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


From $180 per group
Free / child (0-11 y.o.)


2 miles
The perfect distance


2 & 3 hour tours available
Best tour to learn the history 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 modern Los Angeles masterpieces like the Broad Museum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. You can also try some great, local, southern Californian food on this tour if you book the three hour version of it.


*Cost: from $180 per group for the 2 hour tour or $240 per group for the 3 hour tour (5% of what you pay goes to Climate Cents, a local climate change organization).

*Walking Distance: 2 miles.

*Tour starts at Union Station. We’ll give you info on the meeting point when we confirm your booking.

*Tour finishes in Pershing Square.

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

*If you book the 3 hour tour there are 3 stops to buy food on this tour, each for about 15 minutes. There’s a big range of food options and all types of diet can be accommodated (Vegetarian, Vegan etc).


Or you can book this as a 2 hour private tour starting at just $180 for a group of up to 10 guests


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.

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

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

Full refund or exchange available up to 48 hours before tour start time.


Subject to change at our discretion.

Union Station (1939), 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
Los Angeles City Hall, an architectural masterpiece seen in many movies
Pope of Broadway & first Mexican to win an Oscar
The beautiful 1893 Bradbury Building
Biddy Mason, a Los Angeles pioneer who broke all the rules
The Old Bank District, once known as "the Wall Street of the West"
The Hotel Alexandria, where all the movie stars would hang out
Pershing Square & Biltmore Hotel, home of the Oscars in the 1920' & 30's