TOURific Escapes is a food tour company. We are experts at the local area, and we’ll show you the city with a personal touch and tempt you with tastings you may not have discovered on your own. With our friendly tour and roomy and comfortable ride, you’ll feel like your best friend is showing you the best parts of town.
A city's identity encompasses many elements, from its history and architecture to its art and culture. With Graff Tours, groups peek into each of those realms through a single lens: graffiti. During tours, guides and graffiti experts lead groups through the streets of major cities, including the birthplace of graffiti, Philadelphia. They showcase various types of art along the way?classic graffiti, wheat paste, stencil art, yarn bombing, and more?while explaining the content and importance of each piece. Much like blaring an Alexander the Great speech on your car speakers, tours are a mix of old and new, simultaneously highlighting the history of graffiti and demonstrating where the art is headed today. In addition to its group treks, Graff Tours also offers self-guided maps designed for specific neighborhoods for DIY excursions.
In Los Angeles, people want to see the stars—luckily for them, Hollywood Tourz exists. Guides from the tour company whisk visitors on open-air buses around the City of Angels for an up-close look at the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign. The local guides, who also lead bike tours, know the hotspots along the Sunset Strip and in the Hollywood Hills where celebrities go to shop and dine. Along the way, you'll pass by several celebrity estates, often going past the homes of Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Tom Cruise, and Kermit the Frog. Sometimes tour participants see more than the places the stars frequent—Tom Green, Donny Osmond, and Kelsey Grammer have each been sighted during a Hollywood Tourz' jaunt, and each cheerily posed for pictures.
Every day, Downtown LA Walking Tours introduces people to one of the biggest movie stars in the world: Los Angeles. Their guides lead groups to many of the locations that have made L.A. the most filmed city in the world, from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to Grand Park and the Bradbury Building. But tours don't focus exclusively on the silver screen. During the L.A.?s Beginnings tour, the city experts turn things into a moving history lesson that tells how the city went from a small pueblo to a player on the world stage. On the Old and New Downtown L.A. tour, they reveal how different landmarks were built over the years, ultimately sculpting the city people know today from glass, steel, and discarded Mickey Mouse ears.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: 50% off Starters and drinks
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Pro Tip: Up to 3 free drinks per guest at 3 parties with VIP transportation. With no waiting in line, have fun and let VIP Lux Hollywood do the work.
Petroleum mogul Dr. Armand Hammer clung to life just long enough to see The Hammer Museum make its debut in 1990, passing away three weeks later. Without the founder’s support, construction screeched to a halt and spaces sat in varying states of completion. But not for long. The powers that be at UCLA saw Hammer’s vision, and took control of the abandoned museum in 1994. They restored it to its former glory by importing the university’s own collections and staff. Today, The Hammer’s unique compendium of works still hints at the unlikely collaboration that bore the museum all those years ago. Its stockpile of masterpieces explores the modern-day in a contemporary collection of mostly drawings and photographs. Richard Hawkins’ disembodied zombie george green might best embody current artistic trends; his expressionless eyes stare from a yellow backdrop, the handiwork of an undead inkjet printer. Meanwhile, the Armand Hammer Collection, left behind by the museum’s namesake, balances george and other outlandish works with 19th-century art by Degas, Cézanne, and van Gogh. It’s virtually impossible to predict whether rotating exhibits will land in classic or contemporary camps. They range from performance art installations—Floor of the Forest depicts two dancers moving through hanging jumbles of used clothing and ropes—to sculptures, paintings, and drawings. To cultivate better artistic understanding, the Hammer Museum hosts events including lunchtime art talks, tours, and screenings.