Cartwheel Art’s most popular tour, Underground LA explores the city’s “underground” past, ranging from famous prohibition-era murders to the famous speakeasy haunts that the Hollywood elite would frequent. This tour includes a few stops under the busy streets of Los Angeles, where you’ll peek into century-old tunnels and speakeasies, alongside experiencing more modern interpretations of the city’s hidden watering holes. This tour narrative was written by Sandi Hemmerlein, an LA-based writer, who writes for her own personal blog AvoidingRegret.com, the “SoCal Wanderer” for KCET.org, and Atlas Obscura. The Underground LA tour was awarded “Editors Choice” for Best Underground Tour in October by LA Weekly in “Best Of 2017” and was featured in Eye on LA.
The Golden Age of DTLA
The Hollywood hub during the early years of the 20th century, Downtown Los Angeles is home to iconic movie palaces and historic landmarks that attracted icons such as Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino and Mary Pickford. On this tour, guests explore the cultural landmarks of the opulent Broadway Theatre district, the largest collection of historic movie theaters in the country. Host Teale Hatheway, a fourth generation Angeleno and artist, will share her behind-the-scenes stories, derived from working on the restoration of the old theaters, along with her knowledge of the neighborhood.
Downtown Los Angeles: The site of murders, mysteries, malfunctions, serial killers, suicides and spooks. Join historical journalist Hadley Meares on a walking tour through the mean streets of DTLA and discuss some of the famous criminals and crime victims who have lived and loved in the City of Angeles. Learn about the ghosts of the Cecil Hotel, the last sighting of the “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short, and the Victorian center of vice that is now the city’s government center. To ease your nerves, we’ll have a drink at some legendary bars that boast their own share of otherworldly spirits. Buckle up, its going to be a bumpy night!
Architecture & Design
Explore Los Angeles’ world-class architectural designs and building styles. On this guided walking tour, guests are immersed in the evolution of the streetscape, get exclusive access to monumental interiors, discover public art, and soak in the skyline vista from city rooftops. Host for this tour, Teale Hatheway, a fourth generation Angeleno and mixed media artist, whose work explores the intersection of observation, recollection and architecture, will share behind-the-scenes stories of exploring the downtown landscape in search of creative inspiration.
Art & Artisans
Stephen and Jodi Zeigler, owners of THESE DAYS art gallery, located in Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core, lead guests on an insider art tour. The tour begins with a brief history of their art gallery and its unique 130-year-old building, which is one of DTLA’s oldest. Afterwards, guests will explore a variety of local mural projects and meet with local artists.
The Golden Age of Cocktails (formerly titled Spirits & Speakeasies)
Join Kim Ohanneson, president of Women Who Whiskey L.A., for an intimate tour of several glamorous and/or historical Downtown L.A. libation lounges. Savor bespoke sips and spirits while relaxing in vintage surroundings – just like the City of Angels’ top-tier bootleggers who openly plied their illegal wares during Prohibition with a wink and a nod from corrupt City Hall politicos.
BOOKING THE TOURS:
Custom group tours for any day of the week can be booked by calling 213.537.0687 or contacting us HERE.
Buy tickets to our public walking tours through Eventbrite.
TOUR PRICING & SPECIAL NOTES:
- Tours must be booked 48 hours in advance.
- The available days and hours for tours vary.
- A liability waiver, in addition to a non-disclosure agreement for the Underground LA tour, is required to be signed by each guest.
MORE ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF THE TOURS:
These signature Cartwheel Art themed tours are all about excitement and discovery – introducing you to the little-known and hidden aspects of Los Angeles neighborhoods, including the DTLA Arts District. We share insider knowledge and adventure, to bring you new experiences related to art, food, drink, theater, architecture, and community. These are specific experiences Cartwheel Art Tours that were created for our hotel client, Hotel Indigo, that have now become our signature DTLA walking tours. Designed for Hotel Indigo to inspire and entertain their guests, these tours are now open to the general public.
FROM HOTEL INDIGO:
“These thoughtfully-curated tours help us convey the neighborhood story to our guests in an interactive way, and creates a very defined connection between the hotel’s design narrative and distinct attractions around downtown.” -Raymond Vermolen, General Manager of Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown hotel
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