Best Historical Tours in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is a city with a lot of tradition. Initially, the territory was part of a Spanish colony and later part of Mexico until the Mexican-American wars, where finally in 1847 what we know today as California was added to the federal territory of the United States. All these events make Los Angeles an interesting amalgamation of stories, cultures, and influences which, although they seem less obvious today, are undoubtedly part of the people.

But then there is the story that many are also interested in knowing: how did Los Angeles become the mecca of world cinema?

Another of the most interesting aspects of the city is to understand how the tradition of cinema began, how Los Angeles is now the holder of the largest film studios in the world and explore the evolution of the film industry and movie stars from the streets of Los Angeles, from its traditions, its food, and its most emblematic places. It’s not a lie when we say that in any corner of Los Angeles you can find the favorite place of your movie star from the past or even your current favorite. 

Having said that, and if you are next to take a vacation to Los Angeles, it would be very convenient for you to review and take some historical tours. You will not regret it and you will see a side of the city that will connect you with the heart of Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Legends Tour has been a family-run business since 2010. The tour focuses primarily on Hollywood stars of the past and present. The tour emphasizes places, moments from movies and series and generally seeks to show the most memorable moments ever recorded in Los Angeles. If you are not up to date with all the moments, it is not a problem since the tour has audiovisual support.


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This Tour comprises taking a trip to the center of Los Angeles to know the past and the glamorous present of all these places. During the tour, you will observe murals, buy souvenirs on Olvera Street, visit the most legendary concert sites, and the new parks that have transformed the city center. An interesting addition to this tour is the flying funicular, which once transported the elite of Los Angeles to one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city.


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Named one of the best tours in all of Los Angeles for many consecutive years, Architecture Tours L.A. It does not simply offer a regular tour to see buildings, no. The difference in their service is that the tour is guided by an architectural historian. On this tour, you will learn how the architecture of the city grew and how virtually any style of architecture can be found anywhere in L.A. We assure you that once you take this tour, you will never see the city the same way again.

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Slightly similar to the previous tour, but with a difference. Downtown L.A. focuses on downtown Los Angeles and visiting some of the most iconic buildings to tell you the specific history of the place. It’s interesting because somehow you will not only be taking photos of yourself in the places, but you will also learn the reasons these landmarks are so important to the people of L.A. They have recently expanded the downtown walking tours to other places like Pasadena, keeping the strategy of telling you about the evolution of the most emblematic sites.

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This is a historical tour like no other, but we could not leave it off the list because it is very interesting and in some way it is in charge of keeping local legends of the city alive. The idea is to take you to some of the gloomiest locations in Los Angeles, either to take a tour that would otherwise be inaccessible or at least tell you the dark history behind it. For the more adventurous there is even the possibility of having a Medium session. This is honestly one of the best tour ideas we’ve seen in a long time.

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Another Side of Los Angeles is a legendary touring company of L.A. They have two highly popular tours. On one hand, there is the classic tour of Los Angeles, which comprises taking you to the places that every tourist must visit and tell you a bit of history. It’s not particularly innovative, but you can count on the guides and transport services between towns to be top-notch. The other tour which is the most popular is the “Beverly Hills Segway Tour”, which is a fun experience where you will learn all about the famous Beverly Hills where all the rich and famous live.

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The particularity of Los Angeles Urban Adventures is the number of options and varieties of experiences that its tours include. Although initially their tours aren’t a historical experience, the truth is that their service is very varied, and it is possible to hire a personalized experience with all the locations and expectations you want. So it is possible to ask for a tour that includes all the historical information according to your needs.


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Perhaps this is the only tour where you will experience what the day-to-day life of an Angelino is like. They claim to offer a service that does not harm the environment, and it is true: they do all tours on foot, by public transport or underground transport. This gives a different note to the tour because you get to know the city at a level of detail that would be impossible by vehicle. If you are interested in historical facts, we recommend taking “The Real Hollywood Tour” which is full of interesting facts about the evolution of Hollywood and its golden era. There is also the “DLTA Murder Mistery Ghost Tour”, which is like the Haunted Tour with the difference that here you will know the exact locations of the most famous crimes of passion in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the city’s historic sites and buildings. Consequently, and because of this work, few companies know more about the history of the city than they do. Their most popular tours are a visit to downtown Los Angeles, where you will learn the best-kept secrets of Los Angeles and its stars. Another interesting tour is the “Art Deco” tour, which comprises giving a historical look at what was previously known as the Jazz district.

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The idea of the “Old Hollywood Walking Tour” is to step into the shoes of one of the great stars of the past and take a unique walk to some of the most emblematic places where these artists and legends once made life. In a way, this is a historical tour of American pop culture, its best-kept secrets, and the places that today would be full of paparazzi.

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