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Group Walking Tours

Explore Los Angeles' iconic architectural gems with your own personal docent!

Group tours are perfect for alumni groups, social clubs, and more!

Group tours allow you the flexibility of choosing your own starting and ending locations. Tours can also be shortened: we offer 1.5 hour versions of several of the tours, and one hour family/youth-friendly versions of Historic Downtown and Union Station.

If you are an educator who is interested in a tour for a student group, please visit our Student Walking Tours page.

For a private docent on a regularly scheduled tour, there is a twelve person minimum (subject to availability; regular fees apply).

For a private docent on a non-regularly scheduled tour, there is a minimum fee of $240 for up to twelve people. Additional guests after the first twelve are $20/general public, $10/members and youth (ages seventeen and under).

Youth and K-12 school groups tours are $10/person with a $120 minimum.

To book a group tour, fill out the Group Tour Request Form.

Below, we offer answers to frequently asked questions, as well as suggestions of tours that are best suited to groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

How big a group can I bring?

Tours can accommodate fifteen to eighteen people per docent, depending on the tour. Most tours can accommodate two groups (total of thirty-six people). 

Please note that at least one designated chaperone/group representative is required to be part of each docent group (i.e. if a group of thirty-four is divided into two groups of twelve, each group must have a designated representative accompanying them on the tour).  

How far in advance do I need to schedule and how soon will I know my tour is confirmed? 

Tours are subject to availability, so booking at least four weeks in advance is recommended. It may take up to 5 business days for us to process your request. Your first communication from us will be an email notifying you of a tentative confirmation. A firm confirmation is not provided until your Confirmation Payment has been received by us.   

What days are the tours offered? 

The Conservancy’s regularly scheduled tour day is Saturday (except for the Biltmore Hotel, which is Sunday). Groups of twelve or more can request a private docent for our regularly scheduled tours, as long as advance payment is received. Most of our tours (Art Deco, Historic Downtown, Modern Skyline, and Union Station) can be arranged for other days, subject to certain restrictions.

Please note that the following tours are available only at their regularly scheduled times: Angelino Heights, Broadway, and Biltmore Hotel.

What time are the tours? 

Most regularly scheduled tours start at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. For group tours, morning tours typically start at at 10:15 or 10:30 a.m. Afternoon tour times typically start at 1:30 or 2 p.m. but can be arranged to start later, as long as they conclude by sunset. Modern Skyline is the only tour that can be arranged for late afternoon/evening times.

How long are the tours? 

Tours as given to the public are typically 2.5 hours long. Groups can request 1.5-hour versions of Art Deco, Historic Downtown, Modern Skyline, and Union Station. Historic Downtown and Union Station also have one hour versions. The Angelino Heights, Broadway, and Biltmore Hotel tours are not offered with abbreviated versions.

How much walking is involved?

The tours are designed as walking tours, and generally cover a total distance of about 1.5 miles. The tours have varying degrees of walking difficulty, and several of the tours can be shortened if requested. However, none of the tours have rest breaks, so all participants need to be able to stand/walk the entire duration of the tour. Most of the tours are wheelchair accessible. 

Can I customize my tour? 

The Conservancy’s docents are trained on specific tour stops and information. While some tour modifications can be requested, and existing tour itineraries can always be shortened, we cannot accommodate major changes to our tour itineraries. However, you can customize your starting and/or ending location, making t easier to combine your tour with other downtown plans, such as museum visits or meals.

What do group tours cost and what is the payment process? 

For groups of twelve or more on a regularly scheduled tour day and time, a minimum charge of $180.00 applies. This is calculatated at a per-person cost of $15.00, with a 12-person minimum. Additional persons (beyond the 12-person minimum) are charged at $15 per person; $10 for Conservancy members and youth seventeen and under. 

For groups of twelve or more on a non-regularly scheduled tour day and time, a minimum charge of $240 applies. This is calculatated at a per-person cost of $20.00, with a 12-person minimum. Additional guests (beyond the 12-person minimum) are charged at $20 per person; $10/Conservancy members and youth seventeen and under.

Following receipt of your Group Tour Request, we will email you a receipt of that request. If your request can be accommodated, we then ask that a Confirmation Payment (the minimum charge) be submitted within seven days of your tour request. If your request cannot be accommodated, we will advise you accordingly. Following receipt of your Confirmation Payment, your tour is confirmed and you will receive an email advising of that status, as well as tour meeting location and other itinerary-related information. Final Payment (if any) is due seven days before tour date.

Some group tour itineraries may include or be enhanced with travel aboard Angels Flight (a funicular connecting Bunker Hill with Hill Street, directly across from Grand Central Market). The fare on Angels Flight is $1.00 per person (50 cents with TAP card) and is not included in the tour cost. Tour goers not wishing to use Angels Flight may use a parallel staircase instead. Angels Flight is wheelchair accessible.   

For specially scheduled tours for school groups (high school and younger), refer to our Student Group pages.

Conservancy tour docents do not accept tips, although additional donations are accepted on behalf of the Conservancy. 

Where should we park?

Parking downtown on the weekends costs around $5-$7 per car; parking on weekdays may be significantly higher. As an alternative to parking downtown, several of the tours are easily accessible by Metro. Additional parking information is provided upon your group tour confirmation. 

If you have other questions about Conservancy group tours, please contact the office at info@laconservancy.org or (213) 623-2489.

Suggested tours for groups

The following tours are well suited to larger groups with special scheduling requirements. These tours are generally 2.5 hours long, but can be shortened if needed.

Art Deco

An up-close look at the architecture and style of the 1920s and 1930s, full of wonderful geometric designs and distinctive artwork.

  • Moderate walking: About twelve blocks with minimal rest stops; can be shortened
  • Can accommodate up to two groups of eighteen at one time
  • Near a range of restaurants, from cafeteria to upscale

Historic Downtown

A great introduction to the architecture and history of Los Angeles, featuring some of L.A.’s best-loved landmarks such as the Biltmore Hotel, Grand Central Market, and Bradbury Building.

  • Moderate walking: About twelve blocks; can be shortened to about six blocks 
  • Can accommodate up to two groups of eighteen at one time
  • Near a range of restaurants, from cafeteria to upscale

Modern Skyline

An exploration of Los Angeles’ Central Business District, which focuses on the evolution of contemporary corporate architecture and how historic architecture fits into a “new” downtown.

  • Moderate to heavy walking: About fourteen blocks; includes steps and hills; can be shortened
  • Can accommodate up to two groups of eighteen at one time
  • Includes a great variety of public art
  • Can be done evenings after dark (known as our Modern by Moonlight tour)

Union Station

An entertaining mix of architectural, cultural, and transportation history, exploring the last great train station built in America. 

  • Easy walking; station is wheelchair accessible
  • Can accommodate up to two groups of up to eighteen people at one time
  • Indoors
  • Across from historic Olvera Street, for after-tour lunch and shopping