A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bed sheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a peek inside the mind of a famed figure with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour Hollywood or Star Homes tour from Another Side of Los Angeles Tours (a $75 value). Both tours leave from the home office on South La Cienega Boulevard with up to 15 people per trip, the Hollywood tour departing at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Star Homes tour departing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday–Sunday.
Another Side of Los Angeles Tours brings travelers and curious locals together for informative jaunts past LA's famous sites, earning votes as a top LA tour company by TripAdvisor reviewers. Patrons pile into a van or mini bus piloted by their guide for the Hollywood tour, which cruises by famed showbiz locales including Jim Henson Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Grauman's Chinese Theatre to a narrative track of history. While roadsters cruise down Sunset Strip and by the Kodak Theatre's well-known façade, passengers snap photos and begin preparing for future fame by hiding their faces from the paparazzi.
Alternatively, the Stars Homes tour shepherds sightseers through the streets of Beverly Hills, where behemoth abodes and mansions bordered by palm trees and manicured shrubs contain secrets brought to light by knowledgeable guides. Patrons imbibe complimentary snacks and bottled water as leaders weave tales of intrigue, including how the Hollywood sign was originally designed to be a giant nightlight for actors afraid of the dark.