5 Most Haunted Places in Los Angeles! | Best of LA

A limo at LAXDid you know there are dozens of haunted places throughout Los Angeles? Whether you’re a believer of paranormal activity or not, these supposedly haunted sites can be highly exciting to check out! Besides organized ghost-tours by StarLine Tours, why not contact a limo service in Los Angeles to check out the city’s scariest sites by limousine? By limo or not, proceed with caution as we present to you LA’s most haunted locations!

5. Hollywood Sign

A hugely popular destination of a Los Angeles limo service is also the famous Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee. Here we often do transfers of tourists from LAX and others utilizing limousine rentals to experience one of Los Angeles most famous landmarks. A few of them have reported that they witnessed a woman jumping off the H letter. This is supposedly Peg Entwistle, a B-rated actress that jumped to her death here in 1932, frustrated over her poor acting career.



4. Suicide Bridge

Nicknamed nothing less than “Suicide Bridge”, the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena has been the location of many suicides during the hardships of the Great Depression. People often witness ghosts jumping here, and even a mother-ghost throwing her baby off the bridge. Whether you’re visiting this bridge by our exclusive LA party bus and limousine rentals or on your own, be prepared for the lights to go out!

3. El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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Grauman’s Chinese Theater is also said to be haunted!

Another supposedly haunted place is found in Downtown LA, namely the birthplace of the city at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Several limo customers claim to have seen ghosts appearing in front of City Hall, and many seem to have heard footsteps behind them while they’ve been walking these streets alone. Where the Union Station now is located is where the terrible Chinese Massacre of 1871 took place, known as the biggest mass lynches to ever take place in the United States. This has long been a popular place to visit for LAX tourists and others wanting the original Los Angeles experience. There are also many street vendors in the area with opportunities for cheap shopping and a thriving Mexican community that makes for signature Mexican cultural experiences.

2. Hotel Roosevelt

A location often served by LAX transfers for other reasons, Hotel Roosevelt has also become a popular place for ghost-sightseeing. One of Marilyn Monroe’s favorite hotels in town, many have reportedly seen her ghost in room 1200. Most often she has been observed in the mirror in this room, looking straight at you! But there are more ghosts haunting this old 1927 hotel; guests often call down to the reception to ask if the person in the neighboring room can stop playing on their trumpet. No one actually was playing on their trumpet, at least no one alive. Actor Montgomery Clift stayed at the hotel for over three months and his ghost is said to haunt and play on his trumpet here. Furthermore, many guests have gotten phone calls to the room phone from vacant rooms in the middle of the night, and in certain rooms, the lights are known to turn on and off as they please, mostly in the middle of the night. Get a limo- or LA party bus to the Hotel Roosevelt – if you dare!

1. RMS Queen Mary

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Queen Mary in Long Beach

Although located in Long Beach, Queen Mary might be one of Los Angeles County’s most haunted places. The restaurant and hotel here are trending for LAX transfers with tourists and visitors wanting to spend the night here. But it’s far from just spending a night in an ocean liner than makes RMS Queen Mary so popular! Being named one of America’s Top 10 Haunted Places by Time Magazine, over fifty people have lost their lives on board this former cruise, many whom are reported to be haunting the ship still today. “The lady in white” is just one of several ghosts said be to haunting Queen Mary. Because of its extensive history of ghost-sightings, the ship has been featured in a number of ghost-themed TV-series including but not limited to Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Most Haunted and Fact or Faked.

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Manson Caves by Chatsworth Park

There are many more haunted places throughout the city. Did you for instance know that ghosts are said to be haunting the Heritage Square Museum, Greystone Mansion and even Grauman’s Chinese Theater? Actor Victor Kilian was killed by his house close to the Chinese Theater at the end of the 1970’s, and the ghost haunting the theater is said to look for his killer! Several places with a connection to Charles Manson is said to be haunted, including 10050 Cielo Drive, a home where Sharon Tate and numerous others where murdered by the Manson crew. Besides being featured in numerous paranormal documentaries and TV-series, the house is also featured in the film House At the End of the Drive (2014). Another supposedly haunted Charles Manson location is the Manson Caves of the Santa Susana Mountains in the Chatsworth area.

See also our list of Most Haunted Places in Ventura County!

Whether to look for paranormal activity or just enjoy a day out in LA, renting a vehicle from a Los Angeles limo service is guaranteed to make for a memorable day!

Do You Know L.A.’s Most Dangerous Gangs?


Just curious about the most dangerous gangs? Scroll to the bottom!

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Los Angeles’ most dangerous gangs

At our LA limo service we are tremendously proud of the L.A. But as any other city, Los Angeles also has its problems. The beautiful city of Angels is unfortunately also known as “the Gang Capital of America,” and even by some as “the Gang Capital of the world”! Here our limousine services will represent some of the most dangerous regions and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. With over 160,000 gang members in LA County alone, the city has more gang members than any other American city. Hundreds of gangs have originated in the LA area, including gangs as the Bloods, Crips, MS-13, the Nazi Lowriders, and the Sureños. The gangs often targets teenagers to recruit, and the average gang member will not live to be 25 according to the National Geographic. In the year of 2015, Los Angeles had 285 murders. A number which is higher than most cities in America. Furthermore, certain areas of the city ranks amongst the worst in the country. As an example, the CQ Press ranked Compton in 2010 as the 8th most dangerous community in the country! We’re glad our LA limo office is located here! With over 530 violent crimes for every 100,000 persons, Chesterfield Square in South LA has numerous times ranked as the most dangerous area within city limits. A little ways away from LA is where we find San Bernardino, named “California’s most dangerous city” by CBS News in 2016. So hang on as our LA limo services present the “most dangerous gangs in Los Angeles.”

 

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A limousine visiting the Roxy. LA limo services often get called to Roxy.

Back in LA we sadly find many neighborhoods heavily affected and impacted by gang activity, at some time even making walking outdoors after sundown a dangerous activity. We can guarantee though that you are the best care when riding with our limousine services no matter your destination or pickup location. Research has concluded gang-crime exists because violent gangs are able to requite new members. There are many reasons to why Angelenos decide to join gangs. Most gang members are recruited from their school or neighborhood, where gangs show up to recruit new members. Studies in LA have shown that the largest recruitment age are youths between the age of 12 and 14, which again results in the fact that Los Angeles’ gang members on average do not live longer than to be 25 years old. Gang members have recent years increased the recruitment of kids and teens. They are aware that California courts treat juveniles more leniently than adults, and oftentimes carelessly uses them as shields or hit men to do the most risky crimes. While all of this may scare you off, know that in our 15+ years of serving the city with LA limo services we have not encountered any gang-activity what-so-ever. Remember that there are always good pockets as well. The Southern California area is also home to numerous communities in both Santa Barbara-, LA-, Ventura-, and Orange Counties that rate amongst the safest in America. Our limo-, sedan- and Los Angeles party bus services offer our services throughout all of Southern California. Another example, vineyard communities such as Los Olivos and Santa Ynez, often visited on our award-winning wine tours, are amongst the safest places on Earth and has practically no crime.

 

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The LAX Theme Building is a daily sight on LAX airport rides

Closer to the city and where we so often do our LAX sedan drop-offs and sedan pick-ups are also safe communities. But many may ask: Why do these kids end up becoming members of gangs? The LA limo office has looked at the numbers. Research says in this age, youths want to belong to a group, have friends and respect. Many are drawn by promises of parties, girls or drugs. It gives respect and power to know the right people. Youths often also join gangs to get protection. If they feel threatened by a group of people, they often want a group for their own. Many that does not have anyone to look out for them or protect them, look to gangs for this protection. The gangs promise to look out for you and they are less likely to be pushed around by people at school or other places. Studies have shown that in some areas, like in Compton, youths often feel unsafe if they are not a part of a gang, most likely due to the high levels of crime. When riding in one of our Los Angeles party bus selections do not fear as you will be in the safest of hands. As a matter of fact, our LA limo company continuously pass all CHP- and other inspections. All our LA limo drivers are professionals and drug-tested.

 

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Sunset Strip is a popular destination for party bus clients in Los Angeles.

Michael McKinney might be America’s leading specialist on gang violence. He is a certificated Gang Crime Instructor who is often working with law enforcement agencies, communities and schools to inform about gang violence. He is also a representative for the American Correctional Association National Task Force On Gang Violence. Our LA limo service has looked into his research. McKinney’s research on LA has shown that the major reason to why people join gangs is to make money.  When people are unemployed, there is also a much higher chance of them to join a gang. People need to make a living one way or another. If there is no access to decent jobs, many turn to illegal activity as a way to make money. In Compton, the 8th most dangerous community in America, the unemployment rate is extremely high among men, which has led to the high levels of gang membership. The chance of joining a gang is also much higher for Angelenos that are addicted to drugs. Drugs are often very expensive and they need large amounts of cash to buy the drug. Youths from families of drug- or alcohol addiction are also more likely to become a gang member. They would rather spend time with a gang; it is a way to escape from their family-problems, as well as a way to have a “2nd family.” Many gangs also use this as a method to get to members, promises of a companionship where you are treated as one of the family. You may wonder why a limo- and LAX sedan provider cares so much about it, but as a company that has served the City of Angels for over fifteen years, we deeply care about all citizens in our beautiful city. In fact, we not only offer wine-tasting trips and airport transfers all day, Los Angeles County Limo has also contributed to various volunteer work organizations such as the United Cancer Advocacy Networtk (UCAAN) and the LGBTQA Straight & Alley Prom organized by the OUTreach Center in the Antelope Valley.

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Hollywood Wax Museum from a Los Angeles limousine ride

Despite being home to many dangerous gangsters’ and neighborhoods, Los Angeles has seen a significant decrease in its gang violence rates in the 21st century. According to the LA limo hub, the decrease in gang violence has been enormous! From January 2009 to January 2010, the decline was as big as 40 percent! In other words, there were 78 gang related homicides in January of 2009, while there were only 51 in the same month of 2010. But this change has not been true for every part of the city. As of most things, there are exceptions to overall development. Gang troubled neighborhoods, like for instance Inglewood, had 22 homicides in the year of 2010, compared to 16 in 1999. According to the Inglewood Police Detective Bureau Captain, John R. Frazier, the homicide rate in that particular city is entirely tied to gang violence. From 1979 to 1995, gang related homicides in Los Angeles County increased from 18 to 43 percent. But has since year 2000 been on a steadily decline. In 2000, gang related homicides counted for more than 50 % of the killings in LA County, but the percentage had decreased to 43 % in 2008. The actual number of homicides per year has also been decreasing consistently, as well as the number of gang related homicides. In 2008, there were 167 gang-related homicides in the city. This is down from 349 in 2001. So rest assure, a Los Angeles party bus night out will not leave you safe and sound. Whether for an LA limo-, SUV- LAX sedan- or Los Angeles party bus, let our wine tour and limousine services help you accommodate an ideal outing.

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Our limousine services care about the community!

The way the city is addressing the issue is changing. LA has for decades been a model for cities, within the United States as well as internationally, in their leading way of fighting gangs. Political leaders from gang troubled countries in both Europe and Latin-America have come to Los Angeles to learn from their approach of gang-related crime. But the way LA has approached gang violence up through the years has often changed and new methods have been taken in use. Earlier, authorities had very little knowledge about how gangs worked, but have over the years got more and more insight to how they are working and recruiting new members. The most common method to fight gangs earlier, was by being hard on them when they broke the law. In the recent years, authorities have approached gangs through a whole new set of ways, in addition to being hard on crime they commit. The FBI has long played the leading role in fighting gangs throughout the U.S., including in the city of LA. Their priorities have often changed, and they have prioritized gang violence more and more during the years gang violence rose in the city. They also have founded the NGIC, the National Gang Intelligence Center, to keep track of violent gangs in LA and other big cities throughout the U.S. Our limousine services are tremendously proud of our law enforcement, and is why we for instance were proud sponsors of the 20th Annual Police-Community Partnership Awards Dinner by the Simi Valley Police Department in Simi Valley, CA. We actually have one of our limo hubs located in Simi Valley, as well as in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Palm Springs, and Westlake Village. That we, our limousine services can easily service all of Southern California. Call us at (866)-319-LIMO to find out more about our LA limo, party bus- or Malibu wine tours.

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Heading to the beach is a popular activity to combine with Malibu wine tours

Our LA limo office is appreciative of all the efforts made to fix the Los Angeles gang problem. Different institutions, politicians, individuals and organizations have had and do have different ways in proposed solutions to gang violence in LA. The previous mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa (D), contributed to establish the Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. A part of this program provides safe places, free counseling and service for risk-youths; these include youths from troubled families or youths with concerned family members. New measures have also been targeted at geographical areas with high percentages of gang-members. Twelve neighborhoods were in 2010 a part of the government program to prevent gang-related crimes. These twelve neighborhoods had all over 400 percent more gang-related crime than anywhere else in the city. Although none of our limo hubs are located in these neighborhoods, we do offer limousine services here as well.

See also 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Los Angeles!

Many neighborhoods in LA have also created their own organizations to prevent gang violence and other illegal activity from their neighborhoods. This has proven to be a very successful way of preventing gangs from recruiting in neighborhoods. These are so-called Neighborhood Watch-organizations that operates in thousands of neighborhoods across America. On our airport transfers and other ride pickups and drop-offs, we are happy to see so many hard-working neighbors volunteering through the Neighborhood Watch or volunteering through their local police department. 

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A limo at LAX

So what’s the most dangerous gangs in LA? Our limo services has tried to find out just that. Of the more than 900 street-gangs active in the city, two are singled out by EpicDash and others as amongst America’s most dangerous gangs: MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang. Downtown’s 18th Street Gang has been found guilty of over 250 deaths in a time period of 10 years, making it one of the most dangerous gangs in the United States. The rivaling Bloods and larger Crips are the two largest street gangs. Whether for a limo or sedan to LAX or Malibu wine tours please rest assure your in good hands when traveling with us! We have served the City of Angels with limo, sedan and party bus services for over twenty years as of 2017. Our LA limo services are the top rated of its category, and can offer exclusive wine tours, Los Angeles party bus rentals, SUV rides to LAX, and more.

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4 Hidden Gems of LAX

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A limo at LAX

The world’s fifth most-visited airport is also America’s third busiest. But just how well do you know LAX? Our limo services have served the airport daily for more than fifteen years, giving us more than enough insider tips and ideas to make your travels easier and more affordable. First utilized as a general aviation field from the late 1920’s, the airport was operated by the military during World War II. Now LAX is by far the busiest airport in California and among the five busiest in the world. Our limo services have daily runs with limos and LA party bus rentals to the airport. Being the only American airport that is also hub to all 3 companies: American-, United- and Delta Airlines, it’s also a hub for minor companies such as Alaska-, Great Lakes- and Horizon Airlines. With nearly 75 million passengers arriving and departing in 2015, we all know longer wait times are the usual here, and traffic as well as parking can be of great frustration. Add the expensive overnight or 15-minute parking, and the driving alone can lead to a bad experience at LAX and most all of the world’s largest airports. Connecting to over 90 U.S.- and more than 70 international destinations, a single airport terminal can be its own unique experience. With over 20,000 parking lots at the airport or nearby, finding a parking spot may not be difficult, but can nonetheless easily become expensive. Whether for a hotel ride or Malibu wine tours, by renting an LAX limousine you may save money and time, while traveling in unbeaten luxury!

skip-lax-airport-waiting-lines-los-angeles-airport-limousines-at-laxYou reach the airport through the Sepulveda Blvd. Exit on the 105, or from the Century Blvd. on the 405. The 9 terminal buildings are shaped in a U-form, giving the airport the jokingly name “the Horseshoe.” Simply known as “Mines Field” until 1941, LAX was renamed Los Angeles International or LA for short in 1941 and later added the additional X in 1949 when all international airports were required to have a three letter code assigned. As confusing as it may be, L.A.X. is also the code for the port in San Pedro as well as the Amtrak Station in Downtown LA! Do not fear if you are looking for a LAX limousine though, most limo services will obviously understand you’re talking about the airport. But traveling by train might be different, as Union Station is shortened to LAX by Amtrak! Southern California’s “Gateway to the World” has guested just about all famous people – including most U.S. presidents, several popes as well as Hollywood celebrities, – but one of the most memorable historic arrivals here was when the Beatles arrived in the 1960’s in order to make their first televised show on CBS. A huge crowd of enthusiastic fans and reporters had met up to welcome the British band as they first arrived in the United States, giving the airport international headlines. In more recent years, LAX has become hugely popular for cargo traffic including heavy loads of automobiles further damaging LA freeways when they leave or arrive at the airport.

Let us present to you some of our best Los Angeles airport tips and advice for a worry-free through LAX.

1. Skip the Wait Lines!

los-angeles-international-airport-as-july-2016-by-lax-sedan-service-and-airport-limos-laxMost VIPs booking LAX limousine services are taking advantage of the $85 TSA PreCheck as well as the $100 Global Entry to avoid the long waiting times at the airport check-in and security. Maybe being the single best Los Angeles airport tips it will allow you to skip the long customs- and security lines as well as small plastic bags of liquids nor taking off your shoes! With almost 75 million through-travelers in 2015, it is self-explanatory that a visit to an airport at LAX’ size requires a lot of waiting. But there are solutions to everything: One quick interview and you can enroll in the Global Entry program and enjoy expedited entry when arriving amongst many other benefits. TSA’s Pre-Check program is another great secret which allows you expedited security- and customs clearance. Why worry about taking off your shoes and pulling out liquids and laptops after long waiting lines?

A client riding in one of our limos for rent also explained a relatively new feature: the Mobile Passport Control app, which lets you simply update your flight info on your cellphone instead of using the airport computers for an expedited entry at the airport. Instead of worrying about constantly checking your flight info on the monitors, download an app such as Gate Guru or Flight Aware for info on gates, possible delays, and more!

2. Best Way of Getting Into Town

Whether you are going to Downtown for a skyscraper dinner or to the Malibu Canyons for Malibu wine tours, you have many options in deciding on what transportation to use. Directly across from the airport is the Metrolink station, which connects to various places throughout L.A., and the airport offers 24/7 bus-, sedan-, and taxi services. You can take advantage of the $7 day-tickets at the Metrolink station or look into other forms of public transportation. The free Metro Rail Green Line also stops at the airport and offers free transportation. But is the metro the best alternative in the automobile capital that is LA? The quick answer is no. Compared to cities such as Chicago, Boston or New York, the public transportation in Southern California may be very disappointing. So the best way of getting into town? Why not go for LA party bus rentals when you first are in the “entertainment capital of the world”? Cruising to your destination in a luxurious stretch Hummer may be the perfect start to any Californication for sure.

3. Dining Options Are Abundant

While many airports may not have a too large eatery selection, LAX limousine rental clients have told us surprisingly about the many great restaurants and the wide range of food and drinks available at LAX. Arranged by terminal in the table below, you can plan ahead for a dinner at your favorite restaurant. If you for instance forgot Malibu wine tours while in LA, check out the SeaLegs Wine Bar at terminal 2! In terminal 2? Check out maybe the airport’s best food at the Kogi. Terminals 5 and 7 have Loteria! Grill’s offering great signature Mexican enchilada, taco and burritos. At terminal 6, many of our limo services clients love the Marketplace by Wolfgang Puck. At terminal 4 we would recommend La Provence Patisserie and Café. Looking for a departure cocktail? See terminal 3’s Gladstone’s, the Ciabatta Bar in terminal 2, Gordon Bierch Brewery in terminal 1, or the Corona Bar in terminals 7/8. Traveling internationally? The Tom Bradley International Terminal is home to over twenty dining options, a bar or restaurant for whatever craving you may have.

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4. Tips on Saving Money

Most travelers looking for airport limos for rent may know very well the advantages of being an airline rewards member. Even if you do not use the particular airline often, signing up for its reward program may have great benefit from signing up. More recently airline companies have also started to use the same programs, which means you can earn even more miles when flying another airline home from your vacation. When miles are collected they may be redeemed for low cost flights, while customers at Expedia may use their Expedia rewards points for hotels, excursions, sedan rentals and even LA party bus rentals. Most of our VIP LAX limousine clients are signed up as airline rewards members for a good reason!

As parking can be expensive and traffic a pain, taking the advantage of a chauffeured sedan- or limo rental may also save you time and money. To save even more on your travels, look into public transportation. There’s a Metrolink Station right across the street which serves larger areas of town and is the most affordable way of experiencing L.A. For just a $7 day-ticket, you and your entire group of friends or family can ride the Metrolink for a day and discovering the city more or less by foot. And if you are looking for a limousine rental, why not look for the most affordable rates? With an exclusive Price-Match-Guarantee you can trust us to provide the lowest rates for sedans, LA party bus rentals and limos. Even though the airport offers a 24/7 LAX phone waiting space, rest assure that our chauffeurs will arrive in a timely matter for your arrival or departure.

5. Visit Movie Locations

LAX limousine riders and other airport visitors may not realize that LAX also is a popular movie-filming location. Hundreds of movies are featuring the airport, and cinematic tours by LAX limousine services have become more and more popular in recent years. Did you for example know that LAX appears as Miami International Airport in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)? It functions as an airport in Washington DC in the movie Independence Day (1996), while it is featured as a Chicago airport in Airplane! (1980). John McClane (Bruce Willis) lands at LAX in the movie Live Free or Die Hard (2007), while the end scenes of Heat (1995) also takes place here. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) can be seen walking through the airport in The Graduate (1967), while there’s an airport chase in To Live and Die in LA (1985) here. During the opening scenes of Fight Club (1999) we can see Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) arrive at LAX, and later we can see a vibrating suitcase filmed in terminal 2. In the end scenes of Training Day (2001) we can see Detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) fleeing to the airport, while the Bride (Uma Thurman) departs for Japan here in the movie Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003). LAX is dubbed for Moscow International Airport in the movie Air Force One (1997), while Drago arrives here in Rocky IV (1985). Many more movies and TV series have been filmed here. So why not reserve limo services to check out the famous filming locations!

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Our Los Angeles limo services have served the LA region and Southern California for over twenty years. We are proud to offer a lowest-price-guarantee for all travels. Besides traditional limo services, we also offer party bus rentals, wedding transportation, rides to Vegas, Malibu wine tours and much more. Why not reserve a limo wine-tasting tour to the beautiful Malibu Canyons! At Malibu Family Wines you can enjoy live music, great scenery and even a safari tour of their vineyards. The more rustic Cornell Winery is popular for Malibu wine tours, often combined with a visit to the Rosenthal Wine Bar located by the PCH in Malibu. Whether for an airport sedan, LA party bus rentals or traditional stretch limousines, we’ve got you covered!

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