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Los Angeles

Hurricane Harbor RidesWith so much to offer every curious traveler, The City of Angels, the big, bold and beautiful entertainment capital of the world doesn’t have to remain that crazy-huge place in Southern California that’s just “too big to bother with!” While “Los Angeles” will mean something different to anyone you ask, Adventure Student Travel knows how to get your group to and around all ten regions to the famous and fabulous attractions you want to see-and past those you don’t-with a simple phone call and a little insight into your group’s “travel personality!”

Visit traditional, beloved theme parks like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain or Pacific Park on fabulous Santa Monica Pier–all great options for fun-in-the-sun-filled play days! Embark on one of countless star-studded Hollywood tours of luxurious celebrity homes and distinctive neighborhoods, movie studios and sets; meander through some of the finest museums in LA: Natural History Museum, Page Museum at the fascinatingly creepy La Brea Tar Pits, Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Museum of Latin American Art; browse a sensational open air mall and farmer’s market or take a detour and swing by Amoeba, the largest independent record store in the USA and just see if you can’t find that obscure CD you’ve been looking to replace forever!

When all your exploration has you craving some really sublime Chinese, sensationally fresh seafood, earthy and satisfying Mexican, authentic Italian or terrific Thai-you are in for the best of the best cuisine, at every turn! Whatever your pleasure, whatever you’re thinking or dreaming you want your Los Angeles to be…it exists, waiting for your group to discover in this mad, melting pot mecca!

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Sample Itineraries

Los Angeles (Package A)

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Are you interested in taking a senior class trip or simply a fun trip?

    •  Time at the Beach
    •  Universal Studios
    •  Shop Chinatown

Los Angeles (Package B)

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Whether celebrating the end of your high school career on a graduation trip, Los Angeles is the retreat you deserve!

    •  Six Flags
    •  Disneyland
    •  One Night Deluxe Lodging

Attractions

Santa Monica Pier

Credit: Discover Los Angeles

Credit: Discover Los Angeles

A must-see Southern California attraction featuring an amazing amusement-park. Queen Mary A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, an elaborate Champagne SundayBrunch, award winning restaurants, a wedding chapel and 18 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours.

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Catalina Island

18 1/2 miles long by 7 miles wide with two harbors, Catalina is covered with mountains that reach as high as 2,125 feet above sea level, wonderful green vegetation and edged with beautiful sandy beaches. The weather is pleasant year round making it a great place to visit.

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Belmont Park

San Diego’s only beachfront amusement center and home of the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and Plunge. Belmont Park carries on the tradition of old-time family fun featuring The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, Vertical Plunge, Bumper Mania, Tilt-A-Whirl, Liberty Carousel, Crazy Submarine, Thunder Boats, Baja Buggies, Sea Serpent, and Pirates Cove, San Diego’s largest and most adventurous indoor children’s play center.

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Warner Bros. Studio

Credit: Discover Los Angeles

Credit: Discover Los Angeles

No theme park here! Fearless fans of the real-deal will find nothing less during a behind- the-scenes tour of the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio located in sunny, star-studded Burbank, California! A fabulous two-hour and fifteen minute Warner Bros. Studio cart tour escorts you through the gritty back-lot streets and bustling sound stages, sets and craft shops of the real, working Hollywood. No two tours are alike; seasoned guides do their best to get you where the action is! See how it all goes down-watch those crazy cool sound effects being created, witness the art of set construction, peruse and pore over millions of prop department items and check out some of your favorite big-screen vehicles up close! Are you brave enough to walk right onto the set of a hit television show during filming? Here’s your shot! Be sure to speak to your group’s trusty guide about taking you by filming locations of your favorites-and keep a wide, watchful eye peeled for a glimpse of celebrities! Don’t forget to take home a piece of your studio adventure- the VIP store is where you’ll find perfect mementos of your tour favorites and plenty of official Warner Bros. branded items.

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Museum of Television & Radio

If you’re traveling with a band of dyed-in-the-wool television and radio buffs-nostalgic fans of “back in the day” glamour and silliness or critical consumers of the modern media that infiltrates and influences every facet of our daily existence, you will definitely want to make a stop at this Beverly Hills museum a priority on your Los Angeles trip agenda! Here you will find over 180,000 popular television and radio programs and advertisements available for your personal viewing and a wide variety of ever-changing exhibits full of set props and memorabilia from your favorites to explore! Come examine the intersection between media and society in this absolutely immersive experience; see how dramatically the media world has changed since founder William S. Paley created this institution in 1975. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5pm; spend an hour or spend a day. Guided tours are available or feel free to wander, wonder and watch at whim!

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La Brea Tar Pits

One of the world’s most famous fossil sites with over 3 million fossils where huge mammoths, fierce sabertoothed cats, and giant ground sloths became trapped and entombed in the asphalt that has been seeping out of the ground for the past 40,000 years.

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Fort MacArthur Museum

Site of one of the most complete coastal defense batteries in the U.S.

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California Science Center

 

Credit: Discover Los Angeles

Credit: Discover Los Angeles

Formerly known as the California Museum of Science and Industry, this ever-evolving state agency and museum located in Exposition Park in sunny Los Angeles and host of the annual California State Science Fair, has been billed as the world’s largest hands-on science center. In 2012, the Space Shuttle Endeavor touched down here to rest and drew over two million visitors on the basis of its exhibit, alone. General admission to the Center, consisting of the educationally focused IMAX theater, The Sketch Foundation Gallery-Air and Space Exhibits-and the Science Center itself, including the Ecosystem exhibition wing, opened in March, 2010, is free, though there is a charge for IMAX and ride admissions. Open to the public seven days a week, 365 days a year, reservations are required to see Endeavor during peak traffic periods. The California Science Center provides an innovative model for science by combining fun and informative exhibits with on-sight educational opportunities.

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Autry National Center

The galleries explore broad themes relating to the history and diverse cultures of the American West.

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Malibu Pier

 

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Credit: Robert Landau

For over 100 years, The Pier has overlooked famous Surfrider Beach in Malibu, CA, the birthplace of surf culture! This coastal gem includes deep sea fishing, dining, coastal harbor tours, a surf museum, whale watching, gift shop, retail stores and more! 

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Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park


Credit: Travis Conklin
Credit: Travis Conklin

Happily sprawled over the site of a sunny Buena Park berry farm once owned by founder Walter Knott and his family, this 160 acre attraction with a distinctly  Wild-Western flavor is now one of America’s most visited theme parks! What began in the 20′s as a roadside farmstand, selling wonderful homemade jams, preserves and boysenberry pies later grew to include a down-home fried chicken and biscuit dinner served in a small tea house. As the Knotts expanded their horizons, new shops and attractions sprang up all over the property- a spooky replica ghost town among them. By 1968 the family began charging eager visitors admission to “Knott’s Berry Farm”-and America’s first family theme park was born! Open year-round and featuring scores of attractions including family-friendly, vibrantly colorful live entertainment like The Calico Saloon Show at Ghost Town, Native American Dancers on Indian Trails, and Fool’s Gold Stunt Show at Wagon Camp, and a total of 40 mild-to-wild rides- ten roller coasters among them-a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm has always promised a great time for everyone-even John Wayne, who took the inaugural seat on the Timber Mountain Log Ride’s opening day in 1969! (To this day it remains one of the most elaborate log flume attractions in the Country!) Hop aboard the Silver Bullet, brave The Ghostrider, grab your seat on The Sierra Sidewinder or try your luck on the Timberline Twister! History buffs in your group-there are always a few-will want to travel back in time to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Knott’s own Independence Hall, an identical replica of the iconic historic landmark, right down to its perfectly-cracked, full-sized Liberty Bell, or watch a skilled Ghost Town wood artist painstakingly restoring the park’s unbelievable hand-carved model display of the 21 Historic California Missions. Your group is sure to delight in the dozens of exciting Camp, Marketplace, Village and Boardwalk dining and shopping opportunities –a veritable piñata of pleasurable possibility- in this “First American Theme Park!” An afternoon’s prospecting and playing will  work up a hearty appetite, so go ahead and dig into Mrs. Knott’s homestyle fried chicken and biscuit dinner, but be sure to save room for a big piece of that famous fresh-baked  boysenberry pie!

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Hollywood Wax Museum


Credit: Knott's Berry Farm
Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm

Located on fabulous Hollywood Boulevard, in the shadow of the iconic Hollywood sign and along the legendary Walk of Fame, this longest-running wax museum in the United States opened on bustling Hollywood Boulevard February 6, 1965 in a historic building that once housed the famed Embassy Club, host to ultra-exclusive, star-studded gatherings of Old Hollywood’s top 300 celebrities and industry executives.  Launched with entrepreneur Spoony  Singh’s vision of bringing doting  fans closer to their big-screen idols, the Hollywood Wax Museum, the only wax museum in the country to feature celebrities exclusively, has been treating star-struck travelers to dazzling Tinseltown to an incredible meet and mingle with their favorite stars for the past 45 years. A visit to this famed Hollywood attraction gets you face time with beloved icons of the silver screen, modern A-listers and all your television favorites–so painstakingly, glamorously and faithfully recreated you’d almost swear they were living, breathing stars! When you’ve gawked and posed ‘til you can pose no more, step outside the museum for a little “real people of Hollywood” watching; visits to nearby attractions like historic Mel’s Diner, and gathering place of the rich and famous-the Hollywood & Highland Center-make your trip to this  beguiling heart of LA a quintessential Tinseltown experience!

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Legoland

There are plenty of kids around 5 or 6 who consider this their favorite theme park. And, for the first hour or so, anybody would be fascinated by the fact that virtually everything here is built from Legos. But once it sinks in that grown men and women spent countless hours making this world out of small plastic bricks, everything starts to seem downright creepy. There is a children’s driving school that is not only fun for the kiddies, it’s hilarious for adults to watch their offspring run though traffic lights and hit other cars. It’s like watching an episode of World’s Best Car Chases. Sequestered away in Carlsbad (a 45 minute drive from L.A.) near an Ostrich farm, this is definitely a unique experience – especially for anyone still using a sipper cup.

 

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Griffith Park

Covering more than 4000 acres, L.A.’s biggest park makes NYC’s Central Park look like a median strip. The park features two golf courses, pony rides, a train museum and the stunning L.A. Griffith Observatory. It’s great to get lost in this green oasis in the gray land lined with freeways.

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Los Angeles Zoo

Have you ever seen a formidable Fossa? Hung out with a Rock Hyrax? Surely, now,  you’ve encountered a Golden Lion Tamarin or Lowland Anoa in your travels! Do you know what they eat, or where they hail from? And did you know that the almost-eternally sunny climate of Los Angeles affords the 133 acre Zoo and Botanical Gardens the opportunity to grow much of the shelter and browse (“grub,” in guest-speak!) that the contented, healthy and well-fed zoo residents enjoy and thrive on, or that a “plant rescue center” here saves rare and endangered kidnapped species confiscated from hardened criminals importing them illegally? Fun fact: the Los Angeles Zoo’s magical “Conservation Carousel” is the third best in the nation- where else can you board a hand carved and painted armadillo or crazy komodo dragon and twirl to your heart’s content to rockin’ retro California tunes in the heart of “wild domain?” Lovers of lizards and friends of frogs will want to step inside *The Lair* and meet some of the world’s rarest, most colorful reptiles and amphibians  showcased in painstakingly-recreated “natural” environments; dare you enter Betty’s Bite and Squeeze Room? Trek the lush Red Ape Rain Forest; experience the enchanting Elephants of Asia; visit dozens of endangered-to-critically endangered residents, each precious species on the brink of survival, now happy to call the Zoo home! Located at the junction of the I-5 (Golden Gate) and the 134 freeways, this wonderful menagerie is directly across from The Autry Museum of Western Heritage and is open Sun-Mon, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Pacific Park

This old-school amusement park is small but its spectacular location on the Santa Monica Pier along the ocean makes it worth a visit. There’s a rickety roller coaster and a slew of arcade games, and the park’s perch allows it to feature what may the best view in Los Angeles–from the top of its tall Ferris Wheel riders can see up and down the beautiful Pacific Coast. Tip: For those wanting great lunch or dinner, the recently refurbished The Lobster at the top of the pier has great seafood.

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Kodak Theatre

Kodak Theatre is the crown jewel of the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex located in the heart of historic Hollywood. Since opening in November 2001, the theatre has hosted a range of prestigious artists and events including the Academy Awards Ceremonies, Celine Dion, Prince, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, American Ballet Theatre, Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet, AFI Life Achievement Award to Tom Hanks, ESPY Awards, American Idol finals, GREASE starring Frankie Avalon, Dixie Chicks and more.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

aquarium of pacificLocated south of L.A, in the seaside city of Long Beach, this sparkling aquarium is far less populated than the more famous fish tank up in Monterey. Nevertheless, it’s one of the Los Angeles area’s best bets for a great time. Its 17 major tanks and 30 smaller tanks can be taken in an afternoon, and along the way there are some amazing specimen to be found in an ocean of more than 12,000 species. There is an iridescent jellyfish exhibit, a rare dragonfish that has to be seen to believe, and an array of toothy mammals in the Shark Lagoon, where one can get up close and personal with the feared predators. None of the fish here seem to be complaining, but then again, in modern saltwater tanks no one can hear you scream.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain

 

Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA

Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA

A recent scientific study reported that riding intense roller coasters can cause minor brain damage. If that’s the case, then this SoCal theme park will make the synapses misfire more than just about any other park. In terms of sheer thrill rides, this place can’t be matched. The DejaVu coaster is a white-knuckler that encourages a stress-relieving scream–that way, your head won’t explode. X, the latest in what has become a tradition of stomach-churning coasters, features 360-degree rotating seats. And the Batman ride is not only a great thrill, but its Gotham Park waiting area is captivating. A popular teen hangout since The Thompson Twins were rocking out here in the early 1980s, MM is frequented more by locals than by tourists, so try to hit it on a weekday.

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Universal Studios Hollywood

universal_studios_hollywood_astBring the magic of the movies to life at Universal Studios Hollywood in California, a Los Angeles theme park and working Hollywood Studio all in one. Enjoy all the thrills, magic, stunts and special effects when you take part in your favorite blockbuster movies. It’s all the glitz, glamour, action and entertainment of Hollywood, only at the world’s largest movie studio and theme park!

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California Adventure

Disneyland Resort is bigger and better. Meet all your favorite Disney characters including the oldest and the most famous – Mickey Mouse! Choose between either Disneyland Park or the all-new Disney’s California Adventure for your day of fun and excitement. And don’t miss Downtown Disney, an entertainment, shopping and dining complex right in the heart of it all. The magic is waiting for you at the Disneyland.

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