What are the best tours in Los Angeles?

Sony Pictures Studios Tour

10202 W.Washington Blvd., Culver City, 323/520-8687,
Two-hour walking tours of classic soundstages, including
The Wizard of Oz and Wheel of Fortune. The rich coverage touches
on scene production, props, and the studio’s golden days.
Reservations recommended. Four tours daily, 9:30 a.m.–
2:30 p.m., Mon.–Fri. No children under 12. $25, includes parking.

Beverly Hills Trolley Tours

N. Rodeo Dr. at Dayton Way, 310/285-2438, beverlyhills.org
A whirlwind fantasy drive that blends art and architecture with
celebrity gossip and glimpses of Rodeo’s expensive clothiers.
The 40-minute tours also pass art galleries, the Museum of
Television and Radio, and the William Morris Agency (whose
clients include many of Hollywood’s A-list actors). Buy tickets
from the trolley guide; space is on a first-come, first-served
basis. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Tues.–Sat., early May through late Dec.
Tours depart on the hour, weather permitting. $5, kids $1.

Red Line Tours

6773 Hollywood Blvd., 323/402-1074, redlinetours.com
Huge variety of senior- and family-friendly walking tours of
behind-the-scenes Hollywood and Downtown. Also offers bus
drive-bys of stars’ homes. Each tour has a different running
time and schedule. Check the website or call ahead for
specifics. Reservations recommended, especially during school
vacations. Walking tours: from $20, kids from $15. Bus tours:
from $62, kids from $48.

Los Angeles Conservancy Tours

523 W. 6th St. Suite 826, 213/623-2489, laconservancy.org
Enthusiastic docents share hidden histories and facts about
L.A. architecture. Each two-and-a-half-hour walking tour
(departing Saturdays at 10 a.m.) is sprinkled with interesting
tidbits, such as rumored hauntings, neighborhood gossip,
and protests over renovations. Offerings include Downtown’s
Art Deco tour and a visit to the industrial port of San Pedro.
Reservations required. $10.