Art Deco, Foodie Culture, Flying Books & Movie Sets: The Evolution of Downtown LA

Los Angeles, CA

  • A nighttime show at Grand Performances.
  • The top-of-hill station platform.
  • Sun-faded and all but forgotten.
  • A look down the main throughway of Grand Central Market.
  • Espresso at G&B (plus a free accompanying shot of fizzy hoppy tea).
  • The marquee of the Million Dollar Theater.
  • The entrance along 3rd St.
  • Head into the Broadway entrance of the Bradbury Building.
  • The Pope of Broadway.
  • Books flying off the shelves.
  • Entrance to The Last Bookstore.
  • The Title & Guarantee Building.
  • Mural 1: La Brea Tar Pits.
  • The Art Deco facade on the Oviatt Building.
  • The glass-filled lobby of the Oviatt.
  • The domed rotunda of the Central Library.
  • Approach the library from the southern entrance.
  • Views of the  US Bank Tower from the roof.
  • Topiary on the roof of the Standard.

3 hours
1.4 mi
Guided by Ian

The stroll through the Historic Core of downtown Los Angeles offers portals into the city's founding, roaring heyday, crumble into decay, and today's trendy revival. Join us as we explore architecture, street art, food, murals, design, culture and little-known vistas of the city skyline. This is the story of how Los Angeles began and where it is heading.

About Your Guide
I am the head of product at a VR company, but in my free time, you can find me hiking to the Hollywood sign, ordering craft cocktails downtown, biking on the boardwalk in Santa Monica, and sampling bulgogi in Koreatown.

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Guide Points
  1. Two California Plaza
  2. Angels Flight
  3. Grand Central Market
  4. The Million Dollar Theater
  5. The Bradbury Building
  6. The Pope of Broadway Mural
  7. The Last Bookstore
  8. Pershing Square
  9. Oviatt Building
  10. Los Angeles Central Library
  11. The Biergarten on the roof of The Standard Hotel

About Sidewalk
Sidewalk is an app that provides free, guided walk experiences that can be created by anyone with stories to share about places they know and love.

The app navigates people through a neighborhood walk using GPS turn-by-turn directions, rich imagery and storytelling.