It is said that nobody walks in LA, but it really is the best way to get a closer look at the city's distinct attractions and neighborhoods. From Venice Beach to Pasadena, there are local enthusiasts ready to introduce you to LA and its environs on foot, or you can download a walking tour map and explore on your own.
Red Line Tours
Red Line Tours is the biggest commercial walking tour company in Los Angeles. They offer the Behind the Scenes Tour of Hollywood and a couple different tours of Downtown LA. In Hollywood, they share a space with Starline Tours at The Chinese Theatre. In Downtown Los Angeles, they are located in the atrium of the Bradbury Building. Tours average 75 to 90 minutes. Red Line Tours use the Live Audio system so participants can listen to the guide using a headset so you can hear over street noise. Red Line Tours are included in the Walk of Fame CityPass and the Go Los Angeles Card. Book Now
Hollywood Heritage offers 3 1/2 hour walking tours of historic Hollywood Blvd every Saturday morning at 9 am. Tours are limited to 10 participants. Reservations are required.
The Los Angeles Conservancy offers a variety of historic and architectural tours, predominantly in Downtown Los Angeles. They have well-trained docents who lead the 2 1/2 hour tours, most of which depart Saturday mornings at 10 am. Some are offered weekly, others monthly. Tours meet in the center of Pershing Square at 9:50 am. Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card or on-site with cash. You can also download Downtown walking tour maps and a tour podcast from their website.
The Santa Monica Conservancy's 2-hour docent-led walking tours depart at 10 am Saturday mornings and cover 130 years of Santa Monica history in six city blocks. Tours depart from in front of Hostelling International, 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica. Reservations are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online. Gift certificates are available. Group tours can be arranged by appointment.
A self-guided walking tour map is also available for purchase at the Visitors Center, 1920 Main Street and the Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 Second Street.
Venice Beach Walking Tours offers private 2 to 3-hour walking tours of Venice Beach, CA beyond the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
Pasadena Walking Tours
Pasadena Heritage offers walking tours of Old Pasadena at 9 am on the first Saturday of the month.
Off 'N 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. Stars of the Silver Screen is a Movie Stars' homes tour on foot. The Pacific Pleasures Tour takes runners through Santa Monica's attractions. Book Now
Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour
Take a strenuous, guided, 2.5 hour-long guided hike up Mt. Hollywood with views of the famous Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory from a meeting place near the Greek Theatre. Book Now
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 pick up.
Los Angeles Latin Food and Culture Small Group Walking Tour
A walking and tasting tour of the LA neighborhoods of East LA and Boyle Heights, connected with a ride on the Metro Gold Line. The tour starts in Downtown LA at Homegirl Cafe then heads east, exploring a tortilla factory, a tamale kitchen and a three-story Mexican market. Book Now
Free LA Tours offers several different walking tours of Downtown LA and a tour of Hollywood. Although there's no charge to sign up, a $15 contribution is encouraged at the end of the tour if you enjoy it, which is pretty much what other organizations charge for a Downtown walking tour.
They also offer private tours and food tours for a fixed fee.
Downtown LA Walking Tours offer a number of 2-hour tours of Downtown with different themes including architecture, movie locations, LA Beginnings, Old & New, Haunted Tales and a winter holiday tour.