Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with this Groupon.
Beginning at 11 a.m., guides lead groups of up to 20 passengers around Los Angeles' historic LGBTfriendly sites ranging from ancient Native American settlements to underground bars, hotels, bath houses, and other sites significant to the closeted stars of Hollywoods Golden Age. Along the way, group members can sip water and munch on snacks provided by Out & About Tours. Afterward, tourgoers can enjoy a cocktail; non-alcoholic substitutions are available for those under 21.
From the outside, the big, red bus looks like an open-topped relic from across the pond. Once on board, however, a rainbow oasis of streamers, flags, and tinsel reveals that this is no stodgy ride; rather, its the flagship vehicle of Out & About Toursa tour company dedicated to celebrating the oft-overlooked sites associated with Los Angeles' LGBT legacy. Company CEO Jim Anzide pulls double duty as the tours guide, narrating historic info about the roots of the LGBT community in neighborhoods ranging from West Hollywood and downtown to Silverlake and the Sunset Strip. Lively banter punctuates each trip as Anzide and his guides quiz passengers on history and share personal anecdotes. They also lead walking tours that explore La La Land's hotels and bathhouses and curate their signature SunGay Brunch toura mini bus excursion that includes mimosas and bites at stops including Flying Leap Cafe and The Other Side, Los Angeles' last piano bar purportedly haunted by the ghost of Fats Wallers Wurlitzer.
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