Esotouric Tours takes you through the underbelly of LA’s seediest streets

With 14 different tours, Esotouric Bus Tours has cornered the market on weird in the City of Angels

Los Angeles is without a doubt one of the weirdest places in the world. It’s also one of the most visited cities in the country, and for good reason. With countless historic tours, guided walks, and famous locations to visit, you’ll have plenty of chances to pound the historic pavement. However, if you’re looking for a tour a little (okay a lot) off the beaten path, Esotouric Bus Adventures is definitely right up your alley... 


With 14 different tours, Esotouric Bus Tours has cornered the market on weird in the City of Angels. The The Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour heads to all the grisly destinations associated with the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short. Considered by many to be one of the most compelling, unsolved murders of all time - right up there with Jack the Ripper. 

The Hotel Horrors tour heads off to the city’s most notorious hotels, like the Cecil Hotel, the old haunt of the infamous murderer the Night Stalker, and even the Skid Row Slasher. 

“Blood & Dumplings rolls through Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, revealing dozens of weird, forgotten crimes and oddities from the valley's past. Highlights include the mysterious Man from Mars Bandit, the lesbian couple whose bickering over spending cash resulted in one pumping the other full of downers until she died, the young bride who spent her wedding day buried under her parents' house, the battling neo-Nazis of El Monte, Phil Spector's spooky castle and the little bar where James Ellroy's murdered mother Jean had her last drink.” -

Literary fans can jump aboard the “Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles,” or you could always take the Lowdown on Downtown tour. This tour takes groups through downtown to reveal the history of “urban redevelopment, public policy, protest, power and the police.” 

“This is a tour about the populated, vibrant mid-20th Century Downtown Los Angeles you've only heard about, and about the 21st Century Downtown that can rise again with a richness of heritage and quality of life leaving natives and visitors gaping in disbelief. This is a tour about Downtown's invisible neighborhoods and great public spaces which managed to escape the wrecking ball.”-

If you’re going to be visiting LA, or even if you’re a long-time native of the city, Esotouric Bus Tours is pretty much guaranteed to take you on an adventure to some of the most insanely unique places in LA's offbeat history.


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