Review: Is the Sony Studio Tour Worth It?

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

The Sony Pictures Studio tour takes guests behind the scenes of the former MGM studios, one of the most famed studios of old Hollywood. During this walking tour, guests go inside various sets and soundstages, and get a general taste for life on the Sony lot. In this review, we’ll cover the pros & cons of […]

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10 Best Beaches in Laguna Beach, California

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  No Comments

Laguna Beach has the absolute best selection of beaches in Southern California. In fact, its miles of coast along Pacific Coast Highway might be some of the best in the world. While this quiet little beach town located an hour or two south of Los Angeles (depending upon traffic) can be quite busy during the […]

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LACMA Review & Tips

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States, and is located near the La Brea Tar Pits in Southern California. This review offers photos from LACMA, tips for visiting, and pros and cons of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as compared to nearby […]

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Golden Pavilion Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  5 Comments

The Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji, 金閣寺) in Kyoto, Japan is a world-renowned temple named (and famous) for its pure gold leaf finishing. In this post we’ll cover some of the pros and cons of visiting the Golden Pavilion, share some photos from our experience there, and offer random thoughts and history on the pavilion. For starters, […]

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Review: Is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Worth It?

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

For a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood movie-making, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is one of the best options around Los Angeles. This tour offers a 2-3 hour experience inside a working Hollywood studio, with the chance to explore outdoor sets and soundstages used to create La La Land, Gilmore Girls, The Big Bang Theory, and numerous […]

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The Tam O’ Shanter: Walt Disney’s Favorite Restaurant

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  5 Comments

The Tam O’ Shanter in Los Angeles, California was a popular dining spot for Walt Disney, his animators, and Imagineers. This restaurant is a must-do in Los Angeles not for its cuisine (although the food is above average), but for its rich history. In this post, we’ll take a tour of the Tam O ‘Shanter, and […]

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CNN Studio Tour Review

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Inside CNN Studio Tour in Atlanta, Georgia offers a behind the scenes look at the world’s largest news organization. The hour-long guided experience takes visitors on a walking tour of the CNN Center headquarters for CNN International, Headline News, and (of course) CNN itself. In this post, we’ll review whether the CNN tour is […]

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a vast wildlife preserve that’s home to thousands of animals from all over the world, which are separated into distinct “lands” based upon the animals’ habitats. While there are a variety of unique attractions at the San Diego Safari Park, its flagship offering is the Africa Tram, which takes […]

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Universal Studios Japan Tips & Strategy

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  40 Comments

Universal Studios Japan is a theme park in Osaka. Due to its location, size, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is an incredibly popular park. This post covers some tips for visiting Universal Studios Japan, and tricks for seeing as much as possible in a single day. At USJ, you’ll need all of […]

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The Getty Villa Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Getty Villa is an art museum in Malibu, California focusing on antiquities from the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans. Located a few miles from the Getty Center, it’s a perfect counter-part to the “main” museum in Los Angeles. This post reviews the Getty Villa, and offers my tips for visiting. As with the Getty […]

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