City Guides Online Tours

City Guides is delighted to offer a selection of tours of people and places that shaped San Francisco as an online experiences. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on an online tour of the people, places and events that make San Francisco a unique and cosmopolitan city.

Our online tours are live, interactive, narrations throughout the history of San Francisco. Using historical and contemporary images as well as documents and discussion, our guides will lead you through a live discussion. These presentations run around 60 to 90 minutes with the presentation and live Q&A. They are presented via Zoom and can be enjoyed from anywhere around the globe.

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with the secure Zoom link for the on-line tour. When it is time for the actual online tour, just click on the link to join. See below for our current online tour line up. Please follow the links for more specific tour information and to sign up.

These presentations, like our in-person tours are free, but donations are appreciated.

Please note these online tours are in the Pacific Time Zone.

Our current online tours schedule include:

November Tours

Bay Trail Confidential – November 10th 7:30pm

The Bay Trail Confidential programs explores the inviting and spectacular public places along the Bay Trail route. On each show, we spotlight a particular place and have guests providing inside knowledge on what to expect and how to make the most of your visits. We also discuss the wide array of activities the Bay Trail supports such as hiking, biking, kayaking, photography, birding, swimming and many others. We talk about the wildlife you can see and history you’ll learn about along the Trail.

Each month’s show will provide specific recommendations and valuable information to help you make the most of this amazing public resource.

This online presentation is hosted by Haight-Ashbury City Guide Rodney Paul.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Bay Trail Confidential


Paris of the Pacific – November 13th 4:00pm

For one hour, City Guide Bruce Bennett tells you about the San Francisco French origins from City Planning, SF Infrastructure, Retail Industry and Restaurants. You will learn how the first French community managed to survive in San Francisco, a boomtown straight out of the mud of Yerba Buena Cove growing to well over 50,000 in a few years.

This online presentation is hosted by Paris of the Pacific City Guide Bruce Bennett.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Paris of the Pacific


Art Viewing Adventures – November 17th 7:30pm

Art Viewing Adventures is a monthly art program on Zoom in which we present artworks and discuss them.  The show is held on the 3rd Wednesday each month, and we often discuss artists and topics with a Bay Area connection.  Most of our programs are intended to be interactive, and we pose questions so attendees can provide their perspective on the artworks we discuss.

This online presentation is hosted by Haight-Ashbury City Guide Rodney Paul.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Art Viewing Adventures


Land’s End – November 18th 7:00pm

Across the West Coast, there’s few ocean vistas more arresting than Land’s End — a fact millionaire Adolph Sutro was well aware of when he built the first passenger steam train to the park in 1880.  He wasn’t done there: Sutro transformed the land, adding an elaborate public garden, renovating the quaint Cliff House and constructing the Sutro Baths, a massive swimming facility on the oceanfront.Come experience Adolph Sutro’s gift to San Franciscans.

This online presentation is hosted by Land’s End City Guide Breck Hitz.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Land’s End: Sutro Heights


Spreckels Sugar Empire – November 20th 4:00pm

Beginning in the late 1850s, Claus Spreckels arrived in San Francisco and set his sight on building his sugar empire that would later bring a tremendous amount of wealth to the Spreckels family.  The reach of the Spreckel’s sugar empire would reach from Hawaii to the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  We will be focusing on Claus Spreckels and Alma de Bretteville Spreckels contributions.

This online presentation is hosted by Paris of the Pacific City Guide Bruce Bennett.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Spreckels’ Sugar Empire


Downtown San Francisco Art Deco – November 29th 7:30pm

In the 1920s, San Francisco was a boom town. There was a building spree, and local architects began to break away from classical designs to explore the modern, sleek style of Art Deco.

Our online tour includes six of these buildings: the former Pacific Telephone Building with its Chinese motifs, the art-infused former Stock Exchange and Tower, the Egyptian-inspired Shell Building, a neo-Mayan medical building, the late-Deco Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, and one famous for its lavishly tiled exterior.

This online presentation is hosted by Downtown San Francisco Art Deco City Guide Fred Silverman.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Downtown San Francisco Art Deco


December Tours

Bay Trail Confidential – December 1st 7:30pm

The Bay Trail Confidential programs explores the inviting and spectacular public places along the Bay Trail route. On each show, we spotlight a particular place and have guests providing inside knowledge on what to expect and how to make the most of your visits. We also discuss the wide array of activities the Bay Trail supports such as hiking, biking, kayaking, photography, birding, swimming and many others. We talk about the wildlife you can see and history you’ll learn about along the Trail.

Each month’s show will provide specific recommendations and valuable information to help you make the most of this amazing public resource.

This online presentation is hosted by Haight-Ashbury City Guide Rodney Paul.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Bay Trail Confidential


Ferry Building – December 12th 11:00am

For much of the early 20th century, nobody traversed the Bay without going through the Ferry Building. At its peak in the 1930s, it was the second-busiest travel hub in the world, shuttling more than 50,000 people both to and from San Francisco each day.

This online presentation is hosted by Ferry Building City Guide Anne Hitz.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Ferry Building

For a complete list of our online tours, click here.