Summer vacation in the works? Hollywood Tours are expensive

Are Hollywood tours in your near future? Well, summer does mean hot days, cool nights and a little glitz and glamour for entertainment purposes. It appears 2016 might be the year of Los Angeles vacations. People I have barely met have been calling, texting and emailing me asking for advice. Of course I’ve obliged, but I don’t think there is anything bad to do in the city. Even a stroll around the Hollywood cemetery would be fascinating with all the famous folks buried only blocks from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

One of the most appealing aspects of a Hollywood vacation is the Hollywood tours. Driving around Hollywood, Beverly Hills and even Bel Air, visitors get the chance to see where people once lived, currently lived or died. It’s a quick drive with the tour guide pointing, talking and trying not to get a ticket for a traffic offense all at once. There are odd Hollywood tours available too. A drive to South Central to see gangs, a death tour, a Hollywood foodie tour, learn more about comic book heroes on a tour and even a cemetery tour. Tickets are found online OR if you are looking to do something spur of the moment, you will see people hawking tickets in front of the Dolby Theater.

See a Star on Hollywood Tours? Maybe

What people forget is that the celebrities are thinking about vacations and sometimes means escaping the Los Angeles area. Celebrities and stars are packing their bags to escape the city life and relax as their shows and movies take a summer break.  Which means unless you are coming to Hollywood and have tickets to see a show, you might not see any celebrities in the summer months. Occasionally during the summer months a star might be seen but I think you’d have better luck seeing a whale on a boat tour though.

Which brings me to my biggest advice about a Hollywood tours. Skip the movie star tours and rent a car, even if only for a day. Buy one of those $2.99 apps for your phone that offer a Hollywood map to follow and go enjoy the city on your own. It will be cheaper (tours start at $60 bucks for two hours) and you’ll have more fun. It’s the same information and you’ll be able to actually pull over and take pictures of the different places. You have better odds seeing a celebrity on your own as stars hide from the buses. Plus, once you are done, head up to the Griffith Observatory at sunset and watch the sunset over the ocean as the lights of the city come alive.

About the author
Jodi Jill currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog Addo. Sharing her love of books and words, she is a literacy speaker, professional writer and syndicated columnist.

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