View of downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Walking Tour | Monthly

Modern Skyline

Saturday, August 12, 2023

10:30 a.m.

Think skyscrapers aren’t historic? Think again! After seeing how downtown L.A. has evolved over the past century, you’ll see our beloved skyline in a whole new way.
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View of downtown Los Angeles skyline.

About This Tour

L.A. may not be known for its skyscrapers, but the ones downtown pack quite a punch! L.A.’s skyline is studded with towers that tell the story of the city’s evolution, from iconic Art Deco structures to inventive Late Modern hotels to contemporary corporate design office buildings.

You’ll get up close to the public art tucked away within the plazas of these sleek high-rises, and see details that you’ve never noticed before. You’ll also step inside the ‘70s when you visit the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, one of L.A.’s most recognizable and beloved Late Modern buildings.

Notice: Starting January 1st, rates will be $18 for members and $25 for the general public. All tickets purchased before December 31, 2023, including tickets for dates in 2024, will still retain the current price.

See below for more information about our COVID-19 safety policies. 

Registration required

Approx. 2 hrs.

Route covers about ten blocks; includes stairs and hills

Not wheelchair accessible

No pets

Strollers not recommended

Ticket Information




General Public



View of downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Upcoming Modern Skyline Tours

View of downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Details & Getting There

Key Information

The route includes steps and hills, and low light of twilight and evening will require more caution when walking.

Distance covered: About 1 mile total walking

Meeting location: We will start our tour at Maguire Gardens at the Central Library. Additional location information will be sent upon registration.

Parking: Available in nearby lots for $10 or less for the evening

Metro: Tour starts within a few blocks of the 7th/Metro Center station, serving the A,B,D, and E lines. For details, visit


Important Policies and Covid-19 Safety

  • Tour will run rain or shine.
  • The L.A. Conservancy highly recommends but does not require wearing a face mask.
  • The L.A. Conservancy highly recommends but does not require being vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • You can change your reservation date if you contact us at at least 24 hours before your original reservation date.
  • If a member of your party is in a wheelchair, please let us know in advance by emailing

Additional Details

For additional details, see below.

All participants in the Los Angeles Conservancy-sponsored Walking Tours knowingly and freely accept and assume all risks, both known and unknown, and AGREE TO RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, NOT SUE, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Los Angeles Conservancy, its principals, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, agents and other participants from any and all claims, damages (including medical expenses and attorneys’ fees), injuries and expenses arising out of, or resulting from your voluntary attendance/participation in Walking Tours.

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Major funding for the Los Angeles Conservancy’s educational programs is provided by the LaFetra Foundation and the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.