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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.

Megatour

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Megatour was a mega-success! It took almost a year of planning, several name changes, involved over 30 volunteer guides, covered over 9 miles, and had 24 stops. Over 100 walkers participated from all over the Bay Area and beyond. Megatour was a perfect way to celebrate our 40 years showing off San Francisco at its best. We look forward to planning next year's event. Congratulations and job well done to Rodney Paul, Michael Meadows and the entire Megatour planning committee.

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.

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Become a guide

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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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    

Tuesday August 14    
10:00 am - Club Land - Architecture and Culture of San Francisco's Grand Old Clubs
10:00 am - Scandalous Murals of Rincon Center
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
11:00 am - Potrero Hill
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - 1850s SAN FRANCISCO: PARIS DU PACIFIQUE
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - North of the Panhandle
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold

Wednesday August 15    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - Port of San Francisco: Turbulent Waterfront
11:00 am - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
2:00 pm - Downtown Deco
2:00 pm - Nob Hill

Thursday August 16    
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
11:00 am - SOMA & Yerba Buena Gardens
11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Fort Mason To Aquatic Park
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
4:00 pm - Theatre In San Francisco
5:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike

Friday August 17    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - Making Waves on the Waterfront
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 - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
1:30 pm - City Scapes And Public Places
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City

Saturday August 18    
    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 - Russian Hill, Architecture and Culture of an Island in the City
10:00 am - Ferry Building
10:00 am - Mission Murals
10:00 am - Chinatown
11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
11:00 am - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
1:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
2:00 pm - Land's End: Sutro Heights
2:00 pm - Silent Film San Francisco
4:00 pm - Undercover Folsom Street

Sunday August 19    
10:00 am - Cow Hollow
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
11:00 am - Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs and Gangs: A Historic Look
11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury
11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
11:00 am - Downtown Deco
11:00 am - Dogpatch and Potrero Point
11:00 am - Billionaire's Row: Outer Broadway Architecture
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
1:00 pm - American History in Golden Gate Park
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
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
7:00 pm - North Beach By Night

Monday August 20    
    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 - Chinatown
10:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
11:00 am - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
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!)
7:00 pm - North Beach By Night

Tuesday August 21    
10:00 am - Russian Hill, Architecture and Culture of an Island in the City
11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
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 - Haight-Ashbury
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold

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