Hollywood Sign Tours

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One of LA's most distinguishing icons, the famous Hollywood sign proudly stands on Mt. Lee (Mount Lee) in the Hollywood Hills, overlooking Los Angeles and the California movie industry it has come to symbolize. This LA landmark first appeared on its hillside perch in 1923 as an advertising gimmick for a real-estate development called Hollywoodland. Each letter stands 50 feet (15 meters) tall and is made of sheet metal painted white.

The Basics
The best view of the Hollywood sign is from down below, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue. Other top viewing spots include the Hollywood and Highland Center, the top of Beachwood Drive, and the Griffith Observatory. Most Los Angeles and Hollywood sightseeing tours include at least a glimpse of the sign, while some Hollywood sign tours include a helicopter ride or a hike into the Hollywood Hills to see the sign from behind and a visit to the observatory. On hiking tours, a tour guide shows travelers to the optimal vantage points for the best views over Beverly Hills. Tours depart from downtown LA, Anaheim, and as far away as Las Vegas.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The sign hasn’t been lit up since New Year’s Eve of 2000, but its bright white letters often make it seem to glow in the night.
  • Guided tours allow for safe photo op stops so there’s no need to make a dangerous stop in the middle of the mountain road.
  • Dogs are permitted on hiking trails so long as they arekept on leash.
  • Hikers should bring sun protection and water.
  • Hiking to the letters themselves is strictly prohibited (you’ll be met with a chain link fence and security cameras), but the Brush Canyon Trail brings hikers to the peak right behind the sign.
 
How to Get There
You can reach the sign on foot by taking the 6.4-mile (10.2-kilometer) round-trip hike on the Brush Canyon Trail in Griffith Park; the trailhead is at the end of Canyon Drive. Alternatively, visitors can drive into the hills for a closer look, arrive on a horseback riding excursion, or fly in on a helicopter tour for great aerial view.

When to Get There
The sign is always there, you just have to decide when you want to see it. Try a sunrise hike for fewer crowds and some solitude, or take in sunset from the hills while enjoying great views over homes of various movie stars in downtown Los Angeles. Griffith Park and its hiking trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Thanks to Southern California’s warm weather, the hike can be made any time of year.

Hollywood Sign History
Once aglow with 4,000 light bulbs, the sign once had its own caretaker, who lived behind the letter L until 1939. Originally constructed to spell Hollywoodland, the sign’s last four letters were removed in the 1940s as they started to crumble. In the late 1970s, celebrities Alice Cooper and Hugh Hefner joined forces with fans and other stars to save the famous symbol.
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Address: Mount Lee Drive, Hollywood 90027, USA
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Hours: Open daily 24hrs
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Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

See the sights of Hollywood on this tour by open-top Mercedes minibus, which allows you to enjoy unobstructed views as you go. Traveling with an on-board guide, you'll pass by attractions such as the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, and movie studios. Plus, get a look at some of the mansions where past and present stars have lived.
  • Duration: 1.30 to 2 hrs
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6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour

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City Tour of Los Angeles from Long Beach and San Pedro

Spend the day sightseeing in Los Angeles during this guided tour from Long Beach. With an expert local guide and a small group of fourteen people or less, see LA landmarks like the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Follow your guide to filming locations of famous movies, explore Hollywood Boulevard and see one of the biggest ports in the US. This tour includes a balanced mix of guided tours and free time and includes round-trip transportation from Long Beach hotels.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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The Perfect Hollywood Tour

See the highlights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills without the stress of navigating on a tour offered at a range of departure times throughout the day. In addition to providing background information often unheard by visitors, your guide brings you to the area's top landmarks, from celebrity homes to the Hollywood sign. For your convenience, a discounted valet parking voucher is included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Privately Customized Tour of Los Angeles

Experience the best of Los Angeles on a 6-hour private tour with a personal guide, and explore the city in a vehicle that seats up to 15 guests. Get an insider’s glimpse of Tinseltown as you stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, watch for celebrities as you tour Rodeo Drive and the city's exclusive neighborhoods, then take in views of the Hollywood sign and towering downtown skyscrapers. Enjoy the ultimate L.A. experience, and enjoy the convenience of a personal tour that begins and ends at your hotel or private residence. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Custom Tour of Los Angeles

Experience Los Angeles in style and sophistication on a private 7-hour tour, ideal for travelers seeking a personalized experience. During this custom tour, you’ll tick off iconic LA sights such as Venice Beach, the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica Beach and Pier, Sunset Strip, and many more. Amend your itinerary according to your preferences and stop for as long or as little as you like at iconic Los Angeles landmarks. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Full-Day Los Angeles Sightseeing Tour from Anaheim

Discover the highlights of Los Angeles on a small-group full-day tour from Anaheim. Visit famous movie and TV locales such as Hollywood's Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. You'll also stop for lunch at the farmer's market, then wind down your day at Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach. Your small-group tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels around Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland in Anaheim.
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Grand Tour of Los Angeles

Get a sense for all that the City of Angels has to offer during this 5.5-hour Los Angeles city tour by coach. Join a knowledgeable guide, who provides insightful narration during your ride, as you visit such iconic L.A. attractions including the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Bowl, the TCL Chinese Theatre, Rodeo Drive, La Brea Tar Pits, downtown L.A. and Walt Disney Concert Hall. You’ll also have one hour for a shopping break at the city’s famous Grove shopping mall and Farmer’s Market. This Los Angeles sightseeing tour also includes morning and afternoon departure options.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Los Angeles Helicopter Ride with Rooftop Landing

See Los Angeles from the air during a 50-minute helicopter tour with your private party of up to four passengers. Cast your eyes over sweeping views of the Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Sunset Strip. Toast your aerial adventure with Champagne during a 15-minute landing atop a building that overlooks the downtown skyline. Take off from Burbank’s Atlantic terminal and choose from multiple departure times.
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Best of Hollywood Food Tour

Get a taste for the delicious variety of Southern California's food scene and its key attractions during this 4-hour, small-group Hollywood food tour. This is a combination walking and driving tour. The first hour is a historic walking tour and the remaining three hours you'll be driven to various tasting stops, where the walking includes getting in and out of the van to the restaurants. A range of foodie delights get the the starring role during this culinary discovery of five different locales found along the Sunset Strip, Melrose and Hollywood. During the course of your excursion you'll visit out of the way favorites of area locals, catch glimpses of the iconic Hollywood sign and pass by the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater, all accompanied by informative narration from your guide. This small group food tour, limited to just 7 guests, also includes all tasting fees, bottled water and transport by van between sites.
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Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

Get to know the famous sites of Los Angeles on this 4.5-hour grand city tour. Start in downtown Los Angeles and then head out to Hollywood for views of the iconic sign. When you're near Grauman's Chinese Theatre, imagine you’re one of the stars whose hands are imprinted on the sidewalk. Check out the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive, and ogle at celebrity homes in Beverly Hills. This comprehensive tour includes a stop for lunch and shopping. Hotel transport from downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Los Angeles Air Tour Experience

Take your Los Angeles visit to new heights during this 45-minute air tour above the sublime sights of this Southern California city. Soar like a bird above L.A. landmarks like the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Coast, choosing between two different route options. Depending on your selection you’ll cruise between Santa Monica and Downtown L.A. or Santa Monica and Malibu coastline. Included onboard bottled water and snacks ensure you stay focused on sightseeing and not your stomach.
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Los Angeles Highlights Tour: Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Beverly Hills

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Los Angeles City Tour By Night

See when Los Angeles really ‘comes out to shine’ during this 4-hour after-dark sightseeing tour. Experience the neon-lit atmosphere of famous Tinseltown sights including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Griffith Park Observatory, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and much more.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Los Angeles Afternoon Sightseeing Tour With Hollywood Sign and Star Homes

Take a star-studded sightseeing trip through Los Angeles during this 3.5-hour excursion. Discover the rich history of downtown Los Angeles and unique cultural amenities like the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Then rub shoulders with the stars during a visit to Hollywood, stopping by the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Finish the day in upscale Beverly Hills and Bel Air, where you’ll see some of the homes of L.A.’s top celebrities. A guide and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
  • Duration: 210 to 225 minutes
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Private Half-Day Los Angeles Sightseeing Tour

See more of Los Angeles on a half-day tour with your own private guide. Take in top sights such as the Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, the Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, LaBrea Tar Pits, and more (depending on traffic conditions). You can customize your itinerary to suit the interests of your group of up to four people on a tour that includes pickup and drop-off from Los Angeles hotels or the airport.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Hollywood Strip Helicopter Flight

Take your Los Angeles trip to new heights with this Hollywood helicopter tour, offering a bird’s eye view above the streets of Tinseltown. Get amazing views of Hollywood and the massive sprawl of Los Angeles on this 20-minute flight. Graze over the skyscrapers of downtown LA and the Los Angeles Coliseum, USC and Paramount Pictures, and continue over glitzy Hollywood Boulevard and the Dolby Theatre, the Capitol Records Building, the Staples Center and the Nokia Center. Fly over the Griffith Park Observatory and pass right in front of the Hollywood Sign for an up-close view of this world-famous icon. During your flight you’ll also receive insightful commentary about the landmarks and city below. This helicopter tour also includes optional round-trip transport from your hotel.
  • Duration: 20 minutes
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Hollywood Star Tour

Take a 2-hour driving tour that features the glitz, glamour, and celebrities of Hollywood. Sights include the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater, Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills mansions, and a trip down Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Hiking Tour

Knock out must-see sights and some must-have photo ops while getting a workout on this moderate-intensity hiking tour in Los Angeles. Follow your guide up the paths that lead to Griffith Park's iconic Hollywood sign while listening to engaging commentary on Tinseltown's history. The hike is steep, but moves at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops. Entrance to the Griffith Park Observatory included.
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Private Half-Day Hollywood and Santa Monica Tour with Pickup

Explore the best of Los Angeles on this private half-day tour to Hollywood and Santa Monica. Visit famous landmarks such as the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. Listen to stories and facts from your informative guide and pose for photos at famous locations throughout the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Hollywood Hills Hike: Explore Griffith Park and Hollywood Sign

Griffith Park is California's 2nd largest park, so we're excited to take you on one of the best Los Angeles tours out there! Our team of CPR/First Aid certified guides are photographers, entertainers, history buffs, and (most importantly) professionals. Hike Griffith Park with us to discover the Hollywood Sign and tour Griffith Observatory as we regale you with how Hollywood became the entertainment capital of the world.HIGHLIGHTS: Hollywood Sign – Griffith Park Observatory – Greek Theatre – Mount Hollywood – Downtown LA – Famous Film Locations – Forest Lawn Mausoleum – LA River – Century City – Silverlake – Hollywood History and so much more
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hollywood Homes of the Rich and Famous Tour

See the fabulous homes of Hollywood’s celebrities on a 2-hour tour that takes in L.A.’s most glamorous, over-the-top neighborhoods with live narration from an experienced guide. Cruise Sunset Strip’s edgy clubs and the Walk of Fame, then climb Mulholland Drive for sweeping views of the city skyline. Snap a selfie with the Hollywood sign, tour Beverly Hills, and watch for your favorite stars as you take in elegant Rodeo Drive.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Hollywood - Behind the Scenes Walking Tour

Go behind the glitz and glamor as you explore the history of Tinseltown through its lesser-known movie palaces, architectural landmarks and attractions on this one-hour Hollywood walking tour. Think you know Hollywood? Think again. This Hollywood behind-the-scenes excursion is sure to unearth some unexpected sights that help put this famous area into context. Your walking tour of Hollywood also includes a guide and an audio headset.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Hollywood Trolley Tour

Hit up Hollywood’s hotspots on this 1-hour tour by trolley of the Los Angeles’ neighborhood that’s well known for its fame and fortune. Board a trolley at the TCL Chinese Theater, and make your way around to see the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, the Hollywood Bowl, Warner Brothers Studios, and Paramount Studios. Plus, pass by CBS and 20th Century Fox Studios, too.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$20.00 USD
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