Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and take a walking tour of Los Angeles, California. From beautiful landscapes, movie stars and interesting sites, there’s a lot to see in this busy town. Here’s my guide to five great walking tours in Los Angeles.
Hollywood Walking Tours
Hollywood is synonymous with stars and movies. If you’ve never been to Hollywood or simply want to go behind the scenes take the Hollywood Behind the Scenes walking tour. This tour is put on by Red Line Tours. During the tour, you will see Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theatre and the Walk of Fame. You will also see the El Capitan Theatre, Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, and the Roosevelt Hotel. Participants will be given an audio headset so they can hear the tour guide better.
Tours are frequent. Every day, there are tours at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Adults cost $24.95. Students and seniors are $18 (sold only at store) and children, ages 9-15, cost $15. For directions to the box office, click here.
LA Conservancy Tours
The Los Angeles Conservancy has an entire walking tour program devoted to educating people about the history and architecture of Los Angeles. There are eight regularly scheduled walking tours. Go on the Angelino Heights tour and see “the architecture and history of this charming Victorian neighborhood east of Echo Park and south of Dodger Stadium.” Other tours include the Art Deco tour, The Biltmore hotel tour and the downtown at sunset tours on Wednesday evenings from July 21 to August 25. For each tour, tickets cost $5.00 for members and kids twelve and under. Non-members cost $10.00. The newest tour is one about German Los Angeles in the Twentieth Century. This is a self-guided tour that gives you a map of historic sites associated with Germans. Call 213-623-2489 for more information. You can also book your tickets online.
Santa Monica Walking Tours
Santa Monica Walking Tours are docent-guided walking tours at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning. This walk takes about two hours and takes you over six blocks of Santa Monica. During the walk, learn about the Rapp Saloon, which opened in 1875, the year Santa Monica was established. Also, learn about civic leaders and architectural heritage. Reservations are suggested. The tour costs $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members. Group Tours may be booked by special appointment. Call 310-496-3146 or send email to [email protected]
Venice Beach Walking Tours
Venice is an eclectic town located in southwest Los Angeles. Every time I am there, I see someone with an interesting story. This Venice sightseeing tour is two to three hours of “inside” information given while walking along the famous Ocean Front Walk. Check out muscle beach, see street performers and famous film locations. Simply take in the culture of Venice. For $40.00 take the tour. For $60.00 take the tour and get lunch at Danny’s Venice. After the tour, stick around, go shopping and watch the sunset. Call 310-396-1585 for more information.
Every Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Hollywood Heritage gives a tour of the Hollywood Boulevard Entertainment and Commercial District. This three and a half hour tour is from a historic preservationist’s perspective. Find out more information and reserve your spot by calling (323) 465-6716. It is located at 2100 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, Ca. Afterwards go to the Hollywood Heritage Museum.
Indeed, Los Angeles has a lot of history, just waiting to be discovered.