Los Angeles, the “City of Angels” abounds with excitement and things to do. L.A. is a sprawling metropolis, teeming with variety that ranges from museums, amusement parks, festivals and zoos to celebrity sightings, world class shopping and beautiful beaches dotting the Pacific coastline.
If you’d rather avoid congested traffic or are not accustomed to driving in huge cities, US Coachways has the perfect travel answer. You can ride in a motor coach, mini bus or limo and leave the hassles of city driving to a professional. Plan your own itinerary and enjoy the trip.
Highlights for Your Los Angeles Trip
L.A. Amusement Parks and Ride Attractions
With Disneyland in Anaheim, Six Flags in Santa Clarita and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Vista, there is no lack of large amusement parks to choose from. You and your kids can get your fill of thrills. The zip lines at Mount Baldy are another attraction for the brave at heart seeking an ultimate adventure.
Timeout.com1 lists the top museums to visit in L.A. and here are a few of the highlights:
The Broad. The city’s newest museum, The Broad is a contemporary art museum in downtown L.A. with amazing mirror rooms and post-war artworks by Andy Warhol and others.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). You can see the amazing Urban Light, a work of art created from 202 cast-iron street lamps collected from the L.A. area. They have been restored and are functioning in a magnificent artistic display. The museum has numerous modernistic masterpieces along with traditional Japanese screens and other wonderful exhibitions.
Getty Center. In 1997, J Paul Getty’s Trust opened the Getty Center, which contains a comprehensive art collection. Since that time, the Getty Center has expanded considerably and more recently was renamed the Getty Villa. You’ll see exquisite travertine and white metal pavilions that house Impressionistic works of art and rotating exhibitions.
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pitts. A group of paleontologists discovered remains of animals in 1875 at Rancho La Brea, where a bubbling tar pit flowed up from an underground petroleum lake. Millions of fossils have since been excavated and many are on display at the museum.
Griffith Observatory. Located high on a hilltop in Griffith Park, this observatory is an L.A. landmark that offers breathtaking night views of the city lights below. It contains numerous exhibits, including the Tesla coil and planetarium show. The observatory also provides reflecting and refracting telescopes for viewing.
The L.A. area boasts more than 16 zoos, including a number of petting zoos for children. Two of the top zoos listed by Yelp include:
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens2 occupy 133 acres that is owned by the city of Los Angeles. The zoo was built in 1966 and today includes many exhibits, including the Chimpanzees of Manhale Mountains, Campo Gorilla Reserve, Elephants of Asia, The LAIR (amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates), Red Ape Rain Forest (Southeast Asian jungle with orangutans) and Rainforest of the Americas (monkeys, piranhas, toucans, Goliath bird eating spider, boas, and jaguars).
Wildlife Learning Center. Located in Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley, the Wildlife Learning Center http://www.wildlifelearningcenter.org educates people of all ages about wildlife sciences, conservation and the environment. Many of the more than 100 animals housed at the zoo were rescued or displaced in a variety of situations: as illegal pets, zoo-born wild animals and animals at risk. There are about 50 different species living in this shady, natural environment at the center.
The L.A. calendar of events lists plenty of festivals and fairs for June 2018. Events 123 displays the complete calendar, but here are a few highlights:
Beer Festival. On June 16 the Orange County Big Summer Beerfest kicks off with samples of more than 100 craft beers, wines and spirits. Orange County Great Park is hosting the festival and visitors can enjoy the music of live bands and DJs along with plenty of games and food.
L.A. Beer Week. Also beginning on June 16 and lasting through June 26, L.A. Beer Week occurs in multiple locations, with a festival the first day at Los Angeles Center Studios.
Sidewalk Chalk Festival. The Pasadena Chalk Festival on June 16-17 is fun for the whole family. The festival features beautiful chalk art on the sidewalk, animation art, live music and activities for kids and on Sunday a car show at Paseo Colorado outdoor mall.
Santa Monica Festival. The Santa Monica Festival called the Summer Solstice takes place a block from the beach on Main Street, which will be blocked off for the festival. The date is June 24 and the festival features six music stages, beer and wine gardens, and kid’s activities.
Greek Festival. On June 29-July 1, visit the Greek festival in Irvine, called “A Taste of Greece.” Savor the delicious Greek food and pastries and have fun watching Greek folk dancing. There are carnival rides to keep the kids entertained.
Hollywood and Celebrities
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre4 is a must-see for anyone visiting Los Angeles. The theatre’s website states that “To visit Los Angeles and not see the Chinese Theatre is like visiting China and not seeing the Great Wall.”
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre opened in Hollywood 91 years ago on May 18, 1927. It was Hollywood’s most spectacular theatre and movie stars came from everywhere to leave their handprints, footprints and signatures in the cement of the theatre’s courtyard. The courtyard became a distinguished legacy for the theatre and has immortalized numerous film stars. The cost of building the theatre was over $2 million dollars, which was extravagant for that time period.
Since then, countless studio premieres have been held at the Chinese, and the theatre has remained a cultural landmark for nearly a century.
Take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and see the Hollywood Walk of Fame where gold trimmed stars with celebrities’ names decorate the sidewalk.
Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive
For the lap of luxury, there’s nothing like Rodeo Drive, which lies in the heart of Beverly Hills and is known for its exclusive, luxurious designer stores. World famous hotels such as the Beverly Wilshire and Four Seasons Hotel line the street. The most famous section of Rodeo Drive, nicknamed the Golden Triangle, stretches for three blocks and you can’t miss the top-of-the-line designer stores, including Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Cartier, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabanna, Escada, Gucci, Harry Winston, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, Yves Saint-Laurent and more.
Los Angeles Beaches
People from all over the world come to enjoy Sunny California and its fabulous beaches. Let the salty ocean breeze brush against your cheeks as you lounge at the shoreline.
While there are countless beaches to enjoy along the Los Angeles coast, here are a few that stand out:
Zuma Beach. Located in Malibu, Zuma beach has lifeguards on duty and is ideal for body surfers and boogie boarders. The beach is clean and a favorite spot for locals and other beach-goers.
Santa Monica State Beach. Known for its Santa Monica Pier, this state beach stretches for about three blocks. In addition to the surf and sun, you can snack at the food stands and ride on the carousel and other rides along the pier.
Venice Beach. If you enjoy people watching, you’ve come to the right beach. You’ll see performers, jugglers, musicians, mimes and roller-skaters weaving in and out of people along the boardwalk. The boardwalk makes Venice Beach unique and it stretches for a half mile, lined with quaint shops and restaurants. You’ll find a number of volleyball and basketball areas. You don’t want to miss the pumped up men and women working out at Muscle Beach.
Reasons You Can’t Beat Chartering a Bus
Greater L.A. is the second largest metropolis in the nation with a web of multiple lane freeways intersecting and weaving throughout the area. Trust us when we say, you don’t want to drive in L.A. gridlock. By chartering a vehicle, whether a motor coach, mini bus or even a limo, you can make your trip a joy instead of a headache.
Be safe. Statistics show that charter buses beat out all the other travel modes when it comes to safety. Professional drivers and highly maintained vehicles make all the difference.
Go green. Any big city has its share of pollution, and it’s good to know that when chartering a bus, you’re choosing the greenest form of ground transportation in the nation. The carbon footprint is even less than with hybrid cars.
Travel stress free. Who wants to deal with numerous freeway overlaps, stop-and-go traffic congestion or scrounging for parking places? If that’s not you, then charter a bus.
Enjoy your wine and beer. Eliminate the designated driving factor, and give the job to a professional and let the vehicle take you to your destination.
Save on costs. The group rates you can get with charter bus rental are real cost savers. There’s no more economical way to travel as a group.
Charter Your Vehicle Today
US Coachways provides charter services to travelers all over the country. We look forward to helping you plan the details of your trip. For customized service, call our toll-free number at 1-888-340-9122 and speak with one of our representatives.