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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.

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.

City Guides tours rated "Best" by 7x7

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7x7 magazine has named City Guides as the Best SF Walking Tour. "City Guides is proud," said Executive Director Michael Cushing, "to be recognized by yet another Best of SF List! Thank you 7x7 Magazine, our volunteer guides appreciate the well-deserved praise."

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.

Keep In Touch

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APPLY TODAY TO BECOME A CITY GUIDE!!

Become a guide

Next training is scheduled to begin January 2016!

San Francisco City Guides is looking for volunteers to give our famous historical neighborhood walking tours. As the official ambassadors of San Francisco, locals and visitors love City Guides volunteers and the stories they share. Fill out an application today!

But it's not just about history! Since 1978 our free walks have created something far more important, a sense of place. In an ever-changing city our impact is so important!

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 Upcoming Tours    

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

Tuesday March 31    
10:00 am - Russian Hill Stairways
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 April 1    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
11:00 am - Golden Gate Park: West End
11:00 am - Tastes & Tales Of North Beach
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
2:00 pm - Downtown Deco

Thursday April 2    
11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - Ferry Building
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Fort Mason To Aquatic Park
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
5:30 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike (Tour Cancelled)

Friday April 3    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden/Stow Lake/Strawberry Hill
10:00 am - City Scapes And Public Places
10:00 am - South of Market Architecture Stroll
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Golden Gate Park: East End
1:00 pm - Presidio: From Earthquake Refuge to National Park
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
1:30 pm - City Scapes And Public Places
2:00 pm - Victorian San Francisco

Saturday April 4    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
10:00 am - North Beach
10:00 am - Russian Hill Stairways
10:00 am - Mission Murals
10:00 am - Omni Hotel Walk
10:00 am - Chinatown
11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Palace Of Fine Arts/Marina
1:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike
1:00 pm - Fort Mason To Aquatic Park
2:00 pm - Land's End: Sutro Heights
2:00 pm - Mission Bay: Hidden Waters
2:00 pm - Japantown, Urban Renewal and the Fillmore District

Sunday April 5    
10:00 am - Cow Hollow (Tour Cancelled)
11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury
11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
11:00 am - Rising Steel: Downtown Design
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - Dogpatch and Potrero Point
11:00 am - Downtown Deco
11:00 am - Billionaire's Row: Outer Broadway Architecture
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Noe Valley: A Village Within the City (Tour Cancelled)
2:00 pm - Victorian San Francisco
2:00 pm - Gold Rush City
2:00 pm - Nob Hill

Monday April 6    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - Chinatown
10:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Chinatown
3:00 pm - Palace Hotel - Lecture

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