Hollywood Walk of Fame Getting Facelift

Hollywood is nothing if not obsessed with its looks, so the Walk of Fame is looking to get a facelift of its own. Work has started on some of the more dilapidated Walk of Fame stars in some of the most heavily-traffiked areas. The folks at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce are hoping to getRead More

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Katy Perry on Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard is all set up for a movie premiere for Katy Perry’s new film Part of Me. Quite a set up, they have two big screens and a whole stage set up for a concert. Looks like Katy is going to be out there performing. Should be an interesting view, right in front ofRead More

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Lindsay Moving Out?

Yes, sad but true. For the past year or so Lindsay Lohan (or her Venice home, at least) has been gracing our tours. No longer. The other day there were a couple of moving trucks outside her large Venice Beach townhouse packin’ her up and out. Reports say that the 64 year old man whoRead More

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A Drink at Villa Blanca

Recently I had a group of two fun women who are huge Real Housewives fans. So naturally I had to show them Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills, owned by Lisa Vanderpump of the Beverly Hills show. They were excited to see it and decided they had to have a drink in the restaurant named “theRead More

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You’re Taking Us Where?

On some tours I surprise them with a stop they maybe weren’t expecting — a stop at a cemetery. But these are no ordinary cemeteries. Where can you see the graves of Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, and more? Only in L.A., of course. We have two great cemeteries to choose from.Read More

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Twilight in the Chinese Theater?

A week or so ago they immortalized the stars of the Twilight series with their own handprints in the forecort of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. I’m not big fan of people looking down on the new generation of stars, but I’m not a big fan of this group getting this honor, either. If you’ve never seenRead More

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Winter in L.A.

Winter is my favorite season in LA. The coolness provides a change of season but not so much that it feels cold. Jeans and cotton sweaters rather than summer’s t-shirt and flip flops. But still we get the 80 degree (27 Celsius) days as often as we get the cooler ones, so we still getRead More

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Santa Anas Are Here

It’s that fabled time of year when the Santa Ana Winds start to wind their way over the mountains and through the canyons of LA. The subject of many a song and movie, the winds have a magical and seemingly sinister effect on Angelenos. Raymond Chandler has written that the crime rate actually goes upRead More

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Welcome to LA Insider Tours

Welcome to LA Insider Tours and our new blog. We provide tour guides for your own custom, private tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice, and more. We provide flexibile, intimate experiences that just can’t be found on the canned big bus tours. In addition we offer layover tours where we can pick youRead More

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Going to the Farmers’ Market

You’re in LA and you’ve read the guide books, and they all say you need to go to the Farmers Market to take in real Angeleno culture and maybe get lucky and spot a celebrity or two (I once saw Leo DiCaprio among many dining there but that’s for another story). But do they tellRead More

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    ~ Kelly T

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    ~ Michele G, El Segundo, California


    I can recall doing a bus tour of LA a number of years ago, and that tour did not remotely compare to what we experienced with our number one guide Rivers. Our family of four, including two boys aged 13 and 10, had the best day possible.

    ~ Lindsay O, Hepburn Springs, Australia

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    Eight hours seems like a lot of time, but the day just flew by. It was so fun and interesting. I would do this again with no regrets.

    The Kozars, Lethbridge, Canada

  • “Great family day”

    A big thank you to Scott for our fantastic LA tour!! We got all the sights in, in one day including a last minute shop @ Dash!! Scott was full of information and my family including my 3 year old had a fantastic day!! Highly recommend !!

    ~ Nicole9Aust

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