The Real Los Angeles Tours has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for receiving over 300 5-star reviews.

We have tours for all travel budgets: free self guided tours, group tours from just $25 pp & private tours from just $150 per group.

We’ll reveal the sometimes hidden beauty of the city, to give you a truly memorable & enjoyable experience of Los Angeles.

Our expert guides create entertaining & engaging tours, which will transform your understanding & appreciation of L.A.

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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, from over 100 countries, have joined us. L.A. has a huge amount of history, culture, beautiful architecture, art and great food and our mission has always been to give our guests an authentic experience of that – the real Los Angeles. That’s why we don’t use tour buses, because you can’t experience the city that way, you need to walk the streets, take the Metro or jump on a bicycle. In addition to being the best kinds of tours anyway they’re the most eco-friendly too, something that we’re very concerned about, which is why we have a page dedicated to Climate Change on the website. To help you make the most of your trip we also have a section called L.A. Info, with more general information on Los Angeles and California.

What we promise to do is give you a genuine experience and a real understanding of Los Angeles. 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 historic 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 like 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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