Best Tabloid-Style L.A. Tour (2012)
When TMZ kingpin Harvey Levin developed his TMZ Hollywood Tour, he turned the idea of celebrity spotting on its head. Patrons who enter the small but flashy red open-air bus decked out with TMZ's logo become a momentary part of the bus's very own celebrity: The tour is so known for its goal to find celebs while the bus is in motion that some famous people who have spotted it, like Ellen DeGeneres and Ben Affleck, will come say hello, and pedestrians often stare and wave. That, of course is what it's all about: Everyone on the bus acts as paparazzi, and it's all filmed in case TMZ-worthy news breaks, adding a buzz that's a reprieve from the average low-energy sightseeing tour. The two-hour tour takes you through Hollywood and Beverly Hills while a joke-cracking guide spills Hollywood secrets, like where Elton John bought his baby a $3 million condo and who isn't allowed inside Soho House. In the end, it doesn't matter if Hollywood culture enthralls or depresses you, because obsession with celebrity isn't necessary to enjoy the tour, but the ability to lighten up is. Departs from Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (855) 4TMZ-TOUR, tmz.com/tour.
Los Angeles CA 90028
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