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Downtown Los Angeles Architecture Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

This walking tour of Downtown LA takes in the city's finest architectural monuments including the city's tallest building, the Broadway Theater District, Central Library, the NoMadHotel, and more. As you explore, hear a guide discuss the history and architecture of this vibrant city.
  • Take an architecture tour of Downtown Los Angeles
  • See examples of beaux arts, Renaissance Revival, art deco, and modernism
  • Spot landmarks like the LA Central Library and the Fine Arts Building
  • Great for first-time visitors to Los Angeles
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Departure Point

630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, USA

We meet at the Flower street entrance of the LA Central Library (630 W. 5th Street 90071) within the Maguire Gardens courtyard

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA

Note: The tour ends at the James Oviatt Building (617 S. Olive Street 90014), which is a 10 minute walk back to the starting point. The guide can point you in the direction.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Note: The tour ends at the James Oviatt Building (617 S. Olive Street 90014), which is a 10 minute walk back to the starting point. The guide can point you in the direction.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY LA Walking Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "If you are staying downtown or near downtown I would recommend going on this tour to get a goo overview of the city." See review

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Extremely worthwhile!
Sarah_W
, Aug 2021
Great tour with knowledgable guide -- honestly a can't miss opportunity to really see and learn about downtown Los Angeles in all its architectural glory
star-5
Great tour
andrew_b
, Mar 2020
Chris was very knowledgable and a great tour guide. As I was solo, tour was flexible and very enjoyable.
star-5
Great tour of downtown
David_M
, Feb 2020
This was a great tour of Downtown LA. Phil was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. I ended up going on two other tours with him during my stay. If you are staying downtown or near downtown I would recommend going on this tour to get a goo overview of the city.
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Downtown LA Architecture Tour FANTASTIC Experience!
cornmk1
, Jul 2019
Our guides were knowledgeable and very nice. We live locally and did not realize how much interesting architecture there was in LA. So happy to see and learn about it. Will recommend to others for sure.
star-5
Buildings and history!
Kim C
, Jun 2019
This was a fabulous tour with gorgeous buildings, great stories and surprising little gems! Who knew Lalique designed panels for elevators and stained glass for a marquis? !! Phil was the perfect guide: knowledgeable, kind, funny.
star-5
You want architecture!
Bobbyi01
, Jun 2019
This was a great tour to see the fantastic LA architecture. Believe me there is a lot to see from the Easter Building, LA County Library, The Fine Arts Building and the list goes on. Our guide Neel was great. He lives downtown and is very enthusiastic about DTLA as it's known. This tour was definitely worth it!
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Julia was extremely informative...
Jennifer C
, Mar 2018
Julia was extremely informative about the history of architecture as well as the history and culture of Los Angeles. It was among how much information she had in her head to share. She was friendly, personable, and happy to answer any and all questions. The two other people on the tour from New York and I from Chicago valued her expertise and thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour. I would highly recommend Julie to visitors and Los Angeles natives alike!
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Neel, our guide, clearly knows and...
Helen A
, Jan 2017
Neel, our guide, clearly knows and loves L.A. In the two-hour tour, we walked around the downtown area looking at many historic buildings and learned about their architectural styles as well as their histories. In some cases, especially the library, we were able to walk inside to enjoy interior features. When we reached 7th Street, Neel told us about the first restaurant to cater to local residents of the area instead of just very low-end or very high-end diners. Because of its success, other restaurants followed suit, but he said the original was still the best. So at the end of the tour, we walked the couple of blocks back to that restaurant for dinner and were glad we did.
star-5
A great tour. Totally worth...
Steven S
, Sep 2016
A great tour. Totally worth the price. Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Not too much information or too long. Be prepared to do some walking.
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most knowledgeable tour guide with...
james v
, Sep 2016
most knowledgeable tour guide with regards to any and everything as far as downtown los angeles is concerned, I'll be booking again next year when I will be in os Angeles again....

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