By Deb Flomberg
You drive around the city of Los Angeles every day, and you probably pass these sites a hundred times a year. However, you’ve probably never realized just how much tragic history there is right within the walls of any major city. The Dearly Departed Tour is a very popular way to explore this darker side of Hollywood history, as it takes you on a fascinating tour exploring the many different places that some of the biggest names in Hollywood lost their lives. Told with equal parts mystery, darkness and humor, this is one of the more popular tours in Los Angeles, and it is easy to see why.
You’ll set out for your tour by hopping in a van called a “Tomb Buggy” as Scott Michaels takes you on a three hour tour to show you a slightly morbid side of Hollywood. He calls it a “Tragical History Tour,” and for good reason. Though the tour is handled with a light touch, you can’t help but find some intrigue when you drive past the small apartment where Bela Lugosi died or the the many different Manson-Murder locations. You’ll see the hotels where both Janis Joplin and John Belushi died, as well as the house that saw the last moments of famed gangster Bugsy Siegel.
Not everything is about murder and death. You’ll see the bathroom in Will Rogers Memorial Park where George Michael was famously arrested for his lewd conduct. You’ll also see the spots where Hugh Grant experienced his famous embarrassment. Over all, it’s 100 different sights that you will be seeing and along the way the tour is accompanied by movie clips, crime-scene photography, 911 calls, and more, all working together to give you a full picture of this dark side of the city.
As you grab a few friends to enjoy this tour, dubbed a “Light hearted look at the dark side of Hollywood” you’ll be glad you set out in your 2013 ML350 SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. Its the perfect way to arrive at your meeting spot, as you have plenty of room to bring along several friends. This isn’t a tour you’d want to take alone. Plus, you’ll all be very happy to climb back into your elegant and comfortable SUV for the drive home, making it perfect for a lively post-tour discussion.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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