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Esotouric Bus, at Café Société
1820 Industrial Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Cybil Solyn
Review from Cybil Solyn
Red Velvet 273 events 189 reviews

I love a good history tour and although this one tried it felt too long and too chaotic. The three tour guides clearly knew what they were talking about and loved the time period, but the also seemed to love each other more than actually imparting...continued

reviewed Sep 06 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from la90042
Red Velvet 112 events 12 reviews

Enjoyed the downtown tour and information provided by the guides.

reviewed Mar 05 2011 report as inappropriate
Kenyon Brown
Review from Kenyon Brown
658 events 377 reviews

Quite interesting for those with a noir, True Crime and/or LA history bent - the stories are the main thing. Tour leader and two female assistants (?) could def be more organized and professional, plenty of kibbutzing between all. We did get...continued

reviewed Jun 09 2012 report as inappropriate
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On this insider’s meander through downtown you’ll visit the scenes of weird crimes and peculiar happenings, and see vintage photographs of the scenes as they appeared up to 100 years ago.

The Hotel Horrors portion of the tour features true crime and oddities including some of the wildest, weirdest, goriest and most memorable happenings in historic hotels like the Alexandria, Barclay and Cecil. Get on the bus to find out where Night Stalker Richard Ramirez liked to stay and the hotel that saw a visit from the Skid Row Slasher, and the spot where two traveling chocolate salesmen laughed so hard they fell backward out a window to their deaths.

The Main Street Vice portion is a celebration of the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel, but kicks were had by all who did. Burlesque babes and dirty picture parlors, mummified old west outlaws and old time tattoo parlors, wax museums and pawn brokers, “professors” offering sex lectures and magazine peddlers with nudie Marilyn Monroe calendars under the counter, sophisticated steak houses and nickel donut dives — these were the pleasures and the people to be found along Main during the first half of the 20th century, a street that every Angeleno knew offered more (yet less) of what could be seen anywhere else. On this tour, visit the scenes of some more unforgettable debaucheries and share stories of crime, smut, passion and commerce.

You may bring food or drink. You are advised to have a filling breakfast and bring a sack lunch if desired. The Daily Dose has great breakfast options, but please arrive with time to spare should you wish to eat before the tour.

No video or audio recording without permission.

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes for occasional off-bus adventures.

This tours lasts approximately four hours.

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