Los Angeles Walking Tours

Walking Tours of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena, Venice Beach

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.

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    Red Line Tours

    Tour Group in Hollywood
    ••• Tour Group in Hollywood. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com
    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
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    Hollywood Toys and Costumes
    ••• Hollywood Toys and Costumes. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
    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.
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    Angels Flight in Downtown Los Angeles
    ••• Angels Flight in Downtown Los Angeles. Allan Baxter/Getty Images
    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.
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    The 1875 Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica, now part of Hosteling International
    ••• The 1875 Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica, now part of Hosteling International. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com
    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.
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    Skating on the Venice Boardwalk
    ••• Skating on the Venice Boardwalk. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Venice Beach Walking Tours offers private 2 to 3-hour walking tours of Venice Beach, CA beyond the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

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    Pasadena Walking Tours

    Pasadena City Hall xl
    ••• Pasadena City Hall. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Pasadena Heritage offers walking tours of Old Pasadena at 9 am on the first Saturday of the month.

    You can also take a Walking Food Tour of Pasadena.

    The City of Pasadena has also put together Public Art Walking Tour Maps, and these Historic Pasadena Walking and Driving Tours also available in a smartphone app.

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    Off 'N Running Tours

    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. 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
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    Hollywood Hills Hiking Tour

    Hiking near Griffith Observatory with a view of the Hollywood Sign
    ••• Hiking near Griffith Observatory with a view of the Hollywood Sign. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    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

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    LA Fashion District
    ••• Santee Alley in the LA Fashion District. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com
    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 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

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    Disney Concert Hall
    ••• Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Self-Guided Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tour maps from USC's Geography Department.

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    La Golondrina restaurant on Olvera Street in Los Angeles
    ••• La Golondrina restaurant on Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    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.

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    Los Angeles City Hall
    ••• Los Angeles City Hall. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    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.