The History of Runyon Canyon

January 8, 2020

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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    Day Tour by Horseback (2 Hr)

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    Saddle up for a one of a kind guided tour through the rolling hills of Griffith Park. This 5,000 acre park sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and contains ample trails for you to wander through. On horseback, you will get amazing views of the famous Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and surrounding downtown Los Angeles. You'll see more of the park than you ever could on foot, get incredible looks at some of the most famous locations in LA, and, of course, spend time with a truly wonderful horse. Besides, who knows when else you'll be able to ride a horse through the city? No riders under 8 years old or people over 230 lbs can ride.
    Day Tour by Horseback (2 Hr)

    3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles

    • Experience a horseback riding tour through gorgeous Griffith Park
    • Uncover sights of all 5,000 acres of this beautiful area, located in the heart of LA
    • Admire stunning views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory
    • Enjoy a ride on a gentle, well-trained horse
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    149 positive reviews
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    Star Homes and Celebrity Sites Tour

    Warning: This tour might reignite those childhood dreams of being an actor/actress. Your adventure begins with the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the hotel from Pretty Woman and Grauman's Chinese theater where you can view decades of famous footprints. The tour stops at the infamous Roosevelt Hotel where Marilyn Monroe lived, and some people claim to have seen her ghost dance in the ballroom. The tour continues down the historical Sunset Strip in West Hollywood where you will see Rock and Roll landmarks such as the Viper Room, Whiskey A-Go-Go and the exclusive The Roxy. It's not over yet! The tour hits up celebrity favorite hotspots such as The Standard Hotel, The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, House of Blues, Cindy Crawford's Skybar and the Chateau Marmont Hotel. Beverly Hills is the most well known zip code in America and that is exactly where you will be headed: The homes are bigger than the egos and it's a rare combination of new and rich money. After the celebrity portion of the tour, the driver will head towards Rodeo Drive, home of all the famous fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Versace. There will also be a chance to photograph Bijan's two million dollar Bugatti parked outside his store. See how the other side lives on this star-studded tour!
    Star Homes and Celebrity Sites Tour

    6507 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Explore the Hollywood Hills and see how the other side lives on a star-studded tour
    • Catch a glimpse of the multi-million dollar homes of the rich and famous
    • See iconic Hollywood landmarks and the world's top fashion houses
    • Finish the tour on Rodeo Drive and see the lavish life firsthand
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    LA/Hollywood/Beverly Hills Tour

    Have you always wanted to see the sites of the greater LA area but weren't sure where to start? This tour will guide you through all the spots you've wanted to see. Start the day in the beautiful, vibrant and hip Venice Beach where you'll see Muscle Beach, skate parks, and the birthplace of surfing. Drive up famous Sunset Boulevard through Brentwood, Bel Air and Beverly Hills to check out a few famous celebrity mansions. You will eat lunch at an LA icon: The Farmers Market at the Grove. Then you will take a walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and find your favorite celebrity stars. See the beautiful Chinese Theatre, where the celebrity hand and footprints are and Dolby Theatre (aka Kodak Theatre) where the Oscars are held. Drive up to Griffith Park for photos of the Hollywood sign and views of the downtown LA skyline (a short hike is possible as well.) Then you will take a brief stop on Rodeo Drive for window shopping on the world's most expensive street. Plus see tons of famous and interesting sights along the way. You will then head back to Santa Monica for sunset on the beach (traffic and nature permitting.)
    LA/Hollywood/Beverly Hills Tour

    1445 4th Street, Los Angeles

    • Enjoy an enthusiastically given tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills by bus
    • View famous sites such as the Sunset Strip, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre, Griffith Park, Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica
    • Listen to a guided tour filled with fun facts and stories as you move from place to place
    • Bring your family or friends; great for people of all ages
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    Private Santa Monica Electric Bike Tour

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    Meet near Main Street in Santa Monica for a brief safety orientation from your guide. Then, hop on your electric bike, strap on your helmet, and begin cruising through Santa Monica on a 3-hour private bike tour. Your electric bike is a fun and easy way to explore the city, letting you choose to pedal, use the electric motor or a mixture of both. Throughout your tour, snack on tasty fruits, organic dried fruits and cheese that your guide hand-selected from the locals farmers market. Choose which fresh-pressed juice you want, and your guide will head to a local juice bar to make your juice to order, made with organic, farm-fresh produce from the market. Bike past Santa Monica highlights including the popular Santa Monica Pier and beach and the Marion Davies Guesthouse. Head to the beach to admire views of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean coastline, making photo stops at iconic locations along the way and hear stories about Santa Monica's history and culture from your local guide. Your 3-hour tour concludes in downtown Santa Monica.
    Private Santa Monica Electric Bike Tour

    Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica

    • Cruise through Santa Monica on an easy-to-use electric bike
    • Make photo stops at top Santa Monica attractions, including the Santa Monica Pier
    • Learn about the city's food culture and history from a friendly and knowledgeable guide
    • Enjoy organic fruit and fresh-pressed juice from the local farmers market
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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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    Day Tour by Horseback (1 Hr) (Mon - Fri)

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    Saddle up for a one of a kind guided tour through the rolling hills of Griffith Park. This 5,000 acre park sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and contains ample trails for you to wander through. On horseback, you will get amazing views of the famous Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and surrounding downtown Los Angeles. You'll see more of the park than you ever could on foot, get incredible looks at some of the most famous locations in LA, and, of course, spend time with a truly wonderful horse. Besides, who knows when else you'll be able to ride a horse through the city? No riders under 8 years old or people over 230 lbs can ride.
    Day Tour by Horseback (1 Hr) (Mon - Fri)

    3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles

    • Experience a horseback riding tour through gorgeous Griffith Park
    • Uncover sights of all 5,000 acres of this beautiful area, located in the heart of LA
    • Admire stunning views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory
    • Enjoy a ride on a gentle, well-trained horse
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    149 positive reviews
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    Evening Tour by Horseback

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    Saddle up for a one of a kind guided tour through the rolling hills of Griffith Park. This 5,000 acre park sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and contains ample trails for you to wander through. On horseback, you will get amazing views of the famous Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and surrounding downtown Los Angeles -- all lit up beautifully at night! You'll see more of the park than you ever could on foot, get incredible looks at some of the most famous locations in LA, and, of course, spend time with a truly wonderful horse. Besides, who knows when else you'll be able to ride a horse through the city? No riders under 8 years old or people over 230 lbs can ride.
    Evening Tour by Horseback

    3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles

    • Experience an evening horseback riding tour through gorgeous Griffith Park
    • Uncover sights of all 5,000 acres of this beautiful area, located in the heart of LA
    • Admire stunning views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory
    • Enjoy a ride on a gentle, well-trained horse and see LA at night
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    149 positive reviews
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    Discover LA Scooter Car Tour

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    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

    4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles

    • 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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    Downtown, Hollywood & Beverly Hills Tour

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    What better way to tour the heart of the film industry than with a few movies along the way? Enjoy a state of the art multimedia sightseeing tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. You'll travel in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Sprinter equipped with a 32" HDTV flat screen monitor and high end audio. Your tour will focus on Hollywood's legendary stars, past and present. Stars from all sectors of the entertainment world will be featured with a montage of film clips, theme songs, locations, photographs, stories, history, sound effects, and more. The tour highlights television tales, movie moments, and musical memories. On this tour, it's not just what you see, it's how you see it!
    Downtown, Hollywood & Beverly Hills Tour

    6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles

    • See Hollywood and Beverly Hills on a state of the art multimedia sightseeing tour
    • Travel in a Mercedes Benz equipped with a 32"HDTV flat screen
    • Enjoy fun facts, trivia, and history, all prepared by your friendly tour guide
    • Visit downtown LA, Mulholland Drive, Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Strip, and more
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    10 positive reviews
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    Leisure Valley Ride with Wine & Lunch

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    Looking for a fun, physical spin on the usual wine tour? With its rolling hills, vineyards, and family farms, Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect setting for a leisurely bike ride! During this guided cycle, you'll spend a half day biking between three different destinations, learning as you go from a local guide. First up, you'll stop at Clairmont Lavender Farms, where you'll watch as fresh lavender is methodologically pressed into aromatic oil. Then, you'll bike to a local olive oil tasting room to sample locally crafted olive oils and vinegars. Of course, you can't tour Santa Ynez without a little vino. Your final stop will be at a local winery, where you'll be able to learn about the local wine industry. A gourmet picnic lunch and wine tasting are included! #BikeBliss
    Leisure Valley Ride with Wine & Lunch

    1693 Mission Dr, Solvang

    • Treat yourself to a 10-15-mile bike tour of Santa Ynez Valley
    • Stop at a lavender farm to learn how lavender oil is made
    • Visit an olive oil tasting room for a guided tasting
    • Enjoy a picnic lunch and wine tasting at a boutique winery
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    25 positive reviews

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