Private Walking Tour of Downtown LA's History an Architecture

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API Provider: Rezdy and Redeam
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Location: Los Angeles
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 3.0 hours
Trip difficulty: Moderate
Max Group Size: 10
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/New_York
Highlights Begin your tour at Union Station, called the last of America's great train stations
Discover grand historic structures, surreal monuments and futuristic sci-fi-inspired architecture
Marvel at the Walt Disney Concert Hall design
Visit Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles”
Visit The Bradbury Building - where modest mildly Romanesque exterior hides a magical light-filled Victorian court
Enjoy Grand Central Market in all it's glory
See a railway on a steep hillside, opened in 1901 to ferry passengers up and down the steep slope to the top of Bunker Hill
Summary
Enjoy a walking tour of LA's eclectic architecture and several of its hidden treasures
Description

In a city blessed with blissful light, innovation and bold visual design statements, Los Angeles is full of architectural gems that only make sense in the context of the history around which they were built. On your private downtown history and architecture walking tour, you will:

 - Begin your tour at Union Station, called the last of America's great train stations
 - Discover grand historic structures, surreal monuments and futuristic sci-fi-inspired architecture
 - Squint your eyes, and the stainless steel Walt Disney Concert Hall design looks like a gleaming clipper ship, its sails filled with wind
 - Visit Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles” The block-long tree-shaded Mexican marketplace is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
 - Walk down Union Street, a vibrant symbol of LA’s spirit and soul
 - Its’ stunning signature Mission Moderne style combines Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco architecture
 - Visit The Bradbury Building - where modest mildly Romanesque exterior hides a magical light-filled Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings, built in 1893
 - Enjoy Grand Central Market, which boasts vintage neon signs, glorious 1960s tile-work and original Beaux Arts detailing
 - See a railway on a steep hillside, opened in 1901 to ferry passengers up and down the steep slope to the top of Bunker Hill and remains one of LA’s most endearing landmarks

From bold esoteric newcomers like the monumental Broad Museum to landmark favourites such as Bradbury Building built in 1893, Los Angeles is a city rich in iconic architecture - it’s rare to see two buildings alike. You will discover sharp, crisp right angles of modernist architecture, the dazzling exoticism of soaring spires and fairytale towers, and grand palatial estates. Backdropped by year-round blue skies and golden sunshine, LA’s structures are showcased to perfection in the city’s famous sublime light. The Private Downtown LA History and Architecture Walking Tour will dazzle with the porous alabaster-white shell facade of the Broad Museum, the glinting curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the city’s downtown cultural centrepiece, and the old Mexican influences of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and its tree-shaded plazas

Pass lush sculptural landscapes on our way to be wowed by the geometric light-filled design of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, José Rafael Moneo’s Pritzker-prize-winning structure. This compelling tour - popular with visitors and Angelinos alike - provides the fascinating backstory to the growth of this great city, from its humble origins to the present day, as told through its striking, unique architecture. The fascinating Private Downtown LA History and Architecture Walking Tour delves into the city’s storied history to discover the dynamos that have powered design eras and the socio-political context of each visual feast

Included A friendly, professional tour guide for your own private group
Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places
Excluded Food and drink, although your guide will be happy to recommend local favourites along the way
Cost of transportation on the day. Your guide will accompany you in a taxi or by public transport
Gratuities (optional)
Know before you book This is a walking tour
Cost of transportation on the day is not included. Your guide will accompany you in a taxi or by public transport
Know before you go Please bring comfortable walking shoes
Please bring any medical requirements you need throughout the day
In summer, please remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water
Additional Information Not wheelchair accessible
Health Items Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands

Operating Info

Booking Cut-off 48 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 10 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Operating Type:

Fixed Times

Season:

Season: From 01-06-2020 To 01-04-2021
Sunday 09:30, 14:00
Monday 09:30, 14:00
Tuesday 09:30, 14:00
Wednesday 09:30, 14:00
Thursday 09:30, 14:00
Friday 09:30, 14:00
Saturday 09:30, 14:00

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 34.03242, -118.14159
Address: Antonio Aguilar Monument, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, California, 90012, US
Notes: In front of the Antonio Aguilar Monument, across form Union Station
Start Location Notes Antonio Aguilar Monument, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, California, 90012, US
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 40.7025714, -73.99056
Address: 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Notes:
Start Location Notes Antonio Aguilar Monument, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, California, 90012, US
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

Pricing

Other Information

FAQ

Will there be other people on the tour or is it just us?

All of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.,

Are entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?

In the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).,

What is your cancellation policy?

On tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).,

Who do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?

At Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).,

Am I able to book more than one tour?

Absolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).,

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