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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Los Angeles

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Los Angeles

Los Angeles beckons nearly 50 million visitors each year to its star-studded hills, world-class museums, sandy beaches, and epic theme parks. The home of Hollywood is also known for its notorious gridlock and crowded attractions, so try these tips to spend more time exploring and less time caught in a traffic jam.

Let Someone Else Do the Driving

If the thought of navigating the Santa Monica Freeway in rush hour turns your knuckles white, save yourself the stress and let a professional driver handle the roads while you enjoy the sights. A hop-on hop-off bus tour lets you design your own itinerary, while private or shared driving tours show off the best of LA in just a few hours and are great for first-time visitors.

Hit the Beaches

The urban beaches of Los Angeles are popular with locals and visitors alike, but there's plenty of room for everyone to spread out on the sand. Lather on some sunscreen and drop a towel on the welcoming expanses of Huntington Beach, Long Beach, or Venice Beach.

Explore the California Coast

Take a break from Los Angeles’ sprawling metropolis with a jaunt to less-crowded spots on the California coastline. Head south to the laid-back beaches of San Diego, or venture north to the Mediterranean-esque enclave of Santa Barbara on the Central Coast. Guided tours handle all the logistics and get you there for a day-long escape or an overnight adventure.

See Hollywood from the Sky

To escape the crowds, rise above them on an aerial tour of LA via helicopter or sightseeing plane. In less than an hour, you get unmatched views of highlights such as the Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Park Observatory, and the Hollywood sign, all without getting stuck in traffic. Other ways to get airborne include paragliding above the Malibu beaches and a helicopter tour of Catalina Island.

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Skip the Line: Express Ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood

Skip the Line: Express Ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Nab this Universal Express Ticket for a superior experience at Universal Studios Hollywood. With this popular option, get all-day admission to the parks as well as one-time express access to each ride, attraction, and show the park offers. A limited number of Express Tickets are available each day, so pre-purchase yours to ensure the best possible experience.
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  • 8 hours
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$189.00
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$189.00

Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Two routes in Hollywood & Beverly Hills, Santa Monica & Venice Beach. You can start and end of the tour at any of the stops along with routes. You can take the tour in your own pace and your own itinerary. Starline Tours’ Hop-On Hop-Off, City Sightseeing buses showcase the very best Los Angeles has to offer. Visit famous sights, attractions, museums, from classic Hollywood to the stunning coastal landscapes and legendary beaches of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Unlimited use the 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour passes, giving you the freedom and flexibility to see the city on your own schedule while enjoying the comfort and convenience of our open-air double-decker bus service, delivering incredible adventure and great value for your money.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

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Get an in-depth introduction to Los Angeles on this grand city tour. Ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time, the tours start in downtown Los Angeles then continues to Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and Beverly Hills.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00

3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

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See the best that California has to offer during this 3-day, 2-night West Coast tour, covering some of the Golden State’s top cities and outdoor areas. Start your trip in Los Angeles, snaking north by van or motor coach through California hotspots including Santa Barbara, Solvang, Yosemite National Park, Carmel, San Francisco and Hearst Castle. It’s a memorable opportunity to explore one postcard-worthy destination after the next. Your tour of the California coast also includes two nights of accommodations and a driver-guide.
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  • 3 days
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$530.00
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Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park

Griffith Observatory Hike: Hollywood Hills Walk in Griffith Park

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Experience panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline as you embark on a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) hike to one of the highest peaks in Griffith Park. Follow your expert guide as they share captivating tales of Hollywood history. Snap some shots of the iconic Hollywood Sign before finishing your tour at the world-famous, iconic Griffith Observatory. Daily departures at 10am and one hour before sunset.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

The Ultimate Los Angeles Bike Tour

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Get an intimate look at the diverse neighborhoods of LA during this small-group cycling exploration. Join a group of no more than 10 riders for a 32-mile (51-kilometer) adventure through areas like West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Bel-Air, and Beverly Hills, listening to insightful and entertaining stories from your guide as you cycle. During the trip, you’ll also stop in Venice Beach, where you can buy lunch, and take a guided walking tour of historic Greystone Mansion. A hybrid road bike, safety equipment, and bottled water are also included.
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  • 6 hours
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$162.00
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4 Hours Private Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with Multimedia

4 Hours Private Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with Multimedia

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Visit Los Angeles’ most glamorous neighborhoods and iconic sites on a sightseeing tour in a multimedia-equipped luxury van. Watch footage that highlights Hollywood history on a 32" HDTV flat screen monitor as you cruise the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills, and take in sweeping views of the city from Mulholland Drive. Try to find your favorite stars while spotting celebrity homes, and enjoy live narration from a professional guide, whose facts, trivia and insider gossip will bring your Tinseltown trip to life.
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  • 4 hours
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$690.00
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Private Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxurious SUV

Private Sightseeing Tour of Los Angeles in a Luxurious SUV

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See Los Angeles in style with a 5-hour private tour in a spacious vehicle. Watch for celebrities as you cruise the Walk of Fame past the iconic Chinese Theater, and navigate the roads of Beverly Hills as you spot the stars’ sprawling mansions. Continue along Rodeo Drive and the vibrant Sunset Strip, then hit downtown to see the city’s most famous sports centers, concert halls and museums. Finish your trip at the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll take in Venice Beach, the Santa Monica Pier and miles of perfect, palm-lined beaches.
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  • 5 hours
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$403.85
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