By day, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Hollywood are bustling, cosmopolitan tourist destinations. But at night, when the sky grows dim, the guides of Haunted City Tours set out in search of the towns' ghostly denizens. These cities have as sordid a history as any, filled with corrupt politicians and gun-slinging outlaws alike. In San Diego, tour-goers visit the Gaslamp District's first funeral parlor, and a haunted brothel once owned by Wyatt Earp. On the Las Vegas strip, hotels house the spirits of people killed in grizzly murders, including the infamous "Motel of Death." And in Hollywood, cemeteries and notorious mansions contain as much tragedy as some of cinema's darkest films. Haunted City Tours whisks guests to all of these eerie places, during guided tours that include historical tidbits alongside tales of paranormal happenings.
Although most people traditionally try to steer clear of the world of organized crime, Mob Attraction Las Vegas pulls them back in with an interactive journey into the underworld’s gritty underbelly. Inside the museum’s recently upgraded space, guests face off with actors and 3-D holograms of famous film crime bosses, such as James Caan and Frank Vincent. A collection of authentic, never-before-seen memorabilia, photos, and videos, as well as a fully interactive courthouse and jail, marry museum-like intrigue with performance art, granting an unprecedented access into the private lives of real gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel, Tony Spilotro, and Meyer Lansky.
Madame Tussaud began crafting wax likenesses in 1770s Paris, and a sense of history clings to her wax museums around the globe today—according to the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers, the location is haunted by unsettled spirits. By day, the collection of wax sculptures fills the serene exhibits with characters ranging from daredevil Evel Knievel (complete with his original Harley Davidson and good-luck teddy bear) to Lady Gaga and Whoopi Goldberg. A Hugh Hefner figure, wearing the Playboy magnate’s signature smoking jacket, reclines on a bed, and a nightclub-themed section of the museum honors Las Vegas’s entertainment history with a waxen Elvis and Wayne Newton.
Velvet ropes no longer cordon figures off from the public, granting guests up-close-and-personal photo ops. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas honors its spooky roots with special late-night Scream events, a shriek-inducing tour through a maximum-security prison set interspersed with ghoulish wax figures and live actors.
From the faux Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Bus Tours provides a smooth ride to some of the most famous landmarks in the world. Live guides and recorded commentary provide insight into historic places such as the Tower of London and the Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong, and popular attractions such as Miami's Art Deco district. The hop-on, hop-off system allows travelers to enter and exit the open double-decker buses at their leisure, stopping at restaurants to sample the local cuisine, at local boutiques to pick up souvenirs, and at shopping malls to observe the interactions of teenagers and their natural enemy: the security guard.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Trikke
Pro Tip: Please wear flat shoes and sunglasses. May want to consider sunscreen or bringing a hat.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Electric Trikke Art Tour
Recommended Age Group: Adults
What special training do you or your staff have?
We provide a 10-minute orientation on the electric Trikkes before beginning the tour.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Our staff are Certified Trikke Trainers and are completely versed with Trikke Carving Vehicles.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
They will see a whole new side of downtown Las Vegas. We'll show them what's happening?not what happened.