6 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Los Angeles | Hidden LA

8-los-angeles-limo-secrets-hidden-laThe City of Angels is truly the place of secrets. Sure we all know of the Santa Monica Beach, Hollywood Sign, Walk of Fame and all the other popular tourist sights, but why not try something new and unusual? Popular isn’t always best, beat the crowds by visiting some lesser known and different type of activities. Do you know Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes are located in the Malibu area? Or do you know the original and world’s oldest McDonald’s is located in Downey? Or that the world’s highest slide is attached to the West Coast’s tallest building in Downtown LA? From 1,000 feet high glass elevators, hidden nuclear disasters to original old fashioned drive-through movie theaters — here are some our top picks for a hidden LA experience! Whether you are in need for a SUV, sedan, stretch limo, party bus or Hummer limousine, we can help you plan and experience the LA adventure of your dreams! With professional chauffeurs, top rated and timely services, you can rest assure you are traveling in utmost luxury when riding with our LA limo services.

6. The Original Movie Experience

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The Electric Dusk Drive-In

Showing films on a top of a Downtown LA roof top, the Electric Dusk Drive-In is one of the few remaining original movie theaters in Los Angeles. Here you can see watch the film from inside the car (or limo), or you can enjoy the film from the outdoor lawn. Order your favorite snacks, drinks and feel free to bring your four-legged friend along! Running twice monthly from the City Market in the heart of Downtown L.A., make sure to plan your movie date by checking out their online schedule. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of LA while enjoying classic movies such as Grease, Coming to America, Dirty Dancing and other classics. For another 1950’s drive-in movie-experience, check out the Pacific Theaters Vineland Drive-In for a similar experience in the City of Industry, CA. Other Americana drive-in movie theaters include the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre, the West Wind Drive-In of Santa Barbara, Santee Drive-In Theater or the Van Buren Drive-In of Riverside. With movie sound on your car stereo through the FM network, movies at the Van Burden Drive-In can be a lot of fun, locally just referred to as the Orange Ranch due to its history as an orange grove. For a cool ocean breeze, head up north to Goleta’s West Wind Drive-In for affordable prices and an unforgettable movie experience.

5. World’s Oldest McDonalds

 

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World’s oldest operating McDonalds restaurant

Many Angelenos might not be aware of the fact that the world’s oldest operating McDonalds restaurant is located here in the Greater Los Angeles Area. On Florence Ave. in Downey, CA is where we find the 3rd oldest McDonalds restaurant which is also the oldest still functioning McDonalds store having opened in 1953. Being one of Downey’s most visited tourist attractions, the staff at this particular restaurant still wear the original 1950’s uniform and still serve the meals from the original recipe. This retro dining experience is significantly different from the other 36,614 McDonalds restaurants of the world. Come here to see employees with the traditional paper hats and try out the original deep-fried apple pies. When other restaurants changed their menus in the late 60’s, this particular restaurant began its tradition of refusing to change its menu and rather stick to the good ole 1950’s menu. Although a few newcomer meals are being served here today, you can find all the same dishes served here in the 50’s. In fact, this McDonalds is also the only one that never changed mascots in 1967 to Ronald McDonald, but is rather sticking to the first McDonalds mascot, namely Speedee. Limo and party bus clientele often love their historic museum and gift store located here.

4. The Skyscraper Glass Elevator

 

A truly unique LA experience is the 1,000 feet high skyscraper elevator in Downtown. The Otis Glass Elevator attached to the Westin Bonaventure Downtown has become a super popular destination for tourists and locals alike riding with our Los Angeles limo service. The elevators are outdoors, attached to the building with impressive views of the city. The 34-floor view offers panoramic views of the city.

3. Gandhi’s Ashes

 

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Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial

Close to where our limos daily venture out on Malibu wine-tasting tours is where we find the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial which holds the ashes from Mahatma Gandhi. Located within the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, a little bit inwards from the Pacific Ocean, Gandhi’s grave is a popular destination for our limousine services and a highly historic place few Angelenos are aware of. Dedicated in 1950, millions of visitors have paid their visits to the California World Peace Memorial. The ten-acre park is also home to a Dutch windmill, various gift shops and beautiful surrounding garden properties. With beautiful views of the Santa Monica Bay, a waterfall, marble statues and beautiful flora and fauna, this is the ultimate place to find peace and meditate. Come here to take in the natural beauty, the peaceful setting and to watch the koi, ducks, swans and turtles. The five world religions are represented through shrines here, including a cross for Christianity, a wheel for Buddhism, a star for Judaism, a moon for Islam and an Aum for Hinduism. Why not get a limo to witness something unusual? Being located close to various Malibu wineries and wine-tasting rooms, Malibu wine-tasting tours can easily be combined with a visit to the World Peace Memorial.

2. Hidden Nuclear Disaster

 

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How about a Malibu wine tour by the Pacific?

Few people are aware of the fact that the worst nuclear meltdown in U.S. history took place in the Santa Susana Mountains of Simi Valley, California. Releasing an unknown level of radioactivity into the air and nearby environment, the consequences of the 1950’s meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory remains largely unknown. As the authorities and government decided to keep the disaster disclosed and secret for the public for numerous years, the disastrous Sodium Reactor Experiment is most certainly a part of hidden LA history. Although the site currently is located on private property owned by Boeing, the adjacent Sage Ranch is open to public and offers numerous trails for visitors. The Burro Flats Painted Cave with pictographs dating back thousands of years are also located in the nearby area, but is unfortunately also closed to public due to vandalism. Although it may not exactly be the most popular tourist- or limousine services destination, no one knows the Santa Susana’s better than our service with limousines available from our Ventura County offices in Simi Valley. Sage Ranch Park is located at 1 Black Canyon Road, and is visited for a variety of recreational activities, including but not limited to hiking, mountain biking, wildlife observation and more. It’s an ideal location for photographing with idyllic panorama views of the Simi Valley, Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, Santa Monica’s and the San Gabriel Mountains.

1. World’s Highest Slide

 

downtown-los-angeles-party-busAttached to the West Coast’s tallest building, the U.S. Bank Tower, is where we find the Skyslide, located nearly 1,000 feet above the ground. Daredevils will love taking the Skyslide from the building’s 70th floor and enjoy the sweeping views of LA before descending into its 69th floor. Being a relatively new attraction which didn’t open until 2016, the Glass Skyslide is unknown to most Angelenos and might be one of the region’s most underrated attractions. The slide costs $33: a $25 admission fee to enter the deck and an additional $8 fee in order to ride the slide. The 32 mm slide is made entirely out of glass which makes for a daredevil’s most exciting slide ride of their life, complete with 360-degree views of Downtown LA. Not only can residers brag about having been in a slide 1,000 ft above ground, but also having been in the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Furthermore, the U.S. Bank Tower is also the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere! The open-air observation deck here is also home to bar where you can get something to relax while waiting in line listening to the screams of those going before you.

Did you know America’s second-biggest meteorite can be seen in SoCal?



Whatever the place, let us and our Los Angeles limo service transport you in style & luxury. We serve all of Southern California and we’re proud to be the top rated limousine services in the Greater L.A. Region. Contact us today to hear more about our unique price match guarantee!

6 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Los Angeles | Hidden LA

30+ Tips For Adventure In LA

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Santa Monica Beach is a popular limo destination for our transportation service

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA is a city of contrasts, and the second most populated city in America. L.A. compromises a huge area, and unlike other major cities such as New York or Chicago, L .A. does not have a city core or one particular center where things are packed together. Instead, Los Angeles has numerous centers found throughout the larger L. A. area. The fact that the city is so spread out accompanied with its bad traffic reputation, hiring an LA limo service will help unload much of the stress. Our experience in having offered LA limo rides for more than fifteen years is that most traffic is encountered prior to 10 am, and also between 3:30 pm and 7 pm. And as most Californians know, L. A. traffic means bumper-to-bumper in 5 mph if not worse. For tourists and other visiting the city of angels, it is highly important to be prepared and know what to expect. As certain venues and areas are located hours away from one another, having a day-planner of “what to see when” can be very helpful. In order for tourists to better know what to expect in L.A., we have made this list of Los Angeles travel tips, ideas and advice for a memorable and adventure-filled time.

 

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Hollywood Boulevard is a must on any LA trip

By far the most popular beach destinations for our clientele are Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach. These beaches can easily be experienced in one day, some rent a Los Angeles limousine to drop them off by the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, and later call for their pick-up from neighboring Venice Beach. Santa Monica also is its own city (the LA area is divided into 88 independent cities, believe it or not!), and it is in Downtown Santa Monica we find Third Street Promenade, which is a tremendously popular shopping destination. A larger number of cafés and restaurants are found along the beaches, including for example the great Le Pain Quotidien on the Third Street Promenade. Many locals and tourists alike rent bikes and/or surfboards at Venice Beach, and you can also easily bike from here to the Santa Monica Pier and its beach. While the beach in Venice has been called SoCal’s number one freak-show by many, this is definitely a spot you would like to have experienced at least once. It is here we find the famous and iconic Muscle Beach, as well as botox- and medical marihuana suppliers by the dozens.

transportation-service-provided-by-los-angeles-limo-the-la-limousine-serviceHollywood is maybe the most popular Los Angeles limo destination for tourists utilizing our services. It is of course here you will find the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Boulevard with its Walk of Fame. The outdoor shopping mall Hollywood & Highland is also a must in this area, especially for anyone into shopping and the latest fashion. For tourists visiting this area for the first time, this mini Los Angeles travel guide will give a couple of heads-up: 1) Along the Hollywood Walk of Fame you will be approached by people wanting to hand you their CD. Do not be fooled, they are not free and they will ask you for money after giving them to you. 2) You will see people dressed up as various movie characters, maybe particularly outside of the Chinese Theatre. They do not work for free, and taking their photo usually costs a minimum of a dollar. Hollywood has more to offer than the city-life, believe it or not. The hiking trails by Runyon Canyon are not only naturally gorgeous, but offer great views of as far as the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica. We have also chauffeured LA limo clients for the free yoga held here every morning. If you would like to be in the audience for any of the TV-shows filmed in the Hollywood area, Burbank or Universal City, remember to book this great time in advance.

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Griffith Observatory offers some stunning views of the city!

Beverly Hills is maybe mostly visited for window shopping on Rodeo Drive, but shopping in Beverly Hills does not necessarily need to cost a fortune. For example does the Beverly Center offer numerous budget-friendly alternatives, and many love the great lunch served at the roof here. If you are in the L .A. area for only one day, and you happen to be here just to shop, we would on the other hand rather recommend the Grove. The Grove is an outdoor shopping center next the the original farmers market. For shoes, many hiring an LA limo service decide on the Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse on Sunset Boulevard. Other popular attractions in Southern California and the Greater LA Area include Disneyland in Anaheim, Universal Studios, Warner Bros Studios, Santa Catalina Island, Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown, Staples Center, Malibu, and so, so much more. The possibilities are endless for anyone in Southern California, it is just about finding out what you want to experience on your L.A. trip. For some, horseback-riding by the Hollywood Sign may be the coolest experience to bring on home after visiting LA. For others, it may be the beaches of Malibu, so famously depicted in Baywatch, or maybe one of the great studio tours offered at the various studios. If you are into wine-tasting and stunningly beautiful nature, why not look into the great wine-tours offered in the region? Our Los Angeles limo service offers customized wine-tours to regions throughout Southern California, several in close proximity to Los Angeles and even an award-winning wine-tour option to Malibu in LA County.

For whatever reason you are visiting the City of Los Angeles, renting a Los Angeles limousine will help make your visit more enjoyable, adventurous, and luxurious… We are proud of offering the top rated luxury transportation service in the L. A. region. We are reachable 24 hours per day, 365 days per year at toll-free number (866) 319-LIMO. Call us today to hear more about our price-match-guarantee and to receive your free quote today.

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30+ Tips For Adventure In LA

10 Most Visited Los Angeles Tourist Destinations

los-angeles-limo-serviceAs 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.

1. Disneyland

LA-LimoIt 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.


LA-Limo-ServiceWe 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.

Los-Angeles-LimoIn 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.

2. Hollywood

Limousine-Los-AngelesHollywood 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!

3. Venice

Limo-LAVenice 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.

Limousine-Service-in-Los-AngelesBy 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

Limo-in-LAUniversal 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.

5. Sunset

Limo-in-Los-AngelesSunset 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

LA-Limousine-ServiceMany 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

Limo-Service-in-Los-AngelesIn 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.

Limousine-LAThe 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

Limo-Service-in-LAAs 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.

Los-Angeles-LimousineThe 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

LA-Limousine-ServiceThe 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.

Limousine-Los-AngelesOthers 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.

Our LA limo service is available 24/7 any time & any day by phone or through our websites. Feel free to contact us today for your immediate free quote or for any questions or feedback you may have. We’re the top rated Los Angeles limo service and we also offer a price match guarantee for all customers. Check us out on Yelp!
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DATE IDEAS?

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Ask us about top L.A. dating locations!

L.A. DATE IDEAS 

There is something so unappealing about doing the same repetitive things as we date here in L.A.  Let’s see… Dinner and a movie? Gag! Dating should be fun!  Here are just a few ideas to get you started.  Think outside-the-box! 

Bowling – Vintage Style

The Spare Room

Want to have a fun, yet sophisticated date, class up your game at The Spare Room. This vintage style bowling spot is upscale, lavish, and in the Roosevelt Hotel.  It only has two lanes!! Booking early is a must! The venue also offers a really nice cocktail bar, and classic board games.   Wanna “wow” her with your Monopoly skills?. They offer half-price bowling along with happy-hour food and drink prices on Wednesdays from 8-10pm if you wanna save a few bucks.  There are other venues throughout L.A. such as Shatto 39, All Star Lanes, and Pinz are a solid option, but for us at our LA limo company, we prefer The Spare Room.

A Cooking Class

Hip Cooks

Professional cooking makes for a great date!
Professional cooking makes for a great date!

Are you a top chef? or do prefer crockpot cooking? Either way, your cooking skills could always use a tweak! Learn a few new skills and make a mess together at one of the Hip Cooks classes.  The classes are romantically themed and affordable! It’s a great way to get to know someone better and enjoy a few hours together.  Not only that, but you get a meal out of it! Usually includes booze as well, just like in your limousine Los Angeles!

A Drive-in Movie

Electric Dusk Drive-In

Remember those fun summer nights at a good old fashioned drive in? You will witness roller-skating carhops, so place your order! You can bring your own food, blankets, and make yourself comfortable.  They play classic movies that you enjoy in the comfort of your own vehicle.  What could be better?  Watch the movie, or steam up the windows, either way, a good time will be had at the only drive-in theater left in L. A. proper.  You don’t need a stretch limousine for this one.

Wine Tasting

Malibu Wines

Malibu Family Wines often offer live music, food and wine for a remarkable date night!
Malibu Family Wines often offer live music, food and wine for a remarkable date night!

Malibu Wines is a favorite of our wine tour customers. Sonoma County is a bit far to drive for a date, but this handy wine tasting venue along Mulholland offers sips of wine and an amazing atmosphere! Pack a picnic or order a pizza delivered to the venue, it’s a nice way to spend a few hours getting to know one another. The weekends are the best time to visit as they offer live music and Friday night food trucks.  We provide limo transportation here every weekend and our clients rave about this place!

Horseback Ride

Sunset Ranch

Nothing better to get to know one another than a horseback ride together.  Maybe you only have been on a pony as a child, it doesn’t matter, anyone can saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride around Griffith Park.  The city views are absolutely amazing and add some romance to the ride.  On the third Saturday of the month they put on what they call a “big-ass BBQ” and have live music at the ranch.   A truly fun way to enjoy a country-style date.

We have clients all the time asking for ideas, we have enjoyed many years of experience and have a vast knowledge of the fun and eclectic venues throughout Los Angeles.  If you can’t find something interesting to do in this town, you just not interesting… If your looking for something unique and different, call us, we can help! Our Los Angeles limo rental is a great resource whether or not you are renting a limousine.  We don’t have to make a sale in order to help you… Call us anytime!  

DATE IDEAS?

Do You Prefer Public Transportation?

Here at our Los Angeles limo service, we love providing luxury limo transportation, but it’s not the only way to get around. L.A. is home to a great public transportation network, including light rail, subways, bus and shuttles to every corner of the L.A. area. The website Car Free L.A. offers several self-guided itineraries to help you experience all the hidden gems that L.A. has to offer.
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METRO RAIL SYSTEM

May we suggest, the Go Metro Los Angeles mobile app! It’s a great tool to help you get around L.A.  The base fare for transit is $1.75 and they also offer a day pass for $7 or a seven day pass for $25. For information on fares visit www.metro.net.

THE METRO BUS

Bus service is available throughout the Los Angeles region. With almost 200 different bus lines and travel to most destinations, parks, attractions and shopping areas. Most bus lines service the Metro Rail stations. For  schedules, interactive maps, and more, visit their website at Metro.net.

DASH

Dash is the second largest fleet of buses in LA County. The fleet serves approximately 30 million passengers per year. DASH has six quick bus routes through Downtown that depart every five to 15 minutes.  They run between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends.

THE FLYAWAY

The FlyAway provides non-stop transportation every 20 minutes between LAX and several locations L.A. locations. For more information on transportation to and from the LAX airport, visit the FlyAway websites today.

If public transportation is not your thing, our service for a limousine Los Angeles offers 5 star rated limousine service throughout Los Angeles.  From LAX sedan service, to stretch vehicle rental, to a fun Hummer stretch, we have got you covered! Check us out on Yelp and see what others are saying… If you want quality, experience, and integrity, with a Price Match Guarantee, call us.

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California’s Modern Wine Industry & Wine Consumption

California-Wines-Los-Angeles-Limousine-WineryWe have become the industry leader in limo wine tours.  We take great pride in our fleet of limousines and our vast knowledge of California’s wine regions. If you want to book a LA wine tour, Santa Ynez wine tour, Santa Barbara wine tour, Malibu wine tour or Temecula wine tour, we are the best in the area.  Our wine tour specialists can help you plan a day to remember.  A luxury limo is the best way to visit wine country! Give us a call, and sit back and let us do the rest! Do you ever wonder why California has such great wines?

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Sunstone Vineyard & Winery

California Wine traces its history back to 1769 and the first Spanish Missions, which would plant the first Californian vineyards in what is now Santa Barbara County and use the wine for their Roman-Catholic Mass. In 2015, there are more than 3,000 wineries across the State of California, which account for the production of 89 percent of American-made wine. If the state were a separate nation, it would have been the 4th largest global wine-producer, only surpassed by the Mediterranean countries of Italy, France, and Spain. California produced 620 million gallons of wine in 2014, according to the Wine Institute, and the California wine industry is an $18 billion industry in terms of retail sales.

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America has 1,100,000 acres under vine

An estimated twenty million people visit the state’s wineries each year, many through guided limousine wine tours, and the wine industry accounts for 300,000 California-based jobs. Of the 750 million gallons of U.S.-made wine produced in 2014, Californians consumed more than a fifth of all the wine consumed in America. Much of California wine is exported to European nations, where the wine consumption is at minimum twice as much as in the United States. While America has an annual wine consumption of only 11 bottles per person a

Worldwide wine consumption
Worldwide wine consumption

year, Britain has an annual wine consumption of more than 22 bottles per person per year. Germans consume three times more wine than Americans, and the French a whopping six times more. That is 66 wine-bottles per French person annually! Italy and the Vatican rate even higher than France, while Norwegians, Slovaks, Danes, Poles, Swedes, Finns, Dutch, Swiss, and so many other Europeans consume at minimum double the amount of wine per year as the average American. The wine industry is an integral part of the social- and cultural fabric of California, and both the number of wineries, vineyards, and wine consumption per capita is steadily increasing for every year in the Golden State.

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Southern California Wine Map (Click to enlarge)

While many assume that Northern California’s Sonoma- and Napa counties dominate the Californian wine industry, even though the two counties combined in reality account for less than a fifth of California’s wine-grape vineyards. Retaining old- and gaining new customers is a tough balancing act for the contemporary California-wineries. Some want to lure new premium costumer consumers into the fold by promoting an entry to an elite Wine Country lifestyle and serve the most exclusive wines produced in the specific region. But as wineries push for pricey wines and its pretensions on wine-newbies, they risk scaring uninitiated customers away all together. While some wineries offer nearly complimentary wine-tastings, others charge up to a $50 tasting fee. Make sure to ask our limo wine tour specialists about information and pricing on various wineries. California’s more than 480,000 acres of planted

California makes 89% of American wine, followed by New York at 3.5% and Washington at 3.2%. All other U.S. states makes less than 1% of U.S. made wine.
California makes 89% of American wine, followed by New York at 3.5% and Washington at 3.2%. All other U.S. states makes less than 1% of U.S. made wine.

vineyards are located throughout the state, with famous regions such as Napa County, Sonoma County and Mendocino County in Northern California, as well as regions such as Santa Barbara County, Malibu Canyons, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley in Southern California. During a wine competition entitled “Judgment of Paris” in 1976, California wines rated the best in each of the categories. The shockwave of the Europeans being beaten at home at their own game reverberated around the world and was an important turning point for California wines’ popularity worldwide. The seven most consumed wine grapes produced in California are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel.

California is the world's fourth largest wine-producer
California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producer

All wine consumed in the America is drunk by only one-fifth of the U.S. population. The equivalent number is substantially higher in California, in which wine-consumption accounts for a fifth of all wine consumed in the U.S. There are several factors to why Californians are overrepresented among Americans in wine-consumption as well as wine-production. The number one factor might be that the wine legacy is higher in Europe and California, as opposed to other parts of the United States. California wine has only been made in commercial quantities in California for about 150 years, while in Southern Europe it has been an important cultural drink since the times of the Roman Empire. Moreover, Americans of non-European ancestry, such as African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Americans of Hispanic origins tend to have little previous exposure to wines.

Map showing wineries and vineyards in Santa Barbara County visited in the film Sideways (2007)
Map showing wineries and vineyards in Santa Barbara County visited in the film Sideways (2007)

While wine is a culinary culture in Western Europe enjoyed for centuries, Americans in general tend to view wine solely as a special-occasion drink, a drink to be enjoyed for a special meal or a special occasion, rather than consumed every day. While it is correct that top-notch quality wine might be too costly for most people to be enjoying a bottle day, keep in mind that it can be stored and remain fresh for as much as five days. Most people will save their high-end exclusive and more expensive wines for a special occasion, and rather drink a less classy house wine for everyday meals, which still tastes great but at a price far more inviting for an everyday drink. Chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and white zinfandel accounted for more than half of the wines sold in California in 2012. The Oscar winning movie Sideways (2004), a comedy-drama that follows two bachelors on a voyage of self-discovery through the Santa Barbara County Wine Country, did wonders for the sales of Santa Barbara pinot noir, as well as other types of wines from Santa Barbara County, including wines of the city of Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Olivos, Santa Maria Valley, Buellton, Ballard, and Solvang.

If you are interested in learning more about California wines, be sure to give Los Angeles County Limousine a call at (866) 319-LIMO, shoot us an e-mail, or request a quote online.  Book one of our LA limo wine tours to any of the Southern California wine regions.  There is no better way to tour wine country than in a luxury limo. Our LA limo services have been an industry leader in limo wine tours and have a large fleet of vehicles to choose from.  Need just a sedan? We got you covered! A stretch limo? No Problem! How about a party bus? We can provide a limo wine tour to any size group that you have in mind. 

Koehler Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley
Koehler Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley

 

California’s Modern Wine Industry & Wine Consumption

5+ Ideas For Best Days Spent With Limo In LA

Los Angeles LimoHere at our LA limo services we get calls all the time, travelers from distant lands, asking us about arriving using LAX sedan service and touring Los Angeles by limo and what are the best attractions to see. They want to cram in as many sites as they can in the little time they are here. Our LA limo services has quickly become a favorite of tourists because we cater to these clients wants and needs. The attraction of some of LA limo service clients considering Los Angeles travel is the fact that it is home to the entertainment industry. Many of our limo clients catch sight of a celebrity or two while in the local area, some even when they arrive at LAX. Yet as L.A., has much more to offer our limo clients. Los Angeles is the number two largest city in the United States, and is home to every culture on earth. A true melting pot! Neighborhoods such as Little Saigon, Little Tokyo, or Chinatown offer such diverse shopping and eating experiences. The many eclectic neighborhoods, from Venice Beach to Beverly Hills to Downtown, all have something to offer. And while LA is full of attractions, our limousine services’ clients are always asking what is “the best” attractions to take in when they are visiting our beautiful city. Start things off right with a LAX limo or maybe even Los Angeles party bus pickup! We usually suggest an itinerary as follows or similar:

Day One

  • Add an LAX sedan for a professional, timely pickup if arriving at LAX or other airport.
  • How about checking in at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel? A true taste of the old Hollywood.
  • Relax a bit and then head over  to the Farmers Market and grab some lunch.
  • Ready for some shopping? Head over to the nearby Grove.
  • Then let’s head over to Melrose Avenue for dinner at Providence.
  • Next, time head to the Sunset Strip! Let’s catch a concert at the Viper Room or House of Blues.

Day Two

  • Start your morning right with a stack of pancakes at the Griddle Cafe.
  • Head over to Hollywood Boulevard and check out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood and Highland complex.
  • One our way to lunch, stop at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to admire the architecture.
  • For a little lunch and shopping hit the Mexican plaza at Olvera Street.
  • After lunch, let’s cruise to Downtown to admire some of its architectural gems, the Bradbury Building, the Biltmore Hotel and we gotta see Union Station.
  • Then we can grab some appetizers and cocktails at Bar Centro at the Bazaar but we must save room for dinner at Pacific Dining Car!
  • After dinner, a must see, the Bar Marmont, an old-school Hollywood haunt that has been infused with great new life.
  • Off to the Comedy Store to catch a rising star!
  • No night should end without a late night snack at Canter’s — a famous local landmark since 1931.
  • Alternatively, head out to wine country for an exclusive wine-tasting tour! We offer wine tours to destinations such as the Malibu Canyons and city of Malibu, Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Temecula Valley and more.
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Wine-tasting tours to Malibu are popular

No matter what your interests are, it’s guaranteed to be a place in LA that will fit your preferences for an outing. And by adding an LA limousine or party bus to your day, you can get that absolute quintessential Los Angeles feeling. For a relaxed day in wine country, enjoy wine tours to Malibu or Santa Barbara! Many clients like to come out in the vineyards for wine-tastings and great live music. Venice- and Santa Monica Beaches are a must to visit. The nearby Santa Monica Place is also one of the most popular shopping destinations for limousine services. Wanna hit the clubs and experience the LA nightlife? Jump in one of our exclusive Los Angeles party buses and let our driver take you club-hopping in the Hollywood area!

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LA has so much to offer our limousine clients!  The above itinerary is just one in a thousand that we could create for our LA limousine customers. We can accommodate various size groups. Looking for a sedan at LAX airport? A LA limousine? Or how about a big, fun, Los Angeles party bus?  Whatever your Los Angeles limo or party bus need is, we have you covered! We enjoy helping our clients plan a trip to remember! What’s more memorable than touring the entertainment capital of the world in a stretch limousine? Let us help you!! Contact Los Angeles County Limousine today and chat with one of our limo tour specialists.

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5+ Ideas For Best Days Spent With Limo In LA