See the real LA!

  • Did a full day walking tour of LA. Our tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable and passionate about giving us all information in a clear and concise way. The tour was very well planned and organised and was not tiring.

    Hp108 Trip Advisor
  • We did the Hollywood tour and loved it! The tour was at a great pace and the guide (Vicky) was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Thank you

    Lisa Montesanti Google
  • Booked the Wild Wild West To Now tour, our guide Terry was great! (He) was very knowledgeable and the tour brought us to some really cool DTLA areas we've never been to which was so much fun! Definitely worth the reasonable price. THANK YOU TERRY!

    Irene O. Yelp
  • We had an Amazing Murder, Mystery & Ghost tour with Damien and Dante... thank you very much from Italian Girls... very interesting and funny… absolutely recommended!

    Lucrezia Scamarcio Facebook
  • My boyfriend and I took the Heart of Hollywood Tour and had a wonderful experience with Stuart. Really helpful for personal questions, funny, full of knowledge and a passion for Hollywood. Can't recommend this enough!

    E D Trip Advisor
  • Angela took us inside some beautiful Broadway theaters, told us about LA history and was very enthusiastic about her city. The great thing was that she actually took us inside the buildings. Plus after the tour we went for the 35cent cocktails! Great tour and great guide!

    Helena Cardoso Google
  • I did the Historic Core Tour!!! It was an awesome walking tour and very informative even for this Angeleno!! I am downtown daily and drive past this area and never knew the history of various locations of the city!! This provides that!! 

    David Cook L. Yelp
  • My son and I booked and completely enjoyed a private tour. We had a wonderful evening! Damien took us on a fun, informative tour. My son loves photography, and Damien did not disappoint, as he took over 300 photos!

    Laurie Thompson Facebook

LA: Wild West to Now Tour

LA: Wild West to Now tour


$35 / pp
Free / child (0-11 y.o.)


2 miles
The perfect distance


1:30pm – 4:30pm
3 hours to learn the story of L.A.

Los Angeles has a fascinating history and one of the best things about it is you can still see much of it – if you know where to look. Many of Los Angeles’ oldest buildings, from when it was infamous for being the most lawless and god-forsaken town in the Wild West, are still standing and you’ll even go inside them on our LA: Wild West to Now tour. First we’ll show how and why the tiny community appeared on the far reaches of the Spanish Empire in 1781. Then you’ll learn about the transition of the tiny pueblo, from being a Spanish colonial town with a population of just forty-four people, to being a thriving farming community (and home of Zorro) during the Mexican years, before being captured by the Americans during the Mexican-American war of 1846-48. Finally you’ll see how it took off in the 1870’s, before your LA: Wild West to Now tour finishes with some modern L.A. classics like the Broad Museum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. We’ll also stop at three really cool, interesting, historical places to get some great Californian food on this tour.

Our tours can sell out. If you cannot make a booking email us at [email protected], telling us when you want to do the tour and how many guests are in your party, and if we can squeeze you in we’ll let you know.


*Cost: $35 pp (5% of what you pay goes to Climate Cents, a local climate change organization).

*Walking Distance: 2 miles.

*Tour starts 1.30 pm, Union Station (map). We’ll give you info on the meeting point when we confirm your booking.

*Tour finishes 4.30 pm, Music Center (map).

*Children under 12 y.o. do not have to buy a ticket.

*There are 3 stops to buy food on this tour, each for about 15 minutes.  All types of diet can be accommodated (vegetarian, vegan etc). It’s up to you whether you eat, how much you eat and what you eat.

*When booking this tour you’ll get a discount code giving you 10% off any of our other tours (apart from the Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour).

*You can do The Real Hollywood Tour and the DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost Tour on the same day if you want to explore L.A. more. The LA: Wild West to Now Tour also fits very well with our Santa Monica and Venice Bike Tour.

You Can Book This as a Private Tour starting at just $210 for up to 10 guests

You can also book this as a 2-hour private tour (without food stops) starting at just $150.


This tour is in English. If your English isn’t fluent this may not be the best option. We do not offer the tour in other languages at this time.

Lunch/Snacks are not included.

This a walking tour. All guests must be in appropriate physical condition. We cannot slow the tour down significantly to accommodate guests who are not in appropriate condition. If you have mobility issues please book a private tour.

We never cancel tours in advance due to the weather conditions.

You are entirely responsible to make sure you are at the meeting point at the correct time. If you’re significantly late you may miss the tour.

We know your plans can change, but there are no refunds or exchanges within 48 hours of the tour start time.

You must book in advance.


Subject to change at our discretion.

Union Station, last major rail station to be built in the U.S.
Los Angeles Pueblo & Olvera Street, birthplace of LA
Pico House (1870), once the finest hotel in Los Angeles
City Hall, an architectural masterpiece
Pope of Broadway & first Mexican to win an Oscar
The beautiful 1893 Bradbury Building
Grand Central Market - 100 years old in 2017 & better than ever
The hugely popular Broad Museum
The stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion & Grand Park