Los Angeles Specialty Tours

Los Angeles Theme Tours

Foodies, crime buffs, art lovers and others interested in a more thematic approach to exploring Los Angeles will enjoy these unique offerings.
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    Dearly Departed Tours
    ••• Dearly Departed Tours. Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Ghost tours are popular around the world and Los Angeles is no exception. We have our share of haunted buildings, ships, parks, graveyards and other venues and plenty of historians, psychics and paranormal experts willing to point them out to you. See the full list of Ghost Tours in LA and Orange County.

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    With the Fantastic Race, you jump into a reality show experience in a competitive small-team race and self-guided tour through Hollywood's landmark's.


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    Quick Culture for Kids at LACMA
    ••• Participants learn about perspective from guide Ellen Greenberg during a Quick Culture for Kids tour at LACMA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Quick Culture Art Tours offer regular and customized tours of LA art museums and neighborhoods. They have great tours designed to introduce children to the elements of art, but they're also great for adults who don't really have much background in art. You can check their calendar for tours offered, or book a private tour.

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    Running from the Paparazzi
    ••• George Lopez poses with runners on the "Running from the Paparazzi" Tour of Beverly Hills. Courtesy of Off and Running Tours

    Off 'N Running Tours takes runners and fitness walkers on guided tours of Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Running from the Paparazzi Tour covers 4 miles through Beverly Hills. The Marvelous Mansions Tour takes in 4.3 miles including a stop at the Greystone Mansion. The Pacific Pleasures Tour takes runners through Santa Monica's attractions.

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    Esotouric Guides
    ••• Esotouric Guides Richard Schave, Nathan Marsak, Domenic Priore, Kim Cooper and Kelly Kuvo. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Esotouric is a tour company that offers very specialized thematic tours of Los Angeles. The subjects of the tours change, and they are not on a regular schedule so you have to plan around their date. Some popular tours they offer are the Black Dahlia Tour and Raymond Chandler's LA.

    Search for discount tickets at Goldstar.com.

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    Downtown LA Arts District
    ••• Lizy Dastin describes "Redemption of the Angels," a mural by Angelina Christina of Los Angeles and Fin Dac of the United Kingdom, is located at 4th and Merrick streets at the foot of the 4th Street Bridge on an Art and Seeking tour of the LA Arts District. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    A number of companies offer guided tours of the thriving street art in the Downtown LA Arts District.

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    Melting Pot offers 3 1/2-hour food tasting walking tours of 3rd Street from the LA Farmer's Market to the Beverly Center. Regular tours are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays year round. Private tours are also available on other days.
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    The LA Metro offers regularly scheduled Metro Art Tours of the artwork in the Metro Rail system. Tours are led by trained Metro Docent Council volunteers. Free tours are offered the first Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of every month. Group tours can also be arranged at other times by special request. The tours are round trip and last approximately 2 hours. No reservations are required. First Thursday tours leave at 7 pm and First Saturday tours leave at 10 am from the street-level entrance to the Hollywood & Highland Metro Station near Highland Ave. First Sunday tours leave from the information booth at Union Station. The tours are 90% walking, but include some Metro riding.

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    Biweekly guided walking tours of the star-studded Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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    Neon Cruises are double-decker bus tours of LA's most significant neon offered by the Museum of Neon Art. The tours are offered every Saturday from June through November.
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    SegWow 2-hour guided Segway tours explore the most popular tourist areas or take on some more remote and rugged terrain on some local hiking trails, including up to the Hollywood Sign. They offer one of the few tours of the UCLA campus.You cover more distance in a shorter time than you could walking, but standing for two hours can sometimes be harder on your feet than walking.

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    Urban Shopping Adventures will introduce you to LA's hottest shopping districts with the inside scoop on where to find just what you're looking for, from custom concierge adventures to group tours with coach pickup.
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    Los Angeles Coast Guided Electric Bike Tour

    Los Angeles Coastal Bike Tours
    ••• Los Angeles Guided Bike Ride. Photo courtesy of Kijubi.com

    This guided 2.5-hour bike tour covers Venice and Santa Monica on electric bikes that you can pedal or not.

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    LA Gang Tours is an innovative program where local gangs have agreed to a cease fire and safe passage for tour buses to encourage real job creation in their own neighborhoods. Stops include jails, monumental graffiti zones, and sites relevant to the history of the development of gang culture in LA. The tour ends at the Pico Union Graff Lab (Graffiti Lab), where, in addition to seeing graffiti artists at work, there is the chance to have lunch and talk to gang intervention workers and former gang members.

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    A half-day mostly walking eco-tour of a nature preserve, a habitat to thousands of migrating and year-round birds and hidden beach coves in the Huntington, Newport and Laguna Beach area.
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    These half-day group tours of the Laguna Beach art scene have a 10-person minumum. You will meet 6 to 10 Laguna Beach artists in their working studios.
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    Take My Mother, Please! is a private tour guide who will take you, your mother or the whole family on a custom guided tour of the city.