About Downtown LA Walking Tours
Downtown LA Walking Tours was formed in 2009 with the goal of engaging those with a hunger for learning about Los Angeles. The tours aim to inform our guests of the history of LA's vibrant neighborhoods, immerse them in the current developments of the city and prepare them for the exciting future ahead. Tours are tailored for tourists enjoying a brief stay and the seasoned local alike, providing an educational and captivating glimpse into our dynamic city. Each guest comes away learning something new and fascinating about the City of Angels!
Neel founded Downtown LA Walking Tours in 2009. As a previous volunteer at LA Union Station, Neel recognized locals and tourists alike were interested in exploring and learning the history of Los Angeles. Neel has been watching the growth of LA since moving into the Downtown neighborhood in 2007. He has a strong passion for the community, attends local civic events, walks the streets each day and is constantly educating himself on the ever changing neighborhood. Neel is eager to share his excitement and enthusiasm of his hometown in each of his tours!
Robert is an artist and a native Angelino. He has a deep passion for the arts, the city, its history and its people. Exhibiting regularly, he is entrenched in the vibrant art scene throughout Los Angeles and is honored to share his knowledge and passion with everyone. Many artists have come to rely on him to help make connections with others to foster a growing community of collaboration that help make this city a friendly and exciting place to live, work and visit.
Julia is a Los Angeles native and loves learning about and exploring cities. She is a florist, writer, and researcher with a passion for photography and all things travel-related, and a Master’s Degree in Art History. While working at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum, Julia discovered a love for leading tours, and now she looks forward to sharing historical, architectural, fashion, and flower facts with locals and tourists alike!
AJ grew up in Venezuela, in a culturally diverse household where American movies made a lasting impression on him. He set out to Los Angeles, knowing this was the city where he could nurture the future he envisions for himself. Los Angeles is that culturally diverse city that goes hand in hand with many amazing stories. AJ is passionate about learning and sharing great stories like those, that stay with people and that move them. Guiding tours is an excellent opportunity for AJ to share Los Angeles' amazing stories with visitors from all over the world.
Phil was born and raised in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains just to the north of the City of Los Angeles, and has lived in Southern California his whole life. Constantly curious about his birthplace, he loves to read and talk about the city and its interesting path to modern metropolis. Phil enjoys the outdoor opportunities LA provides, having climbed most of the peaks visible from the tallest downtown buildings. He also enjoys the varied culinary options available in the city, especially the world famous Dodger Dog!
Chris grew up in Pasadena and has enjoyed taking the Gold Line into Chinatown, Downtown and Hollywood since he was in middle school. His passion for learning and education has led him to Italy as a student, Japan as a teacher and back to Los Angeles where he is currently in Cal State LA’s World History program. Chris is excited to lead tours about the city he loves, sharing his knowledge and passion with locals and visitors alike!
As an Army brat, Sabrina grew up traveling all over the world. After she planted roots in Los Angeles, she worked as an actor, event planner, and teacher before discovering that a career as a tour guide brought all of these passions together. Now she loves showing guests and residents alike around Los Angeles, hoping to teach them something new and help them love this crazy city as much as she does!
Cheyenne is an artist, actor, narrator, tour guide, and educator whose neverending interests drive her all around the world seeking new experiences and adventures. She holds a degree of Cultural Anthropology and Theatre Arts from Cleveland State University. Los Angeles has captured her heart with its limitless diversity, vibrance, and intrigue, and sharing it with others has become one of her most rewarding passions. When she's not guiding, acting, or narrating, you can likely find her hiking in the mountains, roaming the woods trying to befriend the insects, sniffing books in the library, or stuffing her face with delicious food.
Angela is a native of Los Angeles and loves her city! For most of her career as a teacher and counselor, she has travelled extensively and visited most of the continents of the world. As a member of several historical preservation societies and with the LA Convention and Tourism Board at Union Station, Angela’s new career in tourism is a labor of love. She enjoys preserving LA’s story while giving visitors and residents good memories and experiences like she was given by others on her world travels. Angela looks forward to sharing a walking tour with you!
Derek is an Actor/ Filmmaker, a Travel Agent and a self proclaimed history geek! He loves exploring destinations and sharing the stories that give them life. His favorite destination is the place he’s called home for the past 15 years: Los Angeles! Derek is also an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, cocktail savant and sports junkie. Sharing the great history and secrets of Los Angeles is a true joy.