Limousine passengers are often amused and curious about films shot in Los Angeles. As many of the clients arrive or departure from LAX, we often receive questions about its link to Hollywood motion picture. And after further research, it does appear to have been depicted in hundreds of cinematic masterpieces. Let’s present some of our favorites filmed right here at L.A.’s International Airport!
None else than the “Governator” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) can be seen meeting Sully (David Patrick Kelly) at Tom Bradley in this 1985 masterwork.
A quintessential film to be mentioned, this hysterical 1980 masterpiece is – as most may know – largely shot at LAX.
Starring none other than both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Heat (1995) is most definitely a classic. The ending sequels here were produced at LAX, where Pacino follows De Niro from the hotel and to a runway cargo hangar.
5) To Live and Die In LA
With over 40 filming locales near LA, numerous clients have booked limos in order to revisit sites observed in this beloved 1985 action classic. Furthermore, it features clips from 1 World Way, including a recognizable chase.
4) Home Alone 2: Lost In New York
LAX limos transfer people daily to the curbs at local airports. Recently, when chauffeuring tourists with limousines for a flight departure, our driver was told how it was dubbed for Chicago O’Hare in the 1992 Home Alone sequel.
3) Fight Club
LAX limos are not always used for traveling. We recently chauffeured cinema enthusiasts throughout town for a glimpse of some cool Fight Club (1999) locales, including to LAX, where a short scene was staged at Terminal 2. Our limousine travelers knew exactly what parts were made on site, namely the opening sequels where a vibrating bag is seen at the baggage belt.
2) Air Force One
It dubs for Moscow International Airport in this action-filled movie. Limo services can be used for multitudes of getaways. Why not get a glimpse for a real air force one, housed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley! Although the president never utilized limos for travels in Air Force One, this 1997 classic features clips from 1 World Way as well.
1) Die Hard 1 & 2
Various Die Hard titles include a variety of scenes filmed in the LA area, making these stops popular for cinematic limo tours of the city. The 1988 thriller shows John McClane (Bruce Willis) arriving here and smoking a cigarette, while it dubs for Washington Dulles in the 1990 sequel.
Los Angeles County Limousine provides exemplary and luxurious limousines. Besides the city- and county of LA, we are also pleased and honored to offer limo services throughout all of Southern California. Whether for an SUV, sedan, stretch Hummer or party bus – we can accommodate any group for travels to and from LAX or any other SoCal destination.
Did 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
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
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.
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.
Just curious about the most dangerous gangs? Scroll to the bottom!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
You 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!
Most 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.
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!
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!
Oftentimes one of the first – and last- cities that tourists see when visiting California and the Greater LA Area is the City of Santa Monica. Here you’ll find more tourists than anywhere else in the state, oftentimes transported by our LA limo or party bus services. This is also where we find several of the most iconic California landmarks and greatest shopping opportunities. Lying between two of California’s wealthiest areas, Pacific Palisades (and Malibu) and Venice, Santa Monica is known as an affluent hometown and thriving resort city. We have many tourists using an LAX airport sedan from the LAX airport in order to get to their hotel in Santa Monica. It is home to one of the oldest piers in the country, the Santa Monica Pier which was built in 1909, and also home to the busiest beach in SoCal, the Santa Monica Beach. Stretching from the pier at the beach is one of the busiest shopping areas in the region, the Third Street Promenade, while many head to Santa Monica Place, an outdoor shopping mall with enough shopping opportunities to spend a full day. Renting a Los Angeles limousine for some premier shopping is always a choice.
With its gorgeous Mediterranean coast and lively town, Santa Monica has truly become the tourist mecca of the Greater LA Area. Because of all the people we transport here on a daily basis, we’ve decided to dedicate an article to the most visited Santa Monica tourist destinations, attractions, landmarks, eateries, and more. Founded in 1875, Santa Monica was and remains a gorgeous beachside community of the Greater LA region. With its many pubs and bars, nightclubs and late night diners, Santa Monica has also always been a popular destination for clients booking a party bus to go partying and spending a night on the town experiencing the great nightlife. Let us present to you Santa Monica – one of the most popular LA limo destinations in Southern California!
Famously depicted in TV-shows such as Baywatch and Pacific Blue, Santa Monica may be the most famous as well as most visited beach in the State of California. This 3.5 miles of sandy beach has emerged as a favorite beachside escape for locals ever since the 1890’s. In other words, way before the time of our 20-year old Los Angeles limousine service. Here you can enjoy all the average beach activities as ocean swimming, surfing, sun-bathing, biking, volleyball, softball, and various other exciting activities. From the rides at the Pacific Park, observing sea life at the Pier Aquarium to the short walking distance from exciting places as the Third Street Promenade and Venice Boardwalk. A common choice for several LA limo riders have been to rent a bike at the Santa Monica Beach, before biking down to the Venice Boardwalk for a lunch or a cold beer along the oceanside. The beach is famous for all the movie- and TV-productions that found place here, having for instance been featured in movies such as Forrest Gump, Rocky III, Titanic, A Night at the Roxbury, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Not Another Teen Movie, and various others. The beach has been featured in numerous TV-productions, including in TV-shows such as 24, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Castle, Chuck, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and as sets for the TV-shows Baywatch and Pacific Blue. In fact, the producers of the TV hit Keeping Up with the Kardashians booked a Los Angeles limousine from us for several of their shoots at the beach here. We have also had party bus rentals used in filming here.
The 3.5-mile beach is known for two LA landmarks, Muscle Beach and the Santa Monica Pier, as well as various resorts, surf board and bike rentals, and also its many designated picnic areas and nearby eateries and cafes for lunch and cool refreshments during a warm day at the beach. It is also home to the world’s longest bike beach bath, the 25-mile South Bay Bicycle Trail leading from the Santa Monica Beach either north towards Pacific Palisades and Malibu, or south towards adjacent Venice Beach. Many of our clients love sipping great wines by the Pacific Ocean a little ways up north, on our Malibu wine tours you can experience everything from tastings overlooking the ocean to tastings surrounded by gorgeous wine country and canyons. Just few miles from LA. If you decide to bike southwards, the Venice Boardwalk and the Venice Canals are definitely two places worth checking out in Venice. Whether for Venice or Santa Monica, accompanying your adventure with an LA limo ride will make your day luxurious and unique.
A Shopper’s Mecca
Third Street Promenade, stretching inland from the pier, is one of the most popular shopping areas in town. This is also one of LA’s most popular destinations for those ordering a Los Angeles limousine. Furthermore, the promenade is adjacent to the Santa Monica Mall outdoor-shopping mall, one of the most popular shopping malls in the Greater LA Area. Third Street Promenade offers some of the greatest shopping opportunities in SoCal, and even better, just a quarter-of-a-mile from the world famous beach. With longer layovers at the airports, it’s not rarely we get calls from clients wanting an LAX airport sedan in order to quickly visit the city, do some shopping, before heading back in a timely matter to make the next flight at LAX. And if you’re in the SoCal area for shopping, making a trip to the 3rd Street Promenade and its beautiful outdoor-mall is a great way of easily experiencing the city’s shopping possibilities. While you are probably better off looking for souvenirs at the pier or boardwalk, the pedestrian-only promenade is packed with all kinds of shops and boutiques. Here you can find pretty much any or all major retail stores, as well as numerous bars, theaters and eateries. A favorite for many clients includes cruising down to the promenade with friends in a party bus, before exploring the walking friendly shopping street and mall by foot. We’ve even had international tourists flying into LAX airport and calling us for an LAX airport sedan straight to Santa Monica Place from LAX.
After a long day of shopping in LA County, many go on Malibu wine tours to get away from the hassle and noise of town after spending a day or two shopping. Not only is Malibu as well a great resort- and shopping destination, but is also one of few places in Southern California where you can enjoy a break sipping wine between all the shopping. The world-famous Santa Monica Place shopping mall reopened bigger and better than ever before in 2010, and is located at the southern end of the Third Street Promenade. This three-story outdoor mall includes all kinds of shops in addition to great rooftop café overlooking the ocean. The mall is just a quarter mile from the Santa Monica State Beach and is home to an array of various retail stores. Some of the shops found here include Bloomindale’s, Nordstrom, Burberry, Disney, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Pandora, Swarovski, and many, many more. Food wise, some of the eateries at the Santa Monica Place include Hot Dog on a Stick, Charlie Burgers, Johnny Rockets, the Cheesecake Factory, and others. Why not jump in an LA limo and go for some world-class shopping?
Historic Pier & Amusement Park
Already becoming a resort city in the 1880’s, Santa Monica has been a favored tourist destination for centuries. By 1885, the construction of the city’s first hotel had began: Arcadia Hotel directly on the sand and facing the Pacific. Later on, the Long Wharf was erected in 1893, and to more than 5,000 spectators, the Santa Monica Pier was officially opened in September of 1909. In other words, already way before our LAX and LA limo services. With its already lively carnival atmosphere, great Mediterranean climate and beautiful beaches, it didn’t take long for Santa Monica to become a beloved tourist destination for many on the East Coast, Canadians as well as Europeans. Having entertained kids and Los Angeles limousine riders for over a hundred years, today’s Santa Monica Pier isn’t only home to the famous full-service amusement park with arcades, a rollercoaster, carousels and ferris wheel, but the pier also houses its own aquarium, various restaurants and eaters, as well as much more. Also preserved as a U.S. historic landmark, Santa Monica’s Pier is a must for anyone visiting the Southern California region. The Pacific Park pier amusement park opened in 1996 and has had more than 24 million visits since its opening. It includes twelve rides including rides for kids, teens, as well as adults. The pier, which also is the oldest pier on the American West Coast, also houses the popular Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Situated immediately underneath the pier, the aquarium has over 70,000 annual visitors. Here you can experience underwater exhibits featuring all types of sea life endemic to the Santa Monica Bay. Another favorite by a lot of LA limo customers is the Bubba Gump Restaurant, owned by the producers of the film Forrest Gump and featured in the movie. Many tourists book their limousine or party bus for a visit to this famous restaurant where they can relive their favorite parts of this classic movie.
Santa Monica is an art-lovers paradise. From the various musical performances held here to some of the most beloved museums in the state, you’ll find it all here. Some of the most beloved museums by people booking an LA limo from us include: the Museum of Flying, the Museum of Art, Angels Attic, and Bergamot Station. The Santa Monica Museum of Flying (MOF) is home to fifteen aircrafts and is entirely dedicated to the history of Southern California aviation. Its exhibitions include numerous artifacts, aircraft art, 15 actual aircrafts, aircraft parts, as well as educational programs where you can learn about the history of flying and aviation. Some of the aircrafts displayed include the North American T-6 Texan, an aircraft first used in 1935, as well as the 1930’s Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing, 1920’s Stearman Aircraft, 1940’s Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, 1940’s Ryan PT-22 Recruit, and the historic 1903 Wright Flyer. Vintage aircrafts, aircrafts used in war and the history of the Santa Monica Airport are all areas of focus at the Museum of Flying. Although we don’t nearly serve the Santa Monica Airport as much as LAX, you can still order an airport limo or airport sedan to come check out the historic airport. Any destination becomes better when traveling by Los Angeles limousine services.
Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMOA) is located at the Bergamot Station, an area home to over twenty art galleries, and focuses mostly on modern art. The Museum of Art is located in a former trolley stop and is often served by locals visiting, as well as international and national artists booking an LAX airport sedan or limo to head here for special events and art openings. Santa Monica’s Angels Attic Museum is one of few museums entirely dedicated to dolls, dollhouses, and other toys. Furthermore, the Arts Commission and the Cultural Affairs Division of the city sponsor the yearly Santa Monica Festival, which includes cultural music, dance, arts, and much more. Last year we had a Los Angeles party bus with 20+ people heading to the festival.
Particularly popular in recent years have been cinematic limo tours of Santa Monica. On these tours you can rent a Los Angeles limousine and travel to your favorite filming locations in town. Hundreds of picture motion productions have taken place in Santa Monica, and there’s a lot of opportunities to see some really cool film locales. The film industry is particularly old in Santa Monica, and had already begun by 1910. And from Star Wars, Forrest Gump to Terminator — there are many film locations visited by LA limo services throughout Santa Monica. While Santa Monica Place appears in a Terminator vs Terminator sequence in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), ice-skating scenes in Rocky (1976) happened at Ice Capades Chalet. The Camden home in the hit television series 7th Heaven can be seen at 527 Alta Ave, while Palisades Park on Ocean Drive Ave appears in The Karate Kid Part III (1989). There’s a gas station on Ocean and Santa Monica Boulevards featured in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). The TV series Pacific Blue (1996-2000) is both set and filmed the Santa Monica and Venice beach area. Ordering a party bus or Los Angeles limousine to visit film locales from Pacific Blue is a popular activity. While smaller groups easily can be accommodated in a limo, larger groups can always reserve a party bus or larger Hummer limousine.
Santa Monica State Beach is featured in Lethal Weapon (1987) and an array of other movies and television series. You can also see Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) run here in the 1982 film Rocky III. A vehicle is found parked on the beach in the 1994 comedy Beverly Hills Cop III, starring Eddie Murphy. The carousels featured in movies such as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) and The Sting (1973) were both filmed here. Some of the old classics filmed here include Red Hair (1928), A Lady’s Tailor (1919) and They Were on Their Honeymoon (1915). All these feature the beach and pier. While the pier functions as Chicago in The Sting (1973), it dubs for New York’s Coney Island in the 1968 comedy Funny Girl. It is dubbed for Dallas, Texas in Dead Before Dawn (1993). Annenberg Community Beach House is featured as the Beverly Hills Beach Club in the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000). Located at 415 PCH, Annenberg Beach House is a popular destination for LA limo services for a variety for reasons. Although it’s not close to as popular as LAX for airport sedan rides, a number of movies have been filmed at Santa Monica Airport, including The Big Lebowski (1998) and Red Rock West (1993) starring Nicolas Cage. Despite LAX airport sedan services being more common, we still have airport limo rides from Santa Monica Airport. Whether for a limo ride to this airport, LAX or any other Southern California destination, contact us for a Los Angeles limousine experience to remember.
Santa Monica’s Huntley Hotel is operated by a criminal organization in Point Blank (1967), while Reinhold drives off the pier in Ruthless People (1986). The The Huntley Hotel is also a popular place for accommodation, and many tourists order their LAX airport sedan from LAX to this hotel for their hotel stay in LA. While Natalie Wood’s mom tells fortunes at the pier in Inside Daisy Clover (1964), you can see Barbra Streisand dance on the pier in Funny Girl (1968). Santa Monica with its pier and beach is also featured in the opening of Hot Moves (1984), and an attempt to kill Sandra Bullock happens here in the 1995 film The Net. Despite what many tourists riding with our Los Angeles limousine service believe, most scenes of Baywatch (1989–2001) were filmed at Will Rogers State Beach in Malibu, and not in Santa Monica. Nonetheless, you can easily book a Los Angeles limousine in order to visit the many Baywatch film locales throughout Malibu and LA County. Visiting sites from their favorite movies by LA limo services are more popular than ever. Why not head out on your own cinematic limo tour?
Why venture out on Malibu wine tours when you can do the wine-tasting right here in town? Getting a Los Angeles limousine and visit the wine-tasting rooms here can be a lot of fun, make sure to make a stop at Wine Expo and Bodega Wine Bar. You can also taste Malibu-produced wines at Malibu Grapes on Broadway, even though Malibu wine tours often include more scenic wine country views and atmosphere. For whatever destination in Los Angeles or Southern California, renting an LA limo or party bus will make your outing memorable!