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Trek L.A.'s Coolest 'Lesser Known' Neighborhoods, Starting in San Pedro

Korean Bell in San Pedro. Photo by Ryan Stavely via Flickr.
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Los Angeles is such a vast metropolis with so many under-the-radar neighborhoods that it's difficult to get a taste of what all is out there. Fortunately, L.A. Commons will kick off another summer series of walking tours to help string together the city of cities a little tighter.

Neighborhood explorations will include Boyle Heights, Byzantine Latino Quarter, East Hollywood, Highland Park, Leimert Park, Little Tehran, Macarthur Park and San Pedro.

The first "Trekking LA" tour starts this Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at L.A.'s southern most tip in San Pedro. Tickets are $10. A local tour guide is said to have "encyclopedic knowledge of the area," so it goes without saying that San Pedro will be pronounced the "right" way with a long e. (Locals are serious about the long e.)

The tour starts at Angels Gate Cultural Center for a brief look back at when the area served as an upper reservation for Fort MacArthur, protecting the coast from enemy invasion. Tour goers will head up to the Korean Bell for panoramic views out to Catalina Island and down to the Port of L.A., where the city's new battleship will arrive on May 24.

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Next Trekking LA Tours
Little Tehran: Food, Fun & Farsi on May 26

The Other Hollywood (East Hollywood) on June 9.

L.A. Commons is a non-profit group that started Trekking LA in 2006 to help locals and tourists discover and experience the art, food, music and cultural history of often overlooked destinations like Highland Park, Leimert Park and East Hollywood.