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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    LA River Kayaking (Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone, near Downtown LA)

    Join us in paddling the Los Angeles River and participate in this one-of-a-kind Los Angeles experience! These guided kayak tours in the Glendale Narrows section run through a sporty 2 ½-mile stretch within an official river Recreation Zone. These trips pass through the Frogtown neighborhood, which is just over the hill, east of Dodger Stadium and close to Atwater Village, Echo Park, Silverlake and Mt. Washington. Unlike our trips in the Sepulveda Basin, these trips include moderate Class-I rapids mixed with some flatwater stretches, adventurous and fun, but not dangerous. You will observe numerous bird species and usually see fisherman and other city denizens doing their thing along the river. You'll pick up safety and paddling skills, all while having fun and getting some great exercise along the way. While in Frogtown, stop in for lunch or breakfast at Spoke Bicycle Cafe before or after your trip. www.spokebicyclecafe.com. Be part of this culturally and recreationally vibrant portion of the LA River. LA River Expeditions is the original boating outfit on the river and the only one leading tours in both Recreational Zones. We are the group that, in 2008, paddled the 51-miles of the river to help win environmental protections for the river under the Clean Water Act.  We're proud of our contributions to our city's education, recreation and activism. We do all this because we are avid kayakers and all-around river enthusiasts. We love rivers and we love sharing the river experience with others. Our guides have decades of collective experience running rivers worldwide. They are professionally trained and certified in both river safety and first aid/CPR. You'll be in good hands!
    LA River Kayaking (Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone, near Downtown LA)

    Rattlesnake Park, Los Angeles

    • Paddle in your single kayak for approximately 2 1/4 hours over roughly 3 miles flatwater. All basic equipment provided. Experienced and certified river guides teach paddling & river safety skills. Beginner through advanced skills welcome.
    • Our Educators provide environmental education along the way, teaching all about the LA River: Watershed, wildlife, history and the politics of your hometown river.
    • This summer is your chance to paddle the river and participate in a one-of-a-kind experience. This river section is the most natural area with soft-bottom and tree-lined banks offering a serene experience with fish, flora and fauna. This is truly an eye-opening unforgettable event that should be on the bucket list of any Angeleno.
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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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    Adventure Scooter Ride

    Do you want to get out on the open road, feel free, and drive? Then Sunnyday Scoot has a treat for you! This unique adventure ride puts you behind the wheel of a small, 2 person buggy-like scooter, for a one hour thrill of a lifetime. This is the perfect way explore the streets of Los Angeles, from Burbank to Studio City, to beautiful Griffith Park, and maybe see some live Hollywood filming as well. No experience is needed so bring your date, your friends, or your family and let Sunnyday Scoot be the best part of your day!
    Adventure Scooter Ride

    1 East Linden Ave, Burbank

    • Explore LA from behind the wheel of a 2 person Scoot
    • Maneuver your way easily around scenic streets and neighborhoods
    • 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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    LA River Kayaking (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, near Encino)

    Join us in paddling the Los Angeles River and participate in this one-of-a-kind Los Angeles experience! These guided kayak tours are in the Sepulveda Basin which is the most natural, wonderfully green part of the river which passes through one of two official Recreational Zones. It is a leisurely, 3-mile flatwater paddle which is manageable for beginners and fun for other skill levels, too. You will observe numerous bird species as you paddle along, and spot locals as they fish from the banks. You'll pick up safety and paddling skills, all while having fun and getting some great exercise along the way. We run this trip as a loop to avoid any hassles of portaging around hazards or barriers, or waiting to be transported back to your vehicle. All in all, after this trip you won't be able to look at Los Angeles in quite the same way again.  LA River Expeditions is the original boating outfit on the river and the only one leading tours in both Recreational Zones. We are the group that, in 2008, paddled the 51-miles of the river to help win environmental protections for the river under the Clean Water Act. Were proud of our contributions to our city's education, recreation and activism. We do all this because we are avid kayakers and all-around river enthusiasts. We love rivers and we love sharing the river experience with others. Our guides have decades of collective experience running rivers worldwide. They are professionally trained and certified in both river safety and first aid/CPR. You'll be in good hands!
    LA River Kayaking (Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, near Encino)

    Woodley Ave & Burbank Blvd, Encino

    • Paddle in your single kayak for approximately 2 ¼ hours over roughly 3 miles flatwater. All basic equipment provided. Experienced and certified river guides teach paddling & river safety skills. Beginner through advanced skills welcome.
    • Our Educators provide environmental education along the way, teaching all about the LA River: Watershed, wildlife, history and the politics of your hometown river.
    • This summer is your chance to paddle the river and participate in a one-of-a-kind experience. This river section is the most natural area with soft-bottom and tree-lined banks offering a serene experience with fish, flora and fauna. This is truly an eye-opening unforgettable event that should be on the bucket list of any Angelo.
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    Imagination Scooter Car Walt Disney Tour

    Imagine driving in a 2 seat Scoot that is as much fun as an amusement park ride but without the wait and on the sunny streets of Los Angeles! With this tour you get to ignite your imagination in the same places that inspired Walt Disney. Visit where Walt Disney himself spent father-daughter time, sent his animators on field trips, and where he conducted his private trains. Discover little known facts about his hobbies, passions, and how humble ideas led to grand achievements. Better break out your Mickey Mouse ears!
    Imagination Scooter Car Walt Disney Tour

    1 East Linden Ave, Burbank

    • Explore Los Angeles behind the wheel of a 2 person scooter
    • Visit sites that inspired Walt Disney and learn about his life
    • 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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    Santa Ynez Wine, Dine, and Unwind

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    Need a reminder that life's all about the journey? Gear up and hit the country roads during this cycling tour of Santa Ynez Valley! California's Wine Country is about more than just great wines. It's also a renowned cycling location, with stirring mountain ranges in the distance and rolling hills all around. You'll enjoy a moderate pace tailored to your preferences as you explore this scenic landscape alongside a local guide, covering approximately 20 miles. After you're finished, you'll head to Bridlewood Vineyard where you will have a signature farm to table lunch followed by a wine tasting.
    Santa Ynez Wine, Dine, and Unwind

    1693 Mission Dr, Solvang

    • Treat yourself to a relaxing 20-mile bike ride through scenic Santa Ynez Valley
    • Ride through the countryside and see vineyards, farms, and mountain ranges
    • Enjoy lunch and wine at Bridlewood Vineyard
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    Santa Monica & Venice Beach Segway Tours

    If you're looking for an exciting, unique tour of the Santa Monica and Venice beach area, this segway tour will do the trick! You'll start the day on Santa Monica Beach, and head towards Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. After snapping some pics at the solar powered Ferris Wheel you'll head to the original home of the bodybuilding craze - Muscle Beach. Watch the beautiful people as you make your way along the white sands of Venice Beach towards Venice Skate park. Once the boarders there have sufficiently blown your mind with their fantastic tricking, you'll glide by Venice Muscle Beach on your way to Venice Pier where the Governator himself once worked out. On the way back to Santa Monica you'll cruise by the gorgeous Venice Canal District -- an area listed on the national register of historic places. When you get back to Santa Monica round out your day by enjoying $3 entry to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium!
    Santa Monica & Venice Beach Segway Tours

    Santa Monica State Beach, Los Angeles

    • Enjoy a tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach from the convenience of a Segway
    • Take in the vibrancy of the Santa Monica Pier, the Original Muscle Beach, the Venice Canals and more
    • Get a discounted ticket to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
    • Discover the ins and outs of the neighborhoods most happening spots
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    Red Carpet 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 Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theater, the Old Zoo, and the famous Hollywood Sign! You came to this exciting city to see the sights-- so why not make it a fun, adventurous journey at the same time!
    Red Carpet 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 Hollywood Sign, Griffith Observatory, and much 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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