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 Stories of Los Angeles Storybook Architecture Webinar Recording Is Still Available To View Through Saturday, March 6
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March 2021

The Birth of Noir with James M. Cain & Raymond Chandler webinar

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Depression-era Southern California: Amongst the burgeoning urban sprawl built atop bulldozed orange groves and the bitter realization that you can’t eat the sunshine, Maryland-born James M. Cain found his writer's voice. The unforgettable regional stories he spun between 1934-44, in novels ”The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Double Indemnity” and their subsequent film adaptations, would help launch a unique American genre: Film Noir. How did this East Coast sophisticate go from managing editor of “The New Yorker” to…

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Saving South Los Angeles Landmarks: Googie, Gill & Governor Gage Webinar

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Los Angeles County is vast, with 88 cities contained within its nearly 5000' square mile sprawl. Too often, historic preservation efforts are focused on famous landmarks in dense neighborhoods popular with tourists: Hollywood, Downtown, Pasadena, Silver Lake. But there is architectural beauty and rich history to be found in every corner of Los Angeles, and it's in the less traveled sections between the freeways where preservationists can both do the most good and be happily surprised by new discoveries. This…

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