Tours in South Pasadena


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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.
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    1017 Fair Oaks Ave
    South Pasadena, CA US
  • Mammoth Property
    Mammoth Property Reservations shares its colony of condos to serve as plush, comfortable base camps for recreational expeditions into the joy-paved trails of Mammoth Lakes. Adventure-addicts swarm this four-season resort community to find their fix skiing, fishing, mountain biking, golfing, or defending outdoor pillow forts from scores of feral dust bunnies. Each picturesque property is homily furnished, ensuring comfort before and after encounters with wild wendigos. Purchase one Groupon for a single night in these peaceful peaks, or combine up to five for an extended engagement mining Mammoth Mountain for snow-dusted black diamonds.
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    17216 Saticoy Street
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • LA Art Tours
    Kevin Flint led his first behind-the-scenes art tour in 2007. He began by assembling a small group of interested visitors at his own loft in the Brewery Arts Complex: a 13-building haven for creative individuals that is home to more than 500 artists. Kevin decided to give the group a new experience by leading them into the studio spaces where his close friends worked on their pieces?a plan that allowed visitors to interact and engage with the artists, and to exploring areas that would normally be overlooked by more traditional art walks. Kevin's learned a lot since then?for instance, he now lets his friends know ahead of time that he's bringing a group of strangers into their studios?but his goal is still to provide small groups with the opportunity to see some lesser-known sides of the southern California art community. Today, he and the other guides at LA Art Tours continue to lead excursions through a handful of the Brewery Arts Complex's 330 studio spaces, but also chart course to other artistic locations around town. Tours might take visitors on a treasure hunt through the Downtown Arts District, offering some insight into the massive murals and graffiti masterpieces that often spring up overnight, only to be painted or wallpapered over in a matter of days. Or, they might cover the famous Santa Fe Art Colony where guests may get a chance to view artists at work and glance at pieces before they make their way into the gallery.
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    670 Moulton Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • Melting Pot Food Tours
    Lisa and Diane Scalia have dedicated their lives to food. After spending years in fields like catering, cooking, and food writing, the sisters and Los Angeles-area natives decided to use their passion for food as a way to help others learn more about the city. That inspiration was the brainchild for their Melting Pot Food Tours, which offer educational outings to independent eateries that demonstrate the city's cultural range. Or as Lisa told the Los Angeles Times, "[Diane and I] strongly believe that small, family-owned businesses give character, charm, and depth to a neighborhood." The walking tours explore many stops across the city, including the area's Original Farmers Market, Old Pasadena, East LA/Boyle Heights and Thai Town. Groups have the opportunity to try small samples at most stops, which can include farm-fresh produce, handmade tamales, Italian gelato, and other multiethnic eats depending on the neighborhood. While walking between destinations, the guides regale groups with stories and bits of folklore that provide insight into neighborhood history and gossip about what's the most scandalous vegetable in the culinary world right now.
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    6333 W 3rd St
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • USS IOWA
    Memories of World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War are imbedded in the steel hull of the Battleship USS IOWA. The ship served the US Navy for 70 years of active and reserve duty before coming to rest at her current berth in San Pedro. Originally laid down in 1940, the IOWA was the most advanced battleship of the time, capable of traveling more than 40 mph, firing her 16-inch big guns 25 miles, and housing more than 1,400 sailors in specialized compartments. Now a floating museum honoring the battleship's place in 20th-century naval combat, the vessel welcomes visitors to explore her decks, strolling about the wood-covered main level or venturing into the interior. The restored ship lays seven decks open to visitors, from the hull-enclosed mess to the lofty bridge, allowing them to get an up-close look at the missile deck and imagine what it would have been like to be a sailor in the Pacific in 1944.
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    250 S Harbor Blvd
    San Pedro, CA US
  • Graff Tours - LA
    A city's identity encompasses many elements, from its history and architecture to its art and culture. With Graff Tours, groups peek into each of those realms through a single lens: graffiti. During tours, guides and graffiti experts lead groups through the streets of major cities, including the birthplace of graffiti, Philadelphia. They showcase various types of art along the way?classic graffiti, wheat paste, stencil art, yarn bombing, and more?while explaining the content and importance of each piece. Much like blaring an Alexander the Great speech on your car speakers, tours are a mix of old and new, simultaneously highlighting the history of graffiti and demonstrating where the art is headed today. In addition to its group treks, Graff Tours also offers self-guided maps designed for specific neighborhoods for DIY excursions.
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    802 Traction Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA US

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