Los Angeles, California audio tour: Gambling Built the Sunset Strip

About the Tour

For 80 years the Sunset Strip has sparked the culture of America with behaviors that have now become normal, like dancing to rock music, gambling at casinos, smoking Marijuana and same sex marriage. And while the heat that the Strip generated from its nightlife sparks have spread out across the entire country, the sources of those sparks – the original ignition points that heated the action on the Sunset Strip – all came from gambling. This tour takes you through the Strip's transformation.

Tour Producer


Aric Allen

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Major Landmarks

  • Viper Room Los Angeles

Directions to Starting Point

Out front of the shopping plaza at 8000 Sunset Boulevard.

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Places to stop along the way

Best burger is at Burger Lounge (8539 West Sunset Blvd). Also, Book Soup (8818 Sunset Boulevard) is a wonderful bookstore filled with great art, film, and music sections.

Best time of day

Sunset Boulevard is good at sunset, as you might expect, but early Sunday morning is best. The Strip is empty like a ghost town, like an abandoned movie set.


In mid-afternoon the sun will be intense with little shade. Also, Los Angeles is the hit and run capital of the United States, so always look both ways.


I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! I walked it but you could actually drive it as well in the early morning when there’s less traffic, and possibility of parking spaces to stop by the side of the road. I loved the guide’s take on the area, deep knowledge and personal stories. His original cadence and style lent a genuine mood to the experience.

Posted by Joe , over 3 years ago

I listened to the tour without walking it but thoroughly enjoyed it. well done

Posted by Adam Malovani , about 6 years ago

A fun and interesting tour!

Posted by Claire , over 6 years ago


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Gambling Built the Sunset Strip