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Los Angeles Eastside History Museum

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Cultural History Tours:

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BOYLE HEIGHTS HERITAGE TOUR

The foundational history of boyle heights, east los angeles.

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ZOOT SUIT RIOTS (BUS TOUR)

The story of sleepy lagoon and the zoot suit riots.

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JEWISH BOYLE HEIGHTS

Memories of brooklyn ave..

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HOME OF PEACE CEMETERY

The oldest jewish cemetery in southern california. east los angeles..

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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES JEWISH HISTORY

The history of the la historic core, with a "kosher style" twist.

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JEWISH LOS ANGELES FROM BROOKLYN AVE. TO FAIRFAX AVE.

The migration of jews from boyle heights to the mid-city.

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BOYLE HEIGHTS WALKING GHOST TOUR

The haunted stories of the los angeles eastside.

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BOYLE HEIGHTS: MOST HAUNTED

The haunted stories of the most notorious and ghostly sites .

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LOST CEMETERIES OF LOS ANGELES

An urban hike to rediscover the four lost original cemeteries of los angeles.

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THREE OLD JEWISH CEMETERIES OF EAST LA

A visit to three orthodox jewish cemeteries in east los angeles.

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EVERGREEN CEMETERY, BOYLE HEIGHTS

The oldest private and non-racially segregated cemetery in the city of los angeles.

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CHASSIDIM, YIDDISHISTS, AND SOCIALISTS OF THE L.A. EASTSIDE

The big jewish boyle heights and city terrace urban hike, special events:, ghostly and ghastly pueblo de los angeles, the historic cemeteries hidden in plain sight, and the ghostly legends of the old pueblo, near olvera street.

Ghostly and Ghastly Pueblo de Los Angeles

BOYLE HEIGHTS: THE PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE

A haunted history tour, paired with an actual paranormal investigation, word of mouth.

"Shmuel Gonzales is a first class guide to a Los Angeles that may be in plain sight, but whose dramatic story is often hidden. I know LA and its history pretty well , yet the "Barrio Boychik" showed and told me things that I never knew. He researches his topics well and delivers the tour with personality and verve! I would take any tour he offers!"

Mark Strunin,

Past President, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock; and former member Board of Governors, Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys

"Sundays tour was fabulous……you are a scholar and a mensch!  My teenagers got so much out of it and you totally made my in-laws trip from Boston. Thank you so much!!"

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"Your tours are the best!"

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"A hidden gem among LA's historical tours! What really makes Shmuel's tours shine is how deep his knowledge goes below the surface. Asking a few pointed questions quickly reveals that he knows a lot more detail than he has time to put in the tour."

Robert Robertson

Munich | Germany

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Preserving our shared histories, and reviving the diverse urban cultural heritage of the los angeles eastside.

History tours and historical preservation should be about more than buildings and landmarks; they should be about culture, art , flavor, and storytelling!

Join native and rooted Angeleno storytellers as we explore the history and rich cultural tapestry of the great

City of Los Angeles.

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Boyle Heights Restaurants: Some of our Favorites!

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The Los Angeles eastside has some of the finest and most delectable restaurants. Serving up homestyle food from Mexican to Japanese, from all-American burgers to Oaxacan-Lebanese; there is always something delicious around every corner of the barrio.

Support some of our local business, and help us sustain the flavors of our heritage.

Community Projects and Organizations to Support

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CASA 0101 was founded by Josefina Lopez, author of Real Women Have Curves , in 2000 to fulfill her vision of bringing art and live theater programs to the community she grew up in, Boyle Heights.

From its humble beginnings operating out of a converted store front, CASA 0101 has established itself as a leading arts venue for Los Angeles’ Eastside, presenting theatrical productions, film festivals, and other special events year round. CASA 0101 also offers year-round, free arts education classes for youth, and low-cost classes for adults.

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Just because you've moved into a working-class neighborhood doesn't mean you have to gentrify.

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Walking Tour | Weekly

Historic Downtown

Saturday, February 10, 2024

About This Tour

Never taken one of our tours? Our Historic Downtown walking tour offers a great overview of downtown L.A. history and architecture, from the eighteenth century to the present. Learn about the founding of this great city, and the story of its growth, as told through its magnificent architecture.

Explore some of L.A.’s most beloved landmarks, such as the Central Library , the  U.S. Bank Tower , and the  Bradbury Building. Discover—or rediscover—the area’s unique character as you visit the areas surrounding  Pershing Square , the heart of downtown.

See below for more information about our COVID-19 safety policies.

Registration required

Approx. 2 hrs., 30 mins.

Route covers approximately 12 blocks; includes stairs and hills

Strollers not recommended

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Youth (ages 17 and under)

General Public

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We will start our tour at Maguire Gardens at the Central Library.  Additional location information will be sent upon registration.

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  • Tour will run rain or shine.
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Historic Places on This Tour

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market

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Bradbury Building

Title Guarantee and Trust Building

Title Guarantee & Trust Building

U.S. Bank Tower

U.S. Bank Tower

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Los Angeles Central Library

Pershing Square

Pershing Square

PacMutual

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Orange Angels Flight ascends, with downtown skyline in the background.

Angels Flight

Bunker Hill Steps

Bunker Hill Steps

One Bunker Hill

The CalEdison

Biddy Mason Memorial; images and text on a bronze wall

Biddy Mason Memorial Park

Million Dollar Theatre

Million Dollar Theatre

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Historic Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour

Written by mimi slawoff, california | north america | travel.

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Take a free guided or self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Los Angeles to learn about the city’s birthplace.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument marks the birthplace of Los Angeles, California. It’s a fun place to explore on a free historic downtown Los Angeles walking tour.

Editor’s Note: For more on historic Los Angeles, check out  Oldest Los Angeles , newly released by author Mimi Slawoff from Reedy Press.

About El Pueblo de Los Angeles

Situated in the heart of Downtown L.A., El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is probably best known for Olvera Street, an open-air Mexican marketplace. But there’s much more to El Pueblo. The 44-acre district comprises 27 buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries. These historic sites reflect the history and heritage of the early pioneers who established a pueblo in 1781. As more settlers arrived, the pueblo evolved into a thriving community, and the incorporation of Los Angeles as a city in 1850.

El Pueblo, designated a state historical park in 1953, is a City of Los Angeles department. Of the 27 historic buildings, 11 are restored and open as businesses. These include seven free museums. The best way to explore El Pueblo is on foot. If you start at the main entrance, the Plaza is the first thing you’ll see on your historic downtown Los Angeles walking tour.

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Explore historic buildings and enjoy festivals in historic Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

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Built in the 1820s as a gathering place for the growing community, the Plaza is still the hub of El Pueblo. It also serves as a monument to L.A.’s original 44 settlers. A plaque of each name is on the ground encircling the gazebo at the plaza’s center. If you visit on the weekend, you may catch a festival or performance. For example, the Plaza is especially festive during Cinco de Mayo, when El Pueblo comes alive with traditional Mexican music and dance performances.

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The Plaza has been El Pueblo’s gathering place since it was built in the 1820s. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Plaza Firehouse

From the Plaza, it’s just a few steps to the Plaza Firehouse, one of El Pueblo’s seven free museums. Plaza Firehouse, built in 1884, housed firefighting crews and their equipment until 1897. It has been used for various purposes after it closed down—as a saloon, Chinese vegetable market, and drugstore until the State of California purchased the facility in 1954. Today, the Plaza Firehouse contains firefighting equipment from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These include helmets, historical photos, and firefighting equipment. Often, docents are on hand to share local history and fun facts.

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The Plaza Firehouse contains firefighting photos and equipment from the 19th century. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Next to the Firehouse is the Pico House. It was L.A’.s first three-story building and luxury hotel. Pio Pico, the last governor of California under Mexican rule, built the large hotel between 1869 and 1870. At the time, it was dubbed “the finest hotel in Southern California.” And no wonder. The hotel had 80 bedrooms, 21 parlors, and bathrooms/water closets. The Pico House is not always open to the public. However, you can admire its impressive exterior.

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The Pico House was L.A.’s first three-story hotel. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Merced Theatre

From the Pico House, the walking tour of historic downtown Los Angeles continues to the Merced Theatre , which has a fascinating history. Built in 1870, the Merced Theatre was the first building dedicated to theater arts in Los Angeles, known for its satirical presentations, fashionable burlesque, minstrel performances, and professional acting ensembles. But success was short-lived. After just five years, competition and a local smallpox outbreak led to its closure. But the theatre took on a new role.

Around 1897, the theater offered rental housing to gay men. Shortly after, the theater began hosting masked balls where LGBTQ individuals could cross-gender dress and hide their identities behind masks. This led to drag balls and helped establish cross-gender costuming as a valid social subculture and an expression of art.

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The Merced Theatre is currently a warehouse. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Garnier Building

Walk around the corner to your next stop, the Garnier Building. It is open to the public during operating hours for the Chinese American Museum (CAM) , situated inside this historic structure. But first, a bit about the historic Garnier building, constructed in 1890 by French settler and businessman Philippe Garnier.

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For many years, the building was the hub of Chinese cultural life. It’s where the local Chinese would shop, attend temple, and send their kids to school. But beginning in 1933, the City of Los Angeles forced the Chinese community to move so it could build the Union Station Passenger Terminal and freeways systems. The buildings were demolished—except for the Garnier Building. It’s the last surviving structure of the original L.A. Chinatown.

The Chinese American Museum opened in 2003. The museum features exhibits, programs, and events that share the experiences and contributions of Chinese Americans in the US.

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The historic Garnier building houses the Chinese American Museum. Photo courtesy of Chinese American Museum

La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles

Depending on the day you visit, there may be services and special events at this historic church. The church is also known as Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church and La Placita . Built between 1818 and 1822, the Catholic church is the only building at El Pueblo still used for its original purpose. It also serves as an active parish for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  

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Our Lady Queen of Angels Church is an active parish. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

América Tropical Interpretive Center

Next on your walking tour of historic downtown Los Angeles, cross the street to reach the América Tropical Interpretive Center . The focus here is on a once-controversial mural. You can view it from an outdoor platform accessible from the center. But first, take a few minutes to peruse the center’s exhibits to learn about the mural—and why it was controversial. The center also contains a replica of the mural.

In 1932, artist David Alfaro Siqueiros was commissioned by the La Plaza Art Center to paint an idealized tropical scene on a second-story exterior wall. Instead, he painted an 80- by 18-foot mural depicting Maya ruins, armed revolutionary soldiers, a crucified Indian figure, and an American eagle looming overhead.  

When the mural was unveiled, it was immediately controversial. By 1938, the entire mural was whitewashed and remained under layers of white paint for the next 30 years. The Getty Conservation Institute collaborated with the City of Los Angeles to conserve América Tropical in 1988 .

Sepulveda House

The América Tropical Interpretive Center is located inside the Eastlake Victorian-style Sepulveda House. It was built by Señora Eloisa Martinez de Sepulveda in 1887. The original structure included two commercial businesses and three residences. It’s currently a preserved museum.  

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The faded América Tropical mural can be seen from a viewing platform. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

Next door, walk up the stairs to the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) to see El Pueblo’s original Italian Hall. The hall began in 1908 as a gathering place for the growing Italian community. The museum’s exhibits depict the stories of the first Italian settlers in 1827 and the role Italians played in L.A.’s development. Notice the Italian Hall’s original stage and wood floors, which have been well maintained. Friendly staff members are happy to share information about the hall and exhibits.

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The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles houses L.A’.s original Italian Hall. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Olvera Street

Although it’s a bit touristy, the lively, pedestrian-only Olvera Street is fun to visit and have lunch (and a margarita!). Merchant stalls overflow with imported goods and trinkets. Cafés and restaurants serve authentic tacos, taquitos, and other tasty Mexican dishes. Olvera Street is also home to several historic buildings. In addition, seasonal events include the Blessing of the Animals, Dia De Los Muertos, and Las Posadas.

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Olvera Street is a popular Mexican marketplace. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Pelanconi House

As you walk along Olvera Street, notice a brick building and a sign for the Pelanconi House. The brick house (the oldest in L.A.) was built between 1855-57 by Italian vintner Giuseppi Covaccichi. It had living quarters on the second floor and a wine cellar below. It’s believed that the wine was produced from locally grown grapes across the street at the historic Avila Adobe.

In 1924, the house was converted into a restaurant—Casa de La Golondrina. The Mexican restaurant opened its doors on April 30, 1930, for the opening-night party of Olvera Street. Recently, it seems to have changed ownership. Check if it might be reopened for business, but it’s worth walking past even if it remains closed.

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The Pelanconi House is the oldest still-standing brick structure in L.A. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Avila Adobe

Situated in the center of Olvera Street, Avila Adobe is L.A.’s oldest standing house. Built in 1818, the Avila Adobe, the house is open to the public for free self-guided tours. The rooms—a family room, kitchen, office, master bedroom, parlor, and children’s room—are furnished circa the late 1840s. Some of the furnishings are original.

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Backyard view of the Avila Adobe. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

More Places to see on a Los Angeles Walking Tour

Although the 44-acre El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, with its 27 buildings and museums, is the best place to explore historic downtown Los Angeles, other places downtown can help you explore the history and culture.

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

The Mexican-American museum and cultural center features exhibits and special events.

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Cinco de Mayo performances are among the special events at the museum. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Little Tokyo

Include Little Tokyo on your Historic Los Angeles Walking Tour if you have time. It’s a short walk to this Japanese American district, home to restaurants, shops, and the Japanese American Museum. One of my favorite places is Fugestu-Do , a family-run confectionery with house-made Manju and mochi. These traditional Japanese sweets come in several flavors.

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Fugestu-Do is a historic confectionary in Little Tokyo. Photo by Mimi Slawoff

Getting Around Los Angeles

While it’s true you will probably need a car to get around L.A. County, the city does have a public transportation system. It’s handy for exploring Downtown L.A. Once you’re downtown, several walking tours include city highlights, like El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

Los Angeles Union Station

Located across the street from El Pueblo, Los Angeles Union Station is the city’s central transit hub. Built in 1939, Union Station offers train, regional bus, light rail, and subway services to get around L.A.

Insider Tip : If you decide to use the local railway service, consider buying a TAP card available in Union Station. You can save a few dollars on public transportation throughout Los Angeles County with the card.

Sometimes my friends and I take the Metrolink train to Union Station. From there, we walk across the street to El Pueblo for lunch. Or, we catch the Red Line to Pershing Square in downtown. We can avoid driving around L.A., which has many one-way streets and expensive parking lots.

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Los Angeles is about so much more than the top tourist sites—although I encourage you to check out those not-to-miss places to explore . We encourage you to walk around and discover historic downtown Los Angeles. Check out Wander for more places to explore when visiting Southern California or throughout in The Golden State .

Take a free guided or self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Los Angeles to learn about the city's birthplace. Los Angeles is about so much more than the top tourist sites. Los Angeles native Mimi Slawoff walks through cultural heritage as you helps you wander and discover historic downtown Los Angeles.

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Our comprehensive, educational tour will entertain you with the historical significance of the Coliseum, while highlighting recent renovations and the future of this internationally recognized venue.

You will embark on a 75-minute walking tour, which includes a view into the elegant ambience of the Founders Suites and breathtaking views of the Los Angeles skyline from the 1923 Club rooftop deck atop the Scholarship Club Tower.

You will have a special opportunity to experience the game day of an athlete, spending time in the locker room and running through the Player’s Tunnel onto the playing field. Photos and videos are welcome!

The tour ends inside of the classic seating bowl, following in the footsteps of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers to the iconic Peristyle. You will walk under the Coliseum Torch and absorb the historical impact of those enshrined in the Coliseum Court of Honor.

We are excited to have you join us for this one of a kind experience touring the Greatest Stadium in the World!

Please note: This is a walking tour. Tour schedule, route, stops and activities are subject to change without notice.

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Explore all of the most famous L.A. hotspots... with some exciting stops, stories, and facts along the wayTour Details.. Your experience begins on The World Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where you will board one of our air-conditioned buses customized for sightseeing. Your fun + entertaining driver-guide will take you to explore all the LA Hot Spots with some stops along the way. Remember, L.A. traffic is one of a kind – this tour is approximately 5 hours, with traffic permitting of course! We also strongly recommend checking the weather for the day of your tour & the listed websites for our stops to plan your dress accordingly. Please arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled departure time so the group can depart on time.Departures..This tour departs at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM daily. Tour Itinerary...Here is exactly what you can expect when you book our Taste of L.A. Tour. Tour Begins At Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a public sidewalk in Hollywood, California that is embedded with more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars bearing the names of celebrities honored for their contributions to the entertainment industryHollywood Blvd. The Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in all of Los Angeles (and the world!). It is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as many other popular tourist destinations. The Boulevard is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.2The Sunset StripThe Sunset Strip is a famous strip of road located in West Hollywood, California. It is lined with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that are popular with celebrities. It is also home to celeb-filled events like the Grammy Awards Viewing Party, which takes place every year at The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip.3West HollywoodWest Hollywood is a neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the best nightlife in all of Los Angeles. The area is also home to the Sunset Strip, which is a famous stretch of road that is lined with clubs, bars, and restaurants.4Beverly Hills Beverly Hills is a wealthy neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the most expensive real estate in the world. The area is also home to Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping districts in all of Los Angeles, and is one of the best spots in all of Southern California to catch celebrities out and about.5Rodeo DriveRodeo Drive is a famous shopping district located in Beverly Hills, California. It is home to many high-end designer stores, as well as some of the most expensive real estate in all of Los Angeles. The area is also a popular spot for celebrities and paparazzi, as well as tourists who want to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous.6Bell AirBell Air is a gated neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the most expensive real estate in all of Los Angeles. The area is also home to Rodeo Drive, one of the most famous shopping districts in all of Los Angeles, and is one of the best spots in all of Southern California to catch celebrities out and about.7Santa Monica Pier & BeachFor 1 hour, we will stop at the Santa Monica Pier & Beach, where you can enjoy the famous Southern California sun, take a stroll on the pier, grab some food and drinks, or even play some carnival games!Santa MonicaSanta Monica is a beach city located in Los Angeles County, California. It is home to the Santa Monica Pier, as well as the 3rd Street Promenade, which is a pedestrian-only shopping district. Santa Monica is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.8Culver CityCulver City is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. It is home to many studios and production companies, as well as the headquarters of Sony Pictures. The city is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.9S. Fairfax Ave.S. Fairfax Avenue is a street located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many businesses, as well as the Farmers Market, which is a popular tourist destination.10Museum RowMuseum row is located on S. Fairfax Avenue and is home to many museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. During our bus tour, we will drive past Museum Row.11The Grove/Original Farmer's MarketFinally, what we've all been waiting for: lunch! The Grove, also known as the Original Farmer's Market, is a historic marketplace and popular shopping destination. With over 80 places to eat, drink, and shop, there's something for everyone at this foodie paradise. We will stop here for 1 hour and then continue the tour.Melrose Ave.Melrose Avenue is a street located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many businesses and restaurants, as well as the Melrose Trading Post, a popular flea market. It's a popular hotspot for shopping, dining, and celebrity-watching.12Paramount StudiosParamount Studios is a movie studio located in Hollywood, California. It has been home to many famous movies and TV shows, including The Godfather, Forrest Gump, and The Big Bang Theory. During our bus tour, we will drive past Paramount Studios and you'll have an opportunity to peak inside the gates of where some of your favorite movies and TV shows were filmed.13The Greek TheatreThe Greek Theatre is an outdoor amphitheater located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many concerts and events, and has a capacity of over 5,000 people. Celebrities and bands such as Adele, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay have all performed at The Greek Theatre in recent years.14Griffith ParkGriffith Park is a large park located in Los Angeles, California. It is home to many attractions, including the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Greek Theatre. During our bus tour, we will drive past Griffith Park and you'll have an opportunity to see the Hollywood Sign up close!15Griffith ObservatoryWant to spot some stars? No, we mean actual stars! The Griffith Observatory is one of the best places in Los Angeles to do just that. This world-famous observatory is also home to a planetarium, museum, and telescope exhibits. We will stop at the Observatory for 1 hour, giving you ample time to explore the LA landmark. MORE INFORMATION Tour Ends Where We Began!Finally, we will end our tour right back where we started - the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You will have plenty of time to explore the area and take photos with your favorite stars!A Taste Of LA: Half-Day Tour Of The BEST Of Los Angeles! Photo Gallery...Here are some highlights of the Taste of L.A. Tour from our gallery!BOOK NOW:Within 24 hours of departure time (for full-price tickets only).Live Tour GuideAll tour guide. Explore all of the most famous L.A. hotspots... with some exciting stops, stories, and facts along the way!Tour Details...Your experience begins on The World Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where you will board one of our air-conditioned buses customized for sightseeing. Your fun + entertaining driver-guide will take you to explore all the LA Hot Spots with some stops along the way! Remember, L.A. traffic is one of a kind – this tour is approximately 5 hours, with traffic permitting of course! We also strongly recommend checking the weather for the day of your tour & the listed websites for our stops to plan your dress accordingly.Please arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled departure time so the group can depart on time.Departures...This tour departs at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM daily.Tour Itinerary...Here is exactly what you can expect when you book our Taste of L.A. Tour:Tour Begins At Hollywood Walk Of FameThe Hollywood Walk of Fame is a public sidewalk in Hollywood, California that is embedded with more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars bearing the names of celebrities honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry.1Hollywood Blvd.The Boulevard is one of the most famous streets in all of Los Angeles (and the world!). It is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as many other popular tourist destinations. The Boulevard is also a popular spot for celebrities, as it is often used as a filming location for movies and TV shows.2The Sunset StripThe Sunset Strip is a famous strip of road located in West Hollywood, California. It is lined with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that are popular with celebrities. It is also home to celeb-filled events like the Grammy Awards Viewing Party, which takes place every year at The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip.3West HollywoodWest Hollywood is a neighborhood located in the west side of Los Angeles. It is home to many celebrities, as well as some of the best nightlife in all of Los Angeles. The area is also home to the Sunset Strip, which is a famous stretch of road that is lined with clubs, bars, and restaurants.4Use all of your senses on this unique adventure, combining the iconic sights and foods of L.A. See the incredible sights, hear the amazing history and taste the iconic food to truly experience everything Los Angeles has to offer.We begin our adventure with a visit to famous Philippe The Original, one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Southern California.  They are also the creators of the famous French Dip Sandwich, which we will sample prior to exploring the historical Downtown.  Next we'll visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles (the birthplace of Los Angeles), lively Olvera Street, Avila Adobe (the oldest house in L.A.), magnificent Union Station,  and colorful Chinatown, as we see the evolution of Los Angeles.The bright lights of Hollywood await us next, as we head to the famous Hollywood Boulevard, first we will visit the famous In-n-Out Burger ordering from their secret menu. Then we will explore the most famous sights of L.A. such as  Grauman's Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame, Hand and footprints of the Stars, Dolby Theater (formerly Kodak), Roosevelt Hotel, Egyptian Theater and many other historical and surprise locations. Of course no visit to Hollywood would be complete without seeing the famous Hollywood Sign up close and personal. We will drive by the Gower Gulch, Paramount Studios and Hollywood Forever Memorial Park before arriving at our next iconic food place. Pink's hot dog stand has been around for over 70 years serving the locals and celebrities alike. No preferential treatment here, as everyone stands in a long line to sample the best hot dogs in town.  We will then check out the trendy Melrose Avenue, en route to Beverly Hills.  Once arriving, we will see all the famous sights of this Beverly Hills including celebrity houses, famous mansions, photo opportunity with the famous Beverly Hills sign, and of course Rodeo Drive. Ending our adventure on a sweet note, we will sample L.A.'s  famous Sprinkle's cupcakes.

A Taste of LA

A 5 hour experience covering the must see stops in la.

Your experience begins on The Hollywood Walk of Fame where you will board one of our open-air buses customized for sightseeing. Your fun + entertaining driver-guide will take you to explore all the LA Hot Spots with some stops along the way!

Stop: Explore:

Hollywood, The Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Views of Bel Air, The Getty 1 Hour @ Santa Monica Pier & Beach

Santa Monica, Culver City, S Fairfax, Museum Row, Petersen Automotive Museum, LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits, Urban Lights

1 Hour @ The Grove / The Original Famers Market (Lunch Stop)

Fairfax, Melrose, Paramount Studios, The Greek Theatre, Griffith Park

1 Hour @ Griffith Observatory / The Hollywood Sign

Capitol Records, Hollywood Blvd

The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The tour starts at 10AM in Hollywood along the Walk of Fame. Advanced Reservations required. Ticket link below.

*The Tour begins/ends on the Hollywood Walk of Fame so you will have ample time to explore everything in Hollywood!

*While you are @ The Griffith Observatory you will have the BEST opportunity to take your must-have pictures of The Hollywood Sign.

*The tour is approximately 5 hours with traffic permitting, however, LA traffic is one of a kind lol.

*We recommend checking the weather for the day of your tour & the listed websites for our stops to plan accordingly.

*Please arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled departure time so the group can depart on time.

*While in Santa Monica if you are going to walk down to the Ocean you MUST leave all the sand @ the beach. Please & Thanks!

*Take advantage of reviewing the lunch & shopping options The Grove / The Farmers Market has to offer before you arrive to help maximize your time.

** This tour does NOT cover Celebrity Homes

  

LOS ANGELES

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LOS ANGELES FOOD TOUR

Exploring America’s Culinary Frontier

Chinatown -> Jewelry District

10:45am Tuesday –Saturday

Quick Bite: Our 5 ½-hour Los Angeles food tour explores the extreme culinary diversity and ingenuity of LA’s oldest neighborhoods, out of which a staggeringly enormous and magical city has developed.

Nobody walks in LA? Prepare to challenge your expectations and preconceptions as we wind our way through Downtown Los Angeles on foot. The City of Angels is vast and sprawling, to be sure, a world city and global hub that boasts the busiest port in the western hemisphere and a local economy rivaled only by New York and Tokyo. Yet strolling through its dense core, where it all began hundreds of years ago alongside the LA River, Los Angeles still feels like a western outpost – forward looking, experimental, and adventuresome, especially when it comes to eating.

Our food journey is a taste of the banquet laid out for the bold, the curious, and the intrepid as they explore the seemingly boundaryless City of Angels.

We’ll begin our day in on this Los Angeles food tour in LA’s atmospheric Chinatown, which is experiencing a culinary renaissance. Here we’ll first sit down at a new spot – at once both modern and traditional – for a reinvented tea ceremony, followed by a taste of some of the most innovative tacos around. After a few other delectable stops in Chinatown, we’ll rummage through a tiny Vietnamese bodega to find LA’s preeminently delicious Báhn Mì and continue our walk down storied Olvera Street, stopping for taquitos at the spot where they were invented, before checking out Union Station and Pueblo de Los Angeles, including Avila Adobe, built in 1818 – the oldest existing residence in Los Angeles.

Traversing the Hollywood Freeway, we’ll stop to discuss how cars and then later freeways transformed Los Angeles into the postmodern paradise it is today before we make our way into the pedestrian-friendly backstreets of Little Tokyo to sample some of the most authentic – and delicious – Japanese food in America, from exquisite sushi to artisanal mochi. Walking down Broadway we’ll marvel at example after example of the city’s most impressive architecture and sample some of the best bites to be found inside LA’s oldest food market. All along the way we’ll stop for other surprises, both edible and cultural.

LOS ANGELES CITY GUIDE

In a metropolis encompassing 88 cities and a near infinite number of neighborhoods, the culinary tapestry of Los Angeles is united by more treasures, currents and paradoxes than the city has freeway exits. It is an ever-fluctuating ecosystem sustained by immigrant enclaves offering genuine tastes of the home cooking and celebratory feasts they feel homesick for. It’s where first-generation sons and daughters aren’t afraid to shatter all the rules.

Our food journey may seem extensive, but it’s truly only a taste of the banquet laid out for the bold, the curious, and the intrepid as they continue to explore the seemingly boundaryless City of Angels.Introducing our pocket-sized Los Angeles guide — perfect for your next culinary adventure. Yours free when you sign up for our newsletter.From celebrity chefs to timeless burger joints, lively Los Angeles has a wide range of dishes to impress you. It’s hard to name on best food in Los Angeles, because the city is home to a huge number of cuisines and communities that have made an impact on restaurant tables. From Mexican tacos and birria to Korean kimchi and bulgogi, you’ll find everything East to West.

A taste of LA

Review of  Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of the Best of Los Angeles

Reviewed August 9, 2022

This was a great tour for a first timer to LA. The tour hit up some key spots that I was interested in, Santa Monica Pier and the Griffith Observatory. Our tour guide/driver Jeff was awesome, very friendly and knowledgeable, he kept us all entertained with his jokes and playlist. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone that would like to see a little bit of everything that LA has to offer.

Date of experience: August 2022

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## The Iconic Sunset Strip

Nestled in West Hollywood, the Sunset Strip is a legendary stretch of Sunset Boulevard, known for its historic significance and entertainment allure. From iconic music venues like the Whisky a Go Go to the historic Chateau Marmont, the Sunset Strip promises a journey through the city's cultural heartbeat. Don't miss the Comedy Store, a renowned comedy club that has hosted legends like Richard Pryor and Robin Williams.

## Hollywood's Glittering Past

A trip to Los Angeles wouldn't be complete without exploring Hollywood's glamorous history. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame to witness the stars beneath your feet, immortalizing legendary figures from the entertainment industry. Take a guided tour of the TCL Chinese Theatre to discover the imprints of your favorite stars and delve into the cinematic legacy of this famous district.

## Embracing Nature at Griffith Observatory

For breathtaking views of the cityscape, Griffith Observatory is a must-visit destination. Situated on Mount Hollywood, it offers not only stunning astronomical exhibits but also panoramic vistas of Los Angeles. Hike through Griffith Park to reach the observatory and make sure to catch a sunset – the view is nothing short of magical.

## Cultural Odyssey at The Getty Center

Art enthusiasts will find solace in The Getty Center, an architectural masterpiece that houses an impressive art collection. From classical paintings to contemporary sculptures, this museum provides a cultural odyssey. The meticulously landscaped gardens and stunning architecture are an added bonus, making it a perfect blend of art and nature.

## Sun, Sand, and Surf at Santa Monica Pier

Experience the quintessential California beach life at Santa Monica Pier. With its iconic Ferris wheel, amusement park, and lively atmosphere, it's an ideal spot for a day of sun, sand, and surf. The adjoining Santa Monica Beach offers a relaxing escape, complete with bike paths and vibrant street performers.

## Marveling at Urban Art: The Arts District

Los Angeles is a canvas for urban art, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Arts District. Formerly an industrial area, it's now adorned with colorful murals and graffiti-style artwork. Stroll through the streets and alleys to witness an ever-evolving outdoor art gallery that encapsulates the city's dynamic cultural scene.

## Culinary Delights at Grand Central Market

For a gastronomic adventure, head to Grand Central Market in Downtown LA. This historic food hall boasts an array of international cuisines, trendy eateries, and fresh produce stalls. Whether you're craving tacos, sushi, or gourmet coffee, Grand Central Market caters to every palate, making it a food lover's paradise.

Los Angeles, with its diverse neighborhoods and dynamic cultural landscape, offers an endless array of activities for everyone. From the glitz of Hollywood to the bohemian charm of the Arts District, this guide provides a glimpse into the multifaceted tapestry that is LA. Whether you're an art aficionado, a beach enthusiast, or a history buff, Los Angeles has something extraordinary to offer. So, pack your curiosity and embark on an unforgettable journey through the captivating cityscape of LA.

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Los Angeles, a city known for its vibrant nightlife and eclectic culinary scene, offers a plethora of options for cocktail enthusiasts seeking the perfect libation. Whether you're a local searching for the latest mixology trends or a visitor eager to explore LA's cocktail culture, this guide will lead you to the best spots for craft cocktails in the city.

## 1. **The Varnish: A Hidden Gem in Downtown LA**

Tucked away behind Cole's French Dip in Downtown LA, The Varnish is a speakeasy-style bar celebrated for its expertly crafted cocktails. The intimate setting and the meticulous attention to detail by the bartenders make it a must-visit for those in search of a classic and perfectly executed drink.

## 2. **Broken Shaker: Rooftop Bliss in Downtown LA**

Situated atop the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker offers not only inventive cocktails but also stunning views of the Downtown skyline. The rooftop oasis provides a laid-back atmosphere where you can savor unique concoctions made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

## 3. **Sunset & Vinyl: Hollywood's Retro Cocktail Hideaway**

Step into Sunset & Vinyl, a Hollywood gem where vintage vibes meet contemporary mixology. The menu boasts a curated selection of cocktails inspired by classic records. This retro-chic spot is perfect for those wanting to enjoy both timeless tunes and innovative libations.

## 4. **The Walker Inn: A Bespoke Experience in Koreatown**

For an exclusive and personalized cocktail journey, head to The Walker Inn in Koreatown. With a reservation-only policy, this intimate bar crafts bespoke drinks tailored to your preferences. The ever-evolving menu ensures a fresh and exciting experience with each visit.

## 5. **Harvard & Stone: East Hollywood's Rock 'n' Roll Haven**

Harvard & Stone, located in East Hollywood, is a rock 'n' roll-inspired bar that combines live music with exceptional cocktails. The skilled mixologists create drinks that not only tantalize the taste buds but also complement the venue's lively atmosphere.

## 6. **Everson Royce Bar: Arts District Cool**

In the heart of the Arts District, Everson Royce Bar (ERB) stands out as a beacon of cool. Known for its unpretentious yet expertly crafted cocktails, ERB attracts a diverse crowd. The industrial-chic setting and the emphasis on quality ingredients make it a favorite among cocktail connoisseurs.

## 7. **Melrose Umbrella Co.: Craftsmanship on Melrose Avenue**

If you find yourself strolling down Melrose Avenue, make a stop at Melrose Umbrella Co. This cocktail bar pays homage to the craftsmanship of a bygone era. The menu features a delightful array of concoctions, and the cozy ambiance makes it an ideal spot to unwind.

## 8. **The Normandie Club: K-town's Stylish Retreat**

Nestled in Koreatown, The Normandie Club offers a stylish escape for cocktail enthusiasts. The chic decor and a menu of finely tuned drinks make it a popular choice for those seeking a sophisticated yet approachable watering hole.

## Craft Cocktail Exploration Awaits

# Unveiling the Tapestry of Los Angeles: A Comprehensive Guide

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Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting tapestry of Los Angeles, where diversity, culture, and entertainment converge. This comprehensive guide is your key to navigating the City of Angels, ensuring you uncover not only the renowned attractions but also the hidden treasures that make LA truly unique.

### Diverse Delights: A Cultural Odyssey

Los Angeles epitomizes cultural richness, with each neighborhood contributing to the city's vibrant mosaic. From the lively Olvera Street, showcasing Mexican heritage, to the dynamic energy of Chinatown and the traditional charm of Little Tokyo, LA's diversity is an integral part of its allure.

### Hollywood Unveiled: Balancing Glamour and Reality

No exploration of Los Angeles is complete without a rendezvous with Hollywood, the pulsating heart of the entertainment world. Behold the iconic Hollywood Sign, meander along the legendary Walk of Fame, and immerse yourself in the cinematic enchantment of the TCL Chinese Theatre. But beyond the glamour, delve into the struggles of aspiring actors, the intensity of auditions, and the pursuit of fame that permeate the city.

### Nature's Retreat in the Concrete Jungle

Contrary to its urban façade, Los Angeles provides a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts. Explore Griffith Park, an expansive green haven featuring the iconic Griffith Observatory for breathtaking city views. For a coastal escapade, bask in the sun at Malibu's pristine beaches or conquer the trails of Runyon Canyon, offering a hiking experience with panoramic rewards.

### Culinary Odyssey: Gastronomic Wonders Await

LA's culinary scene mirrors its eclectic populace, offering a gastronomic journey that caters to every taste bud. From inventive food truck delicacies to upscale dining experiences on Melrose Avenue, immerse yourself in a culinary adventure shaped by the city's global influences.

### Navigating the Urban Kaleidoscope

Understanding Los Angeles's urban layout is paramount for an immersive experience. The city unfolds as a tapestry of neighborhoods, each with its unique character. Traverse the chic boutiques of Abbot Kinney Boulevard or marvel at the historic architecture of Downtown LA, unraveling the diverse narratives woven into every corner.

### Hidden Marvels: Beyond the Obvious

Venture beyond the well-known attractions to discover LA's hidden marvels, adding an authentic touch to your exploration. Visit the iconic Bradbury Building, a visual masterpiece nestled in Downtown, or wander through the Arts District's graffiti-clad streets to witness the thriving arts scene that defines LA's essence.

## LA Unveiled: Crafting Your Personalized Experience

Let this guide be your compass as you traverse the intricate landscape of Los Angeles. Whether you seek the glitz of Hollywood, the tranquility of nature, or the flavors of a global culinary tapestry, Los Angeles invites you to unravel its layers and create a personalized encounter with this captivating metropolis. Embark on your adventure and relish every moment of exploration!

## Los Angeles Explained: Navigating the City of Angels

Welcome to the sprawling urban landscape of Los Angeles, where the sun-soaked streets are as diverse as the people who tread upon them. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the heart of LA, unlocking its secrets and providing insights that make navigating the City of Angels an enriching experience.

### Embracing Diversity: The Cultural Mosaic

Los Angeles stands as a melting pot of cultures, each neighborhood a distinct brushstroke on the city's vibrant canvas. From the historic Olvera Street, where Mexican heritage thrives, to the bustling streets of Chinatown and the cultural richness of Little Tokyo, LA's diversity is its greatest asset.

### Hollywood Dreams and Realities

No exploration of Los Angeles is complete without a nod to Hollywood, the glamorous epicenter of the entertainment industry. Discover the iconic Hollywood Sign perched in the hills, stroll along the Walk of Fame, and feel the cinematic magic at the TCL Chinese Theatre. But beyond the glitz, explore the realities of aspiring actors, auditions, and the pursuit of fame that saturate the city.

### Nature's Oasis in the Urban Jungle

Contrary to its bustling urban facade, Los Angeles is a haven for nature lovers. Griffith Park, with its sprawling landscapes and the iconic Griffith Observatory, offers stunning views of the city. For a coastal escape, head to Malibu's pristine beaches or explore the rugged beauty of Runyon Canyon for a hike with a panoramic reward.

### Culinary Adventures: A Gastronomic Wonderland

LA's culinary scene mirrors its diversity, boasting a gastronomic wonderland that caters to every palate. From the eclectic food trucks serving up innovative fusions to the high-end restaurants on Melrose Avenue, embark on a culinary journey that reflects the city's global influences.

### Navigating the Urban Tapestry

Understanding the layout of Los Angeles is crucial for an enriching experience. The city is a mosaic of neighborhoods, each with its character. From the trendy boutiques on Abbot Kinney Boulevard to the historic architecture of Downtown LA, every corner tells a unique story waiting to be explored.

### Unveiling the Hidden Gems

Beyond the well-known attractions, Los Angeles harbors hidden gems that add an authentic touch to your exploration. Visit the historic Bradbury Building, a visual marvel tucked away in Downtown, or explore the Arts District's graffiti-covered streets for a taste of LA's thriving arts scene.

## LA Explained: Your Personalized Encounter

As you embark on your journey through Los Angeles, let this guide serve as your compass, navigating you through the complexities and nuances of the City of Angels. Whether you seek the glamour of Hollywood, the serenity of nature, or the flavors of diverse cuisines, Los Angeles invites you to uncover its many layers and create your personalized encounter with this captivating metropolis. Enjoy the adventure!

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**Frequently Asked Questions for Tours in Los Angeles**

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**The Vibrant Tapestry of the Sunset Strip: A Deeper Dive into its Rich History and Modern Marvels**

Nestled in the heart of Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip stands as a living testament to the city's dynamic history, from its early days as a mere dirt road to the iconic cultural hub it has become today. Let's embark on a journey through time, exploring the layers of stories that have woven this legendary stretch of Sunset Boulevard into the fabric of Los Angeles.

*Unveiling the Origins: Victor Ponet and the Birth of the Sunset Strip*

In the late 19th century, Belgian businessman and diplomat Victor Ponet acquired 240 acres of the Rancho La Brea, setting the stage for the emergence of the Sunset Strip. As Hollywood began to take its form nearby, Ponet cleared a path in 1904, creating a dirt road connecting the fields. This road, later extended as Sunset Boulevard, marked the birth of the Sunset Strip.

Daeida Wilcox, often hailed as the 'mother of Hollywood,' supposedly named the boulevard to attract potential homebuyers. The Strip, evolving from poinsettia fields, gradually transformed into a cultural hotspot, setting the scene for a captivating saga that unfolded over the decades.

*Infamy and Glory: The Early Years of the Sunset Strip*

As the 20th century dawned, the Strip became a magnet for the criminal underworld, thriving in its unincorporated status, beyond the immediate reach of law enforcement. Jack Dragna, a local mob boss from Sicily, orchestrated a web of illicit activities, including gambling dens, speakeasies, and brothels, capitalizing on the proximity to Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

The 1930s ushered in a new chapter with the opening of Schwab's Pharmacy, becoming an unofficial writers' room and earning a place in the noir classic, Sunset Boulevard. Opposite Schwab's stood the legendary Garden of Allah hotel, hosting luminaries like Errol Flynn and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Strip's allure extended beyond the shadows, attracting stars like Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe to clubs like Trocadero, Mocambo, and Ciro's.

*Enter Bugsy Siegel: The Mob's West Coast Foray*

In 1937, the East Coast crime syndicate, 'the Commission,' sought a foothold on the West Coast, dispatching Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel. His flamboyant persona and ties to Hollywood's elite propelled him to infamy, intertwining the Strip with organized crime. Collaborating with Mickey Cohen, Siegel orchestrated a reign of extortion, from unpaid loans to Hollywood studios, solidifying his control.

The late 1940s marked a shift as LAPD's William Parker cracked down on organized crime, prompting Siegel's move to Las Vegas. His vision for the Flamingo Hotel, however, met a tragic end with his assassination in 1947, leaving Cohen to navigate the changing landscape.

*Resurgence and Rebellion: The Sunset Strip's Evolution*

By the late 1950s, the allure of Las Vegas lured away most nightclubs and entertainers, leaving the Sunset Strip in a state of dormancy. The mid-1960s ushered in a new era with the arrival of the Laurel Canyon rock scene, featuring icons like Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and the Beach Boys. Pandora's Box and Whisky a Go Go became focal points, sparking the Sunset Strip Curfew Riots in 1966, a turning point in its cultural narrative.

*The Musical Odyssey: From Heavy Metal to Punk and Beyond*

The 1980s and 90s witnessed a revival, with venues like the Rainbow Bar and Grill hosting legends from Led Zeppelin to Guns N' Roses. The Viper Room, founded in 1993, became a symbol of the Strip's enduring spirit, attracting celebrities like Johnny Depp. Yet, transformations loomed as West Hollywood incorporated in 1984, paving the way for corporate logos and luxury housing.

*The Sunset Strip Today: A Tapestry of Legacy and Change*

In the 21st century, Starbucks often replaces the star-studded hangouts, and relics like the Garden of Allah have vanished. Joni Mitchell's lament, "they paved paradise to put up a parking lot," echoes the changing landscape. However, echoes of its storied past persist in landmarks like Chateau Marmont, Sunset Tower, and the Comedy Store.

*Exploration Beckons: Recommendations for Your Sunset Strip Sojourn*

1. **Chateau Marmont:** A bastion of privacy since 1929, the Chateau Marmont invites you into its mysterious ambiance, where Hollywood elite once sought refuge.

2. **Sunset Tower:** Dive into history at the Sunset Tower Hotel's bar, once Bugsy Siegel's apartment, where tales of John Wayne's unconventional antics linger.

3. **Comedy Store:** Formerly Ciro's, this iconic venue has resonated with laughter from Richard Pryor to present-day comedians, embodying the Strip's evolution.

4. **Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go, and Roxy:** These legendary clubs continue to host eclectic performances, linking the past with the present in a symphony of musical expression.

5. **Rainbow Bar and Grill:** Adorned with heavy metal memorabilia, this historic venue, once Villa Nova, immerses you in the bygone era, where rock legends roamed.

*Conclusion: A Timeless Legacy on Sunset Boulevard*

As the Sunset Strip evolves, its kaleidoscopic history weaves into the contemporary tapestry of Los Angeles. Every corner, every facade, echoes with the laughter, melodies, and whispers of a bygone era, inviting you to explore the enigma that is the Sunset Strip. Join us on our guided tours for an immersive experience, where the past and present converge on this iconic stretch of Sunset Boulevard. Your journey awaits, adorned with the rich hues of the Sunset Strip's ever-unfolding saga.

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**Introduction:** Embarking on a journey through the vibrant city of Los Angeles opens doors to a myriad of exciting activities. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, the City of Angels offers an array of experiences for every adventurer.

**Explore the Glitz and Glamour:** Begin your Los Angeles adventure by immersing yourself in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where the stars beneath your feet narrate the city's cinematic history. Capture the iconic Hollywood Sign against the backdrop of the picturesque hills.

**Artistic Marvels:** Indulge your cultural senses by visiting renowned art institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Getty Center. Admire masterpieces from various eras, spanning classic to contemporary art.

**Beach Escapades:** Bask in the sun and embrace the coastal charm of Los Angeles. Head to Santa Monica Pier for a classic Californian experience, featuring an amusement park, aquarium, and stunning ocean views. Venice Beach, with its eclectic boardwalk and street performers, offers a unique and lively atmosphere.

**Natural Wonders:** Escape the urban hustle by exploring the natural wonders surrounding Los Angeles. Hike through Griffith Park to reach the Griffith Observatory, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Discover the serene beauty of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

**Culinary Delights:** Los Angeles is a gastronomic paradise, boasting diverse culinary experiences. Dive into the vibrant food scene at the Grand Central Market, where international flavors converge. Explore trendy neighborhoods like Silver Lake and Downtown LA for hip eateries and innovative dining concepts.

**Entertainment Extravaganza:** Immerse yourself in the entertainment capital of the world. Catch a live performance at the historic Hollywood Bowl or experience the excitement of a live TV show taping. For a touch of nostalgia, visit the TCL Chinese Theatre, where the imprints of Hollywood legends pave the way.

**Retail Therapy:** Shopaholics rejoice in the sprawling retail landscapes of Los Angeles. Rodeo Drive beckons with luxury boutiques and designer labels, while The Grove offers a charming outdoor shopping experience. Unearth unique finds in the trendy boutiques of Melrose Avenue.

**Outdoor Adventures:** For those seeking outdoor adventures, Los Angeles provides ample opportunities. Bike along the scenic Marvin Braude Bike Trail or hike through Runyon Canyon for panoramic city views. Surfers can catch the waves at Malibu's renowned beaches.

**Family-Friendly Fun:** Los Angeles is a haven for families with attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. Delight in magical experiences, thrilling rides, and encounters with beloved characters.

**Nightlife Revelry:** As the sun sets, Los Angeles transforms into a nightlife hotspot. Discover trendy bars in West Hollywood, dance the night away in Hollywood clubs, or unwind in beachside lounges along the coast.

**Conclusion:** Los Angeles, with its diverse offerings, ensures an unforgettable journey for every visitor. Whether you're drawn to the glitz of Hollywood, the tranquility of nature, or the thrill of outdoor adventures, the City of Angels invites you to explore its boundless wonders.

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**Unlocking the Tapestry of Los Angeles: A Deep Dive into its Rich History**

**Introduction:** Delving into the enchanting history of Los Angeles unveils a captivating narrative that spans centuries. From its indigenous roots to the bustling metropolis we know today, Los Angeles has woven a tapestry of diverse cultures, iconic moments, and significant milestones.

**Indigenous Heritage:** Long before the first Spanish explorers set foot in the region, Los Angeles was inhabited by the Tongva and Chumash Native American tribes. Their profound connection to the land and vibrant cultures laid the foundation for the city's early identity.

**Spanish Colonization and the Mission Era:** The arrival of Spanish explorers in the 18th century marked a transformative period for Los Angeles. The establishment of the El Pueblo de la Reina de los Ángeles mission by the Spanish Franciscans laid the groundwork for the city's growth, influencing its architecture and cultural practices.

**Mexican Rule and the Rancho Period:** Following Mexican independence, Los Angeles became a Mexican territory. The expansive ranchos, vast land grants given to Mexican settlers, defined the landscape and lifestyle of the region. The echoes of this Rancho era still resonate in place names and local traditions.

**The American Influence:** With the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, Los Angeles transitioned to American rule. The Gold Rush and the completion of the transcontinental railroad contributed to the city's rapid expansion. The 20th century witnessed the emergence of the entertainment industry, forever altering the city's trajectory.

**Golden Age of Hollywood:** The 1920s brought forth the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The entertainment industry flourished, drawing aspiring actors, filmmakers, and artists to the city of dreams. The Hollywood Sign, erected in 1923, became an enduring symbol of the city's cinematic prowess.

**Challenges and Triumphs:** The mid-20th century posed challenges, including civil unrest and social movements. The Watts Riots of 1965 and the activism of the Chicano Moratorium underscored the city's role in the broader struggles for civil rights. However, Los Angeles also thrived economically, solidifying its status as a global hub.

**Contemporary Cultural Mosaic:** Today, Los Angeles stands as a vibrant cultural mosaic. Its neighborhoods, from the historic Olvera Street to the trendy Arts District, showcase the city's diversity. Museums like the Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art preserve and celebrate this multifaceted heritage.

**Architectural Marvels:** The architectural landscape of Los Angeles tells a story of innovation and creativity. From the iconic Art Deco buildings in Downtown LA to the mid-century modern homes in the Hollywood Hills, each structure contributes to the city's visual identity.

**Culinary Evolution:** Los Angeles' history is not only written in its buildings but also in its culinary scene. The city's diverse immigrant communities have influenced a gastronomic landscape that ranges from taco trucks to Michelin-starred restaurants.

**Preserving the Legacy:** Efforts to preserve Los Angeles' historical sites are ongoing. Organizations like the Los Angeles Conservancy work tirelessly to protect and revitalize landmarks, ensuring that future generations can connect with the city's past.

**Conclusion:** Exploring the history of Los Angeles is a journey through time, where each era has left an indelible mark on the cityscape. From its indigenous roots to the bustling metropolis of today, Los Angeles invites both residents and visitors to uncover the layers of its rich and dynamic history.

**Bringing Children on Tour:** Absolutely! We welcome kids on our tours. Please keep in mind that while we love having children on board, the content of our group tours remains unchanged to cater to a diverse audience.

**Private Tours for School Groups:** Certainly! We accommodate High School students (15+ y.o.) and have proudly organized numerous tours for school groups. Check our Private Tours page for details. University students can book any private tour without prior consultation.

**Weather Conditions and Tour Cancellations:** We never cancel tours in advance due to weather conditions. Whether it's raining or scorching hot, come prepared with an umbrella or sunscreen. Your time in Los Angeles is limited, and we believe a little rain or heat shouldn't deter you from experiencing the city.

**Pickup Services:** We do not provide pickup services from hotels, airports, or Airbnb apartments. Our tours start and end near Metro stations or bus stops, making public transport or ride-sharing services convenient alternatives.

**Parking Information:** While parking is abundant in a city built around personal vehicles, prices and availability vary. Visit this website for up-to-date parking information. Alternatively, all our tours start and end near Metro stations or bus stops, making public transport or ride-sharing services convenient.

**Late Arrival for Tours:** Los Angeles is vast, and traffic can be challenging. To avoid being late, plan ahead and allow plenty of time to reach the meeting point. Our guides are at the meeting point 15 minutes before each tour, starting on schedule. Unfortunately, latecomers cannot join the group once it has departed.

**Customizing Tour Content:** We do not alter tour content on short notice. Our tours are meticulously designed to cater to a broad audience interested in history, culture, and architecture. However, feel free to ask our knowledgeable guides any questions during the tour – we love engaging conversations!

**Going Inside Buildings:** While most of our tours explore the exterior of buildings, we do venture inside some places, including bars and restaurants. Our itineraries are crafted to provide a comprehensive experience, and we have detailed descriptions, videos, and photos available for each tour on our website.

**Tipping Your Guide:** In the United States, it's customary to tip your guide if you enjoyed the tour and believe they did a good job. Standard tipping ranges from 15-20%. For guidance on when and how much to tip, refer to our helpful guide to tipping in the U.S.

**Unanswered Questions:** If you have a question not covered in our FAQs, please email us using the address at the bottom of every page. We aim to respond within 48 hours, but if your question is addressed on our website, we may not be able to provide additional information.The Los Angeles Lowdown is designed by us to take you inside LA, whether you’re visiting or you live here. From current-affairs inspired articles on Southern California’s history, to our suggestions on the best things to do in LA every month, via inside information on authentic experiences and events, we give you the essential lowdown on the city of Angels.

**Exploring the Hispanic Heritage of Los Angeles: Pio Pico and Dolores del Rio**

The impact of people from the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America on Los Angeles has been profound. With nearly half of the city's population having Hispanic roots, the Latino community forms the largest ethnic share in Los Angeles. This influence is deeply rooted in the city's history, stemming from significant immigration over the past century from Central and South America. However, the roots of Latino culture in Los Angeles extend even further back, with California being part of the Spanish Empire and, after gaining independence, Mexico.

In the U.S., the terms Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish are sometimes confused, despite having distinct meanings. Hispanic refers to Spanish-speaking individuals, including those from Spain but not Brazil. Latino generally encompasses people from Latin American countries, excluding Spain. If someone identifies as Spanish, it means they are from Spain and not any other country.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, it's fitting to explore the stories of two legendary Latinos often mentioned on tours for their significant impact on Los Angeles: Pio Pico and Dolores del Rio.

**Pio Pico: A Californio Legacy**

Born in 1801 at the San Gabriel Mission, Pio Pico was a first-generation Californio, belonging to Mexican, First American, African, and Spanish ancestry. His early investments in San Diego's general store led to substantial wealth, making him one of the prominent rancheros during the Age of the Dons. Pico became the interim governor of Alta California in 1832 and later served as the governor again in 1845, during the Mexican-American War.

His influence extended to vast ranches in Southern California, amassing over 500,000 acres of land. Pico's financial peak saw him construct the iconic Pico House in 1869, the largest building in Los Angeles at the time. However, his later years were marked by financial setbacks, and he passed away in relative poverty in 1894. Pico's contributions are commemorated in various landmarks, including Pico Boulevard and Pio Pico State Historic Park.

**Dolores del Rio: Hollywood's Silent Star**

Dolores del Rio, born in Mexico City in 1904, transitioned from a promising dance career to Hollywood stardom in the 1920s. Renowned for her beauty and acting talent, del Rio quickly rose to fame with hits like "Ramona" and "What Price Glory?" She became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the early 1930s, working alongside notable figures like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

In 1940, del Rio met and began a passionate affair with Orson Welles during the production of "Citizen Kane." Their relationship, marked by intense emotions, eventually led to the end of her marriage to Cedric Gibbons. Del Rio played a crucial role in Welles' life during the making of his masterpiece.

As Hollywood roles diminished for del Rio in the 1940s, she returned to Mexico, contributing to the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema with films like "Maria Candelaria." Del Rio continued to alternate between projects in Mexico and Los Angeles, leaving a lasting legacy for future crossover stars like Rita Moreno and Jennifer Lopez.

Dolores del Rio passed away in 1983, and her contributions are commemorated with a beautiful mural in Hollywood, celebrating her diverse filmography. Standing before the mural, one can reflect on the remarkable journey of Dolores del Rio and the enduring impact of Latinos on the cultural tapestry of Los Angeles.

**Explore the Evolution of Los Angeles through Central Downtown LA**

Los Angeles is in a constant state of flux, and the Central Downtown LA tour provides a front-row seat to witness the dynamic changes happening in the heart of the city. While many tourists may not be familiar with Downtown LA (DTLA), locals recognize its vibrancy and are drawn to its ever-expanding array of hip restaurants, bars, creative offices, and residential spaces. Uncover the well-preserved historic downtown, boasting architectural gems representing various styles such as Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, modern, and post-modern.

The tour includes iconic landmarks like City Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Broad museum. Take a ride on Angels Flight and savor lunch at Grand Central Market, a culinary destination hailed by Bon Appétit Magazine. The tour then delves into secret locations, providing a fresh perspective on LA's history. Join us on the Central Downtown LA tour to learn about the birthplace of the city and experience its captivating transformation.

**Combine History with Nature on the Mount Hollywood Hike**

Griffith Park, a sprawling oasis five times the size of Central Park, is a testament to Los Angeles's natural beauty. The Mount Hollywood Hike begins at the Greek Theater entrance, guiding you through the Bird Sanctuary and Hollywood Hills. Learn about the early Tongva inhabitants as you ascend, gaining panoramic views of LA's development. Reach the summit of Mount Hollywood for breathtaking vistas of the San Fernando Valley, Glendale, downtown, and the Westside. Descend through fire roads, capturing stunning photos of the Hollywood Sign, concluding with a brief Griffith Observatory tour.

**Unearth Dark Secrets on the DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost Tour**

Embark on an investigation into the noir underbelly of Los Angeles with the DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour. Visit haunted bars and infamous sites, starting at the Biltmore Hotel, the last known location of the Black Dahlia. Explore Clifton’s, the Hotel Cecil with its dark history, the Alexandria Hotel haunted by Rudolph Valentino, and the Barclay Hotel tied to serial killers. Delve into the Chinatown Massacre and conclude the tour at the Halls of Justice, site of dramatic trials. Brace yourself for an unforgettable night that may leave you with sleepless nights.

**Private Tours Tailored to Your Group's Interests**

Whether for a school, business, or family outing, our private tours cover various Los Angeles neighborhoods, offering a blend of history, architecture, art, and food. Led by passionate guides who love sharing the city's stories, our private tours ensure everyone in your group is entertained and informed.

**Self-Guided Tours for a Personalized Experience**

For those with limited time or budget constraints, we offer free self-guided tours to help you explore Los Angeles independently. Discover the city's authentic charm even if you can't join us for a guided tour.

**FAQs and Booking Information**

To address common queries, we've provided a comprehensive FAQ section on our website. If you encounter issues with booking confirmation emails, check your spam folder or contact us with the necessary details for a resend. Explore our free self-guided tour of Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills, and understand why we don't offer stars' houses tours – a decision rooted in ensuring accurate information for our guests.

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Please note that our tours are conducted in English, and at this time, we do not offer tours in languages other than English. Our focus is on providing accurate, engaging, and enjoyable experiences for all our guests.

Join us on a journey through the diverse landscapes and histories of Los Angeles, where every tour is crafted to leave you with lasting memories of this vibrant city!

Yes! We're very happy to offer tours in Spanish and German. However please note that we ONLY organize tours in other languages as private tours, all of our regular group tours are in English. Please contact us at  [email protected]  to schedule a private tour in the language of your choice.

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN ON A TOUR?

Absolutely, we love kids. Just remember, though, that we can’t change the content of any of our group tours to suit your children.

CAN I BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR FOR STUDENTS FROM A SCHOOL?

We can accommodate High School students (i.e. 15+ y.o.) and we’re proud to have organized dozens of tours for school groups. Please check our  Private Tours page  for more info. For university students you can book any private tour, without needing to check with us.

IS MY TOUR CANCELED IF IT’S RAINING / VERY HOT?

We NEVER cancel a tour in advance due to the weather. If it’s raining bring an umbrella. If it’s hot bring water and sun block. You’ve only got a few days to experience Los Angeles – you’re not going to let the weather stop you, are you?

CAN YOU PICK ME UP FROM MY HOTEL / THE AIRPORT / MY AIRBNB APARTMENT ETC?

No, we're not that kind of tour company.

WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO PARK FOR MY TOUR?

For a city built around the personal motor vehicle there is, as you’d expect, a lot of parking. Prices vary, often hour by hour, and filming units can suddenly take over whole parking lots, so we're unable to help you find parking unfortunately. Check  this website  for up to date info, but remember to allow PLENTY of time to find parking AND to walk from your car to the tour meeting point.

There is another option though, all of our tours start and end near a Metro station or bus stop. so take  the Los Angeles Metro ; it’s clean, mostly reliable and very affordable.  Use this helpful trip planner  or read  our guide to using public transport in Los Angeles  for more information.

Or you could use a ride sharing service (like Uber or Lyft), it’s often cheaper than paying for parking anyway (and certainly cheaper than a parking ticket). If roaming isn’t permitted with your cell phone plan you can always use the wifi service at the neighborhood coffee shop. If you don’t have the app consider downloading it. Uber and Lyft operate in many countries around the world and if you travel even a little you’ll find other opportunities to use their services.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M RUNNING LATE FOR MY TOUR?

Los Angeles is big, traffic is bad, stoppages on the LA Metro do occur and other events are always happening. The best way to avoid being late for the tour is to allow PLENTY of time to get to there. Our guides are at the meeting point, checking-in guests, from fifteen minutes before each tour begins. Your time is valuable to us, that’s why our tours start on schedule.

Once they’ve left the meeting point there’s no opportunity to join the group. Our office is unable to guide guests to the meeting point, by phone or email, and we can’t contact the guide – they’re doing the tour. We operate several tours a day, in various locations, with up to a hundred guests. It’s impossible, for any tour company, to make team members available throughout the day to respond to urgent direction requests.

We’ve organized an amazing experience for you, the guide is at the meeting point and you have all the info you need to find them. Please don’t miss out because you didn’t allow enough time to get there or you didn't follow our directions.

CAN I GET THE GUIDE TO CHANGE THE TOUR CONTENT / ITINERARY TO SUIT ME AND MY INTERESTS?

Unfortunately, no. Our tours are designed by us to suit a wide range of people who are interested in history, culture and architecture and guides are extensively trained on them. It’s impossible, at short notice, to change a tour based on what any guest requests at that moment.

Nevertheless all our guides are very knowledgable and passionate about Los Angeles, so you’re more than welcome to ask them all the questions you like, on any topic that interest you, during your tour. We love questions!

DO YOU JUST TALK ABOUT BUILDINGS FROM THE OUTSIDE / DO YOU GO INSIDE ANY BUILDINGS?

Firstly, there's nothing wrong with talking about buildings from the outside. 95% of tour companies don't go inside any places – stars houses tours don't go into the stars' houses and bus tours drive through the streets, after all. In order to fit a good itinerary into a tour there isn't the time to go into tons of places, often there's nothing of special interest to see inside and walking the streets is an integral part of our experiences (like any tour).

Secondly, and having just said, that we DO go into quite a few places, including bars and restaurants, on our tours. Why not? Thirdly, we cannot give you any more info than is already here on the website, because that's how this thing works (we have short videos, detailed descriptions and numerous photos for every tour).

SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE / HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE?

It’s customary in America to give a gratuity to the guide if you enjoyed the tour and you thought they did a good job (15-20% is standard). If you’re a little confused about why, when and how much to tip read  our helpful guide to tipping in the U.S .

HAVE A QUESTION NOT ANSWERED IN OUR FAQS?

Write to us using the email address at the bottom of every page and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with an answer. Please note though, that if it IS answered on this website (and it almost certainly is) then we WON'T be able to respond.

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Title: "Unveiling the Charms of Los Angeles: A Cocktail Tour Through LA's Rich History"

Introduction: Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, is not only famous for its glitzy Hollywood scene but also boasts a fascinating history and a vibrant culture that captivates tourists from around the globe. As you plan your visit to the City of Angels, consider embarking on a unique journey through LA's past, mixing history with the delightful experience of cocktail tours. In this article, we'll explore the best LA tours that blend fascinating historical insights with the pleasure of sipping iconic cocktails, offering you a one-of-a-kind adventure in the heart of Southern California.

1. Discovering LA's Rich History: Start your journey by immersing yourself in the city's captivating history. From the Spanish missions to the Mexican Rancho era and the golden age of Hollywood, Los Angeles has a storied past that has shaped its eclectic neighborhoods. Uncover the secrets of Olvera Street, stroll through historic neighborhoods like Hancock Park, and learn about LA's architectural evolution, from Victorian gems to mid-century modern masterpieces.

2. Hollywood History: Lights, Camera, Action! No visit to Los Angeles is complete without delving into the iconic history of Hollywood. Take a guided tour through the Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the TCL Chinese Theatre, and get behind-the-scenes insights into the entertainment industry. Learn about the stars who graced the silver screen, the birth of the Oscars, and the glamorous history of the Hollywood sign, which has become a symbol of dreams and stardom.

3. Sip and Stroll: LA Cocktail Tours: Elevate your LA experience by indulging in a cocktail tour that combines history with mixology. Uncover the hidden gems of LA's vibrant bar scene while sipping on carefully crafted cocktails inspired by the city's diverse culture. From rooftop bars with stunning views to speakeasies reminiscent of the Prohibition era, each venue tells a unique story, adding a flavorful twist to your exploration of Los Angeles.

4. Reliving the Golden Age of Cocktails: Transport yourself back to the Golden Age of Hollywood with themed cocktail experiences that pay homage to the glamour of yesteryear. Enjoy classic cocktails favored by Hollywood legends, paired with anecdotes and tales from the city's golden era. Whether you're a fan of the martini like Frank Sinatra or prefer Marilyn Monroe's favorite champagne cocktail, LA's cocktail tours offer a spirited journey through time.

5. Mixing La History with Modern Tourism: Blend the historical charm of Los Angeles with modern tourism trends by incorporating Instagram-worthy stops into your itinerary. Capture the essence of LA's iconic landmarks, from Griffith Observatory to the Getty Center, and share your cocktail tour adventures with friends and followers, showcasing the perfect blend of history and contemporary allure.

Conclusion: Los Angeles, with its rich history and glamorous present, provides a unique backdrop for a memorable vacation. By combining LA tours, Hollywood history, and cocktail experiences, you'll embark on a journey that uncovers the hidden gems of this vibrant city. So, sip, stroll, and soak in the fascinating stories that make Los Angeles a truly captivating destination. Cheers to the City of Angels!

On our Hollywood walking tour we go back in time to before that name for the area was even used, then we’ll tell you how and why the start-up film industry first moved to this small, sleepy farming town in the early twentieth century.

By walking the streets of Hollywood you’ll get the chance to discover the many hidden historic sites on the boulevard (such as the oldest house in Hollywood, where Charlie Chaplin’s kids went to school), as well as offering you the best up close and personal experiences of such icons as the Walk of Fame, the Capitol Records Building, the Egyptian Theater, the Dolby Theater (home of the annual Oscars) and the TCL Chinese Theater where our Real Hollywood tour ends. It's the perfect place to have lunch or get some great shots of the Hollywood Sign for Instagram.

Combine this tour with our  Central Downtown LA tour  by booking both tours for the same day. Then the guide will take you from Hollywood to downtown, with travel on the Los Angeles Metro included. That way you can experience and learn about the two most historic parts of the city on one easy six hour tour.

When you decided to visit Los Angeles, probably at the top of your list of things to do here was checking out the beaches. But how are you going to do it? Why not let us do the work by joining our Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour, letting you relax and enjoy the quintessential L.A. pastime, cycling the area on a Beach Cruiser. That way you can experience the famous boardwalk and canals, go to some hidden spots that only locals like us know of and learn about the history of the famous neighborhoods you’re passing through.

We’ll have your bicycles ready when you arrive for the Santa Monica and Venice Bike tour, then we’ll head down to the beach. The tour passes by famous Santa Monica Pier, before heading south towards Venice. We briefly stop on Venice Boardwalk, at Muscle Beach, and then continue past Venice Beach Pier to the beautiful canals. There’s a stop on hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard for juice or coffee (depends how healthy you want it to be!), before we head north up Main St, with its great collection of independent shops, cafes and bars, pausing to take in Santa Monica City Hall and the lovely Tongva Park. Your Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour then ends back in the heart of Santa Monica, the perfect place to eat or head into downtown (via the Metro station) – or go to the beach.

What makes the LA: Food + History + Design tour different from other LA food tours? There are no cupcakes – we give you "real" food and tell you real history.

Food: From French newcomers in the nineteenth century, to Italian immigrants of the early twentieth century, to successive waves of migration from China, Vietnam and Thailand in the last fifty years, each culture has left its mark on Los Angeles' culinary landscape. And we haven’t even mentioned Latin America or Japan yet! On this LA food tour you’ll eat some of the best food in the city.

History: Los Angeles has a fascinating story too. Many of its oldest buildings, from when the tiny pueblo was infamous for being the most lawless and violent town in the Wild West, are still standing and you’ll even go inside one on this tour. Thought LA was just movie stars, beaches and Beverly Hills? Think again, we have a rich history going back to 1781.

Design: DTLA has some of the most iconic buildings in the world – City Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Eastern Columbia Building to name just three. On this tour you’ll also experience some beautiful interior spaces, from the Bradbury Building, to Union Station to the Art Nouveau lobby of a 1913 hotel. For over a hundred years Los Angeles has been a design capital and you’ll see exactly why.

Join us on our LA food tour and TRULY experience the best of Los Angeles.

All the public tours for which we’re taking bookings are listed in the calendar above, or you can view the tours in a list format by clicking the button below. If you don’t see any scheduled for when you’re going to be in Los Angeles please don’t contact us, just check closer to the date(s) that you want to book.

If you need to know what the weather will be like during your tour check this website (hint: it’s probably going to be warm and sunny!).

If you have any questions that you don’t see answered in the tour descriptions please check our  FAQ’s .

What is LA Info? We created this section on our website to give visitors to Los Angeles, California and the U.S. the benefit of our insight, as local experts, so that they can make the most of their vacation here. From advice on how to get around using public transport, to ideas on fun activities and attractions, to lists of great movies that were filmed at locations we visit on our tours, to recommendations on where to eat (and drink), everything that you need is here in LA Info.

Since we first started giving tours in 2013 we’ve literally been asked thousands of questions by our guests – and they’ve often said that they wished that they’d been able to ask us those questions before coming. So, with LA Info, we’re giving you the answers in advance, so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Wondering how you’re going to navigate Los Angeles and get from A to B? Considering renting a car? Then read our  helpful guide on how to use public transport in LA , it could also help you decide on where to stay and what to do. Here’s a helpful hint – you don’t need a car.You’re almost certainly going to check out Hollywood during your visit, but are you just going to wander around the area? Better read  our guide on things to do in Hollywood  and make the most of your limited time, there’s a so much more to the neighborhood than the Walk of Fame.What are you going to do in Los Angeles during your stay? We give you our local knowledge in  15 Things to Do in LA . It provides a rundown of the most important attractions, some of which you may already know - but you'll also see suggestions for activities that you probably haven't considered.Visiting Los Angeles with the family? Wondering what to do (other than visit Disneyland)? We’ll give you some great ideas in  our list of things to do in LA with kids . Trust us – it’s not a choice between adults and kids, there are so many things you can enjoy together as a family.There are a ton of activities in Los Angeles, but you can’t do them all, the city’s way too big. So, as well deciding what you ARE going to do, you’re also going to have to decide what's going to have to come off that list. To help with that read our guide on  what not to do in LA .LA is one of the most misunderstood cities in the world. Nearly everyone has their own preconceived ideas of it – and they're usually wrong. What do we mean? Forget what you think you know and read  Los Angeles Myths/Reality , it’ll make you see the city in whole new light.A very common question right after one of our tours is: “can you recommend a good place to eat near here?”. In  Where to Eat in Los Angeles  we’ve recommended a whole bunch of restaurants, cafe’s and markets that we know and like. Many of them are very affordable – and all are good!If you’re looking for more ideas on things to do don’t forget to check  Inside LA , in addition to LA Info. We post our list of the top ten events taking place in the city every month, as well as giving some great local advice on the best authentic experiences that you can have in Los Angeles. Inside LA is your essential lowdown on the city of angels, whether you're a visitor or a local.

On our DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour we go on an investigation of the noir underbelly of Los Angeles – and enjoy cocktails in a couple of haunted bars.

First we visit the Biltmore Hotel, the last place the tragic Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, was seen alive. Next we stop at Clifton’s and learn about the anti-corruption drive of its Christian founder (who had a few secrets of his own). After that we move to the dreaded Hotel Cecil, which has a hellish history of murders, suicides and killers (including the Night Stalker). From there our DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour moves to the once grand Alexandria Hotel, where Rudolph Valentino’s ghost still haunts his old penthouse, then the Barclay Hotel, home to two serial killers – and also the scene of some of their most brutal murders. We visit the site of the Chinatown Massacre of 1871 (still the largest mass lynching in US history), before the tour finishes at the Halls of Justice, the site of many dramatic trials, including those of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (twice) and the infamous Charles Manson. Join our DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour and have sleepless nights for weeks!

Our tours can sell out. If you can't make a booking email us at  [email protected] , telling us when you want to do the tour and how many guests are in your party, and if we can squeeze you in we’ll let you know.

Another experience we organize,  the Sunset Strip Tour , also has a strong focus on crime, going all the way back to the speakeasies and gambling joints of the 1920's and the West Coast Mafia (we usually stop for cocktails in Bugsy Siegel's old apartment). Tour runs last Saturday evening of every month.

Logistics & Details

*Cost: $50 pp.

*Walking distance: 2 miles.

*Tour starts 6 pm Saturday,  Pershing Square , opposite Pershing Square Metro station ( meeting point photo ).

*Tour finishes 9 pm,  Los Angeles City Hall .

*We can go into 2 different bars for cocktails on this tour, each for about 15 minutes. You do have to be over 21 y.o. to order an alcoholic drink – but you don’t have to be over 21 y.o. to do this tour.

*We donate $1 for every guest to Climate Cents, a climate change organization.

***PLEASE NOTE:***

From January 1, 2024 the meeting and end points are changed, everything else is the same!

*Tour starts 6 pm,  Historic Broadway Metro station , corner of 2nd Street and Broadway ( photo of meeting point ).

*Tour finishes 9 pm,  Angels Flight .

YOU CAN BOOK THIS AS A PRIVATE TOUR STARTING AT JUST $325 FOR UP TO 10 GUESTS

Private tours can be booked for any day and any time between 9am-6pm

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Disclaimers

This tour is in English. If your English isn’t fluent this may not be the best option for you. Tour available in Spanish and German as private tour ONLY.  Email  [email protected]  to arrange.

Drinks/cocktails are not included.

This is a walking tour and we move at a reasonable pace. If you have mobility issues please book a private tour.

This tour is not recommended for children under 15 y.o.

We never cancel tours in advance due to the weather conditions.

Aim to get to the meeting point 10-15 minutes early. If you’re late you may miss the tour.

Contactless payment for gratuities available, please allow 15-20%.

Full refund or exchange available up to 48 hours before tour start time.

You must book in advance. Info@laexplained Thom@laexplainedcom, 

$80 / pp Includes food

2 miles An easy walking distance

6pm – 9pm (3 hours) Friday

What is the Hollywood Speakeasy Bar Tour? It’s a time-traveling caper that starts by whisking you back to golden-age Hollywood, then transports you to a rooftop bar overlooking the neon-lit streets, before taking you inside a hidden historic speakeasy and the birthplace of the Oscars.

The Hollywood Speakeasy Bar tour starts at the famed Frolic Room (inside the Pantages Theatre). Since the 1930’s the bar has been used by many actors that graced the stage next door and was a regular haunt of Los Angeles poet Charles Bukowski. Next we’ll visit a recent arrival here from France, Mama Shelter – and her beautiful rooftop bar. From there you can look over the rooftops and see all the way from the iconic Hollywood Sign to the towers of downtown Los Angeles. After that we’ll discover a speakeasy bar that’s hidden in the oldest house in Hollywood, before ending the tour at a glamorous restaurant used by the stars from 1919 to today. During the course of the night we’ll regale you with stories and anecdotes detailing how this small farming town in the Wild West became the most famous place on earth. By the end of the tour you’ll have learned a lot about Hollywood history, enjoyed cocktails that fitted each location and eaten some good food. In other words a great experience of Los Angeles.

Join us on the Hollywood Speakeasy Bar Tour and have the adventure of a nighttime.

Our tours can sell out. If you can't make a booking email us at [email protected] , telling us when you want to do the tour and how many guests are in your party, and if we can squeeze you in we’ll let you know.

*Cost: $80 pp.

*Tour starts 6 pm Friday,  Pantages Theatre , opposite Hollywood and Vine Metro station (meeting point photo).

*Tour finishes 9 pm,  Hollywood & Highland .

*We usually visit 3-4 bars, each for about 30 minutes.

*3-4 tapas style tasting dishes are included, for the equivalent of a 2 course meal.

*There’s a big range of food options and all types of diet can be accommodated (vegan, gluten-free etc). Please leave a note in the designated field when making a booking, if you have any dietary restrictions.

YOU CAN BOOK THIS AS A PRIVATE TOUR STARTING AT JUST $500 FOR UP TO 6 GUESTS

This tour is in English. If your English isn’t fluent this may not be the best option for you. Tour available in Spanish and German as private tour ONLY.  Email [email protected] to arrange.

Drinks are not included. We recommend a cocktail in each bar, but you don’t have to order it.

You must be over 21 y.o. to do this tour.

You must book in advance.

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Did a full day walking tour of LA. Our tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable & passionate about giving us all the information in a clear & concise way. The tour was very well planned & organised & was not tiring.

Lisa Montesanti

We did The Real Hollywood tour & loved it! The tour was at a great pace & the guide (Vicky) was very knowledgeable & made the tour fun. Thank you!

Stuart was so knowledgeable & was worth the day with him. I had been to LA multiple times before but this is the first time I had taken a tour – so thrilled to have this experience with my mom & sister. I would recommend this tour again & again.

Lucrezia Scamarcio

We had an amazing DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour with Damien & Dante… thank you very much from the Italian girls… very interesting & funny… absolutely recommended!

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This tour was awesome! Stuart is very knowledgeable, likeable & fun. The stops on the tour were very interesting & I learned a lot. I’ve been on quite a few tours of this nature & this was one of my favorites – highly recommend!

Did a walking tour of LA (LA in a Day). Vicky started us off with the Hollywood tour & Damien (who is also the owner) was our guide for the rest of the day. The entire day was awesome, I suggest this tour. There isn’t that much walking, to be honest. It’s very fun!

Michelle B.

My boyfriend & I took the DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour with Stuart as our guide & had the most amazing time! We had experiences we will never forget! We were able to see parts & people of Los Angeles that we never would have without Stuart. I give this 10/10. If we visit again, this will be at the top of our to do list!

Sara Pozueta

Absolutely amazing! Highly recommend taking both The Real Hollywood Tour & the Central Downtown LA tour! Our time in LA wouldn’t have been the same. Great way to learn about the city, see it from a different angle, explore the local life & learn about its history & filming industry. Damien our guide was fantastic!

Sylvie was our host & was fantastic. She had a lot of local knowledge & gave her unique perspective as someone who had moved to the area many years ago, so she had an outsider’s as well as an insider’s perspective. The tour gave us a great overview of Santa Monica & Venice & set us up for a great rest of the day.

Paula Lindgren

We took 2 tours, the Santa Monica & Venice Bike tour (with Sylvie) & the Real Hollywood tour (with Damien). Both were great & highly recommended. Sylvie & Damien were informative, knowledgeable & easy to talk to. They were like you were with friends. We were traveling as a family of 4 with 2 boys (15 & 12). We all enjoyed the tours.

LA: Food + History + Design Tour

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$85 / pp Includes food

2 miles An easy walking distance

12pm – 3pm (3 hours) Sunday

What makes the LA: Food + History + Design tour different from other LA food tours? There are no cupcakes – we give you "real" food and tell you real history.

Food : From French newcomers in the nineteenth century, to Italian immigrants of the early twentieth century, to successive waves of migration from China, Vietnam and Thailand in the last fifty years, each culture has left its mark on Los Angeles' culinary landscape. And we haven’t even mentioned Latin America or Japan yet! On this LA food tour you’ll eat some of the best food in the city.

History : Los Angeles has a fascinating story too. Many of its oldest buildings, from when the tiny pueblo was infamous for being the most lawless and violent town in the Wild West, are still standing and you’ll even go inside one on this tour. Thought LA was just movie stars, beaches and Beverly Hills? Think again, we have a rich history going back to 1781.

Design : DTLA has some of the most iconic buildings in the world – City Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Eastern Columbia Building to name just three. On this tour you’ll also experience some beautiful interior spaces, from the Bradbury Building, to Union Station to the Art Nouveau lobby of a 1913 hotel. For over a hundred years Los Angeles has been a design capital and you’ll see exactly why.

Join us on our LA food tour and TRULY experience the best of Los Angeles.

Our tours can sell out. If you can't make a booking email us at  [email protected] , telling us when you want to do the tour and how many guests are in your party, and if we can squeeze you in we’ll let you know.

Logistics & Details

*Cost: $85 pp.

*Walking distance: 2 miles.

*Tour starts 12 midday Sunday, side entrance to  Union Station  at Alameda Street entrance ( meeting point photo ).

*Tour finishes 3 pm,  Pershing Square .

*We donate $1 for every guest to Climate Cents, a climate change organization.

*There are 3-4 food tastings included, each for about 20 minutes, for the equivalent of a normal 3 course meal.

*There’s a big range of food options and all types of diet can be accommodated (vegetarian, vegan etc). Please leave a note in the designated field ("Anything else we need to know?") when making a booking, if you have any dietary restrictions.

You can book this as a private tour starting at just $500 for up to 6 guests

Private tours can be booked for any day and any time between 9am-6pm

Disclaimers

This tour is in English. If your English isn’t fluent this may not be the best option for you. Tour available in Spanish and German as private tour ONLY.  Email  [email protected]  to arrange.

Drinks are not included.

This is a walking tour and we move at a reasonable pace. If you have mobility issues please book a private tour.

We never cancel tours in advance due to the weather conditions.

Aim to get to the meeting point 10-15 minutes early. If you’re late you may miss the tour.

Contactless payment for gratuities available, please allow 15-20%.

Full refund or exchange available up to 48 hours before tour start time.

You must book in advance.

Subject to change at our discretion

Dining Locations

What is the French Dip Sandwich? It was created in L.A. over a hundred years ago, but where and why? You’ll learn the history of this authentic local dish on this tour (it’s not actually French!).

Japanese immigrants began moving here at the end of the nineteenth century, over time creating a fusion cuisine. The California sushi roll is one of the most famous examples, but there are others.

Not many people know that the French have had a significant impact on Los Angeles, dating back to when immigrants first moved to the area in the 1850’s to make wine. We’ll take a look at their continuing influence.

California was part of Mexico for several decades and, since joining the U.S. in 1848, many Central Americans have moved here. Consequently we have some of the best Central American food in the world.

Who doesn’t like ice-cream? When it’s unique flavors, that are hand-made on the premises, it’s even better.

The coffee scene in L.A. is now very varied and full of smaller operators with an emphasis on unique, organic lattes, espressos and cappuccinos. Sample some on this tour.

*We do not accept incentives from any restaurant in order to take you there. All locations that we visit on this LA food tour are chosen to fit the experience, not get us a commission.*

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Where to Learn About Black History in LA

MLK Day in LA

This month we’re highlighting special ways to celebrate and honor Black History (including 46 places you can support Black-owned businesses in LA ) with your family. From South Central and Leimert Park, to Santa Monica and DTLA, Los Angeles has several, incredible landmarks and institutions that recognize the deep, rich history and culture of LA’s black community and are absolutely worth visiting not just this month but all year long.

South Central L.A.

Black history in la: african american firefighter museum.

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After temporarily closing during the pandemic, the African American Firefighter Museum has reopened its doors to visitors three days a week. Historic Fire Station 30, originally opened in 1997 as a dedication to the first 100 years of African American firefighters in LA. The museum is home to vintage firefighting gear, photos and lots of unique memorabilia dedicated to the pioneering African American firefighters in Los Angeles.

Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

1401 South Central Ave. South Central LA Online:  aaffmuseum.org

Black History in LA: Ralph J. Bunche House

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This charming Victorian bungalow on E. 40th Place is the childhood home of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Bunche received the distinguished honor in 1950 for his role as a mediator in the Palestine conflict in the Middle East. He was also involved in the formation of the United Nations and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President John F. Kennedy.

Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Bunche graduated as valedictorian from Jefferson High School and went on to get his college degree at UCLA where he was again valedictorian. His home briefly served as a museum, but it was foreclosed on in 2009. Although the home remains a historic-cultural monument, it is now a   private residence. 

1221 E. 40th Place Los Angeles Online:   laconservancy.org/locations/ralph-j-bunche-house

Black History in LA: Watts Towers

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There’s never been a better time to visit Watts Towers, one of the most remarkable pieces of public art in the United States. Seventeen interconnected sculptures form towering spires made of broken dishes, bottles, tiles, pottery, rocks, seashells and more—items salvaged from the area by Simon Rodia in the early part of the 20th century.

Today, the Watts Towers Art Center is said to “Serve as a beacon of light for arts education and a conduit for social change.” They display contemporary art, provide complimentary guided tours outside the fence of the Towers, and offer art classes to local youth and special needs adults.

Tours: Guided tours outside the fence of the Watts Towers are free of charge and are available every half hour Thurs.-Sun. from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

1727 E 107th St.  Los Angeles Online:  wattstowers.org

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Black History in LA: Central Ave. Jazz Corridor

If you listen closely, you can almost still hear the swinging and soulful sounds of jazz legends like Miles Davis, Dorothy Dandridge, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday echoing throughout South Central’s historic Central Ave. Jazz Corridor. As the beating heart of jazz music on the West Coast from the 1920s to 1950s, some of the most groundbreaking musicians in the world played here and continue to be celebrated today through all of the incredible landmarks along the corridor.

Dunbar Hotel Originally known as Hotel Somerville, the Dunbar Hotel located on Central Ave. was built for the West Coast convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1928. According to the Los Angeles Conservancy, "The hotel provided first-class accommodations for African Americans in segregated Los Angeles, who were denied comparable lodging elsewhere."

Once regarded as the finest black hotel in the nation, the Dunbar hosted many prominent players in the Central Avenue jazz scene, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Bessie Smith. After falling into disrepair for several decades, the hotel was lovingly restored and reopened in 2013. Today, the hotel as the centerpiece of Dunbar Village, is an affordable housing project for seniors and families—some of its residents were even active participants in Central Avenue’s jazz scene during the 1960s.

4225 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles Online:  laconservancy.org/locations/dunbar-hotel

Leimert Park

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Black History in LA: Leimert Plaza Park

Located in the vibrant heart of the Crenshaw District, Leimert Plaza Park has long been a site for community events and celebrations, including the Kwanzaa Heritage Festival, the Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks and the beloved Leimert Park Art Walk that takes place the last Sun. of every month. In 2021, as part of an effort by the local leaders and businesses, the park's central fountain was restored, and new plants, grass and flowers were added to the landscape.

Tip: The Leimert Park Station is scheduled for completion in about a year as part of the future Metro Crenshaw/LAX line. The underground station will have direct access to Leimert Park Plaza.

4395 Leimert Blvd. Leimert Park Online:  leimertparkvillage.org

Black History in LA: Vision Theater

Opened in 1932 as the Leimert Theatre, this historic art deco treasure was a movie theater until the 1960s. Actress Marla Gibbs purchased the building in the early '90s and renamed it the Vision Theater. Since the late '90s, the Vision Theater has been owned by the City of Los Angeles and is currently undergoing a major renovation to create a state-of-the-art performing arts venue. According to the Vision's Facebook page, the goal of the theater is to "produce and present diverse world class theater, music, and dance concert productions, along with offering a variety of cultural forums; and to serve as a center for community meetings." The theater hopes to reopen later in 2022.

3341 W. 43rd Pl. Leimert Park Online:   facebook.com/thevisiontheatre

Black History in LA: Eso Won Books

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Founded in 1987, independent Black-owned store, Eso Won Books, takes its name from the African term “EsoWon,” which means “water over rocks.” Eso Won strives to be "a living proverb as it provides fluid, safe, stirring opportunities that flow to a reservoir of knowledge for all people to experience.”

In addition to its impressive selection of books on the African American experience and the African Diaspora, Eso Won has hosted authors including President Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Muhammed Ali, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Misty Copeland, Toni Morrison and more.

Hours: Tues.-Sat., noon-4:00 p.m.

4327 Degnan Blvd. Leimert Park Online:  esowonbookstore.com

Santa Monica

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Black History in LA: The Inkwell in Santa Monica

The next time you head to the beach, share an important history lesson with your kids and visit what was once known as The Inkwell, located on the western end of Pico Blvd. and extending to Bicknell St. The name comes from a derogatory label used by white Angelenos during the Jim Crow era, when African Americans came to this beach to avoid bigotry and create a space of their own.

Today, the name and its origins represent a time in LA's history that should not be forgotten. In 2008, the City of Santa Monica officially recognized The Inkwell and Nick Gabaldon, the first documented African/Mexican American surfer, with a landmark plaque at Bay St. and Oceanfront Walk that reads “A Place of Celebration and Pain.”

Learn more about the history of the Black community in Santa Monica, and the racism Black-Angelenos faced, here .

Bay Street & Oceanfront Walk Santa Monica Online:  smconservancy.org

Black History in LA: Phillips Chapel CME Church

Beginning in the 1890s, Black families settled in the small neighborhood around Broadway between 4th and 6th Streets, in Santa Monica. The heart of the community would eventually be the Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located in an old Colonial Revival schoolhouse on the corner of 4th and Bay. In 2005, Phillips Chapel was designated as a City of Santa Monica landmark.

2001 4th St. Santa Monica Online:   smconservancy.org

More Places to Visit & Learn About Black History in LA

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Black History in LA: California African American Museum

Located near USC, the California African American Museum (CAAM) is a hub of resources to explore the African American diaspora in Los Angeles and beyond. In addition to rotating exhibitions, CAAM has an impressive permanent collection and “aims to represent the diverse contributions of African Americans in the United States, but also to interpret how the past has affected identity in the present.”

Good to Know: There is no café inside CAAM, so it might be a good idea to bring food for a picnic or grab a bite at one of the eateries nearby.

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.

600 State Dr. Exposition Park

Online:  caamuseum.org

Black History in LA: The Museum of African American Art (Temporarily Closed)

The Museum of African American Art is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of art by or about people of African descent and their contributions to world culture.

The Palmer C. Hayden Collection is a central part of the permanent collection at MAAA, giving the public insight into the life and work of one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance. The Palmer C. Hayden Collection includes the  John Henry Series , a narrative art series of 12 oil paintings by Palmer C. Hayden illustrating the story told in the Ballad of John Henry. 

Note: At press time, the museum remains closed to visitors due to COVID, but you can join their email list to keep abreast of future reopening plans.

4005 Crenshaw Blvd., 3rd Fl. Los Angeles Online:  maaala.org

Black History in LA: Los Angeles Public Library

The Los Angeles Public Library has reopened to visitors, and they always make a point to commemorate Heritage Months with plenty of wonderful events and learning opportunities. The LAPL has a great some great resources online as well, including a   list  of children’s non-fiction book about African American history.

Online:   lapl.org

–Jennifer O’Brien

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19 Best Hollywood Tours to Experience the Glitz, Glamour, and Legends of Cinema

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Ready to explore Los Angeles and Hollywood with a local on the best Hollywood tours ?

Whether hiking the Hollywood Hills for the best views of the Hollywood Sign, scouting out your favorite actors on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or taking a spooky evening ghost tour, a tour is the best way to discover the city.

On any list of best things to do in Hollywood , is getting the behind-the-scenes of movie heaven Hollywood, so get ready to plan your trip with the best tours reviewed by past guests, at the best prices so that you can set off on your star-searching adventure!

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1 – The Official Hollywood Sign Walking Tour in Los Angeles

The Official Hollywood Sign Walking Tour in Los Angeles

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 1723 reviews )

“My wife and I went on the your on our honeymoon. We had the best time! Our guide was Matt García and he was extremely funny and also knowledgeable about the history of the Hollywood sign.” Anthony. Viator

Explore one of Hollywood’s top attractions on an adventurous hike to the Hollywood Sign!

On the official Hollywood Sign walking tour in Los Angeles, you’ll embark on a fun 2.5-hour long walk through Southern California’s nature while learning more about Los Angeles through history and unique facts.

Enjoy picturesque views of Los Angeles, while stopping by a few other famous spots!

Want to get to the sign with the guide of an aspiring actor, comedian, or writer?

Get the inside scoop of living in LA from the locals, as you trek up to the Hollywood Sign with Hollywood Hikes !

If it’s your first time in Los Angeles, this tour is a must! Proving to be one of the main LA activities and best things to do in Hollywood, enjoy the company of the caring and knowledgeable guides, highly rated by past visitors for their humor, snacks, and stellar photo-taking skills!

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2 – Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open Air Bus

Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open Air Bus

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 891 reviews )

“I loved the open air bus! So comfort and easy to see things. Our driver was knowledgeable and charming made sure we took a stop for a potty break and photo ops. It’s the best way to see a lot of Hollywood in the most efficient and entertaining way.” Kathleen. Viator

Oooh and ahh at the larger-than-life homes of the rich and famous on the Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tours by Open Air Bus with Hollywood Bus Tours .

Cruise through more of Hollywood’s must-see sights, from passing by the Beverly Hills sign to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more!

Catch a glimpse of some of the world’s most lavish and interesting homes, and neighborhoods, as you ride through the labyrinth of hilly mountains, and admire the beautiful gardens.

Enjoy the enthusiasm of your tour guide showing you around, as you relax and take in the unobstructed LA views from the open-top bus!

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An impressive tour around the neighborhoods of the rich and famous, we recommend this entertaining and comfortable Hollywood Bus Tour to explore some of Hollywood’s most notable streets and celebrity homes!

Relish the humor and knowledge of your tour guides, while learning other fascinating facts on the comfortable open-top bus!

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3 – Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More

Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 4185 reviews )

“It was my firtime and a first day in LA. I had fun, the guide gave us lots of interesting facts not only about the city but also about movies and celebrities.” Karolina. Viator

See Los Angeles’ most famous sights on this all-encompassing Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More.

Start your adventure with the optional hotel pick-up option, or meet up at some of the pre-established bus stops, to get going and see sights from Venice Beach to Griffith Park, the Sunset Strip, and plenty of other sights.

Enjoy riding in a luxurious bus, as your guide takes over the reigns and shows you the best of LA, in one day.

Other great full-day city tours include the 7.5-hour long LA City Tour, offered by A Day in LA Tours .

If you only have 1 day in Los Angeles, this tour is an essential one not to miss out on! We recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see LA’s top sights, with a dose of Hollywood, local life, and nature, all with convenience and comfort, and with a local.

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4 – Griffith Observatory Hike: An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills

Griffith Observatory Hike - An LA Tour through the Hollywood Hills

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 874 reviews )

“I really enjoyed my tour guide he was really knowledgeable and I loved the story he told while we walked. I also got in a great work out in nature while sight seeing. What more could I ask for” Meisha. Viator

Get the best photos of LA’s most beautiful viewpoints on the Griffith Observatory Hike!

Be guided as you get a good workout in, exploring the view of Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills, offering abundant views of the valley.

Your guide will share their best photo spots on the way for those Instagram-worthy photos while learning the history of this famous city.

You’ll also get skip-the-line entry to The Griffith Observatory, for even more photo ops!

Want to keep exploring the Hollywood Hills?

Check out the Bikes and Hikes LA Tours , and other hiking in Hollywood tours to stay on LA’s nature side.

No special hiking skills are required to participate in this one-of-a-kind hike around the Hollywood Hills! We recommend this tour to anyone who wants to spend time outdoors but is also excited to learn about local sights important in LA culture and history. Your expert guides will also share local recommendations with enthusiasm and care.

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5 – 2-Hour Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills Open Bus Tour

2-Hour Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills Open Bus Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 246 reviews )

“We had a great time on our tour. Our guide was so fun – knowledgeable & funny. He told many stories & all about the areas we were in.” Mara. Viator

Get picked up on the iconic Sunset Strip for a cruise through Los Angeles’s most sought-out spots, on this 2-Hour Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills Open by Tour!

Operated by Hollywood Tour Pass , this tour features witnessing the Capitol Records Building where famed stars from Frank Sinatra to Sir Paul McCartney recorded their best hits, to spotting celebrities shopping on fashion street, Rodeo Drive, and even their lavish homes on celebrity home tours.

To see Hollywood’s most important spots, this tour is the perfect one with multiple departure times throughout the day and early evening. Your local guides and Hollywood awaits!

We recommend this tour if you want to score the best photos in front of the city’s most famous landmarks and buildings! Perfect for solo travelers, and families, aside from the famous sites you’ll see, the other stars of the tour are the hospitable, knowledgeable, and entertaining local guides!

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6 – Perfect 5 ½ Hour LA & Hollywood Tour from Santa Monica

Perfect 5 ½ Hour LA & Hollywood Tour from Santa Monica

Rating: ⭐️ 4.7/5 ( 895 reviews )

“Great tour. Perfectly organized. The driver was hilarious. Highly recommend. Great as for both a solo and group traveler.” Victoria. Viator

Let the California sun and wind blow through your hair as you ride around an open-top bus through Los Angeles’s famous streets on a 5.5-hour LA and Hollywood Tour from Santa Monica.

This day-long tour experience will take you through the most photographed sights in Los Angeles, from celebrity hot spots like Rodeo Drive to the star-studded Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even stopping by for lunch at the Original Farmer’s Market, famous for its over 100 different food stalls and more!

Operated by Surf City Tours LLC , and their long legacy of fun tours, check out other incredible tours by them!

If you’re looking for a good time of entertainment, in one of the world’s entertainment capitals, then this 5.5-hour-long tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood should be on your radar. Get ready to soak up history, culture, and fun facts, while laughing a bit on the open-top bus, with your local expert’s expertise and funny jokes!

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7 – Hollywood Tour – Hollywood Sightseeing by Electric Bike

Hollywood Tour – Hollywood Sightseeing by Electric Bike

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 137 reviews )

” An absolute MUST! My husband and two daughters (age 9 and 11) had an absolute blast on this tour. I am the bike enthusiast in our house but everyone had smiles for days after our tour with Sarah. I would recommend renting the e-bike even if you are an avid cyclist.” Dean. Viator

See more in less time on this epic Hollywood Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike! Cover approximately 12 miles (19 km) as you follow your local guide through Los Angeles, listening to local stories, interesting city facts, Hollywood legends, and more!

Throughout the e-bike tour, you’ll get to stop at numerous photo-worthy spots, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Paramount Studios, plus other unique stops like the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and LACMA.

From bustling LA streets to quieter neighborhoods, be sure to check out more group and private bike tours with Bikes and Hikes LA Tours , offering you the reigns to discover LA!

For a great time biking around the second most populated city in the U.S. with like-minded travelers, and enthusiastic tour guides, this tour is a winner!

Learn stories from the locals, from what it’s like to live in a city like Los Angeles, to answering your questions about Hollywood, and getting local recommendations!

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8 – Hollywood and Celebrity Homes Bus Tour

Hollywood and Celebrity Homes Bus Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 1362 reviews )

“I loved this tour so much I almost booked it again just to sit on the other side of the bus so I could see everything!! Lots of cool tidbits – celebrity homes, film locations, and other hot spots. Tour driver was awesome. Loved the open air set up so windows weren’t in the way of photos. Fun and fantastic.” Cathy. Viator

Catch a glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famous when you explore the city’s most lavish neighborhoods on the iconic Hollywood and Celebrity Homes Bus Tour!

Sit back and relax as you hop aboard the open-top bus, with clear views of your surroundings for your viewing and photography pleasure, exploring the homes of celebrities from Adele, Jennifer Aniston, and many more in Beverly Hills.

Operated by Hollywood City Tours , you can rest assured knowing that the tours are complete with bonus stops at famous landmarks too, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Chinese Theater, and more.

A tour through the wealthy neighborhoods of Hollywood A-listers is one experience not to miss out on while in Los Angeles.

Drive through winding streets, and observe the privacy, and design of the famous homes and gardens, while listening to your knowledgeable guide.

Laugh, learn, and explore more about this opulent side of Los Angeles!

9 – 30-Minute Private Ferrari Driving Tour To Hollywood Sign

30-Minute Private Ferrari Driving Tour To Hollywood Sign

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 547 reviews )

“Great way to get a “fast” view of Hollywood. Not only did we see some of the sights, but learned more about the car too. Everyone should do this at least once. Even my teen enjoyed the GTA routes! Medhi was great!” Mark. Viator

Ride in LA with style like any other celebrity when you book this one-of-a-kind Private Ferrari Driving Tour!

Slip inside a luxurious Ferrari, whether you’re the one driving or your travel companion, and get going as you see and are seen cruising by LA’s main sights like Hollywood Boulevard, El Capitan Theater, and even making it the lavish Mulholland Drive where many celebrities live.

On this fast and furious tour with I RIDE LIKE A STAR , spot the Hollywood sign, spot a celebrity or two, and feel like you’re in the scene of your very own movie, riding like the VIP that you are!

Have your own fast and furious moment while riding through Los Angeles, whether you’re driven or you’re the one driving!

Everyone deserves to ride in a Ferrari at least once, and what better place to do it than in LA? Appreciate the luxurious car up close, and relish the beautiful scenery in view!

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10 – Hollywood Walking and Hiking Sunset Tour

Hollywood Walking and Hiking Sunset Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 167 reviews )

“Awesome Awesome tour. I would highly recommend it! I’ve been on Hollywood Blvd a few times before and never knew all that goes on there. Our tour guide was the best!” Avery. Viator

Get the best of both worlds when you sign up for the Hollywood Walking and Hiking Sunset Tour by Hollywood Tourz, taking in the nature of Hollywood, mixed in with a few important landmarks you have to see while in LA.

Though this tour is not a hike to the Hollywood Sign, you’ll get plenty of photo opportunities with the famed sight, while also getting to stop at The Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Live Nation Building for more pictures!

Learn local stories, and get insider perspectives on what LA is like on a daily basis from a passionate guide, and his pup!

See LA’s nature and city sights on this wholesome tour, with Scott and Blue as your guides! Be taken to the best sights for the best photo ops, as you listen to Scott tell local stories. Explore the famous Runyon Canyon, just in time for sunset hour in LA.

11 – Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Celebrity Homes Tour

Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Celebrity Homes Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 632 reviews )

“The driver stayed engaged with the customers. He explained everything well. It was a great tour and experience.” Tawaina. Viator

Looking to take a peek at how the rich and famous Hollywood stars live? Look no further than this memorable Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Celebrity Homes Tour by Ultimate Hollywood Tours !

Explore the nicest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, viewing up to 50 different celebrity homes, from A-List stars to famous influencers, and more. Your tour will include a headset, so rest assured you’ll catch every last bit of information, and a complete insider look into the glamour world of celebrities.

On the way there, catch views of the Hollywood Hills, the Hollywood Sign, and the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Enjoy a relaxing drive along Los Angeles through the eyes of a knowledgeable and passionate local! Perfect for families and solo travelers, make sure to bring your camera to take photos on the open-top bus!

We especially recommend this celebrity home tour if you want to enjoy the experience in a small group.

12 – West Hollywood Food Tour

West Hollywood Food Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 43 reviews )

“This was an amazing tour…. WE HAD MORE THEN ENOUGH TO FOOD!!! Every food stop, the food was delicious!!! We learned the history of LA…” Griselda. Viator

Wander through The Original Farmer’s Market, Los Angeles’s foodie haven chock full of local cuisine from tacos, to fresh baked goods, burgers, and more!

On this West Hollywood Food Tour with Sidewalk Food Tours , you’ll get to bite into some of the best foods at the market from the most famous restaurants and stalls at the farmer’s market.

As you take your tastebuds for a culinary spin, you’ll also nourish your brain with interesting facts about Los Angeles cuisine, multi-cultural food influence, and the farmers market itself.

Avoid the tourist trap restaurants, and get well-versed in what LA food is really like on this tasty tour!

Receive a great introduction to the fresh food scene in Los Angeles, with a few bites in between the stories and fascinating food facts!

This tour is not only a great way to try the best of LA food, but also a great place to get local food recommendations from your local guides.

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13 – Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour: True Crime & Creepy Tales

Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour - True Crime & Creepy Tales

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 199 reviews )

“Beau was such a pro! There was so much great information. I was unsure, as a local, how much there was to learn, but my mind was blown! Highly recommend for tourists or locals!” Stephanie. Viator

Do you believe in the paranormal? After attending the Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour by ExperienceFirst , you may just begin!

Go back to the yesteryears when the Hollywood Ripper walked the dark streets of LA in search of their next victim, learn about the disturbing facts about the Manson murders, learn about all the tragedy of the famous Black Dahlia, and more!

Visit notoriously haunted places like the Pantages Theater buzzing with ghost activity, explore other famous hotels like the Knickerbocker Hotel where Houdini first performed, and feel the unsettling feeling at some of Hollywood’s famous landmarks.

Are you spooked yet?

If you’re into spooky tales, and true crime, with a bit of history, this haunted Hollywood tour is for you! Enjoy the storytelling talents of your guide, retelling LA’s most bone-chilling stories, while visiting some of LA’s iconic spots after dark to see the city through a darker lens.

14 – 4 Hours Private Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with Multimedia

4 Hours Private Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills with Multimedia

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 381 reviews )

“I think this is one of the best tours we have taken…! Mark made the tour so fun and entertaining with his jokes, music and photos on the big screen. He even took our photos and later airdropped it to our phone. Adding a few of his own informative one. If you are in LA you must definitely book this tour! Can’t recommend it enough.” Mara. Viator

Be entertained, educated, and amazed at all there is to see and experience in Los Angeles on this Private Tour of Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills!

Operated by Legends Of Hollywood Tours LLC , ride inside a luxurious van, equipped with a 32” screen, detailing stories of the specific areas that you’re passing through. Enjoy rapid facts, and fun trivia questions, and enjoy the company of your local guide, who will share even more local insight.

Whether you’ve been to Los Angeles before or it’s your first visit, this tour will surely surprise you with unique storytelling, local recommendations, and good-to-know information.

Be impressed by the City of Angels on this 4-hour-long tour, with music, games, and fascinating facts in between iconic landmark spotting!

If you’re traveling with a group, this tour is one to consider!

Feel the contagious enthusiasm and good energy from your guide, and add this bucket-list tour to your itinerary!

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15 – Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Guided Bus Tour

Los Angeles - Hollywood and Beverly Hills Guided Bus Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 232 reviews )

“The tour was excellent! We saw many celebrity homes, the Hollywood sign, the house and the driver of Al Pachino our guide chatted for a while, made a pit stop when needed just below Rodeo Drive, and all supported with the artistic commentaries of our guide!” Georgi. Getyourguide

Have a blast with other like-minded travelers exploring LA and it’s finest locations on this exciting Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, Guided Bus Tour!

Known as one of the most popular tours by Star Track Tours, be driven around like a VIP close to celebrity hot spots while looking around at iconic views of the Hollywood Walk of Fame from your open-top bus!

Discover Los Angeles’s other sights, closer to the Hollywood Sign for your epic selfie, and then head towards the neighborhoods of the stars.

Then, explore where stars like John Travolta and John Legend live, while cruising through Beverly Hills!

Sign up for a fun tour that covers pretty much the majority the Los Angeles’, Hollywood, and Beverly Hill’s most popular sites!

Enjoy a small group ambiance, and the professionalism and joy of your local guide leading the way with facts and comedy, set inside a spacious tour bus!

16 – Hooray for Hollywood Helicopter Tour 35 Minutes

Hooray for Hollywood Helicopter Tour 35 Minutes

Rating: ⭐️ 5/5 ( 14 reviews )

“Great way to see LA from above! Was the highlight of our trip and Peter was just the best pilot with great knowledge about the area. Highly recommended” Sultan. Viator

Soar across the sunny blue skies, overlooking Los Angeles in a whole new way with a  Hollywood Helicopter Tour!

Get a whole new perspective of Los Angeles and Hollywood, as you ascend to a whole new level of touring the city’s most popular sites, from the Hollywood Sign to The Hollywood Walk of Fame, the TCL Chinese Theater, and beyond.

Enjoy a wider view of the homes and neighborhoods of celebrities in Beverly Hills, while enjoying the commentary of your professional pilot and guide.

Operated by GROUP 3 HELICOPTERS , with years of experience, raving reviews, and creators of memorable helicopter experiences.

If you’re looking for a romantic activity or something fun to do with friends, this epic tour will be a highlight!

We absolutely recommend you add this amazing experience to your list of things to do in Hollywood to truly relish the unique and best views in the city.

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17 – Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 95 reviews )

“Really had no expectations but WOW was I surprised. Pip did a great job and we really felt like we were back when Hollywood started. Just the right amount time for a walk. Thanks” Karen. Viator

After you experience the initial impression of Hollywood, get to know the real city and its landmarks on this detailed Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes Tour.

Put on your audio set, and walk alongside a local sharing lesser-known facts about Hollywood, from its fascinating building architecture to a look at what made Hollywood an entertainment powerhouse, and more.

This tour takes you to some buildings, especially theaters, not commonly part of other tours, so you’ll get to peruse the interiors of numerous historical entertainment hubs, including the Egyptian Theater and Disney’s El Capitan Theater!

Operated by Red Line Tours , get ready to enjoy entertainment magic!

Enjoy exclusive access to theaters and other not-so-commonly seen buildings on this behind-the-scenes tour of Hollywood! From a speakeasy bar to the Blossom Room where the first Oscars were hosted, this tour is brimming with unique facts!

We recommend this tour if you want to do something a little off the beaten path.

18 – Hollywood Sign & Celebrity Homes Tour

Hollywood Sign & Celebrity Homes Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4.5/5 ( 200 reviews )

“Great tour guide and group, very knowledgeable, saw the areas where many stars live and drove through Beverly Hills.” Alicia. Viator

Access Hollywood Tours offers insight and, well, access, to the homes of the big names in Hollywood on this Hollywood Sign & Celebrity Homes Tour!

This award-winning tour features an interactive and comfortable ride along Hollywood’s most coveted landmarks and buildings, with top-tier professionalism, information, and hospitality from the company and the staff members.

The open-top bus allows for wide views of the Hollywood Sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the lavish homes of Beverly Hills, and more, so you can walk away with the best photos, and an incredibly enriching experience.

This experience is ideal for families and friend groups!

We recommend this tour for its professionalism, enthusiastic guide, local insight, and interactive nature that not only allows for an informative tour but also one where you may even make a few friends.

Covering the most popular sights in Hollywood, you’re bound to fall in love with the city on this tour!

19 – Los Angeles and Hollywood Daytime Flight Tour

Los Angeles and Hollywood Daytime Flight Tour

Rating: ⭐️ 4/5 ( 6 reviews )

Soar through the LA skies and add this to your list of the best things to do in Hollywood when you book a spot on the Los Angeles and Hollywood Daytime Flight Tour!

Offering exclusively daytime helicopter rides, this experience will allow you to see LA’s many sights, including a bit beyond into Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and even other amazing sights.

Fly near one of the busiest U.S. airports  – LAX, and admire LA’s underrated city skyline.

With the magnificent Hollywood Hills in the back and the unmissable Hollywood Sign, you’ll relish listening to your guide’s years of experience and insight!

To fully take advantage of the glorious LA weather all year round, you cannot miss the opportunity to take to the skies on this incredible daytime tour! We recommend this tour if you’re looking to see a few different perspectives of the iconic city’s landmarks, buildings, and nature from the sky.

How to book Hollywood tours?

As you search for the best Hollywood tours and things to do in Hollywood online, you’ll see these tours appear on other travel websites, possibly with occasional discounts, therefore prices may vary from site to site.

Use TourScanner’s efficient search engine to plan your tours, and ensure a wide view of all the tours available in your desired city, at the best price, with reviews!

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LA: Food + History + Design Tour

What makes the LA: Food + History + Design tour different from other LA food tours?

Food: From French newcomers in the nineteenth century, to Italian immigrants of the early twentieth century, to successive waves of migration from China, Vietnam and Thailand in the last fifty years, each culture has left its mark on Los Angeles' culinary landscape. And we haven’t even mentioned Latin America or Japan yet! On this tour you’ll eat some of the best food that LA has to offer.

History: Los Angeles has a fascinating story too. Many of its oldest buildings, from when the tiny pueblo was infamous for being the most lawless and violent town in the Wild West, are still standing and you’ll even go inside one on this tour. Thought LA was just movie stars, beaches and Beverly Hills? Think again, we have a rich history going back to 1781.

Design: DTLA has some of the most iconic buildings in the world – City Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Eastern Columbia Building to name just three. On this tour you’ll also experience some beautiful interior spaces, from the Bradbury Building, to Union Station to the Art Nouveau lobby of a 1913 hotel. For over a hundred years Los Angeles has been a design capital and you’ll see exactly why.

Join us on our LA food tour and TRULY experience the best of Los Angeles.

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Guide to the Best Things to Do in Natchitoches, Louisiana for Families

N atchitoches is home to some truly unique experiences for families, especially when you are interested in history. Established in 1714, it’s the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase region and was once a bustling trading post.

Today the historic downtown district with its brick-lined streets is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Plus the Cane River National Heritage Area is a stunningly beautiful and culturally significant area with plenty of fun activities that make it the perfect destination for families looking for a trip that is both fun and educational.

From those rich historical sites and outdoor activities to iconic Louisiana seafood and movie film sites, there’s something for everyone in this charming town. Our guide to the best family activities in Natchitoches is the perfect place to start planning your vacation. 

Natchitoches, aside from its historic significance, is best known as the “City of Lights” because of its annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival. But they are also well known as the ‘Meat Pie Capital of the World’ and was where the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed. 

Where is Natchitoches Located?

Natchitoches is located on Interstate 49, approximately an hour away from Shreveport, by car. It is situated on the banks of Cane River Lake and is part of the beautiful Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District. It’s home to Northwestern State University and is a popular destination for weekend trips and Louisiana road trip

How do locals pronounce Natchitoches? Before I get into this guide any further, you are probably wondering how to pronounce the name of this city. It’s pronounced nack-ah-tish and not to be confused with the Texas city of Nacogdoches, pronounced na-kuh-dow-chuhs. A fun fact about these two locations is they are both the oldest towns in their respective states. 

Fun Family Activities in Natchitoches

Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with the kids or an educational experience that will leave your family with lasting memories, this Louisiana city has it all! Read on to discover some of the best things to do and see when visiting Natchitoches.

Note: I don’t always include hours of operation in my travel guides, because they are subject to change. But I’ve included them because many attractions on this list aren’t open 7 days a week or may have limited hours. Always check ahead of time to make sure the activity will be open when you plan to visit!

Historic Sites, Tours, and Attractions in Natchitoches

Fort st. jean baptiste state historical site.

The original Fort St. Jean Baptiste was built by the French in 1716 and was the first permanent European settlement in Louisiana. Today the historical site sits on Cane River Lake, near the original fort site, and includes a replica of the fort and a museum. Visitors will see buildings on the fort’s interior reconstructed using 19th-century techniques that include a chapel, storeroom, barracks, and other buildings. 

The site is operated by the Louisiana Office of State Parks. Visitors to the fort can explore the grounds, learn about its history, see artifacts from that time period, tour the museum, watch living history demonstrations, and take part in educational programs. 

Open Wednesday-Sunday, 9 am-5 pm Closed on major holidays. Guided tours are available at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.

The Cane River National Heritage Area

The Cane River National Heritage Area , managed by the National Park Service, is a must-visit destination when exploring the history and culture of Natchitoches. This national park runs about 35 miles long (116,000 acres) along the river. It includes historically significant areas including St. Augustine Catholic Church and two Creole cotton plantations, Magnolia and Oakland. Visitors can take self-guided tours of both areas. Be sure to pick a Junior Ranger booklet when visiting.

Magnolia Plantation at Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Magnolia Plantation has several more original buildings including a gin barn that houses the last remaining wooden screw-type cotton press remaining in its original site in the US. Magnolia’s main house is private property, but visitors can take self-guided tours of the grounds.

Open 7 days a week 9 am to 3:30 pm. Closed federal holidays.

Oakland Plantation at Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Oakland Plantation is one of the oldest and most well-preserved plantations in the south with 17 original buildings on site.  At Oakland, visitors are directed to enter the property from the rear, as this is the entrance enslaved would have used. The NPS has done a fantastic job telling the history of these areas by focusing less on the plantation owners and more on the laborers and working part of the farm.

St. Augustine Catholic Church

St Augustine Catholic Church was built in the early 1800s by free people of color using their own funds. This church opened its doors to all who wished to come together. Visitors can take a self-guided tour throughout the church grounds and cemetery behind the church building.

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Louisiana sports hall of fame and northwest louisiana history museum.

Both the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum are housed in the same building in Natchitoches. The building itself is something to see, with its design inspired by area rivers and fields. Architecture buffs will appreciate the molded flowing interior and slated exterior structure.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame is located on the first floor of the building and features exhibits on famous Louisiana athletes, coaches, and teams from around the state. Athletes from high school through professional sports are honored. Visitors can also view uniforms and memorabilia from famous Louisiana sporting events, such as Super Bowls and World Series games.

The Northwest Louisiana History Museum is located upstairs and features a variety of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Natchitoches’ early days to the present. If you want to see more work by fold artist Clementine Hunter, you’ll find it here.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm

Melrose Plantation

Melrose Plantation is a historic property with a unique place in Louisiana’s French Creole culture. Marie Therese Coincoin was an enslaved person who, once she became a free person of color, established Melrose in the late 1700s. She would become one of the area’s successful landowners.

Melrose is home to a variety of buildings that have been restored, including an African House, the main house, and other outbuildings. Today the estate is best known as the home of the 20th-century folk art painter Clementine Hunter, who created hundreds of paintings depicting life on this plantation. You can see her home, where she painted, and her 360˚ mural in the African House.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour or take a guided tour. Note that to see the main house or African House, you have to take a guided tour.

Open Thursday-Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Tours offered: 10:15 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, & 2:00 pm

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

A free walking tour is something I look forward to when visiting a new town. The staff at Cane River National Heritage Area provides free walking tours of Front Street in the Historic Downtown District of Natchitoches. This area features dozens of buildings that date back to the early 1800s, brick lines streets, and beautiful examples of French colonial architecture style iron balconies similar to what you’d see in New Orleans .

When I visited, my tour guide, Logan from the Cane River National Heritage Area, provided an excellent history of the region’s beginning before European contact through the modern day. I found it to be a great way to learn about the city and its history.

Tours begin at the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 780 Front Street. Tour offered Wednesday – Saturday at 10:30 am. 

Los Adaes State Historical Site

Los Adaes is a National Historic Landmark that sits on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. An 18th-century Spanish fort (Spanish Mission of San Miguel de los Adaes) and mission once stood on the site along the “Royal Road” that connected Louisiana to Mexico.

The site later became the capital of Spanish-governed Texas from 1729 to 1772. Today it is one of the most intact archeological sites in the state. Today, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the grounds located in Robeline, Louisiana.

Fort Jesop State Historic Site

Fort Jesup, located in Many Louisiana, is a military outpost built in 1822. It was established to train soldiers during the Mexican American War. The fort was abandoned after just 25 years and became a state historic site in the 1960s.

One kitchen building is the only original structure on the site. Visitors can explore the grounds, view the kitchen, and the reconstructed officers’ quarters that house the visitor center that features artifacts from the fort’s past.

Grounds open Wednesday-Sunday – Museum open Friday-Sunday;  9 am to 5 pm.

Outdoor Activities for Families in Natchitoches

Although this area is known for its history, there are plenty of things to do outdoors. Between Cane River Lake to nearby parks, there are a variety of things to do no matter the season.

Gator Country Louisiana Alligator Park

Gator Country is the spot for families to learn about and interact with alligators in a safe, natural setting. Visitors can observe hundreds of alligators both in the park or take a swamp tour behind the property and see them in the wild. There are also other animals to see here including snakes, tortoises, and a petting zoo with goats, sheep, and rabbits.

The park offers educational and feeding shows as well as hands-on interaction. If you are adventurous enough to hold a live alligator or snake you can experience it here. Visitors can also elect to feed the animals, including the alligators. To feed the alligators, you’re provided cane fishing poles with small bits of meat(hot dog) at the end. 

Open 7 days a week, 10 am-5 pm. 

Water Sports

Located on the banks of Cane River Lake, there are countless opportunities for water sports. Start by renting a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or hydro bike from Cane River Paddle & Pedal. They are located in Downtown Riverbank Dock Station, so you can paddle in the downtown area.

Cane River Queen Riverboat

The Cane River Queen is a paddle-wheeler docked in the downtown area. Choose from two different trips; the scenic daytime tour or the evening party cruise.

Dark Woods Adventure Park

If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the Dark Woods Adventure Park and Lost Treasure Mining Company, where your family can become treasure hunters and mine for your own unique gems. During the weeks leading up to Halloween, Dark Woods Adventure Park also offers a spooktacular haunted forest. 

Kisatchie National Forest

Located a short drive from Natchitoches, the Kisatchie National Forest , the state’s only national forest. Over 600,000 acres provide a great escape for the entire family. The area offers activities such as swimming, boating, camping, hiking, biking, OHV trails, hunting, and wildlife watching.

The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery is a great place to learn about the fish, turtles, and muscles of the Cane River area. The hatchery allows self-guided tours and an aquarium exhibit. There are over 80 outdoor ponds, so there is a good chance to see fish being raised for stocking in the river as well as birdwatching and other wildlife viewings.

Open Monday- Friday, 7 am-3:30 pm (office), and 7 days a week 8 am-3 pm (aquarium). Closed on federal holidays.

The American Cemetery

If your family enjoys a cemetery tour, The American Cemetery is considered to be the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase.  It has graves from soldiers as far back as the Revolutionary War.

Movie Filming Locations

There have been several movies filmed in and around the Natchitoches area. The movie Steel Magnolias was partially filmed here. You can also take a tour of the filming locations and stay in the home featured in the movie that is now a B&B.

Other notable movies that were filmed here include The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man in the Moon (1991), The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006) The Garden Club (2008), For Sale by Owner (2009), and Clementine Hunter’s World (2016). You can get a map of all the locations at the city’s visitor center on Front Street.

Family-friendly Accommodations in Natchitoches

The city is Lousiana’s Bed & Breakfast Capital with over 35 B&Bs. From grand historic homes to cozy cottages, each property has something unique to offer. 

If B&Bs aren’t your thing, there are several hotel chain locations along the interstate. When I visited here, I stayed downtown at the Church Street Inn. It was in a great location, just steps from Front Street and the historic district’s many restaurants and shops. 

Church Street Inn has well-appointed rooms with seating areas and comfortable beds. I really liked the second-floor balcony that looks over the street to the river. Breakfast and nightly happy hour are included in the rate.

Outside of the city, there are plenty of other lodging options including campgrounds and RV parks. 

Restaurants for Families in Natchitoches

Whether you’re in the mood for classic Louisiana cuisine, or something a little more familiar, Natchitoches has great local options. When I visited the area, these are restaurants I enjoyed and would recommend you visit when you are here. (If you have others I need to add, please let me know or add them in the comments below.)

Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant is a must-try when here. The city is called the Meat Pie capital of Louisiana after all, and Lasyone’s is renowned for their pies. They serve handmade ground beef pies with a flaky crust all day. Aside from meat pies, you’ll find classic comfort food like burgers, po’boy sandwiches, and catfish platters.

If you want to try a slightly different hand pie, try Merci Beaucoup who serves a crawfish pie as well as other delicious Cajun and Creole dishes. Their Cajun Potato, baked potato topped with crawfish etouffee, is their customer’s favorite dish.

Mayeaux Nakatosh Deli and Pub is a small pizza and sandwich shop right on Front Street. They serve a delicious muffuletta sandwich that I recommend as well the muffuletta salad.

Papa’s Bar and Grill is the place to go for a burger and fries. Their Big C burger is a 1/2 pound burger and is quite burgers with locals.

If you’re looking for more upscale dining, head to Mariner’s Restaurant . Set on Sibley Lake, the sunsets here are stunning and their food is excellent. They have a range of dishes from seafood to steaks, as well as homemade desserts. I highly recommend the steaks and charbroiled oysters which is what I had when I dined here. Be sure to ask about daily specials as well as their current cocktails, whiskey, and wine lists.

Start your morning with a stop at Storybrew Coffee Cafe on Front Street. Your family will love the magical (D&D) decor complete with a 6′ tall dragon in the store. You’ll love the coffee and teas offered. When I went during Mardi Gras, they had a King Cake Latte that was delightful!

Annual Festivals and Events in Natchitoches

A big part of family fun comes from the annual festivals and events that take place year-round. From the Meat Pie Festival in September to the Natchitoches Christmas Festival, there’s always something going on. 

If you’re visiting during Mardi Gras season, be sure to catch the Natchitoches Krewe of Dionysos Parade— it’s a highlight of the season. 

The Cane River Zydeco Festival in July is also worth adding to your itinerary. It’s a fun filled musical celebration with live Zydeco music and dancing all night long.

The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! In 2023, the event will be celebrating its 97th anniversary. The weekend-long festival features live entertainment, food vendors, the Festival of Lights Parade, fireworks, and Santa Claus himself!

In addition to the Christmas Festival, the Festival of Lights has more holiday events starting in late November thru Christmas. See their website for a list of scheduled events .

Family-Friendly Shopping in Natchitoches

Besides exploring the historic sites and dining on delicious Creole and Cajun cuisine, shopping is also a must-do activity in Natchitoches for families. The shopping district offers a unique mix of specialty stores and souvenirs that cannot be found in regular city stores.

Make sure to check out Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile , a favorite shopping destination since 1863. This general store has been owned by the same family for three generations and is the oldest business in the city. Parents and kids both can find everything from toys, jewelry, tools, kitchenwares, and unique items that make great souvenirs. Be sure to seek out their original 1920 cash register, grain elevator, and other original store features.

For a sweet treat, spot into the Cane River Candy Company on Front Street. Here you can indulge in some of their retro candies, popcorn, and chocolate everything.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Family Trip to Natchitoches

To ensure that you make the most out of your stay, we’ve come up with some tips for you.

  • Begin by exploring accommodations specifically for how your family wants to stay. The city has lodgings from luxurious hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts.
  • If you are visiting early in the week, know that some shops, attractions, and restaurants may not be open 7 days a week. So check ahead and plan accordingly.
  • When it comes to nightlife,  things are pretty mellow in Natchitoches. You won’t find many loud bars or dance clubs, but there are a few local pubs and restaurants in Natchitoches’ historic district that offer live music on certain nights.
  • Finally, be sure to explore the city’s natural beauty by taking a wander along Cane River Lake. There are public boat launches available if you want to take your own boat, or rent a lake kayak at one of the local outfitters.

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Overall, Natchitoches is a charming city full of things to do and experience as a family. We guarantee that your time spent here will be filled with memorable moments you’ll cherish for years to come!

From outdoor fun to mouthwatering eats and fascinating historical sites – there is something special just waiting to be discovered in Natchitoches! This guide offers just a glimpse into what this charming town has to offer families who want to explore together.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure, want to brush up on your history knowledge, or simply want to soak up some sunshine by Cane River Lake – come explore Natchitoches with your family today! You won’t regret it!

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Matthieu Pavon defies expectations, makes PGA TOUR history at Farmers Insurance Open

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LA JOLLA, Calif. – Matthieu Pavon still doesn’t know how he made it happen. He’s just happy he did.

To trace Pavon’s path to his first PGA TOUR victory, which came Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, it’s best to begin at the DP World Tour Championship in November. Specifically the back nine of the fourth round.

A veteran DP World Tour member, Pavon was ready to return there full-time in 2024. If not for four straight birdies to close his final round of the season, he would have. But the Frenchman found red numbers in droves, holing birdie putts of 11, 16 and 13 feet and then tapping in a two-footer on the 18th to cap his miraculous run up the leaderboard. It earned him a T5 finish at the DP World Tour Championship and, more importantly, a PGA TOUR card through the newly created Race to Dubai Rankings – PGA TOUR Eligibility ranking.

It was a moment that summed up Pavon’s career. He wasn’t expected to birdie four straight holes to earn his PGA TOUR card. He wasn’t expected to get his first win on the DP World Tour at the 2023 Spanish Open, seven years after he took up membership. He wasn’t even expected to be a pro golfer. He was No. 890 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking when he turned pro. That he’s defied expectations at every stop is a credit to Pavon’s determination — an unrelenting will to push forward. It’s what got him to Torrey Pines Golf Course for the Farmers Insurance Open. It’s what helped him navigate a three-putt on No. 17, and it’s what helped him make a miraculous birdie on No. 18 to shoot 3-under 69 and win at 13-under, one shot better than Nicolai Højgaard.

“It's just hard work and belief;” said Pavon, 32, who is the first Frenchman to win on the PGA TOUR since World War II. “If you believe that you're capable to do it, you can do it.”

That belief started long ago, well before anyone else felt it.

Pavon first came to America to get golf lessons as a 17-year-old. Up to that point, golf was ancillary. He spent most of his youth playing soccer like his father Michel, who played professionally in Europe for more than a decade. But Pavon struggled to live up to the expectations the larger community put on him as the son of a soccer star. He was heckled and badgered, and he ultimately grew away from the sport. He preferred competing as an individual anyway. Nowhere to place blame or credit than on yourself.

Golf was the natural next choice. His mother, Beatrice, was (and still is) a teaching professional in Bordeaux, France. That’s what brought Pavon to America to get additional coaching. He worked with Ken Martin, the longtime caddie of Sandy Lyle, in West Palm Beach, Florida. It set off a dream to one day play on the PGA TOUR.

“I loved everything about America, the mentality, the sport, everything you guys do,” Pavon said. “It feels like I'm an American somehow."

His journey to get back was long and not without its doubts. He returned home to France and didn’t achieve much of anything as an amateur. He didn’t play on any national teams or win any high-level events. When he decided to forego college and turn professional at 20 years old, he was the 890th-ranked amateur in the world – an afterthought in French golf.

And it was almost short-lived. He nearly quit the sport because of chipping yips shortly after turning pro. But Pavon bet on himself to figure it out. He switched to chipping cross-handed, a method popularized by Matt Fitzpatrick but one Pavon used long before Fitzpatrick took it mainstream.

Matthieu Pavon’s crafty chip shot sets up par save at Farmers

He joined the Alps Tour in 2014 and won the Open International de Rebetz as a rookie. He won again the next year and earned his European Challenge Tour card for the 2016 season through qualifying school. He found fast success there, too, finishing sixth in the season-ending rankings to earn his DP World Tour card. But it wasn’t until 2023 that he found that level of success again. He maintained status on the DP World Tour for the next seven years, playing solid but unspectacular golf. He notched three runners-up in six years before his breakthrough victory at the Spanish Open last October in his 185th start on the DP World Tour. The Frenchman closed with a 7-under 64 to finish at 23 under and win the tournament wire-to-wire.

That finish was not enough to earn him a PGA TOUR card. He needed that flurry of birdies at the DP World Tour Championship to jump a host of players and finish No. 8 in the Race to Dubai Rankings – PGA TOUR Eligibility ranking. The top 10 earned TOUR cards for 2024.

“I had almost no pressure coming, playing in America,” Pavon said. “It's like it's just an opportunity. If I fail, I could just go back to Europe and I start again. So it was just like trying to do your best every day, enjoy every moment.”

He can’t help but smile thinking about that run of birdies to lock up his TOUR card.

“I'm like on a cloud, I'm flying. It's incredible,” Pavon said.

Pavon estimated he looked into his yardage book 100 times over the last six holes of Torrey Pines’ South Course on Saturday. In between every shot, he would look down and read, not to see where the pin was or what his carry distance was, but to clear his mind. He has carried a series of handwritten notes in his yardage book for the last few months. A collection of sentences that remind him why he plays golf and why he is here. Reminders he knows will get him back to the present moment and keep him from getting too far ahead.

“Just focus on this,” he told himself. “I raise my head and it's me to play, OK it's just showtime.”

It worked as he carded a front-nine 33, roaring back from four shots down through three holes to find himself tied for the lead with Stephan Jaeger heading into the back nine. And Pavon returned to them as he notched par after par. By the time he reached No. 17, he had parred seven straight holes and led by two. Jaeger bogeyed No. 12 and No. 14. That was the difference.

But it wasn’t the end. A three-putt bogey from Pavon on the par-4 17th made things more tense. Now up just one shot over Nicolai Hojgaard and a group of others already in the clubhouse at 11-under, Pavon would need to be aggressive at the famous par-5 18th. He watched as Højgaard striped his drive down the middle.

Matthieu Pavon’s clutch approach sets up birdie to win Farmers

“It's going to be spicy now,” Pavon thought.

The heat turned up even further as Pavon’s tee ball came to rest against the lip of the left fairway bunker. He was forced to lay up but missed again in the left rough. Højgaard found the green on his second shot with an eagle putt coming from 49 feet away.

It left a difficult decision for Pavon. His caddie Mark Sherwood wanted him to chip out and try to make par. But Pavon liked the lie. From 142 yards out of the thick rough, he felt an 8-iron would get over the pond and safely find dry land.

“It was scary,” Sherwood told PGATOUR.COM. “But he was so confident, he said, ‘this thing is going over the green.’”

It didn’t. It landed on the green around pin-high 15 feet right of the cup, slowly took a slope and settled 8 feet away.

“That ball came out like a butterfly,” Pavon said.

Højgaard narrowly missed his eagle putt, setting up Pavon’s moment. One he would have to earn. Miss and Pavon would wind up in a playoff with Højgaard, who was fresh off his European Ryder Cup team appearance and breakout victory at the DP World Tour Championship. Pavon would’ve been the underdog in a playoff as he has throughout his career.

He didn’t let it get there. His birdie try never left its intended line and fell into the back of the cup. He earned it the hard way, with tenacity and grit that never left him.

“Some things are meant to be and it was meant to be his one,” said Sherwood, who started caddying for Pavon just before his win at the Spanish Open.

It’s fitting that it was Pavon who made history. Not since Arnaud Massy's 1907 Open Championship win had a Frenchman won a PGA TOUR recognized event. And the man who broke the streak was one nobody thought would do it. Not fellow TOUR pros and Frenchmen Victor Perez or Paul Barjon. Not Victor Dubuisson or Thomas Levet . Not even Jean van de Velde. It was Matthieu Pavon, the low-ranked amateur who rose the ranks without acclaim and earned his PGA TOUR card by the skin of his teeth. Now he’s a PGA TOUR member through 2026, with exemptions into every Signature Event this season, THE PLAYERS Championship and the Masters. He moved to No. 34 in the world.

Pavon’s family was not in California to celebrate the win. Perez and Barjon missed the cut and were long gone by Saturday. However, one countryman was there to revel in the victory: Samuel Bernard, who was on the bag for Matt Wallace’s 2023 Corales Puntacana Championship and became the first French caddie to win on the PGA TOUR. Now on Francesco Molinari’s bag, Bernard hung around after the round and watched Pavon’s winning putt drop from behind the 18th green.

“It's a huge moment because we have a lot of expectation in France to be at the highest level of golf,” Bernard told PGATOUR.COM, just a few feet from where Pavon was doing his post-round interview on CBS. “Nobody expected Matt could do that this soon like he did. Plenty of guys in France dream about the PGA TOUR. So when someone opens the door, you just want to follow him.”

Where Pavon goes from here is anyone’s best guess. He doesn’t know either. All that was certain was his dinner plans.

“Matthieu Pavon knows he's going to go eat at Nobu tonight,” he said. “That is all I know.”

Matthieu Pavon makes PGA Tour history in dramatic win at Torrey Pines

Matthieu Pavon celebrates on the 18th green of the South Course at Torrey Pines.

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Matthieu Pavon became the first player to win a PGA Tour event under the French flag since World War II when he made an eight-foot putt on No. 18 at Torrey Pines South on Saturday for a dramatic birdie and a one-shot victory in the Farmers Insurance Open.

He raised his arms in celebration and shouted before hugging caddie Mark Sherwood after the putt rolled in as the municipal gem high above the Pacific Ocean glowed under the late-afternoon sun. Pavon glowed, too. He said he almost quit golf 10 years ago because of the yips.

“It is big for our country,” the 31-year-old PGA Tour rookie said. “I hope it will inspire a lot of people, because coming from an amateur player which is 800 in the world to a PGA Tour winner is pretty big.

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“I still can’t believe it,” said Pavon, who grew up playing soccer — his dad was a professional player — before switching to golf. “It feels like there is another round to play tomorrow because we’re only Saturday.”

The Farmers ended Saturday to avoid going up against the NFL’s conference championship games.

Pavon’s final-round three-under 69 put him at 13 under, one stroke better than Nicolai Hojgaard. Pavon was two shots ahead of Stephan Jaeger, who led after the second and third rounds, and Nicolai Hojgaard and Nate Lashley.

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Pavon took the lead on the 12th hole, built the advantage to two strokes and then missed a three-foot putt on the par-four 17th for a bogey that cut his lead to one stroke.

His only birdie on the back nine saved him from a playoff.

He appeared to be in trouble on the par-five, 541-yard 18th when his drive landed in a sand trap, about 4 inches from the front lip. His second shot went 103 yards into the left rough, which was high because of heavy rain Monday, with 145 yards to the hole. He responded with a brilliant third shot within eight feet.

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After watching Hojgaard’s 300-yard drive down the middle of the fairway, “I was like, ‘OK, it’s going to be spicy now. I might have to do a birdie or something special,’” Pavon said.

After ending up in the trap and then not getting back to the fairway, he and Sherwood discussed whether he should lay up or go for it.

“I was like, ‘Listen, like the lie doesn’t look too bad, I feel like I can do it.’ He said ’OK, but it’s your call.’

“It’s my call. And I was so pumped at that time, I know I had the energy to lift that ball up on the green. I kind of aimed to the middle of the green knowing the face would close a little bit because it’s quite deep and thick. That ball came out like a butterfly and it really feed the slope on the green. That was the right time to prove I have the guts to finish that tournament and I did it so I’m so happy about that last hole.”

Pavon, who was born in Toulouse, was playing in just his 11th PGA Tour event. He has one victory on the European Tour.

Pavon pulled into a tie for the lead with Jaeger with a birdie on the par-five ninth. They stayed tied until the par-four 12th, when Pavon made a short par putt to take the lead while Jaeger missed his for bogey.

Pavon rolled a 34-foot putt just right on 14 that would have given him a three-stroke lead. He made a 24-foot par putt on 16 to stay two strokes ahead and pumped his fist.

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Pavon said it’s always been his dream to play in America.

“Since I came to America for the first time to practice in West Palm, I loved everything about America; the mentality, the sport, everything you guys do. It feels like I’m an American somehow.

He said he’s felt no pressure playing in America. “If I fail, I could just go back in Europe and start again. So it was just like trying to do your best every day, enjoy every moment because they are special ones.”

Pavon recalls watching this tournament on TV several times. He got his first look at Torrey Pines in person in the rain and fog on Monday, when he walked the South Course with Sherwood and just three balls and a putter to test the greens.

“It was foggy. I mean, I couldn’t see 100 yards away from me, so I was like, ‘OK, nice, welcome to California.’ ”

He shot an opening-round 69 on the North Course on Wednesday and then a brilliant 65 on the South Course on Thursday that had him just two shots off the lead.

As he began his second round, “It is like, ‘Oh, there is a fairway, there is the rough, there is a cliff. So everything was kind of brand new for me. But I was disciplined on my foggy practice round on where could be the pins and I had a good look at it.

“You know, it feels like when you don’t really know what you’re going to be faced with and you don’t have any expectation, this is sometimes when you show the best and this is clearly what happened.”

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  • Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA The guide will be checking-in guests from 15 minutes before the tour begins at at the SIDE entrance to Union Station, on Alameda Street (near the taxi rank). Be sure to allow extra time for traffic and finding parking. We CANNOT wait for latecomers, there are other guests.
  • 331 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA Grand Central Market is one of the best food destinations in the whole US and a great place to finish the tour. It's a 20 minute walk back to the starting point for the tour.
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Golf | Alexander: No stars, no problem as Matthieu Pavon makes PGA Tour history

Pavon becomes the first french player to win a tour event with his victory at torrey pines.

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LA JOLLA — In one sense, the final round of the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open Saturday might have been an argument for star power. The five guys at the top of the leaderboard for much of the day were the essence of anonymity, a bunch of players seeking their first PGA Tour tournament victory for whom even the devoted golf fan might ask “Who’s that?”

But maybe we should look at it another way. One man’s life changed Saturday afternoon, in dramatic fashion, and it’s a testament to the unforgiving nature of this tour. No guarantees, you consume what you can capture, and the rewards of winning a tournament can transform a player’s career.

It happened last Sunday in La Quinta, when amateur Nick Dunlap won the American Express and, a few days later, announced he was turning professional to take advantage of the exempt status he’d earned by winning. And it happened Saturday at Torrey Pines, as Matthieu Pavon became a first-time Tour winner with all of the privileges that come with it.

(And, according to the PGA Tour communication staff, Pavon is the first French player to win a Tour event since World War II. Who knew that this week would be historic as well?)

Even when the field seems weak or unimpressive or unknown from the outside, there’s always the potential for drama. As Saturday began, the leader at 11-under was Stephan Jaeger, who was born in Germany, came to this country as a 17-year-old exchange student and now considers Chattanooga, Tenn. his home. He was followed by Denmark’s Nicolai Højgaard and Pavon at 10-under and Germany’s Thomas Detry at 9-under. (And that was after Detry had his approach on 18 Friday roll into the water for a 7 that cost him a share of the lead, which foreshadowed his final round of 2-over 74).

By Saturday afternoon, Nate Lashley and Costa Mesa’s Jake Knapp finished at 11-under and were waiting to see if Pavon, still in the lead at 12-under but having bogeyed 17, and/or Jaeger at 11-under would cough it up on 18. There was even the distant possibility of a five-man playoff at 11-under consisting exclusively of players who had never won a PGA Tour event – Pavon, Jaeger, Højgaard, Lashley and Knapp.

“Coming that close, I think kind of towards the back nine today we kept on saying we just want to giveourselves a chance,” said Knapp, a former UCLA player who turned pro in 2016 and has spent all of his time before this year on the Korn Ferry and Canadian tours, and for a change had the benefit of friends and family rooting him on this week.

“We were able to do that and kept hitting good golf shots. (I) was definitely more focused on trying to win it rather than too excited over finishing second or third.”

As Knapp tried to keep track on the practice putting green, the drama intensified when Pavon hit his drive on the par-5, 541-yard 18th into a fairway bunker to the left, then blasted out of that into the severe rough for which Torrey Pines is so famous, 145 yards from the hole.

And then came the shot of the round, and maybe even the shot of Pavon’s life. He seemed to pull off the ball on contact, but it landed on the green and rolled, tantalizingly, to within 7 feet, 8 inches of the hole, a makeable putt that he didn’t miss. It was his only birdie on the back nine, but it was exquisitely timed.

“We see Nicolai hitting the green and my caddie was like, ‘OK, we should probably lay up and get ourselves a wedge and kind of try to make par and get a playoff or something,” Pavon recalled. “The lie doesn’t look too bad. I feel like I can do it. He said, ‘OK, but it’s your call.’ “

Pavon laughed.

“It’s my call,” he said. “And I was so pumped at that time, I know I had the energy to lift that ball up on the green. I kind of aimed to the middle of the green knowing the face would close a little bit because it’s quite deep and thick.

“That ball came out like a butterfly.”

Pavon’s victory on the DP World Tour last year in Spain provided a wave of confidence that seems to have carried over.

“It proved to me that I’m capable to do great things,” he said. ” … Then (I) birdied the last four (holes) in Dubai (last November) to get myself into the PGA Tour, and since then I’m like on a cloud, I’m flying. It’s incredible.”

Understand, the Tour landscape has gotten tougher for rookies. The shift of some tournaments to “Signature Events,” with 80 professional entrants and no cut after 36 holes, was an obvious response to the rival LIV Golf tour, but it also made it harder for players trying to work their way up.

A guaranteed spot in those events was at stake Sunday – including this coming week’s pro-am at Pebble Beach and the Genesis Invitational three weeks from now at Riviera – as well as for the majors. Plus, this victory gave Pavon a leg up toward a high enough spot in the Official World Golf Ranking to represent his country in the Paris Olympics this summer. Going into the week, he was 78th.

So far so good. In his first two events this season he tied for seventh at the Sony Open and was tied for 39th last week in La Quinta.

“I had almost no pressure coming, playing in America,” he said. “It’s like it’s just an opportunity. If I fail, I could just go back in Europe and I start again. So it was just like trying to do your best every day, enjoy every moment because they are special ones.

“I can tell you there are very special ones, and it looked like it worked.”

Saturday, it absolutely did.

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