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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.

    All Tours Cancelled Tue. Nov 20

    San Francisco continues to suffer from the worst air quality in memory because of smoke from the Camp Fire. The Air Quality Index has now reached levels deemed extremely unhealthy and a risk to all, and is expected to continue at this level at least for the next 24 hours.
    ALL TOURS ARE CANCELLED ON Tuesday, November 20. We hope to see you soon on a City Guides walking 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.

    APPLY TODAY TO BECOME A CITY GUIDE!!

    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!

    Click here for more details

    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.

    Click here for more information.

    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.

    Click here for more information.

    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 November 20    
    11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village (Tour Cancelled)
    11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center (Tour Cancelled)
    11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions (Tour Cancelled)
    12:00 pm - Ferry Building (Tour Cancelled)
    1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden (Tour Cancelled)
    1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold (Tour Cancelled)

    Wednesday November 21    
        Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
    9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
    10:00 am - Russian Hill, Architecture and Culture of an Island in the City
    10:00 am - Port of San Francisco: Turbulent Waterfront
    11:00 am - Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs and Gangs: A Historic Look
    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 November 22    
    Any tour that is not indicated as cancelled will be happening on this day.
    10:00 am - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold (Tour Cancelled)
    11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
    11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
    11:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
    1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
    2:00 pm - Nob Hill (Tour Cancelled)
    2:00 pm - Making Waves on the Waterfront

    Friday November 23    
    9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
    10:00 am - South of Market Architecture Stroll
    10:00 am - City Scapes And Public Places
    10:00 am - Russian Hill Stairways
    11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
    1:00 pm - Art Deco Marina
    1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
    1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
    1:30 pm - City Scapes And Public Places
    1:30 pm - Gold Rush City

    Saturday November 24    
        Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
    10:00 am - Chinatown
    10:00 am - Ferry Building
    10:00 am - North Beach (Tour Cancelled)
    10:00 am - A Touch of Glass: Glass in San Francisco's Commercial Architecture
    10:00 am - Omni Hotel Walk
    11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
    11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
    11:00 am - Port of San Francisco: Turbulent Waterfront
    11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village (Tour Cancelled)
    11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
    1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
    1:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike
    1:00 pm - Scandalous Murals of Rincon Center
    1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
    1:00 pm - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
    1:30 pm -
    2:00 pm -
    Japantown
    2:00 pm -
    2:00 pm -
    Silent Film San Francisco

    Sunday November 25    
    10:00 am - Creating Downtown (Tour Cancelled)
    11:00 am - Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
    11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
    11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
    11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
    11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
    11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury
    11:00 am -
    1:00 pm -
    Murals And The Multi-Ethnic Mission
    1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
    2:00 pm - Gold Rush City
    2:00 pm - Nob Hill
    2:00 pm -
    2:00 pm -
    Victorian San Francisco

    Monday November 26    
    9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
    10:00 am - Chinatown
    11:00 am - Bawdy & Naughty
    1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
    1:30 pm - Chinatown

    Tuesday November 27    
    10:00 am - North Beach
    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 - Japanese Tea Garden
    1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold

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