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Exploring Los Angeles: Must-See Sights for Every Tourist

Los Angeles, often referred to as the “City of Angels,” is a sprawling metropolis known for its diverse culture, iconic landmarks, and vibrant entertainment scene. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, LA offers a plethora of attractions that cater to all tastes. In this blog post, we’ll

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Museums

Fun Activities to Do With Kids When Visiting Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a huge, sprawling city with no shortage of fun activities for people of all ages. Still, a place this big can be a bit intimidating when trying to plan out your visit, especially if you have to contend with keeping children (or God forbid teenagers) entertained. If

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Hollywood

The History Of The Original Farmer’s Market

The Original Farmer’s Market has stood proudly on 3rd and Fairfax in the greater Los Angeles area for nearly 100 years. Sitting adjacent to The Grove mall, The Farmer’s Market boasts nearly 100 vendors and is touted as the most popular shopping & eating area in Los Angeles.

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Museums

The History of Chinatown in Los Angeles

Chinatown is a living, breathing & bustling section of Los Angeles. It has frequently appeared as a backdrop to some of Hollywood’s greatest films (think Rush Hour starring Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker, among others), and visitors to the city of LA should most certainly find their way here to

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All About The *NEW* Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Finally, after much delay, The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is open for business! After nearly 500 million dollars in expense, this museum boasts being the first and only of its kind in America, and the largest museum ever with a focus on film and its impact on society. The

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Beverly Hills

The History of Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is perhaps the most famous shopping district in all of the world. Currently featuring 75 of the most exclusive boutique stores from only the most renowned fashion artists, Rodeo Drive is right up there with Disneyland when it comes to tourism in Los Angeles. Rodeo Drive serves as

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The Best Los Angeles Bus Tour: Why We Know We’re the One

Los Angeles and Hollywood in particular are very popular tourist cities, so naturally there are going to be plenty of tour companies available. Unfortunately, the experience between all of these companies won’t always be of the same value. In fact, choosing the right bus tour can make or break a

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Museums

LACMA: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Located right on Wilshire Boulevard and providing probably the largest input towards what is known as Los Angeles’ Museum Row, LACMA (or the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – they don’t abbreviate these things for nothin’) is the largest art museum in the western United States. You’ll find art

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Museums

The La Brea Tar Pits & George C. Page Museum

    Large pits of bubbling, oozing tar aren’t exactly what you’d expect to find along the Miracle Mile in the center of the metropolis that is Los Angeles, but… Well, you will. The La Brea Tar Pits are a living, breathing excavation and research site designed to be as

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Museums

Los Angeles Museum Crawl: Petersen Automotive Museum

Robert Petersen, the founder of Hot Rod Magazine and the most acclaimed automotive museum in the world (The Petersen), has very extensive ties with Hollywood and the film industry. In fact, he got his start in Los Angeles working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a publicist. The Petersen Automotive Museum features

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Hollywood

The History of Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre

  The History of the Egyptian Theater Most people think of Netflix as the death of the movie theater as we know it, or at least most people feel that the magic and mystique surrounding a visit to the movie theater has been severely diminished with the advent of high-speed internet

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Beverly Hills

5 Must-Visit Locations when Traveling in Los Angeles

  Whether you’ve already grounded your feet in the golden state or just fantasizing for a trip that might’ve been years in the making already, one of the greatest things about a visit to Los Angeles is that you’re in complete control of your trip, and you’re only limited by

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Santa Monica

A Tourist’s Guide to Santa Monica & Surrounding Areas

    So you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles. Maybe you’ll stay right in the center of Hollywood and commute out, or stay near the airport. How big is Los Angeles county exactly? It’s huge. How far are we from the beach if we stay in Downtown? About 15 miles.

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Five Movies Filmed in Los Angeles

Hey everyone! So Victor and I have been hard at work in the Surf City studio coming up with this video, doing our very best to make good use of our quarantine time. I really hope you’ll watch the video, and if ya enjoy it please Like and subscribe. The

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Surf City Tours Update 5/28

We are continuing to navigate through the changing landscape that we’re all having to deal with in one way or another, and we are committed to finding the right path and “making it work” safely. I wanted to give everyone a quick update on what has been going on with

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Virtual Tour Schedule 5/13, 5/14, 5/15

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_column _builder_version=”4.0.7″ type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″ hover_enabled=”0″] Hey guys! It’s selfie week – this week we’ve finally discovered how to take a virtual selfie and are super excited to have some fun and take some virtual selfies with you on our virtual tours this week – the first one’s

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Canter’s Deli

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″ width=”70%” width_tablet=”100%” width_phone=”100%” width_last_edited=”on|tablet” module_alignment=”center” hover_enabled=”0″]   The earliest memories of Canter’s Deli on Fairfax that I have are from stopping in for a burger with Grandma Judy. She was partly Jewish and an activist/lawyer for LA union workers in her younger days,

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Virtual Tour Schedule For the Week of 5/4/2020

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_column _builder_version=”4.0.7″ type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″ hover_enabled=”0″] Hey guys, so we’ve got our schedule all set up for this week. We’ll be bringing you a special deep cut of the Fairfax District this week on Friday. This area is knee-deep in history, so follow us on Instagram and come join

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5 Movies Filmed at The Santa Monica Pier

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_column _builder_version=”4.0.7″ type=”4_4″][et_pb_code _builder_version=”4.0.7″ hover_enabled=”0″ width=”60%” module_alignment=”center” custom_margin=”|361px||||”][/et_pb_code][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″ hover_enabled=”0″ width=”60%” module_alignment=”center” header_2_font=”Viga||||||||” header_2_text_align=”center” header_2_text_color=”#e02b20″]     Hey guys! We’re live on Youtube now so please come show your support and subscribe to our channel. This is my first video ever, so please be kind and leave

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Visiting Pacific Park & The Santa Monica Pier: A Traveler’s Guide

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″ custom_margin=”|auto||48px||” custom_padding=”||4px|||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″] Anyone who has ever visited Santa Monica knows that the Pier is definitely the focal point of tourism and attraction. It’s been around for about 100 years now, and currently features a whole bunch of different rides, games, restaurants, trinkets for

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Museum Hack’s 2020 Guide to Los Angeles

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.14.1″ hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content” sticky_enabled=”0″] ** Hey guys! Have you ever heard of Museum Hack? They’re breathing life into museum tours around the world, and they’ve just released a free guide to Los Angeles for 2020. You may

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A Message Regarding COVID-19 From Adam Duford, Owner Surf City Tours

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″ custom_padding=”||25px|||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″] <deep breath>  Ok hi.  I’ve been going back and forth about this post for about a week now, but relieved to put fingers to keys and start typing.  We pride ourselves as being “the Fun Ones” here at Surf City Tours, and

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A Brief History of Santa Monica

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″ background_color=”#ffffff” top_divider_style=”clouds2″ top_divider_color=”#ffffff” top_divider_flip=”vertical”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″ custom_padding=”||27px|||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″] The beach town of Santa Monica has a lot to offer. Santa Monica is about 10 miles north up the coast from LAX Airport, and if you head roughly east for about 12 miles you’ll pass through Beverly

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Finding & Visiting Kobe Bryant Memorials in Los Angeles

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.16″ custom_margin=”|auto|-12px|auto||” global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.16″ global_colors_info=”{}” theme_builder_area=”post_content”]   Kobe Bryant’s loss was not something taken lightly in Los Angeles. A fan of the sport or not, Kobe Bryant’s legacy is one that reached far beyond the basketball court. Murals and memorials

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The Hollywood Walk of Fame

Learn about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, its creation and place in history today. Take a virtual tour of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and get ready to join us on the Perfect Los Angeles Tour.

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Choosing the Perfect Los Angeles Hotel

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.0.7″ custom_padding=”||0px|||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.0.7″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.7″ hover_enabled=”0″ inline_fonts=”Averia Libre”] Los Angeles is a big city. If you have a large and varied set of interests to bemuse and locations to visit in LA, choosing your hotel or home base is a very important step in your planning. Ultimately

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Family Halloween Events in Los Angeles

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.26.8″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.26.8″][et_pb_column _builder_version=”3.26.8″ type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.26.8″] Los Angeles is a scary place, and we’re not talking about the gang-banging. If you plan on finding yourself in Los Angeles for Halloween 2019, there are a number of things to get excited about. We’ll go over a few family-friendly Halloween events

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