Private Walking Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases in Los Angeles, CA

Travel Curious1850 W Silver Lake DriveLos Angeles, CA 90026
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Notice the details that make Silver Lake different from the rest of Los Angeles in this guided walking tour! Step into one of the city’s eccentric and hip neighborhoods and discover its beloved painted staircases. Get lost in the color and the murals by both old and new artists, all the while learning all about its significance to the people of the area!

up to 2.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • See the stairway capital of Los Angeles!
  • Tour duration is approximately 2.5 hours long.
  • Suitable for culture vultures of all ages.
  • Includes a drink (coffee or tea) at a local coffee shop.
  • Additional food & drinks are not included.
  • This is an exclusive tour with just you, your group and your guide.
  • There are approximately 800+ steps up/down staircases on this tour.
  • Bring your camera!


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Silver Lake is a vibrant and beautiful section of East Los Angeles, with a fun, hipster character. During your private walking tour of Silver Lake’s Painted Staircases, you will:
  • Meet your guide at the Silver Lake Recreation Center, where you will get a quick introduction to the tour.
  • Immerse yourself in the Silver Lake neighborhood, where your guide will lead you to the famous painted staircases.
  • Ascend the Swan Stairs, about 287 steps, where you can stop for breaks and photo ops.
  • Descend the Cicero Stairs (90 steps) until you reach Sunset Blvd. Stop for a coffee break and snack at a local coffee shop.
  • Go about 200 steps up the Lower Micheltorena Stairs and head towards the Descanso Stairway, where you will descend another 139 steps to a nice viewpoint, with photo ops along the way.
  • Walk the 90 steps up the Murray Stairs, with a short, steep walk up to the Effie/Rotary Stairs, before heading back down to the Recreation Center.
    On this private walking tour, you will step past bright swatches of yellow, orange, purple and green; past painted red hearts and other colourful decor as you ascend higher up Silver Lakes’ famous painted staircases, decorated by local artists. Here you will find a mix of old and new – and part of the neighbourhood’s revival are these fabulous staircases which have become the shining star of Silver Lake.

We recommend wearing good walking or tennis shoes for this tour, but it is not required. Do try to dress in comfortable layers, as you will no doubt work up a sweat! Coffee and a snack at a local coffee stop are included in your tour. And don’t forget your camera or make space on your phone, as there will be many opportunities to stop for photos along the way.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Private Walking Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases at Silver Lake Recreation Center - 1850 W Silver Lake Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90026, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this tour?

The Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases is approximately 2.5 hours.

What does the tour include?

This tour includes a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. Travel Curious tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please call the number provided on your e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests.

What will we see on the Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) The Silver Lake Recreation Center, the department that provides recreational programs across LA (2) Silver Lake neighborhood, the stairway capital of LA (3) Swan Stairs and its 287 steps full of Evelyn Leigh's artwork (4) Cicero Stairs, the unpainted pathway to Sunset Blvd where you can take a coffee and snack break (5) The Lower Micheltorena Stairs, with its quirky murals, and the Descanso Stairway for breathtaking viewpoints of LA (6) Murray Stairs, known as the piano stairs, and the steep Effie/Rotary Stairs

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in the Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and free street parking available near the departure point. Most garages nearby charge according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advice on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the Tour of Silver Lake's Painted Staircases will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities (optional)!

What should I wear?

Casual clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Will there be other people on the tour?

This is a private walking tour, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.