We had an amazing day thanks to Mark! He picked us up outside our apartment and we got a guided tour of places we passed on our way out of Los Angeles. We had wishes to see the superbloom so Mark planned the route to take us there and then to Joshua Tree. Mark was a great both as a guide and as company in the car! In Joshua Tree we got to see all the sights we wanted and the sunset från Key's view. We all agree that it was one of the best views we've ever seen. Truly recommend Mark as your local guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the great review. You definitely have inspired me to visit Sweden. Take care, Mark
Benjamin ResterHattiesburg, MS, United States
Mark is an exceptional individual whose passion for his city and it's well being is evident in his presentation of what can be a daunting task-LA in a day. He delivered as promised. For those coming from abroad as well as US travelers, you won't be disappointed in this 5 star guide. He'll show you all the sights and even the off the beaten path places only a true local would know. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the wonderful review. It was great spending time with your family.
Sharon MaUnited States
This is our first tour with Tours By Locals and the experience was indeed very pleasant. Mark was very helpful. From planning the tour to the actual tour day, he was quite flexible and prepared a lot for us to see. He also tried to answer all our questions and was in fact quite informative. We learned a lot on the tour and most importantly, we all enjoy it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review. It was s fun day seeing Downtown Los Angeles on foot. Mark
Keith WilsonWinchester, KENTUCKY, United States
Jeff HaysUnited States
Mark went above and beyond in making our trip to Joshua Tree National Park a safe, informative and enjoyable day. His knowledge and experience greatly enhanced our experience both enroute and while at the Park. Highly recommend.
Jeff HaysUnited States
Mark was very friendly, courteous and professional. He accommodated our teenage daughters by customizing a tour based on their specific interests. We highly recommend and thoroughly enjoyed our day with Mark.
Great tour. Thanks Mark!
Clive HyerUnited Kingdom
Thank you Mark for a fantastic day out in JTNP last week ! We thoroughly enjoyed your company and knowledge. Wishing you all the best from Susan and Clive
Henry PilkintonUnited States
Mark was knowledgeable and courteous. My wife and I enjoyed the tour and day.
Mark turned up on time to collect us for our personalized day trip. The car was clean and comfortable, and there was water for us too. Mark was very pleasant and adjutsted the day to suit our needs. He knew the area will and answered all our questions. Mark was quick to respond to emails and texts.
Yosemite is a magical place shared with us by a great guide and lovely person. Mark is a terrific guide. He is very professional, he adapted the tour as we went to suit our interests and used his knowledge to have us in the best places at the right times. We have taken with us the passion that he has for Yosemite and will always have the memories of this beautiful place. We also toured LA with Mark. Again, Mark was knowledgeable and passionate with the capacity to share that personally and professionally
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It always bring me joy to know that you had a good experience visiting Yosemite. I love getting to meet people from all over the world. I also had the opportunity to witness relationship goals during our trip. To a see a loving couple who have been married for 30+ years and still have that love for life and each other was a true blessing. The humor that you two shared with each other was priceless. Thank you for the review and take care. Mark
Maureen DohertyUnited Kingdom
Mark brought Yosemite Valley to life, sharing the history, culture, and future with us. He allowed us to explore those things we most wanted to see while revealing many hidden gems and new experiences. From rock climbing, hiking, scrambling or just chilling in a hammock by a river Mark helped used his innate knowledge of the weather and sunrises/sets to make sure we saw everything at its most beautiful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review. What a pleasure it was to show you and your family Yosemite National Park. I hope our hike to Columbia Rock continues to inspire you to explore more hiking. Regards, Mark
Skai SchwartzUnited States
Mark was very flexible and has a warm personality. We accomplished so much on our tour, pictures with Chewbacca, talking at length with a top astronomer at the observatory, a delicious lunch on Rodeo drive, a wonderful picnic and concert at the Hollywood Bowl. We loved every moment spent with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind remarks. I had a wonderful time spending two full days with you. Regards, Mark
Rhonda SchwarzschildUnited States
Mark was terrific- a real pleasure to be with and so knowledgeable about all the areas we visited. He knew all the direct routes to get us to places as quickly as possible. Would highly recommend Mark! Our day could not have been more perfect!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Rhonda, Thank you for the great review and it was my absolute pleasure showing your family the City of Los Angeles!
Mark your an absolutely gem. Thanks so much for the great time and the abundance of knowledge you bought on our tours. We had such a wonderful day and will certainly miss all the laughs and jokes.
Mark just made this trip everything it could be. So knowledgeable about the area and its history. The family were absolutely over the moon with Marks hospitality and we can not recommend his service highly enough. If your visiting for 1 day or a few days don't make the mistake of going with anyone other than Mark to show you LA. We look forward to our second tour with Mark very soon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Melissa, Thank you for the awesome review. It was my pleasure spending time with you and your family here in Los Angeles. Regards, Mark
Ting Tina ChenHong Kong
We are a family of three from Hong Kong with a young son age 9, and we had 2 wonderfully jam packed day with Mark on the hottest days in LA. Mark is punctual, knowledgable and kids friendly, the way in which the days were organised allow us to take in most of the major sites in LA but whislt maintaining a leisurely pace. Be sure to look for Mark as he would be able to show you LA as a ture local sees it.
Radhika ChunduriUnited States
My family and I were extremely pleased with the tour that Mark customized per our requirements. He is personable and very patient. He did not rush us and was more than willing to let us take our time and accommodated anything else we would want to cover along the way. I am very glad that I booked this tour as I don't think we could have covered the places by ourselves as much as we did in Mark's tour. Thanks again, Mark! You were terrific!
Simon ChamberlainUnited Kingdom
I was a little tentative when booking this local tour but I can confirm all the great reviews which swayed my decision were spot on. Mark was the perfect gentleman, host, guide and a truly inspiration character. Even though it was his Birthday he still accepted our request, and I am so glad he did. He showed us far more than we would ever have seen left to our own devices (even knowing the quietest toilets to use!!). A fact full fantastic experience which we will always remember and treasure. Thank you.
Haze LancasterUnited States
Mark is an excellent tour guide who will craft every tour to your family's interests and schedule. We packed a whirlwind day around LA and saw so many sights and parts of the city. Mark was extremely knowledgeable about the city and it's history and definitely knows how to get around town in all this traffic. He was very engaging, helpful and great with our two teenager sons. I would highly recommend Mark and would definitely book him again for our next visit to LA.
Joe S.NC, United States
Mark did a super job hosting our small group for a private tour of LA highlights He was very responsive to our sightseeing preferences We were particularly impressed with how much we saw & expertly guided us around downtown LA Our party had some medical issues we had to deal with, and Mark did an excellent job of accommodating our requirements. It was a most memorable day — one we'll never forget. When we return to southern California, it will be a pleasure and a privilege to have Mark to guide us again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Joe, What a pleasure showing you around Los Angeles. Something about my job is I love what I do and we I have clients like your group it truly does give me pleasure with my work. Mark
Tina ChancyUnited States
This was a great experience for our family. Mark did an outstanding job. He was very personable and shared so many aspects of the area that we would have never gotten on our own. I highly recommend Tours by Locals and definitely Mark!!
I had Mark as my private tour guide during a 10 hour stay over in LA. It was an amazing day — a "sampler" of ALL the great places to visit in LA from Venice Beach to Santa Monica pier to Rodeo Drive to Hollywood to Griffith Observatory (and much more!). Mark was attentive and easy-going, full of local history and knowledge, and navigated a busy city with grace (I never once felt unsafe with his driving!). He made sure we saw everything I wanted and back to the airport on time! Such a fun day with Mark!
Cathy P.United States
Mark was an amazing guide! He provided a broad overview of LA while designing the tour to our interests, priorities & desired activity level--it was a wonderful day! The day was completely full--we could not have squeezed in another thing! He was extremely professional, knowledgeable, kind, and funny. He helped us discover unexpected treasures in the city. We give him our highest recommendation--wish we could take him to other cities w/ us!
Sally TorgesonSANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, United States
I wanted to treat my niece to a week-end trip to "see" some of Los Angeles to introduce her to the West Coast as a new transplant from the MidWest. While at the same time, I have lived on the West Coast for almost 50 years and had never toured Los Angeles. So, we asked Mark to design a tour for us that would fit both our needs. What a great day we had! From Venice Beach to downtown to Griffith Park -- unique foodie stops and drum circles. His knowledge of the different areas was fun and informative.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sally, Thank you for the great review. Desisnig a tour for you was a lot of fun as it got us off the traditional tour route. It was certainly my pleasure introdicing you and your niece to L.A. Mark
Charlotte DaviesFivizzano, MS, Italy
We had the best day ever with Marc who found many hidden gems in LA that are not on the ordinary tourist routes. He was very knowledgeable, seemed to know everybody we parked near to places so there was minimal walking in the centre. I was travelling with my Father who is 89. Visited the botanic gardens which were amazing. He planned the trip brilliantly against the traffic so we weren't stuck in queues all the time. He was brilliant company and an amazingly interesting person
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Charlotte, Thank you for the amazing review. Our time together was very special for me as well. Take care. Mark
My husband & I with our two teenage boys had a fabulous day with Mark. If you want to see a LOT of LA in one day Mark is your man. He has a lovely easy-going manner, amazing knowledge and is a pleasure to listen to and talk to. We visited the usual touristy places that we all want to see plus some extra fascinating places we didn't know existed! He sure knows how to get around that LA traffic too!! Our day with Mark was a highlight of our 3 week visit to the USA. Thanks for an awesome day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gail, Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm glad that I was able to make your experience here in Los Angeles a memorable one for you and your family. Thanks again, Mark
Nigel CormackUnited Kingdom
Mark was the great guide very informative and full of fun. We visited everywhere we expected plus many other unexpected stops that made our day so complete. It was our last day in Los Angeles and he was very obliging by picking us up at the hotel and dropping us at the airport at the end of the tour. A fantastic and memorable end to our holiday - Thank you. If you want to see LA in a day this is the way to do it and Mark is the perfect guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nigel, Thank you for the great review, It was absolutely my pleasure ensuring that you experienced a memorable time during your visit here in Los Angeles. Thanks again, Mark
Sissy T.United States
My husband and I arrived in LA at 7.00am. Mark picked us up by 7.30am and our adventures of LA started from the very moment we entered the car! Mark was very respectful, flexible and extremely knowledgeable. Because our time was limited as this was a layover tour, Mark tried his best to show us everything we asked for, in fact, he went above and beyond what we had expected which meant that we saw far more than we thought we would. If you choose to tour with Mark you will not be disappointed! Thank you :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nadia, Thank you for the review and hopefully you had a great time celebrating your anniversary. One of the great surprises of this adventure was being the only people to be able to take a picture with Lonzo Ball. Mark
Ian TraffordUnited Kingdom
Had a great day with Mark Craig who was punctual and very easy to talk with, the tour was unplanned but we soon got an idea what we wanted to see from talking with Mark. A great six hours visiting landmarks in and around LA, highlights were the Griffiiths Observatory, and Hollywood, however we saw all sorts of good and some not so good aspects of the city. All in all a great insight into LA by a great guide, very interesting person, would recommend Mark to use as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the compliment. It always brings me joy to show the city of Los Angeles. One other benefit is I get the opportunity to meet people from all of the world like yourself who educate me as well. I had a great time and hopefully your ride and stay in San Diego was nice. Mark P.S. The picture is on its way.
Frances BertramBrighton, QLD, Australia
Great day with Mark. Loved the beaches and the other sights including the space shuttle was amazing.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Frances, I'm glad that we were able to see the space shuttle as it is always good when we can adapt on the fly to your particular likes. Thanks again for the booking and take care. Mark
Vanessa GardnerUnited Kingdom
We feel very privileged to have had Mark as our tour guide of LA. Through his own experiences of being an LA citizen all his life, he gave us a really special and personal flavour of the culture and history of this amazing city. He totally went 'above and beyond' during the time we spent together. Nothing was too much trouble and he went out of his way to ensure our experience was a memorable one. Thank you Mark, we really appreciate everything you did for us and hope to see you again one day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vanessa and Family, It was pleasure showing you the city of Los Angeles. I was also that glad that I got a chance to share the museum and some of the African American history of Los Angeles with you. Hopefully your second day in Santa Monica/Venice and your road trip to other parts of California worked out well. It would be nice to see you again. Take care, Mark
Peter LownUnited Kingdom
We set Mark a challenge of building a tour around visiting some of the lesser sites of Los Angeles. Mark more than exceeded our expectations with his tour and knowledge of the city, also throwing in some additional sites in the vicinity of the ones we had requested. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day in the company of Mark.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Peter, Thank you for the challenge as it gives me a chance to get off of the normal touristy places here in Los Angeles. The city of Los Angeles is very expansive in size, so exploring LA with your detailed plan was a blast. Hope all is well with you and your family and I will keep you informed in regards to the book. Thanks again, Mark
Amy VanUnited States
Mark was awesome! He was knowledgeable of SCAL. We thought his experiences are amazing, well-traveled. The fact that he served the Navy was kudos! Thank you for your service. I've lived in SCAL for 30+ years and the places that he took us - I've never been before. I really appreciated the fact that you let us took our pace. Laguna Beach is gorgeous! Thank you so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amy, It was my pleasure showing a local resident of So. Cal something that you have not seen before. Laguna Beach and Balboa Island are truly two of California gems. Mark
We took a full day private family tour with Mark some weeks ago, on july 2017 and the experience was excellent. Marc was an marvellous guide for the day. He was very knowledgeable of all LA locations, he was nice with us and our children. Everything on the day was perfect, the Suv he had rented for us, the place we ate, the explanations. It was very interesting to talk with an LA native and share experiences of different kind of lifes (European, like us, and american). Thanks for the day, Mark !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vicky, Thank you for the great review and I will say that it gives me just as much pleasure to be able to learn from other people in the world. Your kids were terrific and your daughter touched my heart at the end of our tour. Thank you, Mark
We booked this private tour with our family with 3 teenagers. They have different interests (from shopping to history) and Mark managed very well in addressing all these. He knows the city and the traffic well, allowing to have the maximum time to visit the highlights. We very much appreciated his knowledge on the Afro American influence in the city (from the early days in the 19th century to the more recent events. Mark was very flexible and adapted on the spot according to our interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hilde and Joris, Thank you for the comment and suggestion in regards to African American history in Los Angeles. It was a pleasure showing you and your family the "City of Angeles". Take Care, Mark
Jonathan HoffmanUnited States
Mark was an excellent tour guide. I highly recommend him to anyone visiting California. He is extremely courteous and knowledgeable. He came prepared and provided us with exactly what we had hoped for. I will definitely use him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jonathan, Thank you. It was certainly my pleasure showing you and your family some of what So. California has to offer. It was great seeing some of the other terrific gems that are located around Los Angeles. Regards, Mark
Thank you Mark! We saved a lot of time because you know every corner in LA! Thank you also for patiently accomnodating my elderly mother (taking out wheelchair, etc). Our trip to LA would not be memorable without your expertise. I highly recommend Mark for anyone who is first time visitor in LA.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Roela, It was my great showing your family the highlights of LA and my absolute pleasure taking the time to make sure your Mom was ok throughout the tour. Thank you for your comments and take care. Mark
Matt NewmanUnited Kingdom
Mark was a fantastic guide. He showed us all the usual touristy spots, but also learned enough about us during our short time together to add in some hidden gems that we thoroughly appreciated. He was extremely knowledgeable on all manner of subjects relating to the tour, the buildings, the people and places. Please ask for Mark. You will not be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I love it! Thank you so much and thank you for increasing my knowledge of my city, as know I know about the jacaranda tree.
Kelly MazzoUnited States
Mark went above and beyond. He was full of little unknown factoids about Los Angeles and kept us all interested. He spent an additional hour with us getting us back to our origination point on the metro and didn't charge us for the extra time he spent with us. He was kind, considerate and professional.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great time showing you and the ladies some of the highlights of DTLA. The group was adventurous so that made my job quite easy. I'm glad everyone got the experience to ride the metro!
We spent a wonderful day visiting LA with Mark. He was a superb host who made our one day tour of LA flexible, interesting and memorable. We visited some unique sites which we wouldn't have discovered without a Local Guide. He chose the best route based on the LA traffic and knew the history of the places we visited. Looking forward to the next tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jerry, What a delight it was in showing your family Los Angeles. It always brings joy to me when I see the happiness on my clients faces as we explore the city and when your children visited the Staples Center they were very joyful. Thanks for the wonderful review and I also look forward to the next tour. Mark
Ibrahim AlorainySaudi Arabia
Theresa PierceUnited States
Just took a tour around LA with Mark. We had a fantastic time. Mark is very knowledgeable and went above his duties as a tour guide. Highly recommend Mark you cannot go wrong..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Theresa, Thank you for the compliment. I really enjoy my job and meeting people like yourself and your husband makes it real easy. You even taught me something today about equestrian events that we have here in So. Cal. Enjoy your cruise! Mark
Mark is a wonderful and energetic host. He was very generous with his time and patience as we had three young kids in tow. I would highly recommend Mark and was interested to hear all his hot tips about Yosemite too - as we travel there next. Thanks Mark for making our stay in Los Angeles so memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Amanda, It was my pleasure showing your beautiful family the City Of Los Angeles. Like I mentioned, I enjoy working with kids and this profession allows me that avenue. Enjoy Yosemite, my second home, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions with your trip to Yosemite. Take Care, Mark
John StormsUnited States
Amazing tour. Mark did an amazing job showing us everything we wanted to see in LA. Very knowledgeable on everything about Los Angeles, navigating traffic, and even improvised stops on the fly to cater to individual interests. Would highly recommend. Even my hard to impress 11& 15-year old daughters had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: John, I had a wonderful time showing your family the city of Los Angeles. One of the reasons that I have chosen this line of work is to bring joy to people visiting and I will say that it brought happiness seeing your daughter eyes light up in Little Tokyo. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions while you are in LA. Thanks again. Mark
David G.United States
Mark did an amazing job ensuring our tour was catered to us. I was traveling with a 13 year old and Mark early on assessed our interests and targeted our tour to his wants, needs and desires, thus ensuring a flawless, fact based and interesting tour of Los Angeles highlights. Mark was the ultimate in professionalism, courteousness, kindness, efficiency and knowledge. I was impressed with his local expertise and creativeness. He takes enormous pride in his job and exuded the very best qualities.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David, It was a pleasure giving you and Nathan a tour of Los Angeles. Like I mentioned, I enjoy the energy of the younger generation and Nathan was such a gentleman. Thanks for the dining experience. Mark
Pamela JanaUnited States
Mark was very responsive and helpful in pre-planning our trip. He had good ideas and was very aware of the traffic patterns to prevent delays. Once we were en route, he was flexible to adjust the itinerary. He was courteous and easy to spend the day with touring the highlights of LA.I would definitely recommend Mark.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Pamela/Jerry, It was an pleasure to meet you both and I truly thank you for giving me the opportunity to show you the City of Angels. Mark
Excellent tour guide. Mark was very knowledgeable and extremely accommodating. It was refreshing to spend time with someone who can read his clients and tailor the tour on the fly to provide the appropriately satisfying experience. I would recommend Mark to anyone and would happily contact him in the future should we frequent the L.A. area again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Leona, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show you the "City of Angels". It was a pleasure. Mark