Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Best Walking Tour, May 2013

Since 1978, the Los Angeles Conservancy has been preserving the city’s history one Walker & Eisen building at a time. The nonprofit offers a slew of excursions, but its Historic Downtown Walking Tour will have you looking at the city’s core in a new way. From Pershing Square, guides with encyclopedic knowledge head off with groups on two-and-a-half-hour outings to see beaux arts and deco edifices—as well as a couple of murals—normally glimpsed through a windshield. You even get to wander inside such architectural gems as the Pacific Mutual, Southern California Edison, and Bradbury buildings