As a Los Angeles limo service, we have welcomed and transported tourists in the L .A. area for more than fifteen years. L.A. was visited by more than 42.2 million tourists in 2014, and many chose our LA limo service for their transportation to various venues and events. From airport pickups to limos out on the town, our LA limo clientele can feel safe when traveling with us. We are the top rated limousine service in Southern California and we also offer a price match guarantee so you are guaranteed the best price for your special transportation request. This article will highlight what areas were visited the most by tourists using our LA limo service in 2014.
It may come as no surprise as Disneyland is the 7th most visited tourist attraction in America with more than 16.1 million visitors per year, but Disneyland is by far the most popular LA limo destination for domestic- and foreign tourists in L. A. Disneyland opened on 107 acres of land surrounded by orange groves in Anaheim in 1955. Today, Disneyland Anaheim is one most the most visited tourist attractions in the world and hundreds of tourists annually flock with various Los Angeles limo services to the “Happiest Place on Earth”. This amazing collection of shows, adventures, rides, and hundreds of other children’ activities has become a Southern California landmark symbolized by the Castle from Sleeping Beauty and all other Disney characters that originated here in California. Besides the theme park itself, Disneyland it adjacent to Disney’s California Adventure and the Disney resorts. You could easily spend days exploring these park, and because of their size and enormous selections, it is a good idea to plan a few days when visiting the both, especially if you want to see it all. The Magic Kingdom, as it is also referred to, is only twenty minutes south of Los Angeles and is the best family destination in Southern California. The most iconic attractions include Snow White’s Castle, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Main Street USA (which is based on Walt’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri), the Central Plaza, Sleeping Beauty Castle, and countless other areas and adventures.
We recommend to our LA limo clientele to travel here during weekdays and not during summer time to beat the crowds and also the hundred degree hot weather that not rarely happen in inland areas of our state. Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure are both open daily every day of the year, and it is good idea to try and schedule your trip here outside of the traditional U.S. holidays and other days Americans have off work. The weekends too can get crowded, but the weekends are also the only time besides summer the park stays open till midnight. Areas worth checking out are Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country, and New Orleands Square.
In Downtown Disney, many of our Los Angeles limo customers head to the House of Blues, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, ESPN Zone, and other restaurants. Other dining options in the area include Anaheim White House, Napa Rose, JW’s Steakhouse, Mr. Stox, Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar, Luigi’s D’Italia, as well as the Blue Bayou, Grand Californian Storytellers Café, Lilo and Stitch’ Aloha Breakfast and Goofy’s Kitchen at Downtown Disney. Some of the most popular rides here include Splash Mountain, Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Indiana Jones Adventure, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s A Small World, Space Mountain, Matterhorn, and the Enchanted Tiki Room. As far as accommodation, some popular hotel destinations for us as a Los Angeles limo service include the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, Hilton Anaheim, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, the Anabella, Candy Cane Inn, Anaheim Marriott, Holiday Inn Anaheim at the Park, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, and Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriot.
Hollywood comes out as a strong number two for our Los Angeles Limousine clients, and includes one of the most popular tourist spots in the United States, the Hollywood Sign, as well as the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Other popular destinations here include Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (TCL Chinese Theatre), Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollywood Bowl, and the Dolby Theatre. Usually on day two after having arrived from Europe, the East Coast, or other place of origin, LA tourists using us as their Los Angeles limo service oftentimes choose to head for Hollywood. During day time, many of course love seeing the Hollywood Sign or checking out the Walk of Fame, while many head to the clubs and often the Hollywood Bowl and other places with live entertainment after dark. The Times Square of the West, Hollywood & Highland, is a great place for nightlife entertainment in Los Angeles. While most of the film studios have relocated to the Westside and the City of Burbank, Hollywood is particularly known for its world leading entertainment, TV, and film history. The Kodak Theatre is also a popular destination in Hollywood, having been built solely for the purpose of hosting the Academy Awards. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the resting place of Hollywood stars such as Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino, is also a popular destination for tourists in the LA area. Besides the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Kodak Theatre and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, many of our Los Angeles limo customers head to the Magic Castle, the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Lucky Strike Lanes bowling alley, the Hollywood Museum and hotels as the Hollywood Roosevelt and Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. The Hollywood Entertainment Museum, Max Factor Museum, Hellhouse of Hollywood, Cinema Collectors, and the World Book & News are other popular destinations in Hollywood, CA. Call our reservation specialists with any questions you may have. Our drivers are also highly knowledgable about the region, feel free to ask us for tips of when and how to see what!
Venice comes maybe surprisingly as number three, way ahead of Santa Monica. In this category, we have also included Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Muscle Beach Venice, the Venice Canals and surrounding inland areas. Venice is situated only two miles south of Downtown City of Santa Monica, but Venice is a neighborhood of Los Angeles. Bordering walkable Santa Monica Beach Boardwalk to the north and Marina del Rey to the south, the Venice Boardwalk is a popular place for people who want to stroll up or down the beachside. Popular destinations in Venice for LA limo service clients include the Navy Street, where the City of LA and Santa Monica meets, as well as Washington Street and the Venice Pier to the south. Venice is located only fifteen miles southwest of Downtown LA. The sixteen miles of Venice canals, made to duplicate Venice, Italy, are also a tremendously popular destinations for tourists to take photos and stroll along the beautiful inland canals. Once an independent city in California, the increasing population of neighboring LA caused the city to become an LA neighborhood in the early 20th century. The Ocean Front Walk and Venice Beach area are not a place recommended for LA tourists with children to stay, partly because of noise levels, high concentration of homeless people and a higher crime rate than for instance neighboring Santa Monica. For those who wish to stay in Venice, we would like to recommend one of the following hotels: Hotel Erwin, Cadillac Hotel, Inn At Venice Beach, Venice Admiral Suites, or Venice Beach Suites. Among our LA limo clientele, the most popular restaurants in Venice are Piccolo Cipriani, Rose Café, Gjelina, and Joe’s Restaurant. Joe’s Restaurant is located in a century old beach house and serves French- and Californian cuisine and the focus here is at fresh ingredients.
By far the most common activity on Venice Beach and the Ocean Front Walk will end up being people watching, and many come here also for sun bathing, swimming and hanging out at the local beachside cafés and restaurants. It is also a tremendously popular beach for recreational activities such as surfing, skateboarding, basketball, racquetball, shuffleboard, volleyball, handball, and even fishing from the pier. Along with Downtown’s Olvera Street, the Venice Ocean Front Walk is the place to get knock-off products, local crafted art, and maybe the most distinctive souvenirs. On Abbot Kinney Boulevard, named after Venice founder Abbot Kinney, is a popular shopping district and destination for our Los Angeles Limo Service in Venice. On the first Friday of every month, the galleries and shops here stay open until 10 pm. Venice is also known for its food trucks, including for instance Korean Kogi BBQ food trucks, Vietnamese Nom Nom, Dim Sum Truck, Ludo Fried Chicken, Coolhaus and tons of out of this world Mexican food trucks with delicious authentic tacos, tamales, torta, mole, and of course, fajitas, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, and nachos.
4. Universal City
Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal CityWalk are two tremendously popular destinations among LA Limo tourists. Another venue included here is the Gibson Amphitheater. While the Universal CityWalk is a popular shopping area, Universal Studios is one of the most popular theme parks in America. Universal Studios does not only offer rollercoasters but also studio tours through the park’s 420 acres of movie sets where you will see the actual filming locations for numerous Hollywood movies, such as Jaws, Desperate Housewives, Psycho (1960), and War of the Worlds (2005) to mention a few. The studio tour tram tour to the King Kong: 360 3-D is a relatively recent attraction that opened in 2010. This attraction takes the tram rider to Skull Island from the 2005 movie King Kong and uses wind, water, motions, screens, and so many more techniques. Our LA limo service clients absolutely love it. With more than five million visitors annually, this park, just as Disneyland, can get very crowded on certain days. Many of the park attractions are based on Universal movies, for instance their Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster, Terminator 2 3d, or the Jurassic Park ride and Shrek 4D film experience. The newly constructed the Simpsons ride is also tremendously popular. After or before checking out the Universal Studios, many of our LA limo clients love strolling down the three block Universal CityWalk, which is a promenade adjacent to the amusement park with a Disney like feeling and many top brand stores and restaurants. It is located in Universal City, right between the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood, off the U.S. Highway 101 at either the Lankershim Boulevard Exit or the Universal Center Drive Exit.
Sunset Strip on Sunset Boulevard is an extremely popular destinations for all LA Limo Service clients. With all its fashionable boutiques and late night nightlife, Hollywood is LA’s never sleeping neighborhood. For European style dining, many head to the Sunset Plaza for dinner, then head out to clubs and bars such as the popular Viper Room, Whisky a Go-Go, Andaz Hollywood, Ranbow Bar and Grill, and other areas. The Sunset Strip only makes up about 25 miles of Sunset Boulevard, but nevertheless, the Sunset Strip is a hugely popular Los Angeles limo destination. Mondrian on Sunset Boulevard is home to the Sky Room, which is a tremendously popular night destination. This is also a place for people who wanna see and experience the areas where their favorite films were made, for instance, many love to visit the Cajun Bistro which was included in the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall. Just up the street is the Chateau Marmont, which is where world known actor John Belushi overdosed and died. The Comedy Store is another popular Sunset destination, which might be the best stand up venue in the Greater L. A. area, at least judging by the number of visits by our Los Angeles limo service, which is the top rated LA limo service. The Sunset Tower, previously known as the Argyle, is also a hugely popular destination on Sunset.
6. Beverly Hills
Many tourists in the LA area love to go window shopping at Rodeo Drive and surrounding areas, and check out the filming locations for many of their favorite movies filmed in Beverly Hills. Other popular LA limo destinations in Beverly Hills include the Beverly Hills Hotel, Greystone Mansion, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and the Saban Theatre. The triangle of the most expensive real estate property in America – the Beverly Hills, the Holmby Hills and Bel-Air – is a place we visit all the time for tourists and locals alike. Many come for great window shopping on Wilshire Boulevard, Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Blvd in the area, where many famous retail stores are located, e.g. Bvlgari, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, and so many more. Many check out the art galleries here – which are among the finest in the world – as well as all the fine restaurants here, many which are tremendously successful award winning restaurants. Many of our Los Angeles limo clients love dining at the Crustacean and Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant of Spago Beverly Hills. Many love the art collections by Rembrandt, Chagall, Picasso and Matisse found at the Galerie Michael. Many love visiting the Beverly Hills Hotel for their outstanding breakfast in the twelve acre tropical garden, often served with live entertainment. Besides the Iranian capital, Beverly Hills has the highest amount of Persians in the world, and consequently, it is in Beverly Hills we find some of the greatest Persian cuisine in the world. Some great Persian restaurants include the Ruby Room Restaurant on Wilshire, Taste of Tehran on Westwood Blvd, Panini Cafe Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, and Momed Beverly Hills on South Beverly Hills Drive. Some other great restaurants in Beverly Hills include the Bazaar by José Andrés, Bouchon Bistro, Oliverio, BLT Steak and Urasawa. For accommodation, the most popular hotels amongst our LA limo clientele are the Avalon, Best Western Carlyle Inn, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel, the Beverly Hilton (home of the Golden Globe Awards), the Beverly Wilshire, the Crescent, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Hotel Beverly Terrace, Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, Maison 140, Montage Beverly Hills, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, Sofitel Los Angeles, Thompson Beverly Hills, Peninsula Beverly Hills, the Sunset Tower Hotel, Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas, Orange Drive Manor Hotel, Mondrian, and the Le Montrose Suite Hotel.
7. Santa Monica
In this category, we have included all going to Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Place, which are all popular destinations in Santa Monica. The breezy beach front City of Santa Monica is an ideal destination for strolling the streets and leisurely shopping. The Third Street Promenade, which is a pedestrian shopping street in walking distance of the Santa Monica Pier. The 3rd Street Promenade has over 200 famous retail stores, includes brands such as Mac, Zara, Gap, Borders, and some many more world famous brands. Known for its sun, sand and surf, Santa Monica is a popular place for beachgoers and others who like exploring the trendy restaurants, coffeehouses and shops along the Santa Monica Beach Boardwalk. Safer but just as vibrant as neighboring Venice Beach, this western enclave of Los Angeles is also known for all its clubs, bars and restaurants, which are all frequently visited by our Los Angeles Limo Service clientele. First inhabited Gabrieleno Native Americans for centuries in the pre-Columbian era, the City of Santa Monica got its street- and place names during the Spanish- and Mexican colonial times. During the first years as a city in the United States, Santa Monica in the late 1800s was primarily a resort town and vacation destination for Californians.
The Santa Monica Pier was first built in 1916, after the town was unsuccessful in its request to become Los Angeles principal seaport. The current Pacific Park carousel on the pier has been depicted in numerous films and TV series, including but not limited to the Sting, Inside Daisy Clover, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Tonight Show With Jay, The Movie, 90210, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Fat Albert, and many many more. Movies and TV series filmed on the surrounding beach includes Forrest Gump, Iron Man, Baywatch, Pacific Blue, NCIS: Los Angeles, Speed, the Doors, Ruthless People, Beverly Hills Cop III, Clean Slate, the Net, Cellular, Private Practice, and numerous others. Besides the pier, beach, promenade, Pacific Park and Muscle Beach, some of the other popular LA limo destinations in the city of Santa Monica includes the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome, Museum of Flying, Angeles Attic, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and the Woodlawn Cemetery. We are tremendously proud of not only being the largest LA limo service, but also the top rated provider of limo service in Santa Monica.
8. Griffith Observatory
As many first go here, and then head to Griffith Park locations – such as the LA Zoo, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the Greek Theater, and hiking trails to the Hollywood sign – the Griffith Observatory would probably be ranking higher if combined with some of the surrounding areas. Situated high on the southeastern slope of the Santa Monica Mountains, high up on Mount Hollywood, overlooking all of Los Angeles in a magnificent way. The fact that it is one of very few places this great with free admission doesn’t make it worse. Completed in 1935, the Griffith Observatory could be the most visible landmark in the City of Los Angeles. The idea of a free public observatory came from Griffith J. Griffith, who donated much of his land in Rancho Los Feliz and also donations of more than $100,000 to the city in 1896. After thirty years of building, the Griffith Observatory overlooking LA was finished in 1935. The structure and its facilities has since been approved hugely by numerous donations, and is a state-of-the-art observatory which is hugely popular for its Samuel Oschin Planetarium, its rooftop visa overlook with magnificent panoramic views over Los Angeles, as well as the Zeiss star projector, solar telescopes, and laser projection shows.
The observatory itself has been featured in numerous movies. It was for instance the setting of the school trip and dramatic school chase in Rebel Without A Cause (1955), and also featured in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Transformers, Terminator, Yes Man and numerous other films, including three 2015 movies: Terminator Genisys, San Andreas, and McFarland, USA. The Griffith Observatory has also been featured in numerous Hollywood TV series, including 24, Adventures of Superman, Beverly Hills, 90210, Criminal Minds, Star Trek: Voyager, the Wonder Years, the Amazing Race, and the pilot episode of none the less than MacGyver. This astronomical LA icon and astronomy museum now features an array of high tech exhibits and it has never been a better time to visit LA’s observatory. The Samuel Oschin Planetarium screens four films on astronomy topics and after the most recent refurbishments, the observatory is more worth visit than ever before. We often hear from our LA limo drivers how families and kids alike find the interactive exhibits, the thrilling Tesla coil, the Gunther Depths of Space, the gigantic photo mural of the universe, and so many of the attractions here to be very educational.
9. Los Angeles Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has been one of the top ten attractions in LA since it was founded in 1966. The 1,200 animals here include species from throughout the world, and this zoo is smaller and easier to navigate than the much larger San Diego Zoo. It is located in the isolated hills of Griffith Park, which is a popular destination as well, for instance for hikers to the Hollywood Sign or Bronson Canyon. Located on more than 133 acres of land, this zoo has the advantage of never feeling to overcrowded. Partly because the zoo itself has been around for decades, and many tourists preferring newer developments such as the many theme parks. Visitors to the LA Zoo will see animals such as elephants, chimpanzees, tigers, koalas, gibbons, sea lions, gorillas, and countless other species. It is particularly popular among LA tourists with kids. The Winnick Family Children’s Zoo offers a petting area, exhibition area, and even an Adventure Theater with story telling, children activities, and kids’ shows. The only negative we have ever heard about the Los Angeles Zoo is from LA limo customers arriving early in the morning and encountering large amounts of field trip kids. To avoid that, try going after noon or even in the weekend, even though every L .A. attraction is more visited during the weekends, holidays, and other times Americans have off work. It is also a Disney set here with animals as meerkats and other Lion King characters. The Adventure Island has a petting zoo popular for children, and the Children’s Discovery Center is an interactive play station for kids at the zoo.
10. The Getty Museum
With more than 1.3 million visits in 2014, it is no wonder the J. Paul Getty Museum – or more commonly referred to by the locals – the Getty. The museum is among the most visited in America and is situated on a hillside in the Santa Monica Mountains, only reachable by their tram. Many of our Los Angeles limo clients come here to enjoy the great panoramic views over Los Angeles and to hang out in the Central Garden and Stark Sculpture Garden. The museum was designed by Richard Meier and was completed in 1997 to a total cost of more than a billion dollars. It is located in the Sepulveda Pass, next to the I-405 Freeway. Besides a museum and parks, it houses also Getty’s conservation, research, and grand programs through the Getty Foundation. Many tourists utilizing our Los Angeles limo service come here to get the best postcard-style photos of L .A. with the beaches and great Pacific.
Others barely making the list include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown, the Staples Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, L.A. Live, the Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Convention Center, the Greek Theatre, the Los Angeles City Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and the Pantages Theatre.
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