The History of Runyon Canyon

March 8, 2016

Before it was Runyon Canyon, early English settlers dubbed it “No Man’s Canyon.” Curiously, history suggests it is just that -- When it comes to taking residence in these crags, you’re looking at the shelf-life of the daily news. 

Here are the faces of the men and women who once tried to wrangle what is now Hollywood's favorite city park.

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    Sunset Safari Kayak

    So you want to kayak, but you're a little wet behind the ears? LA River Kayak Safari has just the solution! On this evening run down the LA river, you'll learn how to champion small, Class II rapids, as well as lazy river sections. Your enthusiastic guides are swift-water trained and will teach you everything you need to know about paddling techniques in order to navigate the waterway. This route is a little longer and more challenging than the morning and midday runs, but it's nothing you can't handle! You'll pass through Elysian Valley (Frogtown) and see where an underground spring joins the LA River. Your trip will include a short bike ride, a whole bunch of river lore, and a downstream paddle that is thrilling, challenging, and full of resplendent wildlife. Make sure to keep an eye out for all the rare birds of Southern California. Go with the flow and reserve today!
    Sunset Safari Kayak

    2825 Benedict St, Los Angeles

    • Escape the city and enjoy an evening of kayaking down the LA river
    • Learn paddling skills and techniques from enthusiastic swift-water trained guides
    • Pass Elysian Valley and see where an underground spring joins the river
    • Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially rare birds of Southern California
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    Discover LA Scooter Car Tour

    Not up for a walking tour, but don't want to be stuck on a tour bus? Enter the Scoot! These unique, three-wheeled vehicles are part scooter, part buggy, allowing for a one-of-kind experience in Los Angeles. You and your guest get to drive and share your own Scoot! Your Sunnyday Scoot guides will introduce you to some of the city's most popular tourist attractions, including the The Griffith Park Merry-Go_Round, Gene Autry Museum, Travel Town Train Museum and The Old Zoo. You came to this exciting city to see the sights-- so why not make it a fun, adventurous journey at the same time! Drive by Warner Bros Studios and Walt Disney Animation as well as Electra Records, Atlantic Records, and Rhino Record!
    Discover LA Scooter Car Tour

    1 East Linden Ave, Burbank

    • Explore Los Angeles behind the wheel of an awesome little 2 person Scoot car
    • Check out some of the most popular tourist sights in the city, including the Old abandoned Zoo, The Griffith Park Merry-Go_Round, Gene Autry Museum, Travel Town Train Museum, and more!
    • Bring friends, family, or a date and switch drivers at anytime
    • Fuel your sense of adventure with this unique, fun-filled experience
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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    Feel like you need a little more porpoise in your life? If you answered "No, I want to see whales and dolphins," then this is the sea-faring safari for you! You'll set sail on high-tech catamarans, in search of some of the year-round dolphins and whales famous for populating the waters off of Dana Point. What could you see? December through May the annual migration of Gray Whales between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja, CA takes place. In the months between May and November Blue Whales, the largest animal on earth, can be seen. And throughout the year Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and occasionally Orcas visit. Rare whales that could be seen at any time include Bryde's Whales, Sei Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, and False Killer Whales. And playful dolphins, some in mega-pods of up to 10,000, are seen off Dana Point all year round too! Only aboard the catamaran Manute'a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave's original catamaran DolphinSafari is so close to the water that it's like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both boats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! Lily, our luxury power catamaran, features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all trips. Along the way, naturalists will treat you with insights about how these amazing creatures live and play. It's going to be a whale of a good time!
    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point

    • Embark on a dolphin and whale watching adventure that gives you an up-close and personal view of the marine life
    • Observe dolphins and whales in their natural environment with vessel features specially designed by Captain Dave
    • Learn about the behaviors of these underwater creatures from professional naturalists
    • Enjoy an intimate look at a surreal underwater world aboard advanced, eco-friendly catamarans
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    Central Bank Room Escape

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    Here's the deal: you and your partner are a pair of expert thieves, known for having pulled numerous high-profile heists. Your next target? A stash of diamonds hidden in the general manager's office at Central Bank. In the dark cloak of the night, you managed to deactivate the alarm, sneak into the bank, and reach the office of the manager's assistant. The only problem is that time is of the essence! The alarm will sound off in exactly one hour. If you find the diamonds and escape in time, you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams! If you fail, you'll end your career behind metal bars. The stakes are high -- what will you do?
    Central Bank Room Escape

    8255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Steal a stash of diamonds from Central Bank and escape before the hour is up
    • Put your brains and wits to the test during this intense escape-the-room event
    • Work with your team to devise a foolproof plan
    • Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you and your friends work under the pressure of the clock
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    Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    You can get the full Los Angeles experience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. The open-top buses provide recorded commentary throughout the tour.

    The double-decker Red Route bus departs Grauman's Chinese Theatre every 20 to 40 minutes, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore each stop in detail. On the Red Route, you'll see top LA attractions like the Farmers Market, the Beverly Center, La Brea Tar Pits, the famous Chateau Marmont hotel and more.

    Connect to the Blue Route if you want to head north to Universal Studios Hollywood. The Purple Route will take you all around downtown Los Angeles, Olvera Street, Chinatown, the Fashion District and LA Live. The Yellow Route will take you out to Santa Monica Beach via Westwood, Brentwood and Century City. The Orange Route will take you to Fisherman's Village, Waterside and select LAX hotels.
    Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

    • Sightsee in comfort aboard a double decker bus, as you hop-on and off at the destinations you'd like to explore
    • Enjoy a full-day pass to this unique and flexible way of exploring the city
    • Choose from five different routes in total to customize your trip to include your own interests
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    Helicopter Mountain Top Landing Tour - Private Adventure Package

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    Looking for an unforgettable aerial tour of Los Angeles that won't be found anywhere else? Then check this out! Let Orbic Air take you out on a breathtaking private tour of iconic Los Angeles and its beautiful surrounding landscape. You'll enjoy a 50-55 minute helicopter ride, first soaring over landmarks like the Hollywood sign, Universal Studios, and celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Then, you'll fly over gorgeous Los Angeles beaches with breathtaking views of the California Coastline. You'll continue up the coast until you land at Orbic Air's exclusive, secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu Beach. This is one experience you'll never want to forget!
    Helicopter Mountain Top Landing Tour - Private Adventure Package

    10750 Sherman way, Los Angeles

    • Enjoy a 50 minute helicopter ride over LA's iconic landmarks, scenic hills, and beaches
    • Catch breathtaking views of the Hollywood sign, the California Coastline, the beaches of Santa Monica, and more
    • Land at Orbic Air's exclusive and secluded plateau overlooking the magnificent shores of Malibu Beach
    • Make incredible memories that will last a lifetime
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    Skydiving First Jump Prep Course

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    Thrill seeker? Here's an opportunity you'll really fall for! Gear up for your first solo jump with this skydiving class and then actually take the plunge! You'll get the lowdown on the high-up essentials you need to know with four to six hours of classroom training delivered by a certified instructor -- Like checking to make sure your pack actually has a parachute in it. You'll fly over scenic San Joaquin Valley, and step out into the open air from over two miles up. Reach speeds of one-hundred-and-twenty MPH as you plummet to the ground. Yank your chute for an easy descent and on-target landing. This experience should leave you feeling high on life!
    Skydiving First Jump Prep Course

    500 Airport Rd, Taft

    • Pick up the basics of skydiving during several hours of classroom instruction
    • Gain the knowledge and experience you need to manage a solo skydive jump
    • Make a solo jump from over two miles up in the sky and reach speeds of 120 miles/hour
    • Feel the rush of stepping out of a plane from several thousand feet in the air by yourself
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    Group Surf Lesson (Men)

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    Are you a guy looking for a little more balance in your life? Learn to ride the waves with iSurf, and that's exactly what you'll get! Surfing is widely regarded as a transformative pursuit, with a Zen-like, meditative quality arising from the intense concentration required to catch waves and stay atop them once you do. During this semi-private lesson for two, you'll see that for yourself as you hit the water with an experienced instructor. Whether you're a first-time surfer or have a little experience already, you'll receive a lesson tailored to your skill level and learning curve. Start off with land-based drills to learn "popping up" and basic footwork, and then paddle out to put those skills into practice! Santa Barbara is a great place to learn, with beautiful beaches and great waves that make it a top destination for surfers from around the world. So ... you aboard?
    Group Surf Lesson (Men)

    435 E Valerio St, Santa Barbara

    • Master the basics of surfing during a semi-private lesson in beautiful Santa Barbara
    • Grasp the fundamentals on land and then hit the water to put them into practice
    • Get personalized instruction delivered by an energetic and supportive instructor
    • Alter your life by embracing one of the most popular and meditative sports in the world
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    The Lair Escape Room

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    You and your top-notch FBI team have just infiltrated the lair of a ruthless drug lord -- but now you've got three problems: There's a ticking time bomb in the room with you. You have to solve riddles and puzzles to escape. Oh, and you've only got 60 minutes. You'll have to use your best cunning and smarts to solve puzzles and find clues that will help you and your team escape out before time is up. The best plan? Get a group of friends together and conquer this incredible escape game with your combined knowledge. See you on the other side!
    The Lair Escape Room

    1373 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Work with your team to escape the drug lord's lair before the bomb goes off
    • Challenge yourself by trying to solve a series of puzzles in under 60 adrenaline-pumping minutes
    • Use your wits in new ways to achieve your ultimate goal of escape
    • Escape from the stress of the everyday by immersing yourself in a whole new, exciting reality
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    Group Surf Lesson (Women)

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    Are you a lady looking for a little more balance in your life? Learn to ride the waves with iSurf, and that's exactly what you'll get! Surfing is widely regarded as a transformative pursuit, with a Zen-like, meditative quality arising from the intense concentration required to catch waves and stay atop them once you do. During this semi-private lesson for 2, you'll start to see that for yourself as you hit the water with an experienced instructor. Whether you're a first-time surfer or have a little experience already, you'll find an experience tailored to your skill level and learning curve. Start off with land-based drills to learn the art of "popping up" and basic footwork, and then paddle out to put those skills into practice! Santa Barbara is a great place to learn, with beautiful beaches and great waves that make it a top destination for surfers from around the world. So ... are you aboard?
    Group Surf Lesson (Women)

    435 E Valerio St, Santa Barbara

    • Master the basics of surfing during a semi-private lesson in beautiful Santa Barbara
    • Grasp the fundamentals on land and then hit the water to put them into practice
    • Get personalized instruction delivered by an energetic and supportive instructor
    • Alter your life by embracing one of the most popular and meditative sports in the world
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    15 positive reviews

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