For $29, today's side deal gets you any regularly scheduled sightseeing bus tour from Esotouric (a $58 value). The company began by offering a tour based around the mysterious Black Dahlia murder, but has since branched out to explore other often-unexplored areas, including historic crimes, architecture, the history of rock 'n' roll, and the lives of famous LA authors. The pick-up location varies for each tour; specific starting points will be provided once you book a tour via phone or email.
Every tour is hosted by a passionate, hilarious guide, who provides a unique look at LA. Even those well versed in historical-bus-tour sights will get a fresh perspective, thanks to Esotouric's commitment to unearthing unusual factoids. The tours last approximately four hours and include random stops at strange locations for unique snacks, including a Chinese dumpling picnic amid a concrete monster garden, donuts in the parking lot of Charles Bukowski's favorite liquor store, and custom-made Raymond Chandler–inspired gelato at Scoops Ice Cream in East Hollywood. During the ride, the bus monitors display pertinent documents and fascinating photos to enhance the experience. Become the life of your next party with fascinating historical tidbits that are sure to impress or share the knowledge: purchase up to five tickets and treat your favorite friends or relatives.
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.