The 5 most interesting walking tours in Los Angeles

1) Los Angeles Conservancy

The nonprofit Los Angeles Conservancy is the largest preservation group of its kind and the group responsible for safeguarding many of the city’s most treasured historic places. The group’s knowledgeable docents host weekly walking tours focused on specific styles (Art Deco) or areas (downtown’s historic core, the Broadway Theatre District).

People walking on the street in Los Angeles

523 W 6th Street #826, Downtown

+1 213 623 2489

2) Hollywood Heritage Walking Tour

The nonprofit organization Hollywood Heritage oversaw the restoration and preservation of this 1901 structure, the Lasky-DeMille Barn, which was the actual building where director Cecil B. DeMille had his office, and his studio staff worked and played. Today, the barn houses the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Hollywood Heritage museum

2100 N Highland Avenue, Hollywood

+1 323 874 4005

3) Santa Monica Conservancy

Every Saturday this preservation organization hosts a two-hour walking tour (comprising only of six blocks) that retraces Santa Monica’s history from its Wild West days to how it became the vibrant community it is today.

buildings in Santa Monica, LA

2520 2nd Street, Santa Monica

+1 310 496 3146

4) Noho Historic Walking Tour

This small museum boasts an interesting collection of materials about unsung aspects of the Valley’s history. They also sponsor occasional walking tours that give patrons a firsthand experience of the Valley’s past. Themes of tours include celebrity homes, haunted sites, and an exploration of Van Nuys.

the Museum of San Fernando Valley

starts at: Museum of the San Fernando Valley, 18860 Nordhoff Street, #204 Northridge

+1 818 347 9665

5) Vintage Venice

Jonathan Kaplan takes you backwards in time on his fantastic walking tours of Venice, starting with the dreamer Abbot Kinney and his vision of ‘Venice of America’. Sharing film clips and other memorabilia along the way, Kaplan captures the beauty and the funk of this area from Muscle Beach to Silicon Beach.

Venice neighborhood in Los Angeles

starts at: 1601 Main Street, Venice

+1 424 999 8687

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