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Esotouric

Many people feel an indescribable urge to follow in the footsteps of celebrities long passed—hoping that a connection to their genius or charm still lingers in the air of their apartments and favorite pubs. The guides of Esotouric understand and share this urge, though they prefer to roam the paths of history by bus. After scouring the famed neighborhoods of Los Angeles in search of interesting and outlandish locations, they share their findings on bus adventures that retrace the trails blazed by local artists, filmmakers, writers, and actors.

Esotouric's odysseys wind through haunts such as Raymond Chandler's favorite breakfast spot and the salon Charles Bukowski visited for his weekly knuckle-hair perm. Coloring their tours with anecdotes about the films adapted from his noirish stories, guides also visit locales captured in the cinematic landscapes of James M. Cain. Various tours explore Southern California’s culture, literature, and architectural sides, giving history hounds the chance to sniff out sinister deeds in old-time tattoo parlors, burlesque shows, and crime scenes.


Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “If you like Los Angeles history and great architecture, this is the tour company to go to.”

  • “It is a fantastic experience. The tours have opened my eyes to a Los Angeles that I would never have know. The leaders are fascinating and very knowledgeable.”

  • “Enjoyable tours with engaging guides. Have been on three and looking forward to my fourth!”

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    Chinatown

    1001 N Alameda St

    Los Angeles, California 90012

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    Downtown Los Angeles

    923 E 3rd St

    Los Angeles, California 90013

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    Downtown Los Angeles

    648 S Broadway

    Los Angeles, California 90014

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In a Nutshell

Tour of now-defunct LA neighborhood through eyes of author who chronicled its lifestyle in series of five novels

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