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Esotouric

Sightseeing Tours that reveal the secret heart of Los Angeles
We’re not your ordinary tour company
Our tours veer off into fascinating, neglected neighborhoods.
Our expert guides are passionate, brainy and hilarious.
Our tour themes are provocative and complex, but never dry.
Mixing crime and social history, rock and roll and architecture, literature and film, fine art and urban studies
Into a simmering stew of original research and startling observations.
Even our snack stops are unique
a Chinese dumpling picnic in a garden of concrete sea monsters
or donuts in the parking lot of Charles Bukowski’s favorite liquor store
When you join us for an Esotouric tour, you’re guaranteed an intelligent, unpredictable adventure
into the secret heart of the city we love.
These tours are recommended for natives, tourists and anyone who likes to dig a little deeper
and discover the world beyond the everyday
Pick a tour and see for yourself.

Alvarado Terrace

Weird West Adams True Crime Tour

Larry Edmunds Book Shop, Hollywood

Raymond Chandler Tour

x-Vermonica Site

Saving LA Landmarks Tour

MacArthur Park

Wilshire Boulevard Death Trip

Huntington Art Gallery

Architects Of A Golden Age Tour, 2018

Antelope Valley Indian Museum

Desert Visionaries Tour, 2016

Evergreen Cemetery

Eastside Babylon Tour

King Eddy Basement Mural

John Fante: Dreams From Bunker Hill Tour

mural missing as of 2017

Union Station

The Lowdown On Downtown Tour

At the gates of Metropolitan State Hospital.

Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery

Weird West Adams True Crime Tour

39th & Norton Ave, Leimert Park

The Real Black Dahlia Tour

Llano del Rio ruins

Desert Visionaries Tour, 2017

Scottish Rite Cathedral, Pasadena

Pasadena Confidential True Crime Tour

Visiting with Monique Sugimoto,

Archivist, Palos Verdes Regional Library District

Palos Verdes: Ancient & Modern Tour, 2017

Central Library Rotunda

Charles Bukowski Tour

Rosslyn Hotel Speakeasy

Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice

Upcoming Events

This Week's Webinar

The Recording Fourth & Main, Downtown Los Angeles’ Most Fascinating Intersection Is Still Available To View Through Saturday, May 15.
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May 2021

A Gallery of Downtown Los Angeles Artists Celebrated and Obscure Webinar

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Long before the industrial neighborhood between Little Tokyo and the Los Angeles River was discovered by loft dwellers who made it into an Arts District, the historic center of the city has attracted visual artists. Some were commissioned to decorate public spaces, others were drawn to the decaying Victorian neighborhood of Bunker Hill. Some were highly skilled professionals, others inspired amateurs and street hustlers. The work they made here speaks to a lost Los Angeles, and a rich creative history.…

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Precious Relics of Victorian Los Angeles Webinar

May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The greatest historic preservation loss in Los Angeles was the 1960s eminent domain seizure of Bunker Hill, with almost 150 acres of homes, hotels and businesses demolished for a failed redevelopment scheme. While City Hall smeared the doomed neighborhood as a blighted slum, 21st century Angelenos look longingly at photographs of Victorian buildings like The Castle and The Melrose Hotel and lament all we lost. We can’t return to old Bunker Hill except in our imaginations, but some remarkable pockets…

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Esotouric Presents: The Treasures and Tragedies of Elysian Park webinar

May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

If you asked a random sampling of Angelenos to name a mountainous municipal green space, most would say Griffith Park. But its smaller easterly neighbor Elysian Park, ten years older than Griffith, is equally packed with history, intrigue, beauty and tragedy. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for an immersive webinar exploring the cultural, natural, redevelopment, public policy, art and architectural history of Elysian Park, and the fascinating characters who have made history within its 600 acres. Featured…

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