Self-Guided Tour of Downtown Los Angeles with Fun Facts and Best Photo Ops

Downtown LA is famous for being a melting pot of cultures, where they embrace their Latino past and combine it with all the other nations who have made the neighborhood their home. It has a vibrant atmosphere where anything goes and is just an exciting place to be.
With such an abundance of things to do, it is impossible to be bored in Downtown LA.

This self-guided tour pf Downtown Los Angeles takes you to 16 must-see places in DTLA, each of which is extremely instagrammable so be ready for numerous photo ops along the way!

It's a self guided tour.
You can start and finish any time you like. Learn about LA’s history and culture at your own comfortable pace. During this self-guided tour, you will learn fun facts, stories and insights about historical sites in Downtown LA as well as explore the most instagrammable places.

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2 to 5 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Self-Guided Written Tour in PDF
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • No physical guide
    • Entry/Admission - Pico House
    • Entry/Admission - Walt Disney Concert Hall
    • Entry/Admission - The Broad
    • Entry/Admission - Angels Flight Railway
    • Entry/Admission - OUE Skyspace LA
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Union Station, 800 N Alameda St Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2177

    Admire the magnificence of Union Station
    We all know there is something quite magical about train travel and there’s no better place to experience this than the last of the great train stations, Union Station. It is a building steeped in history, with its Mission-style exterior leading you into its opulent waiting area with marble tiles and faux wood beam ceilings which further take you through to various halls and courtyards. Being such a beautiful building, Union Station is a firm favorite of Hollywood’s.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Olvera Street, Main and Alameda streets 125 Paseo de la Plaza 90012, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Take a stroll down Olvera Street to capture the essence of ‘Old LA’

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

    Immerse yourself in LA’s history at El Pueblo Historical Monument

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes, 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2828

    Get a taste of the rich Mexican-American history and culture at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Pico House, 430 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2827

    Pio Pico was a successful businessman and the last Mexican Governor of Alta California who ordered the construction of a luxury hotel. Pico House was the result, and at the time was the most luxurious building in Southern California. If you’re a fan of The Mentalist, you’ll be interested to know that the back part of the building appeared on the show.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

    Enjoy the view at City Hall

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Grand Park, 227 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3201

    Chill out in Grand Park
    Stretching between the City Hall and the Los Angeles Music Center on Grand Ave, this park is filled with cool fountains, bright pink benches and picnic lawns, and is the perfect spot for people-watching. As well as being a great place to hang out, Grand Park also hosts a number of performances, gatherings and community events.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave Inglewood Can Day Has Was Year Day Was, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3034

    The Music Center’s crowning jewel, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is home to the LA Philharmonic and the LA Master Chorale. They have a wide of concerts throughout the year, including classical, contemporary, world music and jazz. It’s a super elegant building and well worth taking the free audio tour.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: The Broad, 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3020

    Be astounded by the contemporary art at The Broad

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Bradbury Building, 304 S Broadway Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1224

    See a Hollywood icon at the Bradbury Building
    Downtown LA’s oldest commercial building may seem awfully familiar to you if you’ve seen the movie Blade Runner; the Bradbury Building’s iconic zigzagging staircases were used in the climax. This skylit alley of walkways, stairs and elevators, complimented by ornate ironwork, may come as a surprise after walking through the entrance – the rest of the building is fairly nondescript. You will have to do all you viewing from the ground floor as the rest of the building is private office space.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1222

    Grab something to eat at Grand Central Market
    Located on the ground floor of the Homer Laughlin Building, this European-style food hall has been satisfying the hunger of the citizens of Downtown LA since 1917. It’s a great place to pick up traditional Latino eats like pupusas and tacos, and the market is now home to a number of trendy eateries such as Horse Thief BBQ and Eggslut.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Angels Flight Railway, 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1003

    Take a ride on the Angels Flight Railway
    Immediately recognizable from La La Land, this block-long funicular has managed to overcome closures, mechanical problems and relocation as it’s still pulling passengers up Bunker Hill more than a century after it first opened. You can get a great view of the Historic Core as you bump along the tracks. You can get on from either Hill Street or Olive Street.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: OUE Skyspace LA, 633 W 5th St 2nd, 54th, 69th & 70th Floors, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2005

    See Downtown from a different perspective at OUE Skyspace LA
    Here is another great place to get a bird’s eye view of Downtown LA, only OUE Skyspace LA has a significant advantage – a unique glass slide which you can ride to see the city from a completely different perspective. There is also a really cool interactive exhibition which gives you little-known facts about the city to enhance the skyline view.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W 5th St Free Tours Daily, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002

    Marvel at Central Library’s awesome architecture
    Even if you’re not into reading, Central Library is worth checking out due to its amazing architecture; it has an exterior which mixes Egyptian and Mediterranean styles topped with a dramatic tiled pyramid. However, it’s inside that will really astound you. Head to the second floor rotunda to see its stunning deco-meets-arabesque dome and globe chandelier.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Pershing Square, Boundaries are South Hill St, South Olive St, West Sixth St, and West Fifth St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Hang out with the locals at Pershing Square
    While Pershing Square has had somewhat of a post-modern makeover in recent years with some questionable additions, it still remains Downtown’s main public space. There are some cool events here for you to check out, such as the Farmer’s Market which takes place every Wednesday. There are also some great permanent and temporary art exhibitions here, including the Spanish American War Memorial, the city’s oldest public art sculpture.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St _ Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Get Instagram-worthy photos while purchasing books at The Last Bookstore
    The owners of the Last Bookstore had the right idea when they took over what used to be an old bank building; this store is now just as famous for its amazing interiors of marble columns and giant doors as it is for its book collection. The store creates what is known as visual merchandising through creative displays to attract Instagram users, “In the hope of trying to convert Instagram visitors into book purchasers”.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Los Angeles Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
    Return Detail :
    The Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Activity ID: V-11498P103

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