around.

Really great, even though we couldn’t see the Wales they offered us a discount for our next booking

Super friendly staff, excursions at the top for the price I highly recommend!