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.

Gold Rush City

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Relive the early history of the instant city, that was Yerba Buena. Hear how the Vigilance Committee served up frontier justice, and learn how the ghost fleet of abandoned ships became the foundation of The City. Walk the streets of Emperor Norton, Bummer, Lazarus and the original 49ers. For more information, click here.

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.


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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