Thursday, April 25, 2013

Soaring above Los Angeles

The sports of hang gliding offers humans a chance to glide like a bird. Los Angeles features ideal hang-gliding conditions, with good weather and strong thermals. Rental bus visitors can fly year-round, with an average of 300 good flying days each year. General guidelines require participants to be at least 5 feet tall and weigh between 90 and 260 lbs. Plan a visit to Los Angeles with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus rented from Bus Company Los Angeles and take the opportunity to fly above Los Angeles with a hang glider.
Hang Gliding in Los Angeles is a network of professional instructors and part of the American Hang Gliding Network. The organization helps Los Angeles rental bus visitors locate suitable hang gliding schools or arrange tandem flying experiences in and around the Los Angeles area. If you’re visiting Los Angeles on a rental bus and want to do some hang gliding, check in with them first. During training, all equipment, including a helmet, is provided by the schools. Wear long pants, comfortable shoes that you can run in and polarized sunglasses. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen and a camera to capture the experience.
Windsports Soaring Center, based a short charter bus ride away near the airport, is one of the longest-established hang-gliding academies in Southern California, with a team of professional flying instructors and a fleet of modern gliders. It offers lessons and training toward USHGA Novice Pilot certification. You can also obtain this qualification through Extreme Things, with an intensive seven-day training program. Pilot certification involves classroom teaching as well as practical training. You will learn about hang-gliding components and terminology, how to set up and break down a hang glider, launch, flight and landing techniques and safety skills. Windsports offers tandem flying experiences for rental bus visitors with a qualified pilot at Kagel Mountain, launching from 3,500 feet. Flights are available seven days a week, weather permitting. With Extreme Things you can enjoy a tandem paragliding experience over the Malibu coastal cliffs, which involves a 10-minute ground-training session and 30 minutes of flight.
Sylmar Flight Park, base of the Sylmar Hang Gliding Association, was established in 1969, and hosted the first U.S. National Hang Gliding Championships. The park is situated at Kagel Mountain in the Angeles National Forest, approximately 30 miles by charter bus north of Los Angeles International Airport. It is open daily, year-round, from 8 a.m. until dusk, depending on weather an charges a fee for use. The park has a dirt ramp for southern launches, and the designated landing area is marked by streamers. Non-SHGA members can fly at Sylmar, but you must be rated at least HP3 (intermediate) or fly in tandem with a qualified pilot.
Visit Los Angeles with a rental bus for some high flying thrills in a hang glider. Bus Company Los Angeles can help you organize your rental bus trip to Los Angeles with a minimum of fuss and bother while you and your rental bus group soar high above the skies.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Off beat attractions near Los Angeles

The natural attractions of Southern California, its beaches, bays and native foods, have been a hit with rental bus visitors since the first European arrivals on the original tourist boat in 1542. Over the subsequent centuries, as California has undergone ever-accelerating development, the list of its attractions has grown to include eye- and ear-catching museums worth making the trip. California has a reputation for the off beat and alternative, and some of its attractions reflect that vibe. A great way of moving in and around Los Angeles is with a bus, charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus rented from Bus Company Los Angeles.
Rental bus visitors to Los Angeles will notice that neon is everywhere in Southern California, from the sign at the Santa Monica Pier to the downtown lights, but the nowhere is the art of neon more appreciated than at the Museum of Neon Art in downtown Los Angeles. After starting its collection in the 1970s, storage yards and warehouses gradually filled with donated and purchased samples before the museum opened in 1981. Neon aficionados not content just to see signs in a museum setting can tour working neon in the LA area every Saturday night from June through November. A red double-decker bus allows rental bus visitors to enjoy the air up top or find shelter from the night chill on the lower level. Advance reservations are suggested for rental bus groups. Tickets for the museum and tour may be purchased at the door.
Once thought to be a popular form of ephemera suitable only for capturing birthday parties and children's school pictures, photography is now a legitimate art form. Two southern California museums give more than a nod to the pioneers of the field. The University of California, Riverside, located an hour by rental bus from downtown Los Angeles, hosts a photography museum on its campus. The facility is one of the Western states' largest permanent collections of photographs and cameras. Parking can be limited on campus, so using the services of a rental bus would be ideal. The San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, two to three hours by rental bus south of Los Angeles, depending on traffic, offers a diverse collection of images from nearly 900 notable photographers. Including examples of classic and cutting-edge modern photography, the museum is located in the Casa de Balboa, a historic structure in the Balboa Park complex. Both museums offer revolving and specialized exhibits, in addition to permanent gallery displays.
Leo Fender, the father of the solid-body electric guitar, opened his first guitar shop at 107 S. Spadra in Fullerton in the 1950s. Today, two Southern California museums pay tribute to his invention and his musical legacy: a small gallery in the city of Fullerton Museum Center as well as an entire museum at the Fender factory, approximately an hour's drive by rental bus from Fullerton in an industrial location in Corona. The corporate museum features vintage and custom models, and has a gift shop with branded Fender memorabilia, from key fobs to coffee mugs to more T-shirts than one person could wear in a lifetime.
For a rental bus tour of some of Los Angeles more off beat attractions, give Bus Company Los Angeles a call to find out how they can help you with their friendly, personalized service.

On the links in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, one of the most glamorous cities in the United States, with warm, balmy weather, offers dozens of public golf courses. Whether you’re new to golfing or a seasoned amateur with a single handicap, bad weather is unlikely to spoil your planned tee time. However, golf rental bus groups used to the efficient public transit systems of other major cities might be somewhat disappointed with the traffic conditions when golfing in L.A., making renting a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus from Bus Company Los Angeles a very good idea.
If your golf group is traveling by rental bus from Los Angeles, you’ll likely need about an hour’s driving time to try your swing at Strawberry Farms Golf Club. This public course, located in the Orange County city of Irvine about 45 miles from Los Angeles, offers a rural setting despite its location in one of the most visited regions of Southern California by rental bus golfers. Charter bus golfers can play 18 holes at par 71 along about 6,700 yards of greenery. Strawberry Farms visitors can also enjoy the natural scenery of its canyons and wetlands. Other facilities offered at Strawberry Farms, include a clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop.
Chester Washington Golf Course is located in central L.A. and also borders the southern region of the city. This 18-hole, par-70 course is especially convenient to those staying near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and easily reached by rental or charter bus. This golf course is also near a lot of the urban activity and attractions of L.A., but offers temporary refuge from traffic with its two lakes and the presence of countless large trees. Rental bus visitors to Los Angeles can rent clubs and equipment if needed or try their swing at the on-site putting greens or driving range. Chester Washington Golf Course also offers cart rental, as well as a pro shop, coffeehouse and cocktail lounge.
Los Feliz Golf Course, located near Hollywood and Burbank, offers nine holes of golf with a par of three at each hole. The course, owned and operated by the city government of Los Angeles, also attracts a number of celebrities and rental bus golf groups seeking a quick game near the sites of major movie and television studios. Los Feliz also featured as the location for some of the filming for the movie ‘Swingers”. Even though Los Feliz is in the middle of one of the most visited areas of L.A., the golf course offers refuge from city life with its wealth of trees. Rental bus visitors who did not bring their clubs or other desired equipment can stop by the rental shop. Los Feliz Golf Course also features a coffeehouse.
For a golfing good time in Los Angeles, give Bus Company Los Angeles a call to find out how they can help you plan your golf trip with a selection from their fleet of rental buses and friendly, personalized service.