Los Angeles

Old and New Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour

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Old and New Downtown Los Angeles Tour

From $38.00

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


Some things just don't get old, especially when they're part of LA's historic Downtown core. On this 2-hour walking tour, your small group visits some of the finest architectural sites from the city's golden era: the Pantages, the Bradbury Building, Grand Central Market and the Broadway Theater District. There's no better way to get a feel for the City of Angels than exploring it on foot, so let a local guide lead the way as you absorb the colorful street scenes, history, and people.
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Benefit from the knowledge and experience of a local guide
  • Gain a great overview and orientation of the city, ideal for first time visitors
  • Families will enjoy this comprehensive, stress-free walking tour

What's Included

  • Local guide

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 349 S Hill St
      349 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA

      We meet at the bottom of Angels Flight Railway (349 S. Hill Street 90013) located between 3rd and 4th on Hill Street across the Grand Central Market. Nearest Metro Rail station - Pershing Square Nearest Parking - Private lots at the corners of 3rd & Hill Street and 4th & Hill Street.

    Start time

    01:30 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 5 minute walk back to the starting point. The guide can point you in the direction.

    What To Expect

    Angels Flight Railway (Pass By)

    Grand Central Market

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Historic Theater District

    20 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

    Bradbury Building

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Old Bank District

    25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    The Last Bookstore (Pass By)

    The Jewelry District

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Spring Arcade Building

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Clifton's Republic

    5 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

    Biltmore Los Angeles

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Pershing Square

    10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • The tour ends at Pershing Square (532 S. Olive Street 90013), which is a 5 minute walk back to the starting point. The guide can point you in the direction.
    • 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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    142 reviews
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    Let the history unfold of the Downtown area as you stroll the streets.
    Jan_A, Sep 2023
    Great intro to Downtown LA. Phil was tour guide was excellent. Great knowledge and entertaining stories of the area. All the history was fascinating, Angels Flight, the Bradbury Building, Grand Central Market, and which movies were shot where. Highly recommend
    Great tour of Downtown Los Angeles!
    Diane_G, Sep 2023
    Phillip was a wonderful tour guide, loved his enthusiasm and vast knowledge of Los Angeles. He was very friendly and open to any questions we might have. I’m a native of L.A. but learned so much. It was wonderful!
    Phil did a great job...
    Zeynab_D, Sep 2023
    Phil did a great job adaptating to the needs of everyone in the tour. Kudos to him for making us all feel welcome.
    Great tour!
    Vanessa_R, Aug 2023
    Phil was knowledgable, charismatic, and created a delightful touring afternoon learning about LA. Highly recommended!
    A great tour of DTLA!
    Katja_L, Aug 2023
    This was an excellent tour and I highly recommend it! Phil was a great guide, happy to answer all our questions and really brought Downtown LA’s history to life! The two hours of the tour went by super fast!
    Informative and fun
    Deborah_M, Jul 2023
    Our guide Phil showed up right on time - maybe a bit early - and was a delight. Super knowledgeable, friendly and ready to answer any and all questions, he gave us a great insider’s view of downtown LA with wonderful historical context.
    Good tour! We had...
    Yuliya_V, Jun 2023
    Good tour! We had small group, the tour was great! Phil - our guide, gave us recommendations for places to visit, answered to all questions
    Highly recommend even if you’re a local
    Sophie_B, Jun 2023
    Phil was terrific and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the history of our city. LA has a fascinating history which is hidden behind the high rises.
    Great tour!
    Frank_D, Jun 2023
    Very informative and interesting great locations Phil was an outstanding guide l would recommend this tour to others
    Great Tour!
    Maureen_T, Jun 2023
    Phil was a great tour guide. We got a snapshot of life in downtown LA since the city began that included architectural, business and human interest. He provided interesting information with enthusiasm!
    Fun and Informative
    Evan_P, May 2023
    Phil wad an excellent guide. My family was born and raised in So Cal and wanted to learn a little more about Los Angeles. Phil has a wealth of knowledge in the area and we found the experience very informative and entertaining. The audience was 30+ but i think it would be fun for all ages.
    Great tour, well worth the cost!
    Aaron_G, May 2023
    We had a great time on the small group tour. The guide was really engaging and informative. Recommended!
    Fun historical downtown LA walking tour
    Stephen_S, May 2023
    This was a great walking tour. Phil, our guide was well versed in the history of LA and presented the information in an easy, light hearted manner. Definitely a light walk with many stops.
    A revalation.
    Matthew_S, Apr 2023
    Offers a complete guide to how LA came to be and a smashing introduction to the city's architecture.
    Great Tour!
    Noreen_O, Apr 2023
    Phil was a terrific guide. He gave insight to how LA came about and went into great detail about some of the architecture and places that are still great landmarks today, like the park and Market. We followed his lead and had a great meal at the Market and visited the The Last Book Store. Phil is a great orator. He answered all our questions and it was a great first day in LA!
    Downtown Walking Tour, March 2023
    Gretchen_B, Mar 2023
    Phil is an awesome guide, great story-teller and so knowledgeable. Loved every bit of the tour! Thanks.
    Phil did a great job, he...
    Luna_C, Mar 2023
    Phil did a great job, he definitely has a ton of knowledge about the ins and outs and history. Very interesting!
    Great guided walk!
    Karin_S, Mar 2023
    With an unexpected open day, my husband and I decided to do this guided walking tour. As others have said, Phil was a great guide with lots of interesting and entertaining information about what we were seeing. We couldn't have picked a better way to spend a beautiful sunny day. Highly recommended as a fun way to spend a couple of hours!
    The scoop on DTLA
    Helen_H, Feb 2023
    Phil was a lovely guide around DTLA - he was personable, fun, interesting and very knowledgable. I live in LA but have never done a tour so it was cool to learn some new facts about this wild city I call home! Even my reluctant 11 year old son thought it was a good time. Two hours was the perfect length of time too. Would definitely recommend - thank you!
    Great Two Hour Tour!
    Karen_K, Feb 2023
    We have lived in the Los Angeles area for over 80 years yet learned so much about its history. Philip was an interesting guide and presenter. His stories about the streets and buildings held our interest and gave us background we would rarely get in such a big chunk. I took pictures throughout the walk and hope I can remember most of what he explained. Truly time well spent! Thanks, Philip!

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