City Safari Hollywood's double-decker buses run laps around Hollywood and its many world-famous attractions. Passengers flash their 24- or 48-hour passes so they can hop on and hop off at any of the 15 stops, such as in the hot shopping area of Rodeo Drive, the La Brea Tar Pits, or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The service gives sightseers the freedom to pack their day with as many destinations as possible, without having to worry about parking a car or landing a helicopter on a busy sidewalk.
You go to graduate school to become an academic. You hop on one of Beerbus.LA's tours to become an alchademic. This is the term the team behind Beerbus.LA uses to describe its participants as they partake in tours of local craft breweries. As guests travel to breweries, staff members on the bus teach the basics of beer brewing, facts that are further explained at spots such as Angel City Brewery and Hangar24 Brewery. Students learn about the fundamentals of the fermentation process, the equipment needed to brew beer, and the elemental ingredients in beer such as malt, barley, and winemakers' tears. Tour-goers can also sample the fnished product at each stop.
• For $5, you get one general-admission pass (a $12 value before fees, or up to a $13.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $20, you get one VIP pass (a $50 value before fees, or up to a $51.50 value online, including all ticketing fees).
Many people feel an indescribable urge to follow in the footsteps of celebrities long passed—hoping that a connection to their genius or charm still lingers in the air of their apartments and favorite pubs. The guides of Esotouric understand and share this urge, though they prefer to roam the paths of history by bus. After scouring the famed neighborhoods of Los Angeles in search of interesting and outlandish locations, they share their findings on bus adventures that retrace the trails blazed by local artists, filmmakers, writers, and actors.
Esotouric's odysseys wind through haunts such as Raymond Chandler's favorite breakfast spot and the salon Charles Bukowski visited for his weekly knuckle-hair perm. Coloring their tours with anecdotes about the films adapted from his noirish stories, guides also visit locales captured in the cinematic landscapes of James M. Cain. Various tours explore Southern California’s culture, literature, and architectural sides, giving history hounds the chance to sniff out sinister deeds in old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and crime scenes.
As the years have led to urban expansion, only one Los Angeles winery has stood the test of time. The San Antonio Winery and Restaurant in Lincoln Heights is so beloved as a local drinking institution, it was given cultural monument status in 1966. Since then, the hidden-away winery, down a few side streets in an industrial part of the downtown area, has been quietly serving up glasses of fine wine from their Italian-style villa. Terracotta roofs and tall greenery line the exterior of this operational winery, which has been bottling since 1917. Free wine tastings and tours are available daily, and the attached Maddalena restaurant serves homey Italian food.