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San Francisco City Guides

San Francisco, CA 94102-4705
+1 415-557-4266
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Embarcadero Walking Tour

Starting at the beautiful Rincon Building, our guide provided an historical context and many... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
Learn about San Francisco with a local

I did three tours with the City Guides group while I was in San Francisco. The three guides made... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Hastings, United Kingdom
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City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of tours available all over town and lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
San Francisco, CA 94102-4705
Civic Center
+1 415-557-4266

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Starting at the beautiful Rincon Building, our guide provided an historical context and many details about the art murals and the many uses of the building. Then as we proceeded to walk outside, he told many stories about the historical characters and the companies (some...More

Thank 1272skidoo
Reviewed 8 December 2017

I did three tours with the City Guides group while I was in San Francisco. The three guides made the locations so much more interesting because of their knowledge and genuine interest in sharing their city with visitors. There is a huge variety of tours...More

Thank Travellerfrequent7
Reviewed 6 December 2017

A girlfriend of mine who lives in SF recommended this website to me, and I took the Golden Gate Park East tour one Friday morning. What a lovely way to spend the late morning. The tour was wonderful! Our group was small, just 7 of...More

Thank KoreyLTaylor
Reviewed 23 November 2017

We did the Chinatown city guide in August. The two ladies that managed our little group were knowledgeable, very efficient and friendly. We both, as did the wider group, greatly enjoyed the tour. What's more its free as these as local people volunteering their services,...More

Thank charlie0161
Reviewed 21 November 2017

My first experience with the San Francisco City Guides was their tour of the murals in Coit Tower. If you pick the correct time (as noted on their site), you get to actually see the "secret murals" going up to the second floor (pic attached),...More

Thank mfletch
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Nob Hill was the 9th tour I have been on. Ken B told the tale of the "Big Four" in a way that felt like we were there while mansions were built, shook and burned. His historical knowledge was wonderful, loved the story of Crocker...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

San Francisco City Guides is a volunteer organization, a program of the SF Public Library and a SF Parks Alliance partner that offers free walking tours every day of the week. A variety of topical walks cover history, architecture, arts and culture at over fifty...More

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 11 October 2017

For the past three years when we visit San Francisco, we take the City Guides walking tours. They are free and the volunteer docents know their stuff! At the end, an envelope is passed for donations to help defray administrative costs (website, brochures, etc.) Alfred...More

Thank SewingGolfer
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

When we were staying at our apartment in San Francisco, the owners had left a binder with suggestions to make our visit more enjoyable. They recommended that we take advantage of the many City Guided tours that are given by volunteers and are free! If...More

1  Thank Arthur G
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We've taken about six of these tours over the past five years. The latest was of Haight Ashbury combining a bit about the architecture with stories about the 60's counterculture. Great tour. We've also done Nob Hill, China Town, City Scapes and Public Places, Delores...More

Thank webbuzzard
Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things
government and performance-related in the city.
Although its streets are best walked during daytime,
numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to
one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz
center offer year round entertainment within the
shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold
tipped dome of City Hall.
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19 September 2017|
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Response from SFCityGuides | Property representative |
Hello! SF City Guides offers over 60 different walking tours, all of which meet in the specific neighborhood that you will be learning about. See a complete listing of our walks at our website by googling: San Francisco... More
Pamela W
6 July 2017|
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Response from Trainbook | Reviewed this property |
I would call them and ask them which tours might be good for you.
Brooke R
10 December 2016|
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Response from ocsailor | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of homeless but for the most part they don't bother the tourist to much. I took a tour that started on the steps of the library, the guide pointed out all the used needles between the concrete steps. With... More