About LA Walking Tours
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 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!
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!
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.
Growing up in northeastern Minnesota, it wasn’t difficult for Kelley to fall in love with the weather and incredibly diverse topography of Southern California. And now after being here since 2014 and officially calling herself an Angeleno, she has fallen in love with everything else the city has to offer as well—the food, the people, the architecture, and the endless opportunities to learn and grow. Kelley is also a sculptor, educator, and volunteer at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County holding a degree of Fine Arts and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
As a researcher, creator and presenter, Tom comes from a background of live productions, plays, documentary and feature films. Born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs, he majored in Performing Arts at Wayne State University, then studied with the Detroit Repertory Theater before moving west. After 2 years as a Universal Studios tour guide he was hired as a writer/producer for Nickelodeon TV’s “Mr. Wizard’s World”. He was then fortunate to work in both American and Natural history museums creating exhibits, and producing/directing tours, and award winning films.