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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 Crimes and Oddities of L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard Recording Is Still Available To View Through Saturday, April 17
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April 2021

The Wonders and Weirdness of Wilshire Boulevard webinar

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Wilshire is among the most beautiful boulevards in Los Angeles, and it’s richly layered in history, oddities and historic preservation lore, too. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for a time travel trip along Wilshire Boulevard, from Downtown to the May Company terminus of the Miracle Mile, as they dig into the archives and share a selection of offbeat historic crimes, architectural wonders, urban planning and retail history lore. Featured are immersive visits to four iconic and fascinating…

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A Downtown Los Angeles Lovers’ Treasure Hunt Webinar

April 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

It isn’t always fun or pretty, but Los Angeles is probably the most interesting city in America—and Downtown is the most interesting part of Los Angeles. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for an immersive cultural, architectural and infrastructural history webinar that peels back the layers of time, urban decay and real estate marketing slogans to reveal the real treasures and secrets of #DTLA. Even if you’re a seasoned Downtown explorer or resident, you’ll find some mind blowing…

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