Beverly Hills Walking Tour: "A Step Back in History"

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Before it was known as Beverly Hills, the city offered a wealth of natural resources including oil and water, a particularly precious commodity in Southern California at the time. The city came to be known as Beverly Hills in the early 1900s and was incorporated in 1914 – a turning point as development of The Beverly Hills Hotel and other buildings brought a new crowd to the city. Movie industry types began to make this their home and Beverly Hills developed a reputation for glamour and luxury that still holds true today.

This self-guided walking tour takes you to several iconic historical spots in Beverly Hills to learn about the city’s diverse heritage.

Tour stops include:

  • The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts: formerly the city’s Post Office, the center is built in the classic Italian Renaissance style;
  • Beverly Hills Sign & Lily Pond: one of the city’s first landmarks, the pond was installed in 1907;
  • The Electric Fountain: this very large fountain, built in 1931, was designed to symbolize the fertility and abundance of Beverly Hills;
  • The Beverly Hilton: this iconic hotel is a classic example of mid-century modern architecture;
  • The Paley Center for Media: since opening in 1996, the center has been a regarded source for radio and television programming in the country;
  • Nat ‘n Al: this traditional delicatessen opened its doors in 1945 and has been serving delicious deli fare ever since;
  • Brighton Coffee Shop: the oldest coffee shop in Beverly Hills, Brighton opened in the early 1930’s;
  • Fred Hayman Place: designed by Fred Hayman, the “Father of Rodeo Drive”, this spot attracted some of the most talented fashion designers and celebrity clientele;
  • Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills: formerly the Beverly Carlton Hotel, the hotel was once the residence of world famous actress Marilyn Monroe.

Download and print the full itinerary and map here. Since it is self-guided, the tour can easily be modified to your taste and timeframe.

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