Los Angeles Tourism Discounts

Ferris Wheel Santa Monica Pier

Picture yourself sprawled out on a beach towel in the sands of Santa Monica while LA natives bike or jog on the paved trail behind you and off in the distance a camera crew captures footage that could wind up on your favorite television shows. There’s probably a street performer nearby, strumming a guitar and belting out tunes that everybody knows, and as he plays on the docks, a pelican waddles past him and steals the some bait from the group of fishermen angling off the pier. Undoubtedly, there are several high-tech looking cameras around, in the hands of cameramen with black-rimmed glasses, snapping photos of Hollywood hopefuls. You look up to see the big Ferris wheel turning against the sky, and in the background, jagged cliffs lean precariously over the Pacific. Something about Los Angeles makes you feel like you’re on vacation all year round. For tourists, this is great, … [Read more...]

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood


With visions of falling leaves and Thanksgiving turkeys fading into the rearview, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like…Grinchmas? Although it started on Thanksgiving, Grinchmas will kick off in earnest on Saturday, Dec. 7 and continue on through the rest of the month at the entertainment capital of Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition to Saturday the 7th, Grinchmas will take place on 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, and then everyday from 12/20-12/31. On the days that the Grinch invades Universal Studios Hollywood, visitors can expect to celebrate the "Wholidays" by watching the Whos dance through Whoville while spreading holiday cheer and singing along with the Who-Carolers. Guests will also have the opportunity to take photos with the Grinch, his dog Max and pose for a shot beneath the 60-foot-tall Grinchmas tree in Universal Plaza. Universal Studios Hollywood will … [Read more...]

Top Hollywood Attraction Discounts


In show business, there’s always something new and exciting going on. Perhaps that’s why Hollywood, the motion picture capital of the world, is without fail such a thrilling destination. Because the top Hollywood attractions hinge on what’s happening on the big screen, you can count on your favorite movies and television shows making an appearance on your Hollywood trip. Wondering what’s new at Universal Studios Hollywood? As usual, there’s a lot going on. Recently, Universal Studios became the new home of “EXTRA,” the celebrity news show hosted by Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos. The show broadcasts daily near the Globe Fountain and the 5 Towers stage. Fall also welcomes the annual production of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. In the scariest event in Los Angeles, Hollywood magic takes a dark turn with nightmarish landscapes, monstrous costumes … [Read more...]

Hollywood Attractions Fall 2013

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Early autumn is an ideal time to visit Los Angeles because though the weather is still very warm and the sun is almost always out, the heat is less oppressive and there are fewer tourists crowding the city. This autumn, there are so many special events and exhibits at top Hollywood attractions, you’d be crazy not to take a trip out there! There’s something enchanting about Hollywood, from the iconic Hollywood sign up in the hills to the famous old theaters on Hollywood Boulevard. It must be that movie magic that’s filling the air! If you want to experience the magic but don’t know where to start, keep reading to discover the Hollywood attractions you can’t miss and the special events that make now the perfect time to visit. Start with a Tinseltown tour to get a feel for the area and view some of Hollywood’s most notable landmarks. The Red Line Hollywood … [Read more...]

LA Studio Tour Discount Tickets


Even though studios are opening up all over the country these days, make no mistake - the hub of the entertainment industry is still Los Angeles. Maybe it’s the weather or maybe there’s something in the water, but the left coast is definitely where the stars come to shine. If you want to get an inside look at the entertainment industry while you are in the “Golden State,” grab a Los Angeles Studio Tours Pass from Smart Destinations and save 25% on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Sony Pictures Studio Tour and a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. The Los Angeles Studio Tours Pass gives you access to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. Once you step foot on the legendary lot, a knowledgeable tour guide will take you through the place where some of the most memorable moments in film and television history have been created. You’ll recognize sets like Hennesy Street’s urban … [Read more...]

Southern California Attraction Discounts


Northern California can be a great place to visit. San Francisco is beautiful, Oakland has lots to do and if you go even farther up, Redwood country looms tall. That said, the North can’t really keep up with all the Southern California Attractions in the bottom of the state. California’s most famous park might be Disneyland, but Knotts Berry Farm was open for business long before the Magic Kingdom even existed. This historic park is chock full of rollercoasters, family-friendly rides, water rides and the world famous Timber Mountain Log Ride. (Warning - you may get wet!) The parks newest ride, Coast Rider, brings the ultimate family coaster experience to the next level. Riders will begin with a 52-foot ascent to the top of the rollercoaster before being swept down 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins. The ride last two-and-a-half minutes and maxes out … [Read more...]

Hollywood Christmas Parade

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Looking for unique things to do in Los Angeles? You're in luck - now that the holiday season has officially begun, the best events in LA are kicking off. First up on the calendar is the Hollywood Christmas Parade—an American tradition in its 81st year running. This year, join hosts Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie, as well as the 2012 “Grand Marshal,” Joe Mantegna for an evening of festivities. Parade Information This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, November 25th, beginning at 6:00 PM. The parade route starts on Hollywood Blvd at Orange and continues in a U-shape as it travels east on Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard, and west on Sunset back to Orange. As always, trying to find a parking spot in Los Angeles can be a huge hassle. The most convenient way to get to the Hollywood Christmas Parade is to hop on the Metro. Both stops on Hollywood Blvd, Highland and … [Read more...]

Walt Disney World, LEGOLAND California, and Universal Studios Hollywood

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The largest, most-attended recreational complex in the world and home to some of the most iconic landmarks and imagery on the planet, Walt Disney World, is an American pastime.  Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, approximately 21 miles southwest of Orlando, Florida, the resort covers an area of 47 square miles and includes four theme parks, two water parks, twenty three on-site themed resort hotels (excluding eight more that are on-site, but not owned by the Walt Disney Company), a campground, two spas and physical fitness centers, five golf courses, and other recreational venues and entertainment.         LEGOLAND California is one of San Diego’s premier attractions. As you might expect from a Southern California amusement park, this place is larger than life—well, except that everything is miniature and made from plastic blocks! … [Read more...]

What’s New at Universal Studios Hollywood


From Hollywood parties to star-sightings, there’s always a lot going on in Los Angeles. Here’s what to expect at one of Hollywood’s hottest attractions – Universal Studios Hollywood – in 2012 and beyond: Hogwarts is Coming to Hollywood! That’s right – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is making its way to California, complete with the Hogwarts castle at its center. The addition, announced through a partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts, promises to be just as authentic as its counterpart in Orlando, which features such straight out of the book attractions as Hogsmeade, the Three Broomsticks Inn, and such themed rides as the Flight of the Hippogriff. Expect to see the addition to Universal in sometime after 2015. Transformers: The Ride Coming a little sooner to Universal Studios Hollywood, Transformers: The Ride is set to open … [Read more...]

Best Los Angeles Studio Tours

Swing by Central Perk, the hang-out spot of the "FRIENDS" characters.

What better way to experience the star-studded city of Los Angeles than to visit the studios where your favorite movies, both old and new, were created? Indeed, no trip to LA is complete without a trip to one (or more!) of one of the major film and television studios headquartered in Los Angeles. Back-lots, sound stages, and antique sets are just the beginning of what you'll discover. Of course, you should also keep your eyes peeled for celebrities currently filming in the studios! Not sure which studio is best for your visit? Here's the run down on what to expect at the four big Los Angeles Studio tours, including age requirements and other such necessary information. You can visit any or all of them with your Go Los Angeles Card!     Warner Brothers Studio Tour The highlights of this 2.25 hour tour of one of the busiest film and television studios in the … [Read more...]