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We have Los Angeles tours for all budgets: free self guided tours, group tours from just $40 pp & private tours from just $275 for a group of up to 10.
Our expert guides create entertaining & enlightening tours, which will transform your understanding & appreciation of LA & California
We get off the beaten track to reveal the hidden beauty & history of Los Angeles, meaning you have a truly memorable & enjoyable experience.
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I love travel. In the past there was nothing I enjoyed more than visiting a city and getting lost wandering its streets. However, during a trip to Europe in 2012, I discovered a guided walking tour and realized that it’s a much better way get to know a city. I got a quick history lesson, saw most of the best sights and was able to ask all the vital questions I had (like where to have lunch) from a local expert. It was the highlight of my trip and I began doing walking tours in every city I visited.
When I returned to Los Angeles I looked for a walking tour, but all I found were bus tours of Beverly Hills, which isn’t where the “stars” live nowadays, and Rodeo Drive, where locals like me never go. So, as a historian, traveler and lover of LA, I decided to start a new company, offering totally different tours, that would allow both visitors AND Angelenos to properly experience this amazing city and learn its fascinating history. I was also passionate about creating eco-friendly tours, to raise money for environmental causes.
The Real Los Angeles Tours launched in 2013 with one tour and I was the only guide. Since then we’ve grown a lot – we now have eight tours and ten guides and in 2020 we launched Real San Francisco Tours. However, one thing has never changed and that’s our mission, which is to give our guests a genuine and entertaining experience of the real Los Angeles. Join us on a tour and we promise you'll have an amazing time and really get to know the city.
– Damien, founder of The Real Los Angeles Tours
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In addition to being a guide I’m an internationally recognized clown performer and director, and Associate Artistic Director of the Clown School in LA. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but I’ve mostly been based here for the last two decades. I’ve had a number of different careers (and still do – sailing is my latest), but one of the most fun was doing sets at the Comedy Store. I’ve been a tour guide in several cities around the world, but being able to take guests to my old haunts on the Sunset Strip easily makes LA my favorite.
After a career as an actress in regional theater, film and TV, I was looking for a new direction when I met a lady who told me of her job as a tour director. I immediately asked, “how do I get that job?” She told me and I got certified as an international tour director, leading tours of the Grand Canyon, Washington DC, the Pacific Northwest and Canada, just to name a few. But when I’m back in my hometown, I love working with The Real Los Angeles Tours. These are the kind of experiences that I look for when I’m traveling, so get ready for a fabulous tour!
As someone who’s lived in five US states, and spent a couple of years in France, I’m more than just an international fugitive. It was living in Europe that provided me with the opportunity to travel to unique locales and appreciate the history, architecture, food and cultures of the world. I jumped into the travel and tourism industry in 2015, going on to lead tours throughout the western and northeastern United States, in addition to showcasing Southern California. I look forward to sharing the many highlights of Los Angeles with you.
Hi there! Maybe it’s the German in me, but I love the idea of experiencing a city through walking, cycling and taking public transport. Los Angeles feels like it’s a treasure chest filled with lots of hidden gems and fascinating stories. When I came here in 2013 I fell in love with LA’s rough beauty, its history and architecture, and the intensity of the light here, so I find it hugely exciting to share my passion for this amazing city. It would be my pleasure to be your host on a tour. Come join us on a special journey through Los Angeles!
Hi! Like many people you meet here I’m a transplant, moving to L.A. from the great state of Iowa in 2015. I got the travel bug when I was 19 years old, traveling to Italy with my best friend. Since that first excursion I’ve returned to Europe twice and backpacked around most of the continent, in addition to traveling extensively around the United States, Central and South America. Recently I visited Australia and New Zealand. I enjoy sharing my passion for travel and my love for Los Angeles with all who come on my tours.
I’m originally from the UK and majored in history at the University of London. Travel has always been one of my greatest passions and I lived in Germany, Spain and Australia, before moving to L.A. in 2008. Since then Los Angeles has become my home. I love its dynamism and multiculturalism, the many opportunities it offers, the friendly nature of most people here and, of course, the beautiful weather. In many ways the reason for starting The Real Los Angeles Tours was to give visitors the chance to fall in love with LA like I did.
I was raised trilingual (English, Danish and German) in Denmark, leaving when I was 19 years old, curious to discover the world and wanting to cross multicultural bridges. My first destination was Los Angeles and I spent five super fun years here, before leaving on more globetrotting adventures. I lived in Australia, Singapore and several European countries, but the lure of L.A. drew me back in 2011, by which time I was ready to hang up my boots. I’m always eager to share my passion for the secret spots of the city I love and call home.
Hello there! I may look like a 14 year old, but I’ve been working in tourism for over a decade. I studied acting in Chicago and after college I needed a job, so I became a tour guide. I led deep dish pizza and cupcake tours, but before long I was writing and leading architecture, history and food tours of the windy city. Then, like many actors, I moved to L.A. When I got here I was blown away by the city. I walked the streets and read a ton of books and now I’d love to share the incredible history and architecture of Los Angeles with you!
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