Our round trip starts at Grand Central Market, at our "Tour Meets Here" sign on Hill St. We cruise through Little Tokyo to the heart of the Arts District Bloom's Square/Angel City Brewery; you'll hear about the AD's former history; sprouting up around the train depot & farm industry that flourished at the turn of the century. Next up The American Hotel, est. 1905 as a respite for African American's during segregation, and later, pioneering artists. Our first off-bike exploration is at the Arts District Co-op, artisan warehouse. Then on to the Container Yard/Barker Block neighborhood, full of changing, large format murals. Bring your cameras because you've never seen so much open air art. We roll past cafes, distilleries, and highlight new developments & history in front of the Biscuit Co. Lofts. Along the way we'll point out the notable eateries popping up in this industrial neighborhood, and check out the big business players such as Hyperloop, Spotify, Warner Brothers Music and Soho House. Next up SCI-ARC school of architecture, then to our final off-bike break at Hauser & Wirth Gallery complex. This tour goes deeper in to the AD than most people venture, and reveals street art in hidden alleys not many know about. Throughout the tour you'll hear about artists behind the murals, the balance and politics, new development and keeping artists in the Arts District.
I've been a High School Teacher, traveller and Downtown L.A. resident for a few decades now. On midnight rambles by bike, I've covered every street and alley in DTLA. I want everyone to love cycling this city as I do, so I've chosen a route that's easy, a little off the beaten path and features the most interesting parts of the Arts District. Together with an artist friend of mine, Jenna, we've run Handlebar Bike Tours for 3 years now, focusing on DTLA. Check out my other DTLA experiences, Historic Core bike tour here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/243994 or Twilight Tour here: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1325490
Bike, helmet, guided tour w/amplified narration
There are 10 narrated stops; we tell you the past present and future of this emerging neighborhood. We have 2 off-bike breaks where guests explore 10-15 minutes on their own at Hauser and Wirth fine art gallery and the Arts District Co-op, a collective of textiles made by local artists. The highlight of this tour is the Murals, from fine artist, to street artists and taggers. The AD is an open air gallery, you just have to know where to look!
12歳以上の方8名まで参加できます。 Guests should be comfortable riding a bike next to cars and observe rules of traffic.
Please arrive 10 min. prior. Guest must sign a waiver & wear helmet. Bikes have a small bag, drink holder and rack. We will not hold the group more than 10 min if late. Message for parking/metro info My other DTLA bike tour that hits Lonely Planet's top 10: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/243994