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tour company or self tour

going to LA for the weekend and will only have fri after morning arrival to do some sight seeing. Can anyone recommend a tour company- open bus or since we will have rent a car do sight seeing on our own. Its myself and my mom.

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1. Re: tour company or self tour

Where will you be staying?

The best known company is Starline Tours.


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staying in the lax area? I want an open air or double decker to get better views. Thanks

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Starline has their Hop On, Hop Off (HoHo) tour which is conducted on a 2-story open air bus:


The tour covers over 100 tourist destinations on 6 different 'tour loops' that you can ride unlimitedly. You'll need to decide which section(s) of our metro area you'd like to explore. In all practicality, you won't be able to ride more than 2 tour loops, given the time you have.

Please tell us more about your plans. Why are you staying near LAX? If you pick up the rental car right away then it might interfere with the HoHo tour because, unlike conventional tours (where you are picked up and dropped off at your hotel), the HoHo, picks up at 100+ locations and you need to make your way back to your starting point by transferring between the various loops of the tour.

This can waste a lot of time since the loops take longer to complete, then, say, an express bus or metro rail train would and, of course, if you completed the tour, in say, Santa Monica, you could rent a car THERE and quickly drive to your hotel at LAX.

Another benefit to picking up the car later is that the HoHo stops running in the early evening so if you plan to stay for dinner somewhere, you'd need to find another way to make your way back to your hotel.

Keep in mind that L.A. is not like NYC; it's more like Westchester -- lots of different areas with a vast asortment of public transit options. If you must stay near the airport, there are ways to get you back to your hotel quickly (taxis are one choice -- though expensive; express airport buses are another).

So, please tell us if you must stay near the airport and what specific sites you plan to see in L.A. There's no such thing as 'the usual touristy sites', btw. Our TOP QUESTIONS BOX at the rtight side of this page might be helpful. If you can't see the box, here's a shortcut to the content there:



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