On this new tour of Los Angeles, our professional step-on guide, Curt, a charismatic personality and historian, shares a fascinating perspective on the evolution of Los Angeles. While Los Angeles is less than 180 years old it has suffered the loss of classic old cinemas, Victorian hotels, and grand railroad stations but recently L.A. has seen an amazing rebirth. On this unique tour, we’ll see how Los Angeles has transformed from a tiny pueblo into a sprawling metropolis that is still developing at an incredible pace. We’ll begin in L.A.’s downtown historic core where it all began. Between its most historic buildings is a progressing cultural renaissance and building boom - in fact it’s the largest in over a century. See the latest developments in the Civic Center area including a burgeoning Arts District - one of the ‘hottest’ neighborhoods in the downtown core for LA’s young professionals and creatives. Next we visit the Staples Center before we continue to Dodger Stadium, the “Taj Mahal of Baseball,” which opened in the hills above Los Angeles in April of 1962. And, just like the real Taj Mahal, turns out the architects forgot to include drinking fountains- in fact, this oversight followed Dodger’s owner Walter O’Malley to his grave. In Exposition Park, we’ll see the historic Los Angeles Coliseum as well as the Banc of California Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). This privately financed, $350 million, 22,000 seat soccer-specific stadium, is the most expensive in U.S. history. But that’s just the beginning. You won’t believe your eyes when we see the new SoFi Stadium, home to the NFL’s Rams and Chargers. Built at a cost of $5.5 billion, it’s the most expensive stadium ever built in the world! The stadium is the vision of Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who wanted an arena that celebrates Southern California and the indooroutdoor lifestyle its residents enjoy. Enjoy lunch on your own at Philippe The Original - the L.A. icon that is known as the inventor of the French dip. Note that this tour has limited walking as it is mostly a driving tour with stops at each location - We Do Not Tour Inside The Stadiums.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: CORRECTED TOUR DATE -
Friday, August 20, 2021