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

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The United States of Preservation: Esotouric’s Ohio River Valley Virtual Vacation Road Trip webinar recording is still available to view through Saturday, December 5
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December 2020

Esotouric Presents “A Cultural History of Grand Central Market, 1917-2020” webinar

December 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

For more than a century, the heart and soul of Downtown Los Angeles has been an old-school, open-air food market in the Homer Laughlin Building at 3rd and Broadway/Hill Streets. Grand Central Market was where generations of bargain hunting Angelenos shopped for spices, flowers, baked goods, specialized cuts of meat, farm-fresh produce and select prepared delicacies, both local and imported. Here, multicultural Los Angeles simmered in a vibrant and beautiful melting pot, where colorful characters plied their trade and influenced…

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Esotouric Presents “A Cultural History of Angels Flight Railway, 1901-2020” webinar

December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In the 1960s, as the Community Redevelopment Agency prepared to tear down the Victorian neighborhood of Bunker Hill, Angelenos (including the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times) urged them to preserve one small and delightful feature: Colonel J.W. Eddy’s efficient, charming and portable funicular, Angels Flight Railway. In 1962, Angels Flight was declared Historic-Cultural Monument #4, in recognition of its significance, and the threat to its survival. And the CRA pledged that the wee conveyance would be stored, restored…

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