Downtown LA's History & Architecture: Private Walking Tour in Los Angeles, CA

Travel Curiousmeet in front of "Homebound Brew Haus", Union StationLos Angeles, CA 90012
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Discover a unique blend of architectural landmarks on this private Downtown LA walking tour! Los Angeles is rich in architectural wonders that only make sense in the context of the history around the time they were built. From Union Station, to Olvera Street, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and more, this tour provides a fascinating backstory to the city’s growth.

up to 3 hrs

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  • Learn about Los Angeles' growth and development through its striking and unique architecture.
  • See a blend of styles, including Art Deco, Beaux-Arts, and modern design.
  • Enjoy plenty of time to take photos of your favorite places.
  • Tour duration is approximately 3 hours.
  • Tour is suitable for families, couples, and the artistic and intellectual curious.
  • Food and gratuities are not included on this tour.
  • This is an exclusive walking tour, it will be just you, your group and your guide on this tour.


from Downtown LA's History & Architecture: Private Walking Tour
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. Discover an ever-evolving urban center with a unique blend of Art Deco and Beaux-Arts architectural landmarks, modern skyscrapers, and historic landmarks.

On your private walking tour, you will:
  • Begin your tour at Union Station, known as the last of America's great train stations;
  • Walk to Olvera Street, known as “the birthplace of Los Angeles”, a block-long tree-shaded Mexican marketplace is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument;
  • See Avila Adobe, the oldest surviving residence in LA;
  • Admire the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a stunning modernist masterpiece;
  • Wander at the stainless steel design of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic;
  • Walk past the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building in California;
  • Discover Los Angeles Central Library, one of the largest public library systems in the world;
  • 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;
  • Walk down Broadway, a vibrant symbol of LA’s spirit and soul. Its’ stunning signature Mission Modern style combines Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco architecture.
  • See the Biltmore Los Angeles, a historic hotel in LA that has hosted many famous guests throughout the years;
  • Visit The Bradbury Building - where the modest mildly Romanesque exterior hides a magical light-filled Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings,
  • End your tour at the Grand Central Market, which boasts vintage neon signs, glorious 1960s tile work and original Beaux-Arts detailing.

From bold esoteric newcomers like the monumental Broad Museum to landmark favorites 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. This 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 centerpiece, 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Downtown LA's History & Architecture: Private Walking Tour

Where is the meeting location for the Downtown LA's History & Architecture private walking tour?

Your guide will meet you in front of the "Homebound Brew Haus", located to the right of the main entrance of Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States. Please arrive about 10 minutes prior to the tour's start time.

What should I bring?

It is recommended to bring a refillable water bottle.

What should I wear?

Great walking shoes, and comfortable, weather appropriate clothing are recommended.

Will there be other people on the tour?

The tour is 100% private and exclusive, which means it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How long is the tour?

Tour duration is approximately 3 hours.

What does the tour include?

The tour includes an English-speaking tour guide and an exclusive 3-hour private walking tour of downtown LA.