This week, a friend of mine invited me to go with her on a neon lights bus tour of Los Angeles. While Los Angeles isn’t the first place that pops in my head when I think of neon lights, the tour turned out to be very interesting. Even though I’ve lived here for 12 years, I learned so much about LA I never knew before. The tour starts in Downtown (Chinatown to be specific) and goes to West Hollywood. It was a real eye-opener–I passed by so many neon signs for years without noticing the artistry behind it.
Aside from learning about neon art, a big draw to this tour is its guide, urban anthropologist Eric Lynxwiler. In addition to his wit, what’s great about Lynxwiler is his vast knowledge of Los Angeles. He discussed the history behind LA landmarks and architecture. I love vintage anything and old Hollywood, so his stories really appealed to me. Another bonus is the free booze served on board! If you live in Los Angeles or are visiting, definitely check out this unique tour, it’s the best bus tour you’ll ever go on!