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Haunted Tales of Downtown Los Angeles

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Haunted Tales of Downtown Los Angeles

From $38.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Commune with the ghosts of Los Angeles past during this 2-hour guided walking tour celebrating the haunted history of the city’s downtown. This sun-drenched California city may seem like nothing but good times and care-free vibes, but it harbors a wealth of dark secrets. Discover the dark side of the City of Angels as told through its most infamous murders, unsolved crimes and baffling mysteries. As you walk you’ll learn about highlights like the Chinatown Massacre of 1871, the L.A. Times bombing, the tale of the Black Dahlia and more.
  • Explore the spooky history of downtown Los Angeles during this haunted walking tour
  • Learn the surprising dark side that hides beneath the glamorous facade of this sun-kissed city
  • Discover some of the city's most gruesome murders, unsolved crimes, and strange mysteries
  • Revisit events like the Chinatown Massacre of 1871, L.A. Times bombing, and the story of the Black Dahlia
  • Great way to explore a different side of Los Angeles culture

What's Included

  • Local guide

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 424 N Main St
      424 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

      We meet outside of the Pico House (424 N. Main Street 90012) off Olvera Street plaza. Nearest Metro Rail station - Union Station off the Metro Red, Purple or Gold Lines. Nearest Parking - Union Station (800 N. Alameda Street 90012), 10 minute walk.

    Start time

    06:00 PM

    End point

    • 532 S Olive St
      532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

      The tour ends at Pershing Square (532 S. Olive Street 90013), which is a 25 minute walk or a two stop Metro Rail ride back to the starting point. Rail fare is not included with price of tour. The guide can point you in the direction.

    What To Expect

    Pico House (Pass By)

    Hall of Justice (Pass By)

    Barclay Hotel (Pass By)

    Alexandria Hotel (Pass By)

    Cecil hotel (Pass By)

    Biltmore Los Angeles (Pass By)

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • The tour ends at Pershing Square (532 S. Olive Street 90013), which is a 25 minute walk or a two stop Metro Rail ride back to the starting point. Rail fare is not included with price of tour. The guide can point you in the direction.
    • Parental guidance is advised due to the nature of the stories and graphics shown during the tour
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    This is an offbeat tour that is packed with great stories and legends surrounding downtown L.A. An absolute must when visiting L.A.
    If you're stuck on tours to choose then we can well recommend you choose this one.


    64 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    The darker side of LA...
    Julian_N, Sep 2023
    Highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide, Brandon, was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Los Angeles and it's darker side. He did a great job at both showcasing the gritty history of downtown LA, while also shining light on it's beautiful art deco architecture, urban planning and development and it's cultural significance as a city. He also made great recommendations for nearby bars and shops. He knows his stuff! If you are a history buff, and want to see and learn more about LA other than it's theme parks and beaches, you will will love this tour. If you have a morbid fascination, then also look no further. Some of the sights and stories gave my wife and I chills! It also ended up being a private tour, because the other guests all cancelled . Made it a unforgettable experience! Not to mention, it's affordable price compared to other tours in the city. If you are thinking about booking this tour, don't hesitate and book it!
    Loved it. Recommend 100%
    JuanDiego_V, Jul 2023
    Brandon was very friendly and funny. We really liked the tour. It was very interesting and we learned a lot of LA's dark history. Brandon was not only friendly to us but to everyone that passed us during the walk. I would recommend it 100%.
    A must do
    Jenny_G, Jul 2023
    Our guide was so knowledgeable and passionate. We learned so many neat things about LA history. The mystery parts really spoke to the teenagers yet there was history involved which taught them something.
    Really fun tour
    Josh_S, Jun 2023
    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and a great storyteller. We never knew downtown la had so much history!
    Great experience!
    Adriana_G, Apr 2022
    Neil gave great insight about the history of LA, its hotels, and murder mysteries. His enthusiasm and passion for history kept me engaged and curious the whole time. I would definitely recommend this tour!
    Ghost tour with visual aides
    Samantha_G, Apr 2022
    Neil was a great guide with a lot of information! The use of visuals helped to bring the stories to life. Highly recommend!
    Guide Makes Tour Riveting
    Sally_S, Apr 2022
    The guide makes a tour. Our guide Neil had great command over his material, was energetic, enthusiastic, well pre-pared, friendly & helpful. I’m giving the tour five stars ⭐️ because of these qualities. Personally, I chose Haunted Houses because I couldn’t make the LA Downtown Art & Architecture tour. But everyone else on the tour was into the Haunted House & Murder aspects, and they loved it!! Much discussion and theories of unsolved murders.
    Fabulous tour. The tour...
    shannon_s, Nov 2021
    Fabulous tour. The tour guide was amazing. The tour didn’t stop where we started so we had to walk through skid row by ourselves for 30 mins alone n in LA unexpectedly. This was my first time in downtown LA and it was just me and my sister. Everything else was amazing!!
    Response from Host, Nov 2021
    Thanks for joining us! The tour does not end where it starts and should have been noted on the ticket. We repeat this information again at the start of the tour so people are made aware.
    Haunted Tales was a great...
    Liz_J, Nov 2021
    Haunted Tales was a great evening. Neel was a perfect guide! He kept us captivated with his stories, highlighted them with pictures, and was so informative. I definitely recommend this tour.
    Well done!
    Cathleen_M, Oct 2021
    Neil is a very informative guide. He took us to the nuclear fallout shelter and described in detail the length and direction.
    Neel is an awesome tour guide
    Shivaan_M, Oct 2021
    Lots of fun with a well educated tour guide that knew a lot about the city and it’s dark history. Would definitely recommend.
    Alexandra_V, Oct 2021
    A great tour jam-packed with interesting facts and information! We loved that tour really stuck to the history and grim stories of Los Angeles — no cheesy “ghost” moments. We learned a lot and would definitely recommend to anyone considering a walking tour!
    Adventure w a friend
    Tabitha_O, Oct 2021
    Our tour guide Neel was very informative and personable. Didn’t feel like a tour, felt like a fun adventure with a friend. The tour was for my soon to be 9year old sons bday, he’s fascinated w ghosts. This tour did not disappoint. Best part was all the information was real, it actually happened.
    A dream of old LA
    Marina_S, Sep 2021
    We were running alittle late but our guide Neel waited for us. I love the more intimate tour with only one other couple walking with us. I checked a haunted toured of LA of my bucket list! It was a great and fun experience
    Great tour
    Benjamin_B, Sep 2021
    Neel our tour guide was awesome! A wealth of information. I would definitely recommend this tour. Keep in mind this is a walking tour. So,wear your best running or walking shoes.
    Fantastic Tour
    Paul_H, Sep 2021
    My wife and I are LA residents, but wanted to see a different side of downtown. Neel made the haunted and macabre side of Hollywood come to life for us. Highly recommended!
    Los Angeles will blow you away
    Stacey_B, Sep 2021
    This tour is one of my favorites of all time. I highly recommend for anyone who loves true crime. You learn about unsolved mysteries, history of building and myths that turned out to be true. This tour came complete with videos and articles to back up all the information. Los Angeles will blow you away....
    Great date night
    Jason_B, Sep 2021
    Had a great time walking around the area and hearing the creepy, scary stories that happened over the years
    Angelic_M, Aug 2021
    It was a really good tour. Loved the tour guides enthusiasm and just over all was a fun experience. The tour guide even stayed after until my friends and I got safely into an Uber. Overall great experience. Would definitely do another tour again.
    Good look at downtown from the mass murder perspective
    Amy_J, Aug 2021
    It was hard to choose between the Hollywood and the downtown ghost tours, so I did both. Hollywood was more about ghosts. The downtown tour was historically interesting and complex. The guide has done a lot of research on the history of LA and covers the downtown from the atrocities of the early settlers up through the Black Dahlia and serial killers of recent years. The last hour of the tour focuses on the bloody history of the famous downtown hotels. Our group was small, which was really nice because we could hear everything and we never had to worry about keeping up.

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