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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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October Neighborhood Tours

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During the month of October, City Guides will offer additional tours of some lesser known San Francisco neighborhoods. Go off the beaten path and discover hidden treasures in communities like the Excelsior, Parkside, or Visitacion Valley.

Click here to see a list of our special October walking tours

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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 click here for more information on booking private group tours.

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.

City Guides tours rated "Best" by 7x7

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7x7 magazine has named City Guides as the Best SF Walking Tour. "City Guides is proud," said Executive Director Michael Cushing, "to be recognized by yet another Best of SF List! Thank you 7x7 Magazine, our volunteer guides appreciate the well-deserved praise."

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    

Thursday October 30    
10:00 am - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold
11:00 am - Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs and Gangs: A Historic Look
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Sacred Places In San Francisco
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
2:00 pm - Financial District

Friday October 31    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden/Stow Lake/Strawberry Hill
10:00 am - City Scapes And Public Places (Tour Cancelled)
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 Earthquake Refuge to National Park
1:30 pm - City Scapes And Public Places (Tour Cancelled)
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City

Saturday November 1    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
10:00 am - Mission Murals
10:00 am - North Beach
10:00 am - Russian Hill Stairways
10:00 am - Omni Hotel Walk
10:00 am - Chinatown
11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike
1:00 pm - Fort Mason To Aquatic Park
1:00 pm - Palace Of Fine Arts/Marina
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
2:00 pm - Land's End: Sutro Heights
2:00 pm - Mission Bay: Hidden Waters
2:00 pm - Japantown, Urban Renewal and the Fillmore Jazz District

Sunday November 2    
10:00 am - Cow Hollow
11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
11:00 am - Rising Steel: Two Centuries Of San Francisco Architecture
11:00 am - Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury
11:00 am - Dogpatch and Potrero Point
11:00 am - Downtown Deco
11:00 am - Billionaire's Row: Outer Broadway Architecture
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
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

Monday November 3    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
10:00 am - Chinatown
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Chinatown

Tuesday November 4    
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
12:00 pm - Main Library Tour
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold

Wednesday November 5    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
11:00 am - Golden Gate Park: West End
11:00 am - Tastes & Tales Of North Beach
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
2:00 pm - Downtown Deco
2:00 pm - Land's End: Sutro Heights
4:00 pm - Theatre In San Francisco

Thursday November 6    
10:00 am - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
11:00 am - Landmark Victorians Of Alamo Square
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - Ferry Building
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - Fort Mason To Aquatic Park
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
2:00 pm - Nob Hill

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