Los Angeles, California

Downtown LA in History and Film

with Troy K.

Troy K.

This walking tour through downtown Los Angeles will follow the growth of the area from a sleepy Spanish colony to an entertainment boomtown of the early 1900s, to the modern urban center of the second largest city in the US.

Many locations along the tour of downtown have made appearances in movies, novels, and current events. As the tour makes its way through the city, you'll learn a wealth of new information and see a ton of sights all in scenic downtown LA!

Union Station - the last built of grand American rail stations and an architectural treasure

El Pueblo de Los Angeles - featuring the oldest street in the city, this area was the center of Spanish and Mexican LA. Why was downtown Los Angeles established so far away from the ocean? Join the tour to learn!

Civic Center - a cluster of buildings featuring City Hall, courthouses and the newly renovated Grand Park

Historic Core - stately movie houses from the 1910's and 20's stand alongside a wide array of restaurants, shops, Grand Central Market, and the Central Library.

Bunker Hill - the setting for grisly noir detective stories in the 1930's and 40's is now high rise office buildings, learn the history that was paved over

Performance Center - the site of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Opera House and Mark Taper forum

Little Tokyo - Racial housing laws in early Los Angeles' histor created Little Tokyo, a charming neighborhood of Japanese restaurants & shops.

The tour does pass by several incredibly tasty food options, but meals are not factored in to the cost of the tour. Should the desire arise, we can certainly stop for a snack anywhere along the route.

Optional trip up Angel's Flight funicular elevator included in tour price.

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Troy K.

Born and raised in the Midwest, I moved to Los Angeles four years ago. I live in the Echo Park neighborhood and work a 9-5 job downtown. In my free time I like to go to the movies, read books, ride bikes, and explore dive bars. Some of my favorite travel destinations include New Orleans, Mexico City, and Madrid. Full profile Leave a Review

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