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An Esotouric Bus Adventures tour doesn't just take you to some of Southern California's most fascinating places - it might also take you back in time. Whether you're along for the ride to visit Cha... Read more

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Esotouric Crime Bus - 3rd Avenue
2500 3rd Ave Los Angeles, CA 90018
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9 events
3 reviews
2 stars
You do need to walk a little. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
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Weird West Adams Crime Bus Tour
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64 events
15 reviews
5 stars
attended Jan 23 2010

The tour was around the West Adams area of Los Angeles and we went to different locations and learned of true crimes that were committed there, generally during the early part of the 20th century. The husband and wife team are very passionate and...continued

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3 reviews
2 stars
attended May 16 2009

This event definitely had a LOT of work behind it, from the research they had done looking through old newspapers to find the events, to mapping it out, to showing slides of newspaper photos on the bus screens, they thoughtfully used a huge bus...continued

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1 review
1 stars
attended Jan 26 2008

It is one of the greatest Saturday's in Los Angeles. I will be going on all of their tours in the future. Amazing!

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Quotes & Highlights

“Best of L.A.”—Los Angeles Magazine
“Best of the weekend.” —L.A. Daily News


On this guided tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, Crime Bus passengers thrill as Jazz Age bootleggers run amok, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family’s litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings, visit the shortest street in Los Angeles (15’ long Powers Place, with its magnificent views of the mansions of Alvarado Terrace), discover which fabulous mansion was once transformed into a functioning whiskey factory using every room in the house, and stroll the haunted paths of Rosedale Cemetery, site of notable burials (May K. Rindge, the mother of Malibu) and odd graveside crimes. Featured players include drunken ice cream men, the most famous dwarf in Hollywood, mass suicide ringleader Reverend Jim Jones, wacky millionaires who can’t control their automobiles, human mole bank robbers, comically inept fumigators, kids trapped in tar pits, and dozens of other unusual and fascinating denizens of early Los Angeles.

There are even some celebrity sites along the route, including the death scenes of Motown soul sensation Marvin Gaye and 1920s star Angels baseball catcher Gus Sandberg. And the architecture too is to die for, as the Crime Bus rolls down the elegant streets of old West Adams, lined with gay mansions, adorable bungalows and signs of a century’s decay which only enhance the neighborhood’s charm.

Passengers on this eye-opening, funny and informative tour will forever see the West Adams district in a new light. It is highly recommended for natives and newcomers alike, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected.

Passengers may bring food or non-alcoholic drinks. You are advised to have a filling breakfast and bring a sack lunch if desired.

No video or audio recording without permission.

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