The 11 Best Hollywood Tours

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Get to know the real Tinseltown with the help of a local.

HOLLYWOOD’S GLITZ, glamour and celebrities have always held a fascination for travelers. Tourists journey to Los Angeles from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the city’s famous residents or scope out iconic filming locations. For a behind-the-scenes peek at Hollywood’s unknown tales and secrets, enlist the help of a local by signing up for a guided tour. Researching both expert opinion and traveler sentiment, U.S. News selected the 11 best Hollywood tours.

Starline Tours – Celebrity Homes & Rodeo Drive Shopping Tour

This two-part tour begins with a cruise through Hollywood’s exclusive neighborhoods to see more than 40 celebrity homes. The open-air minibus seats just 13 tourgoers and features guides with insider information about Hollywood’s famous residents. Afterward, enjoy free time strolling along Rodeo Drive where you can peruse upscale boutiques, such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston.

The two-hour tour concludes with a hop-on, hop-off bus ride from Rodeo Drive back to the meeting point aboard the double-decker City Sightseeing bus. Most tour-takers enjoy the experience and the entertaining guides. Several others say the commentary is boring and inaccurate. The tour operates daily with many departure times. Tickets cost approximately $55 for adults and $45 for children. Starline Tours also offers additional excursions, which include theme park and studio visits.

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