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Free Walking Tours of San Francisco

We are local volunteers who love the City, its history, lore and legends...and we're ready to share it all with you.
Start by reading our Frequently Asked Questions. Then see our list of tours, current schedule or select a tour by neighborhood.

Our free (donations welcome!), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public but NOT open to parties of 8 or more. If you plan to bring 8 or more walkers to a regular tour, please book a private group tour.

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Fairmont Hotel Tour
The 'Grand Dame' of San Francisco


Fairmont Hotel Tour: Oh if the walls of the Fairmont could only talk, the tales they could tell. Walls can't talk but your City Guide can and will. There are tales of mistresses, murder, fraud, drunkards, and prohibition. The walls hold stories of Presidents and politicians, royalty and dignitaries, and the rich and famous all woven into the history of the Fairmont Hotel. Register for this tour and you will discover the secret tales of the "Grand Dame."
Note: This tour is offered on a registration basis only. You must register on line. Click here to see available dates and make (or cancel) a reservation for the Fairmont Hotel tour.

Diego Rivera Mural at the Stock Exchange Tower


The Diego Rivera mural "Allegory of California" is in an area normally closed to the public. Once each month, however, this mural can be viewed by participants in a reservations only City Guides tour Click here for more information and to see available dates and make (or cancel) a reservation for the tour.

Golden Gate Park Tours

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San Francisco City Guides and San Francisco Parks Alliance have joined forces to offer enticing new tours of Golden Gate Park. The first tours to be offered are:

Private Group Tours

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Play tourist on your own turf and explore San Francisco the best way possible - on foot with City Guides. For a modest donation, let us arrange a private tour for your group.

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School Tours

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San Francisco City Guides offers a unique opportunity to enhance your students' classroom experiences. For your next field trip, join a trained volunteer guide on a tour of San Francisco.

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Our Guides Write

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GuideLines is the monthly newsletter for City Guides containing historical articles written by our tour guides.

Click here to learn more about the fascinating history of San Francisco.

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 Upcoming Tours    

Monday December 10    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - Chinatown
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
11:00 am - Bawdy & Naughty
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Chinatown

Tuesday December 11    
10:00 am - Scandalous Murals of Rincon Center
11:00 am - Potrero Hill
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold

Wednesday December 12    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:30 am - Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs and Gangs: A Historic Look
11:00 am - SOMA & Yerba Buena Gardens (Tour Cancelled)
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge (Tour Cancelled)
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
2:00 pm - Nob Hill

Thursday December 13    
10:00 am - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold
10:00 am - A Touch of Glass: Glass in San Francisco's Commercial Architecture
11:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
1:00 pm - North of the Panhandle
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
2:00 pm - Nob Hill

Friday December 14    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - South of Market Architecture Stroll
10:00 am - City Scapes And Public Places
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Art Deco Marina
1:00 pm - Fort Mason Historic District
1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
1:30 pm - City Scapes And Public Places
2:00 pm - Dogpatch and Potrero Point

Saturday December 15    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
10:00 am - North Beach
10:00 am - Omni Hotel Walk
10:00 am - Ferry Building
10:00 am - Mission Murals
10:00 am - Chinatown
10:30 am - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
11:00 am - Potrero Hill
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM (Tour Cancelled)
1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
1:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
2:00 pm - Silent Film San Francisco
2:00 pm - Land's End: Sutro Heights
4:00 pm - Undercover Folsom Street

Sunday December 16    
10:00 am - Cow Hollow
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
11:00 am - Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury
11:00 am - Dogpatch and Potrero Point
11:00 am - Downtown Deco
11:00 am - Billionaire's Row: Outer Broadway Architecture
11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - American History in Golden Gate Park
1:30 pm - Noe Valley: A Village Within the City
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
2:00 pm - Gold Rush City
2:00 pm - Victorian San Francisco

Monday December 17    
    Click here for reservation information for the Diego Rivera Mural at the Stock Exchange Tower tour
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
10:00 am - Chinatown
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM (Tour Cancelled)
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Palace Of Fine Arts/Marina
1:30 pm - Chinatown
3:00 pm - Diego Rivera Mural at the Stock Exchange Tower (RESERVATIONS ONLY!)

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