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!

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

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