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Get ready for 5 days full of Hollywood bliss as you and your group tours one of our nation's most iconic cities, Los Angeles! Spend your days soaking up the sunshine at Venice Beach, explore all that Universal and Disney have to offer, and walking the streets of Hollywood. This is the perfect graduation vacation for students looking to let loose a little now that all their hard work has finally paid off!
Dolby Theatre Tour
Perhaps best known as the host theatre for the Academy Awards, Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre) is the premier event location and entertainment center located in the Hollywood & Highland complex. Attend a show, take a guided tour, or simply walk through and wonder at the magnificence of the architecture and decor. Guided tours are offered daily for behind-the-scenes information on the architecture of the building, the history of the Academy Awards and Hollywood entertainment with a unique look into the Oscars. No matter your group size or dynamic, these tours are a great way to experience and learn more about the entertainment industry.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
This 15 block sidewalk stretch holds more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars, each one embedded into the concrete of Hollywood Boulevard, plus three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. This legendary memorial walkway bears the biggest names in the entertainment industry and is internationally recognized as a classic Hollywood icon.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
If you’ve ever seen movies set in Hollywood or know anything about Tinseltown’s popular attractions, chances are you will recognize Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for its iconic red Chinese pagoda facade. This major tourist destination is still the most famous theatre in the world and has hosted more movie premieres than any other in its 70-year history. Whether you want to catch a movie or simply experience the magic of the place, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is a can’t-miss attraction in Hollywood.
Runyon Canyon Park
Located at the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains, this park is run by the Parks and Recreation Department of Los Angeles and was first acquired in 1983, giving it quite the local history. You will see rare exotic wild chaparral here, as well as views of the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and even the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island on clear days!
Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills
This 2 mile-long street in Beverly Hills is undeniably one of the most famous streets in the nation, with over 100 world-renowned stores and hotels within 3 blocks. Affectionately known as the Golden Triangle, it is very 'easy to become lost in the street's splendor and charm'. Of course, the main thing your group is going to be doing during this visit is shopping, as well as dining if you have the time.
Celebrity Homes Driving Tour - Starline Tours
Starline Tours offers several different tour and transportation options, but nothing quite comes close to the famous Celebrity Homes Tour, the most popular celebrity stars homes tour around Hollywood. During the tour, you will see Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, the Santa Monica Mountains, and more. See glimpses of homes belonging to Ozzy Osbourne, Will Ferrel, Al Pacino, Bob Barker, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Fisher, and many more. Talk about a true Hollywood experience!
Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk
With the prestige of being one of Hollywood’s largest studios comes the most extensive movie and TV based theme park. Start off with a Studio Tour to get an inside look at the most famous backlot in Hollywood then head off for the new Fast & Furious Supercharged ride. Come up against a 50-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex and plummet down an 84-foot raft plunge at the exciting Jurassic Park ride. Meet the Simpsons and then experience their own ride through Springfield, USA, or do the same with the minions of Despicable Me. Explore the Super Silly Fun Land, meet Universal’s Animal Actors, see how they make movie magic with the Special Effects Stage shows and more.
Welcome to Melrose Avenue, one of LA's most famous streets for shopping, dining, entertainment, and more. This street runs north of Beverly Boulevard and south of Santa Monica Boulevard. It starts at a spot where Beverly Hills and West Hollywood meet, also known as the 'intersection of posh and funky'. There are so many things to see, do, and eat here, it's hard to tell you where to start!
Welcome to The Grove, a shopping outlet that features department stores such as Nordstrom, Gap, Barnes and Noble, Sephora, and much more. The Grove also offers many more dining options onsite, as well as entertainment in the form of the 14-screen art deco theater onsite, Pacific Theaters. For a quicker form of entertainment stop and watch the hourly water spectacular at the dancing fountain, the show featuring classic tunes from big names like Frank Sinatra and Lionel Richie.
High on the list of things to see and do in Los Angeles is a visit to Venice Beach. While there are several world-class beaches in the area with comparable views, Venice Beach is a congregation of fascinating characters, talented performers, and oceanfront amenities well-suited for a perfectly sun-soaked day.
Santa Monica Pier
While here your group can head to the Pier Shop at the bottom of the ramp to get some essential visitors information, pier history, and official apparel, or perhaps go blow off some steam at the amusement park. If you are ready for a rest just use this time to walk over the waves and admire the California coastal scenery, or perhaps opt-in for a nice sit-down meal at any of the eight different diverse and delicious eateries onsite, such as Rusty’s Surf Ranch or Pier Burgers. There is also a trapeze school here, historic tours to take, various shops to explore, thrill rides, an arcade, and the relaxing historic carousel, so you will have plenty of options of things to do
This iconic amusement park features 8 different themed ‘lands’, including Critter Country, New Orleans Square, Adventureland, Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Mickey’s Toontown. Each land brings its own unique attractions, eateries, and events to the table, making the experience likable for practically any age level and/or interest in your group. Where else can you‘...sail with pirates, explore exciting jungles, meet fairytale princesses, dive under the ocean, and rocket through the stars - all in the same day’?
California Adventure Park
Of course, your student group travel experience to Anaheim wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the world-famous Cali attraction, Disney California Adventure. Oftentimes just referred to as California Adventure or DCA, this highly popular theme park takes up a whopping 72 acres of prime Anaheim land, first opened here in 2001. Innovative attractions, excellent cuisine, and unforgettable live entertainment will greet you at all ends of this massive park, the entire area is broken into a total of 7 different ‘lands’.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
A dinner performance at Medieval Times is like jumping the centuries to participate in European castle life, a truly fun experience for groups of all ages to enjoy during their big trip.