Downtown Los Angeles is making a huge comeback and the Los Angeles Conservancy is taking visitors to the area on breathtaking tours that explore the history and the unique architecture of the City of Angels. Since 1980, the Los Angeles Conservancy has introduced thousands of native Southern Californians and tourists from all over the world to the rich culture that defines downtown LA. Regularly scheduled walking tours led by knowledgeable docents educate our guests about what makes the heart of Los Angeles tick.
The hospitality service professionals at Holiday Inn Burbank recommend two tours for our guests who have either never stepped foot in downtown LA or are returning to the area but have not heard about the wildly popular tours.
Union Station Tour
As one of the most iconic architectural gems located in downtown LA, Union Station fascinates the young and the young at heart. With an opening in 1939, Union Station became the last majestic looking railway station constructed within the United States. The dazzling blend of art deco and Spanish colonial revival architecture highlights the golden era of rail travel. Tens of thousands of commuters travel to and from the centrally located railway station every day
The tour passes through most of Union Station, from the renowned Waiting Room shown in numerous Hollywood pictures to the Fred Harvey Restaurant. Visitors walk through the tunnel and spend considerable time learning about the logistics of the railway system at trackside.
Tours begin every Saturday at 10 am and last approximately 2-1/2 hours. The walking route covers about one mile, without stairs or sharp inclines to navigate. Visitors meet at the Alameda Street entrance lobby 15 minutes before departure. Reservations are required for tickets that cost $15 for the general public. Check out the LA Conservancy website to find out about the upcoming tour dates.
Art Deco Tour
The Los Angeles Conservancy Art Deco tour takes an extensive look into the architecture style that defined Los Angeles during the Roaring 20s. No other cultural feature reminds us of the Jazz Age than the clean lines and symmetrical geometrical patterns that make several downtown LA buildings structural masterpieces. The docents who lead this tour describe how art deco found a home in Los Angeles, as well as how the architects blended lush materials to complement the brilliant building colors.
Some of the buildings you can expect to pass include Eastern Columbia Lofts, as well as the Los Angeles Central Library and the Title Guarantee & Trust Building. Tours start promptly at 10 am on Saturdays, with the length of the tour covering twelve blocks and moving up some stairs and a few inclines. The 2-1/2 hour tour costs $15 for non-conservancy members. Visitors who make reservations have priority over walk-ins. Check out the tour dates for August and September here.
Downtown Los Angeles is about eight miles directly south of Holiday Inn Burbank. Our guests hop on Interstate 5 to reach the downtown exit that takes them to their tour starting points.