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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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Past Events › virtual

November 2020

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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March 2021

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

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

March 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, March 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 A Celebration of Paul R. Williams, Architect: From Hollywood Regency to SeaView Palos Verdes

March 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, March 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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Art Deco Leisure Suits: How Los Angeles Preserved the 1930s in the 1970s

March 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, April 3. 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. Los Angeles is a young city,…

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April 2021

John Fante’s Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles Literary Time Machine Webinar

April 3 @ 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, April 10. 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 Crimes and Oddities of L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard webinar

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Many years ago, cultural historian Kim Cooper began collecting offbeat news stories to feature on her 1947project blog. As the blog grew and evolved into Esotouric’s true crime history tours, certain neighborhoods positively glowed with layer upon layer of weird lore. And one of the strangest parts of Los Angeles was centered around the Sunset Junction neighborhood, a pedestrian friendly commercial corridor nestled between East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, Victor and Angelino Heights. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic…

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The Wonders and Weirdness of Wilshire Boulevard webinar

April 17 @ 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, April 24. 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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A Downtown Los Angeles Lovers’ Treasure Hunt Webinar

April 24 @ 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 Saturday, May 1. 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 check out…

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May 2021

The Rough Road to Llano del Rio, L.A.’s Utopian Colony in the Antelope Valley Webinar

May 1 @ 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 Saturday, May 8. 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 check out…

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Fourth & Main, Downtown Los Angeles’ Most Fascinating Intersection Webinar

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Every tourist in Los Angeles knows to visit Hollywood and Vine on the Walk of Fame. But when Los Angeles was young, the corner a visitor must not miss was Fourth and Main, in the heart of Skid Row. Join Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for an immersive cultural, culinary, erotic and architectural history webinar exploring a century’s lore unfolding at and around one incredible intersection. You’ll be amazed by all that happened here! Featured topics include: A…

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