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Starline Tours

Photograph: Michael Juliano
Hollywood

Starline Tours essentially operates an entire network of double-decker bus circuits across the city, from Downtown to Santa Monica to LAX. Unlike most full-day tours, you’re never held hostage to a particular itinerary. Buses arrive at most major tourist attractions across the city every 20 to 30 minutes, so feel free to avoid awful spots and linger in more interesting ones (to complete the Hollywood-WeHo-Beverly Hills loop in one sitting clocks in at just under two hours). Between attractions, faux Robin Leach narration pumps through headphone jacks at every seat. The ritzy British accent lends extra hilarity as it recounts Hollywood lore, like the El Pollo Loco where Brad Pitt used to dress up as a chicken or the liquor store where Guns N’ Roses used to get sloshed. That the narration plays through headphones offers two other possibilities: alternative languages for both practical purposes and entertainment value, or a completely quiet, narration-free ride. Promotional wraps on the bus obscure the view from the interior, lower level, but the view from the open-air, upper level is unexpectedly fantastic. Even for locals, it provides a fresh vantage point that really highlights the natural and architectural beauty of LA’s more attractive areas.

Venue name: Starline Tours
Address: 6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles

Venue phone: 800-959-3131
Website: https://www.starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tour-HOHO.asp
Price: $44 adult; $25 child
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