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hidden cities • 3 days, 2 nights

City of Secrets: Underground in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
hidden cities • 3 days, 2 nights

City of Secrets: Underground in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Urban Exploration

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from $830 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

Alongside local artists, historians, and a curious cohort of Atlas Obscura and Tastemade travelers, spend three days exploring the hidden histories and myriad cultures that give Los Angeles its undeniable energy and edge. Wander along mural-lined streets with a resident artist, sip cocktails in an underground speakeasy, and hike into hills that house Deco-era ruins. Along the way, you’ll have some time to take in the natural and human-made beauty of the city—from sweeping hilltop vistas to little-known lighthouses overlooking the ocean.

Highlights
  • Street art tour with a resident artist
  • Cocktails in a historic speakeasy
  • Hikes through hidden ruins
  • Surf and skate culture

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Hadley Meares
Hadley Meares is a historical journalist and tour guide. A frequent contributer to outlets including Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine and LAist, she has a special love for Los Angeles as a city of sun and a city of shadows (more about that on her podcast Underbelly LA). She is also a longtime local tour guide for both Atlas Obscura and Cartwheel Art, and loves nothing more than helping people explore her adopted hometown.
Cindy Schwarzstein
Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art, and Executive Director of Art At The Rendon, is an art curator, event producer, and community leader based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. She has been creating and hosting cultural events and educational programming for more than twenty-five years and is deeply involved in the culture, commerce, and community of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles awarded Schwarzstein a certificate of recognition for her “exemplary commitment and outstanding service” in bringing World Art Day to Los Angeles, which involved creating programming for twenty-five different gallery events. An Aspire Magazine cover story named Schwarzstein one of the top six community leaders of Downtown Los Angeles, describing her as a “savvy insider.”

Additional Info

Accommodations

Accommodations are not included in your trip, but there are wonderful hotels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and local lodging options available in Los Angeles. There are also many Airbnb options in West Hollywood, Los Feliz, and Santa Monica.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.

Arrival & Departure

We recommend you arrive in L.A. by 9 a.m. on Day 1. Our trip concludes after dinner on Day 3, and you can continue on to your next adventure that evening or the following morning. 

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to five miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.

Included
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that L.A. has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance through Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
Excluded
  • Accommodation throughout the trip. Your guide is happy to provide recommendations for places to stay.
  • Transportation to and from starting point/ending point.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers (recommendations for travel between the airport and your accommodations will be provided).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a U.S. visa, if applicable.
  • Transportation throughout the trip.
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