For everybody who ever drove to the Automobile Club HQ to renew their registration or pick up maps for a road trip, or cruised by at 70 mph on the 110, here’s a chance to slow down and explore an early Los Angeles neighborhood that rewards a pedestrian’s pace.
Join Esotouric for an immersive time travel trip beginning with the Automobile Club of Southern California itself, to admire the mini museum of vintage highway signage and two of the southland’s great trees. Then we’ll stroll along West Adams Boulevard, once the city’s most elegant address for interesting Angelenos like oilman Edward and bookworm Carrie Doheny, screen vamp Theda Bara and tragic comic Fatty Arbuckle. You’ll see early irrigation infrastructure, elegant clubhouses, esoteric faith centers, homeless shelters, gay archives, the surveyor’s edge of Spanish Los Angeles and our first gated community, discover a lost mansion that lives on in Hollywood’s Magic Castle, and take a spin through the elegant St. James Park National Register District to admire gorgeous homes and learn about the ongoing battle to preserve this pocket of 19th century Los Angeles from insensitive development.
This walking tour is illustrated with rare photos and maps you can view on your smartphone.
Tour begins at 10:30am sharp, with check-in time 10am in the courtyard of the Automobile Club of Southern California at 2601 South Figueroa. Please arrive on time and proceed to the check in table to get signed in and logged in to the smartphone slideshow. Scroll down for tour rules and recommendations.
Please do not park at the Auto Club. There are several paid lots nearby, including:
If using street parking, please read all signs carefully, as restrictions apply. The nearest Metro station is Grand/LATTC. If using public transit, this link can help you plan your trip.
BE PREPARED: This is a walking hour lasting 2 1/2 to 3 hours, over level ground moving at a casual pace. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Bring your smartphone so you can view the tour slide show. We will have a cooler with cold water, and you’re encouraged to bring a full water bottle. A restroom will be available at the start and end of the tour. If you need more information about what to expect, please email us.
COVID SAFETY: At this time, we no longer require that masks be worn on walking tours.
CAMERA POLICY: No video- or audio-taping unless it has been pre-cleared with us, please. Still cameras and sketchbooks are fine.
Emailing is the best way to communicate with us, but after 8am on tour day you can call or text Richard on his mobile phone, 213-915-8687.
If you feel like you’re getting sick, if you test positive for Covid-19, or if you have knowingly been in contact with a suspected or positive case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, please do not attend the tour. Let us know not to expect you. If notified at least 72 hours before tour departure, we can refund or reschedule your booking. If notified at least 24 hours before departure, we can honor the booking on a future date. You may also gift your ticket to someone else—we will need their name, email address and phone number to make this switch.