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The Old Los Angeles Chinatown

February 22, 2024

With this month marking the date of the Lunar New Year (as celebrated in China and much of Asia) we wanted to take a look at the birth of Chinese-American culture in Los Angeles and, specifically, the history of LA’s Chinatown. Although San Francisco’s Chinatown is more famous, Los Angeles has been home to a…

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Experience Culver City, California

A Day In Culver City: Movieland To Outlooks

February 1, 2024

Culver City isn’t by any means considered one of Los Angeles County’s best known cities. Sitting on the Westside, almost completely surrounded by the city of LA, at first it can seem like it’s in-between a lot of other, much more interesting, places such as Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Venice, Koreatown and even downtown. However,…

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the black dahlia

Crime Seen: The Black Dahlia

January 8, 2024

The Black Dahlia is one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in criminal history and a subject for numerous documentaries, books, TV episodes and movies. Law enforcement agencies, criminal experts, on-camera presenters and amateur sleuths have all attempted to solve the case, all without success. Rather like the Jack the Ripper murders in London…

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The Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip: Los Angeles’ Playground

January 3, 2024

Victor Ponet, a Belgian businessman and diplomat, bought 240 acres of the old Rancho La Brea in 1890. His new estate consisted mostly of poinsettia fields and was a couple of miles west of a small village that was only just becoming known as Hollywood. Fourteen years later Ponet had a six-hundred foot long dirt…

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The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

January 3, 2024

What do Charles Manson, Bugsy Siegel, and Lindsay Lohan have in common? Sunset Boulevard. Find out more on this true crime deep dive. The Sunset Strip is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles – and that’s saying something, bearing in mind that Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame are just a…

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Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign: Hiking & History

November 9, 2023

The Hollywood Sign is such an iconic structure that it never needs an introduction or description to first-time visitors who are guests. They know it well, having seen it untold times in movies, TV shows and news pieces. They’ve almost certainly seen a picture of it many times too. Interestingly if you next ask them…

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Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre

The Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre

October 24, 2023

Los Angeles has a lot of fascinating history – many great things have happened here – but, then again, a lot of VERY bad things have taken place here too and one of the things we strongly believe in at The Real Los Angeles Tours is talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly.…

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Legendary Los Angeles Latinos

Legendary Los Angeles Latinos

September 18, 2023

People from the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America have had an enormous impact on Los Angeles. Which isn’t at all surprising when you consider nearly fifty per cent of the population of Los Angeles today has a Hispanic background and that, therefore Los Angeles Latinos form the largest ethnic share of the population.…

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Historic preservation in Los Angeles began with the Richfield Tower

Historic Preservation in Los Angeles

July 3, 2023

Historic Preservation in Los Angeles is a much more important thing here than many people realize. Is it important enough, though? That’s another question. It’s such a relevant concern here because so much of the city’s ethos is about reinvention. LA has often been a city that erases, or tries to erase, its past, as…

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Broadway Los Angeles

Broadway Los Angeles: Historic Theater District

June 14, 2023

When we mention the Broadway Los Angeles Theater District on our tours, visitors from outside Southern California can get confused. Don’t we mean Broadway New York? Their confusion only increases when we tell them that the area in downtown actually has the largest number of historic theaters in the U.S. It does perhaps seem incredible…

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