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Civic Center, Los Angeles: Our most recommended tours and activities

Downtown Los Angeles: Food, Arts and Culture Walking Tour

1. Downtown Los Angeles: Food, Arts and Culture Walking Tour

Your tour will begin by learning about Los Angele’s public transportation. Most people picture just one thing when driving in Los Angeles, traffic jams. Few realize, however, that LA is home to a world class metro system which you’ll learn about on this tour. Come hear about the struggle between mass transit and car culture and learn about the demise of the original Red Line, and experience it for yourself later in the tour when you hop on the world famous Angels Flight. Your next few stops will take you to several unique and fascinating locations: The Last Bookstore, The Bradbury Building and the Grand Central Market which are all distinctly LA and shouldn’t be missed. Next up, you will see where locals and travelers visit to experience world renowned symphonies and art in the notable institutions that line Grand Street such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Pavilion, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Broad Museum. Next you’ll go to the Civic Center of LA, where you will see and learn about all of the administrative functions that help bring order to this large and sprawling city. You will also hear about local legends such as former Mayor Tom Bradley and retired police chief William Parker. Following this is the cultural hub of Downtown LA, and the oldest street in Los Angeles, Olvera. Immerse yourself in the local flavor and experience first hand what pueblo life was like in LA. Learn about the namesake of this great city and come to understand how the Spanish Empire helped shape this city. For your last stop, marvel at the incredible mission revival and Art Deco infused building that is Union Station. Learn about the history of this transit hub officially known as the Grand Central of the west. After this tour you will be able to impress the locals with your insider knowledge of the subway and never get stuck on the freeway again.

Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

2. Los Angeles: Downtown Historic Highlights Bike Tour

Hop on your dutch style bike and head off on a historic cycle of downtown Los Angeles. Pedal past the area's top sights and hear stories of each location from your local guide. Feel like a total local on your 8-speed Pure bike, exploring downtown. Embark on a round trip tour from Grand Central Market. Begin your bike tour in front of Angel's Flight, a functioning, iconic 1901 funicular. Saddle up on your 8-speed Pure bike, and start exploring like a local. First, ride through the Historic Core's vintage Vaudeville theater district, fast becoming a shopping and nightlife spot. Next make your way through LA's more modern neighborhood of South Park to the LA Live Sports and Entertainment Complex with a stop at Crypto Arena, home of the Lakers. Ride along Figueroa St. shopping destinations, past LA's tallest skyscraper, and stop at the eery Cecil Hotel of horrors and hear the mysterious goings on. Cruise through the Civic Center to Olvera Street, the city's oldest neighborhood, now full of quaint shops and food kiosks. Next head up to Union Station and its Mission Revival splendor that was the backdrop to the 2020 Oscars Ceremony. Ride through Grand Park up to Grand Avenue with its cultural spots like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum. See hidden gems you'd never see from a car, bus, or a walking tour. And after a mild workout, finish up at Grand Central Market, just in time for lunch.

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What people are saying about Civic Center, Los Angeles

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4.9 / 5

based on 246 reviews

great to join a small walking tour of downtown LA with a knowleagable guide. 2 hours was just right to get some great insigghts into the history of the downtown area & then wasy to go back to spots after the tour as well - id definately recommend it!

Absolutely enjoyed this tour! Discovered some wonderful parts of downtown LA including the last bookstore, the grand market, angels flight among others. The guide was friendly and informative. Highly recommend this

Great excursion with our guide Sam. In 2 hours we went around the city center with all the necessary information and visiting unlikely places. We recommend this outing.

I had a personal tour as the other guest pulled out - very knowledgeable guide -& I got a great overview of the historic downtown area

Excellent tour,guide was friendly and knowledgeable