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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 Stories of Los Angeles Storybook Architecture Webinar Recording Is Still Available To View Through Saturday, March 6
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Past Events › virtual

September 2020

Esotouric Takes You “Inside the Bradbury Building” Webinar 

September 26, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The recording of this webinar is now available as an on-demand webinar here.

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October 2020

Esotouric Takes You “Inside The Dutch Chocolate Shop” Webinar

October 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won't be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available until Saturday, October 10th. Join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the “Buy Ticket” button above. If for any reason the check out page…

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Esotouric Presents “Black Dahlia Days: Sleuthing out Beth Short’s Southern California” Webinar

October 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. Join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button below. If for any reason the check out page doesn't appear, just click this link. Join Esotouric, L.A.’s…

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Esotouric Presents Shaking The Raymond Chandler Tree: New Discoveries About L.A.’s Master Detective Novelist

October 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won't be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available until Saturday, October 24. Join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for a deep dive into the evolving field of Raymond Chandler studies. Your hosts Kim Cooper…

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Esotouric Presents “Los Angeles Underground: Sleuthing Tunnels Lost & Found”

October 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the check out page doesn't appear, just click this link. Join Esotouric, L.A.’s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, as they explore the murky history and rich lore…

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Esotouric Presents “13 Uncanny Los Angeles Crimes & Mysteries” webinar

October 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, November 7. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar.   Join Esotouric, L.A.‘s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for a special Hallowe’en program illuminating a ghastly selection of historic Los…

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November 2020

Esotouric Presents “The 1910 Los Angeles Times Bombing with Detective Mike Digby” webinar

November 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, November 15. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for a webinar guest-hosted by bomb and arson detective and historian Mike Digby.…

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Esotouric Presents “This is Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles” Webinar

November 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, November 21. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for an immersive virtual tour of the historic places that shaped Charles Bukowski,…

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Esotouric Presents “A Visit to Lost Bunker Hill with author Nathan Marsak” webinar

November 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, November 28. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. When Los Angeles history lovers are asked to name the landmark they most regret was demolished, the entire Bunker Hill neighborhood…

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The United States of Preservation: Esotouric’s Ohio River Valley Virtual Vacation Road Trip Webinar

November 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Every year around Thanksgiving, eclectic Los Angeles sightseeing tour company Esotouric organizes an all-day excursion to celebrate co-owner Richard Schave’s birthday and honor the preservation people who keep local landmarks alive. With a buffet lunch, birthday cake and visits to fascinating sites, the “birthday bus” is a must for those who love to explore Southern California in good company. This year, the coronavirus is keeping us apart—but Richard’s preservation party is still happening, with an immersive virtual road trip that…

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December 2020

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

December 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. 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…

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

December 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, December 19. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. In the 1960s, as the Community Redevelopment Agency prepared to tear down the Victorian neighborhood of Bunker Hill, Angelenos (including the…

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Esotouric Presents The Weird World of Programmatic Los Angeles Architecture webinar

December 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, December 26. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. In the 1920s, when the sleepy little village of Los Angeles suddenly blossomed into a rocket fueled boomtown, something very odd…

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Esotouric Presents A Love Letter to the Cafeterias of Old Los Angeles

December 26, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, January 2. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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January 2021

Pershing Square, Los Angeles: the History, Tragedy and Potential of Our Original Central Park, 1866-2020

January 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, January 9. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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Esotouric Presents George Mann’s Fabulous Vintage Views of Los Angeles

January 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, January 16. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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John Bengtson’s “Silent Echoes in Westlake” Early Los Angeles Film Locations webinar

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, December 23. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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The Biggest Little Country Store in the World: How Crawford’s Markets Fed the San Gabriel Valley and Transformed The Industry

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, December 30. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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Touring Southern California’s Architecture of Death with historian Nathan Marsak

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

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, February 6. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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February 2021

Esotouric Celebrates Los Angeles Historic Preservation, 1900s-1980s

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

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, February 13. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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In The Shadow of the Hotel Cecil: A Main Street Time Travel webinar

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

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, February 20. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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Esotouric Presents The Dark Side of the West Side webinar

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, February 27. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above If for any reason the…

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Esotouric Presents The Stories of Los Angeles Storybook Architecture Webinar

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This is a recording of a webinar that previously streamed live. You can purchase a ticket to watch the recording, but you won’t be able to participate in the live chat or Q&A. This recording will be available through midnight on Saturday, March 6. Please join us on Saturdays at noon Los Angeles time for a new live webinar. To sign up, enter your name and email address and click the "Buy Ticket" button above. If for any reason the…

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