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    10 great movies taking place in LA

    Los Angeles, along with Hollywood, has been heart of the cinematic industry for decades. As the city once tempted filmmakers with sunny weather and plenty of space, now it tempts them with its atmosphere. City of Angels is a perfect setting for basically any movie, romance, action, you name it. The diversity will suit almost […]

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    Meet the Team: Barry Finnegan

    Tour Guide of the Month: Barry Finnegan  Barry joined LA Tour1 in 2017 and has been working as a Driving and Hiking Tour Guide. Barry is also a professional actor providing live narration to Planetarium shows at Griffith Observatory. He has also written and produced a couple of web series such as our favorite “Bad News” and many others. Questions: […]

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    According to Andrew: K-TOWN

    Original Post by Andrew Renslow  With the Korean peninsula dominating the news recently, I think now is a great time to talk about Koreatown here in Los Angeles. Personally, “K-town” means a lot to me as this was where I got my first job after I moved here from my home state of Indiana. This […]

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    Santa Monica Pier’s History

    Original Post by Andrew Renslow Southern California has no shortage of beautiful beaches. Possibly the most iconic beach landmark in the LA area is the Santa Monica Pier. The pier has been a popular vacation destination for over a century bringing in nearly 7 million tourists annually. Over the years, as neighboring coastal piers closed […]

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    According to Andrew: LA’s Secret Staircases

    Original Post by Andrew Renslow Murphy Ranch Secret Stairs A few weeks ago, I wrote a about the various hiking trails here in LA but what if you want to hike but don’t want to stray too far from civilization? No problem, Los Angeles has a vast network of public staircases hidden all over the […]

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    5 Places Not to Miss When Visiting LA

    There are many great places to see in Los Angeles, and it is true what they say, traffic is a nightmare… but if you can get past the initial shock of how far away each attraction is you’ll do just fine. Whether you rent a car, call an Uber or god forbid, take the metro […]

  • LA Brea Tar Pits – Going Back in Time

    Original Post by Andrew Renslow If you ever find yourself on Wilshire Boulevard in the miracle mile neighborhood, without a doubt you will smell asphalt. Though there is plenty of construction in the area due to the extension of the metro purple line, the true source of this smell is the bubble pools of asphalt […]

  • Venice Beach Canals – A History

    Original Post by Andrew Renslow Venice Beach is known for its skate/surf culture, bodybuilders pumping iron at muscle beach, and the babes and bros of BAYWATCH running in slow motion near the shore; but not everyone knows that Venice California was inspired by Venice Italy. There isn’t a lot that these two cities have in […]

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    They Say Marilyn Monroe is the Hardest Working Ghost in Showbiz …

    Original Post by Andrew Renslow Hollywood has produced tons of icons over the years and it is safe to say that Marilyn Monroe is one of the most recognizable figures from the silver screen. Even today every time I take a trip to Hollywood, I will run into one or more Marilyn Monroe impersonators. Monroe […]

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    According to Andrew: St. Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles

    Original Post by Andrew Renslow St. Patrick’s Day in Los Angeles O’ lucky are we to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year on a Saturday! Personally, St. Patty’s Day is one of my favorite holidays but it’s always tricky trying to decide what to do when there are so many options. Here in Los […]