The Most Tropical Place in Los Angeles

The Most Tropical Place in Los Angeles

The most tropical island beach in Los AngelesLos Angeles limo services can be used for so much. Our latest excursion included a pretty unique drop-off in LA County. Here we discovered the most tropical island-site perhaps in all of California. They were namely headed to the City of Two Harbors, California! Sounds unfamiliar? The tiny community of just 150 full-time residents is situated on the western side of Santa Catalina Island. Here you will not only discover serene natural beauty, but a relaxing island atmosphere. No wonder this town has dubbed for Polynesian islands in various movies. While it dubs for Tahiti in the film Mutiny on the Bounty, it was featured as American Samoa in films such as Sadie Thompson and Rain. Our limo clients were kind enough to shoot us some images, and we set out to do more research on why more and more of our limousines head for Catalina drop-offs.

 

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Who knew this gem was in Los Angeles County?

Reached by ferry from San Pedro at the Angeles Port, it can also be reached by tours or buses from Avalon, the primary city on Catalina. Our customers headed from Los Feliz to San Pedro, and departed with Catalina Express directly to Two Harbors. While similar to Avalon in many respects, Two Harbors is definitely a hidden gem of the Channel Islands. With just one hotel, and two houses for rent, lodging is limited in the village. This also limits the amount of vacationers, which makes it an ideal place for a quiet getaway. On most days you can have the beach mostly for yourself. And drinks and food are also served by the beach.

Our wonderful Los Angeles limousine passengers told us about the origin of the name. The village in located in an isthmus, which means there are two beaches on both sides of the island, hence the name Two Harbors. The limo service customers told us Banning House was the best place in town for an overlook. While ferries arrive and depart from the Isthmus Cove, a short hike separates it from Catalina Harbor. Two Harbors has one store, one hotel, one bar, one restaurant and one school. There is also a diving center, campground and opportunities for safari tours. Limousine clients on Catalina safaris have shown us photos of animals such as eagles, foxes and deer. Who knew the endemic Island Fox species is only found on one island in Los Angeles County?

The renters of Los Angeles limos sometimes go for the 30-minute safari tour ride to Little Harbor, a beach and campsite located on Catalina’s windward side. This particular site is usually infested with buffalos, and our limousine riders took a few too-close-for-comfort photos of the bison. We have also transported vacationers with limos to Two Harbors for camping in the outback. It is the nearest community to campsites such as Parsons Landing, which offers its own beach on the island’s extreme west-side. We have also transferred yacht-renters with Los Angeles party bus services. There are a variety of great boat- and yacht landings throughout the island, maybe particularly the coves surrounding Two Harbors.

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8 Best Stops From LA To Vegas!

8 Best Stops From LA To Vegas!

8-best-limo-stops-from-la-to-vegas-2017We’ve all been there: bored out of our minds on the long ride through the desert on our way to Las Vegas. But lots can be done to spice up your desert road trip! First of all, partying it up by riding with a limousine or party bus will make your trip exciting and memorable. Instead of worrying about staying awake and keeping your eyes on the road, relax in the back while blasting your favorite music and enjoying a full bar with all your favorite drinks and snacks. But why remain in the bus or car with all the great stops in and around the Mojave Desert? While maybe unknown to most, there are lots of stop for all interests on the stretch from LA to Vegas. Whether you want to see the world’s largest thermometer, thousands of year old petroglyphs or maybe America’s second-largest meteorite, there are lots of stops to be made on the way to Sin City. From outlet shopping, original stretches of Route 66, maybe California’s coolest ghost town to the hottest place on planet Earth — these are our picks for best stops between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

8. World’s Tallest Thermometer

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World’s tallest thermometer in Baker, California

Visible from many miles away, the primary feature of the small-town of Baker is the world’s tallest thermometer. The over 130 feet tall thermometer reads 134 degrees, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth, which was recorded in nearby Death Valley (see #2 for more information). The thermometer was raised in 1991, and has since hold the record as being the world’s tallest thermometer. It was built to bring light to the 134 degrees recorded in close-by Death Valley in July 1913, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Before reaching Baker you might want to stop for a chance of taking a photo of one of America’s strangest place names, namely the Zzyzx Road. The nearby area is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the famous Joshua trees, a primary feature of the Mojave Desert. Other places worth visiting in Baker might be Peggy Sues 50’s Diner for a traditional diner experience in the desert.



7. Native-American Petroglyphs

sloan-petroglyphs-nevadaA mostly unknown stop, the Sloan Canyon Petroglyph Site in the tiny community of Sloan, NV can nonetheless be an interesting stop for clients riding with a Los Angeles to Las Vegas limo. Particularly for those with an interest – of course – for Native-American history or cave paintings. Occupying nearly 50,000 acres, over 1,600 unique petroglyphs can be found here. While some date back to Archaic times, others are from more recent populations. Numerous Native-American groups have contributed to make this one of Nevada’s largest collections of Native-American art, including pictographs and petroglyphs from peoples such as the ancestral Pueblo, Paiute and Patayan peoples. This area may be difficult to find, being located across the freeway east of the community, but rest assure that our limo- and party bus chauffeurs know the exact location of this historic site. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and later became a National Conservation Area in 2002. Numerous trails can be found in surrounding areas, including the Hidden Valley Trail, Petroglyph Canyon Trail, Shadow Canyon Trail and others. Remember to bring sunscreen and water from the limo as it can be (extremely) hot wandering in the desert. Sloan, Nevada is located about twenty miles south of Las Vegas.

6. Great Outlet Shopping

The Outlets at Barstow, previously known as the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, could be the most popular stop for tourists riding with our Los Angeles to Las Vegas limo services. Home to nearly 40 retail shops including stores such as Calvin Klein, the GAP, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Quicksilver, Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. Bargain hunters and clothing brand lovers will have their favorite stop at the Outlets at Barstow.

5. Ultimate Pre-Vegas Stop

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Being just an hour away from Vegas, Primm might seem like an unlikely stop for most. But nonetheless, Primm, Nevada is a popular stop for many riding with LA to Vegas party bus or limos from our service. Being a mini Vegas you can find casinos and gambling, although at a much smaller level (of course) than its much larger big brother to the north. Being just across the Nevadan border, it’s the closest Nevada-experience to California. Besides the popular “Welcome to Nevada”-sign, many clients love casinos such as the Primm Valley Resort and Whiskey Pete’s. The Desperado Roller Coaster is a city landmark passed by most on their way to Sin City, while another popular stop includes the Primm Valley Golf Club. There are also outlet stores located here, even though the number one outlet-stop would definitely be Barstow (see #6). Right before the Nevada-border you can make a stop at the Lotto Shop, a store established for Nevadans to purchase Californian lottery tickets with big pots.

4. Original Route 66

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A few Malibu limousine clients recently pointed out on the way to Vegas that there are still stretches left of the original Route 66, namely between the towns of Victorville and Barstow. On this historic stretch of Route 66 you will experience many cool original diners, antique shops, an ostrich farms and tons of other cool Route 66 stops. A beloved stop for many is the unusual Elmer’s Bottletree Ranch for a great collection of artsy bottle-trees. At Victorville’s Route 66 Museum you can enjoy many traditional Route 66-sights, including great collections of road signage, pictures and paintings, and other Route 66 favorites. The traditional historic gas station known as Mohawk is another stop that should be made, as well as the nearby Antique Station where you can check out more historic pieces of history. The historic steel bridge crossing the Mohave River is a must for photographers, while the charming Emma Jean Hollands Burger is a must for those looking for the original Route 66 meal. Don’t forget to pose by the Route 66 sign in Victorville!

3. Second-Biggest Meteorite

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Make the desert trip interesting at the Desert Discovery Center!

The Desert Discovery Center in Barstow might be a stop you want to make. Here you can witness the Old Woman Meteorite, the second-largest meteorite to be found in the United States. Weighing over 6,000 lbs, the Old Woman is definitely worth a visit. And best of all, visits to the Desert Discovery Center is completely free of charge. The meteorite is three feet large across the middle and was found in 1976 about fifty miles from today’s location. The Desert Discovery Center is also home to exhibits of plants, native wildlife and fossils. Not far from the Discovery Center is where we find America’s oldest Del Taco, another place might worth visiting.

2. Hottest Place on Earth

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                                                                   Prefer cold? Try the San Jacinto Mountains!

Death Valley, with the highest recorded temperature of planet Earth, is a harsh environment with sand dunes and drought. Despite its naturally extreme and dry climate, there’s an interesting and rich wildlife, flora as well as beautiful sceneries. There are many reasons why so many LA to Vegas party bus clients decide to make their stop in Death Valley National Park. Either it’s for taking photos of the natural beauty of rugged mountains, sandy dunes and badlands-geography, or if it’s for seeing the ancient petroglyphs or look for desert wildlife. We’ve also had numerous LA and Malibu limousine clients heading here for recreational activities such as mountain biking, hiking or four-wheel desert driving. It might seem like an unusual place for fun, but the Death Valley region has something for anyone’s preferences. Some of the endemic wildlife found here include the iconic Bighorn sheep, Mountain lion, various species of hawks, scorpions, snakes, and much more. Having been inhabited by the Mojave people and other Native-Americans since possibly as long ago as 10,000 BCE, Death Valley has a rich history and petroglyphs from the native peoples can be found at Telescope Peak, right above Mesquite Spring, Cave Rock Spring, Sarcobatus Spring Shelter, and numerous other surrounding areas.

1. Best Ghost Town Adventure

limousines-calico-limo-from-laArguably the best ghost town adventures in Southern California can be made at the Calico Ghost, conveniently situated about halfway between LA and Vegas. Established as a silver mining community in 1881, today’s Calico is a California Historical Landmark, a San Bernardino Regional County Park and tourist attraction. Being relatively off-the-beaten track and in the midst of the Mohave Desert, it might be strange to many that this mining town once was home to as many as 1,200 people at its peak. The town is home to many old Western buildings turned into markets and souvenir shops, including a sheriff’s station, barber, fire station, hotel and more. The gunfight shows, searching for gold, mining railroad and more makes Calico the ideal ghost town experience. With all its restaurants, mini shops and cafes, Calico is a place to spend hours of time and ideal to bring the family along. Having been the largest silver-making community in the state in 1885, Calico was once home to several bars, 3 hotels, 5 grocery stores, three restaurants and numerous brothels. Calico is depicted in several songs, movies, TV-series, books and songs. Kenny Rogers album the Ballad of Calico (1972) is based on Calico, while the music video for Gorillaz “Stylo” was filmed in town. Scenes from the movie the Powler (1951) was also filmed here, and the town was also featured in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012).

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There are many additional stops that could be made. The Mormon Rocks, the iconic Bottletree Ranch, the Mojave National Preserve, Alien Fresh Jerky or the Barstow Station are additional great stops to be made. We often provide our clients with Temecula wine-tasting tours which can also be enjoyed on or before hitting the road. Prefer tasting wine closer to LA? How about a Malibu limousine to the vineyards of the Malibu Canyons or a Santa Barbara limo or party bus to the Santa Ynez- or Santa Maria Valleys? For whatever occasional and whatever destination in Southern California, contact our services for the best timely and professional transportation in the region. We are a top rated provider of limo services and we’re proud to offer Southern California’s largest selection of party buses and stretch limousines!

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Wine-tasting tours to the Temecula Valley can be a great adventure!

NEW: Pokemon Go Limo Tours in the Greater LA Area!

NEW: Pokemon Go Limo Tours in the Greater LA Area!

pokemon-go-birthday-ideas-tips-idea-limousine-tours-of-los-angeles-limo-2016Why not go on a Pokétour with limo services in LA? Have you
ever wanted to catch a Bulbasaur in Griffith Park? Or how about looking for a Pikachu in the Malibu Canyons or a Magikarp at the Santa Monica Pier? Sad about all the Pokémons and Pokéstops you have to pass by on the highway? Or just simply looking for the best birthday party idea for your kid? The perfect excursion for Pokemon fans of all ages is here! Let’s see what creatures you can find on a limo trip to your destination(s)! Leave the driving to the professional and let us chauffeur you and your group to any Southern California destination to see what Pokemons you may be able to find! The virtual monsters are definitely back since Niantic’s release on July 6th, and they’re more virtual than ever before. For anyone remembering the Pokémonsters from the 1990’s, playing Pokemon Go with friends in the back of a limousine or Los Angeles party bus of choice will definitely make for a memorable LA adventure!

 

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There’s a Pokéstop at Marina del Rey’s Cheesecake Factory at the beach.

As Pokemon Go is different than just about every other game out there – you actually have to venture outside in order to discover the gyms, pokéstops and wild pokémons – limo or party bus excursions might be amongst the coolest Pokemon Go birthday ideas. Playing the game while driving can be dangerous and also very irritating, primarily of two reasons: 1) Pokémons and Pokéstops will appear when driving, but is nearly impossible to catch or visit while in movement, and 2) It’s obviously dangerous to try to catch that Caterpie when you’re driving down the 405, no matter how much you eventually want a Butterfree. But by being chauffeured around by limo services, you eliminate the many dangers linked to the game, and you can stop by all the gyms and Pokéstops you want on your way. The final destination may be a stop such as a beach or a restaurant often visited by Pokémons or situated near a Pokéstop or Pokégym. As an example, we recently took clients to the Cheesecake Factory on the beach in Marina del Rey. Not just because of their unbeatable views of the Pacific and their great food and location on the beach, but because this very restaurant also is a Pokéstop where players can recharge on Pokéballs and may get rare eggs evolving into various rare Pokémons. The more rare Pokémons are found at night, while sea Pokémons are found near ocean. The Cheesecake Factory on the beach here is therefore a also a great pick for those looking to catch a water monster. Our limo services group discovered everything from Magikarps, Poliwags, and even a Wartortle.

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Water Pokémons are found near bodies of water, such as at the great Malibu beaches.

The hunt for the animated Japanese toon monsters all began when Nintendo released the first Gameboy games in 1996. A few years later, the role video game became an animated TV series that is still broadcast on television today. Ever since, gamers have followed in the footsteps of Ash Ketchum, the charming Pikachu and countless other Pokémonsters. Similarly to the original Gameboy success, Pokemon Go will also let you pick between a preferred starting monster: grass-, water-, or fire (Bulbasaur, Squirtle or Charmander). After picking your beginning Pokemon, venture out in the real world to catch Pokémons. By Pokéstops, you can come by for free Pokéballs, potion, razz berries, incense, eggs and more. While you can utilize an egg incubator for your egg to eventually become a Pokémon, potion can be used to heal wounded Pokémons. Razz berry can be used to weaken Pokémons you’re figthing, while incense will attract Pokémons to your location for 30 minutes. Kids’ birthday parties can be fun when adding limo services to drop by various Pokéstops and gyms for battling!  Several Malibu wine tour customers loved their recent visit to the Malibu Café in the Malibu Canyons, where they could enjoy refilling Pokéballs at the Pokéstop and go hunt for new creatures by the creek. Follow up by a visit to Malibu Family Wines for a real life safari with real animals such as zebras, bisons, camels, alpacas, and other animals. For a Pokemon Go tour and Malibu wine tour closer to the Pacific, check out the Rosenthal Tasting Room by the ocean!

 

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LAX is full of Pokéstops!

A popular thing lately are celebrating Pokemon birthdays for kids in a rented limo or Los Angeles party bus. Trending Pokemon Go birthday ideas include trips to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where there’s not only a Pokéstop, but a Pokégym where players can train their Pokémons and battle for control of the gym. When players have reached level 5 they will get the chance of joining a team (and also being able to attend battles). Players will get the option of picking between team blue, team red, and team yellow. While gyms allow you to battle for control of the gym, you can also put in your own Pokémon or train against fellow team members if the gym already is in your team’s control. Either by fighting other teams or training against your own team, your experience and XP will increase during every battle. After having had control of a gym for over 24 hours, click on the Shop menu for rewards. While you may spend your own money – roughly $1 for 100 pokécoins – visiting Pokéstops allow you to pick up all the equipment you need for free. Places such as LAX are packed with various Pokéstops, but when driving it can prove to be a challenge to catch all the airport Pokéstops and Pokémons. Renting an LAX sedan service may save you time and money – we know where the Pokéstops are, which makes an airport trip a rewarding Pokémon experience. You can also ask your LAX sedan service to drive slowly and repeat a few round near the gates. Many looking for limos for rent in the Los Angeles area have told us about how effective the lure modules are at the Pokéstops for attracting nearby creatures. To use a lure module, simply tell your limo services chauffeur to swing by a Pokéstop for a 30-minute period in order to catch as many as possible. The lure module accompanied with incense will double your chances of finding Pokémons, while nearby players only benefit from the lure module.

limos-for-rent-in-los-angeles-california-on-the-hollywood-walk-of-fame-playing-pokemon-go-limo-tours-la-2016Barnsdall Art Park is another tremendously popular Pokemon Go destination for Los Angeles party bus and limousine rentals which has both a gym and tons of Pokéstops. The Hollyhock House here is a Pokéstop. Art has never been more fun! Renting a Los Angeles party bus to cruise down Hollywood Boulevard and the Sunset Strip has equally never been more fun. Here you can enjoy one of the city’s most iconic destinations while stopping by gyms and Pokéstops to recharge on Pokéballs and other necessities. Limousine rentals heading for the Santa Monica Pier might just get you that Parasect you’ve been looking for, while the Grove is a great place to go for a stroll amongst a highly concentrated place of Pokemon Go trainers. So is the Union Station with its many historic spots to refill on Pokéballs. Whether to search for a Pidgey at the airport with an LAX sedan service or to find the rarest species at nighttime with a Los Angeles party bus – limos for rent may be the best and most rewarding way of playing Pokémon. Combining a kid’s birthday party with some Pokémon hunting may be the best birthday ever! Especially when combined with a luxurious ride by limo services!

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