The Real Los Angeles Tours has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently receiving 5 star reviews.

Tours for all travel budgets: free self guided tours, pay-what-you-want tours, group tours from just $20 pp & exclusive private tours.

We go to the hidden beauty spots that other tour companies miss, so you can experience the best of Los Angeles.

We’ll take you inside some of the most interesting & historical buildings here – you can’t do that on a bus tour!

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Who We Are & What We Do

The Real Los Angeles Tours is an independent company. We launched (as Free LA Tour) in 2013 and since then more than 10,000 guests have joined us, from over 100 countries. L.A. has a huge amount of history, culture, beautiful architecture and art, as well as great food, and our mission has always been to give our guests an experience of that – the real Los Angeles. That’s why we don’t use tour buses, because you can’t experience the city from inside a tour bus, you need to walk the streets, take the Metro or jump on a bicycle. We’ve also got a section on the website called L.A. Info, with more general information about Los Angeles and California, so you can make the most of your trip here.

We have a Santa Monica/Venice Bicycle Ride, both Hollywood and downtown L.A. tours, an all day tour, layover tours, a Ghost tour, private tours and self-guided tours. We’ll take you inside some of the most beautiful and historical buildings here, like Union Station, the Bradbury and the Fine Arts Building. We’ll introduce you to some of the best food in the U.S. and reveal L.A.’s fascinating history, from when it was a tiny farming village on the edge of the vast Spanish Empire, to the world-famous city that it is now. So if you’re a curious person, who likes to get a true feel for the city that you’re visiting, join us and discover the real Los Angeles.

Meet our Guides


Terry has been touring the US and the world for the last thirty years! He has visited every US state and over 20 countries. What do his trips have in common? He’s taken a tour in almost every place. He strongly feels that experiencing a city on a guided tour, with someone who has a love for it, is the best ways to connect with the heart of that place and its people.


Damien was born and raised in the UK, where he majored in History with Politics at Queen Mary College, University of London. He traveled the world, living in various countries, before moving to L.A. in 2008. As far as he’s concerned he’s living the dream and he’s a passionate advocate for the city of Angels. He continues to travel extensively, having visited over 50 countries (leaving just 146 to go!).  


Vicky is a transplant from the great state of Iowa. She got the travel bug at 19, while traveling to Italy with her best friend. Since that first excursion she has returned to Europe twice and backpacked around most of the continent, in addition to traveling extensively around the United States and Central America. Next up is Asia. Vicky enjoys sharing her passion for travel and her love for Los Angeles with all who come on the tour.


Stuart lives in the Historic Core of downtown Los Angeles and is passionate about uncovering its hidden treasures, especially when it comes to gangsters and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Two interests that have more in common than you may think! Originally from the UK (moving here in 2013), he is also a talented composer and publishes a monthly podcast called the Million Dollar Melody Hotel.

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