he DTLA tour should really be called the Historic DTLA Tour. It is a learning tour that takes you back through time and shows you what Los Angeles was like at the turn of the last century and what Los Angeles is like now. Learn about LA's history, architecture and culture. See the real side of our beautiful city, all while riding bicycles. This bike tour takes you on a slow paced ride through some of LA's most famous streets, landmarks and districts. Our experienced tour guide will share his extensive knowledge of the city with you. During this tour we will talk about the origin and history of LA's street names. We will visit and talk about the many Historic Buildings in the Downtown area with beautiful architecture such as; Art Deco, Spanish Mission Revival, Spanish Gothic, Italian renaissance Revival, Mayan Revival, Beaux Arts, Streamline Moderne, etc. We will share stories about every district we visit. We will also point out old street signs, old manhole covers, old rail lines of early Los Angeles and things you can only see and appreciate when you ride bicycles in Los Angeles. Learn about LA's Speak Easies during the prohibition years and how the architecture helped provide underground facilities during those years. Riding bicycles gives us the opportunity to cover most of the Downtown Los Angeles area in under 3 hours.
Witness a day in one of the world’s most diverse cities. Even Angelinos who have taken the tour are surprised to see things they never knew were there and comment that it is "the best way to explore downtown". We make several stops during the tour to take pictures or to visit a building or business. This tour starts in the Union Station Area, which is a perfect place to start since LA's oldest street, Olvera Street is near by. Our Tour starts in the year 1781 when Los Angeles was established. We will talk about most structures we ride past, we will also talk about skid rows history here in the city and ride past many streets and alleys that most Angelinos are unaware of. We will also be riding bikes down the Historic Theater District and we will talk about the old nickelodeon and arcade buildings of the 1890's and the old movie palaces of the 1920's. If you are a history buff, then this is the perfect tour for you!
Here is a list of some of the places you can expect to see: Chinatown, Los Angeles Cathedral, Music Center, Disney Concert Hall, City Hall, Angels Flight, Grand Central Market, Fashion District, Skid Row, Toy District, Flower District, Staple Center, LA Live, Convention Center, South Park, Historic Theater District, Little Tokyo, Arts District and much more!
This tour is approximately 2½ to 3 hours long and about 9 to 12 miles in distance. Expect several stops. The pace will be determined based on the group. The route is easy and the tour guide talks so much that you won't even notice the distance you travel.
During the Summer, we recommend this tour early in the morning or later in the evening when the weather is not so hot.
This Tour is for riders of any skill level. All ages are welcomed. If you are interested in doing private group tours, birthdays, school programs or camps, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.We have very affordable group prices and packages.
Price includes: bicycle, helmet, safety vest, water bottle and a ton of information.