On this tour, we will explore the heart of San Francisco. Join us and you’ll discover who San Franciscans are. You’ll see what we care about, what we spend our time on, and how we designed this city to be a beautiful place to live. You’ll see the history of the construction of the city, the destruction caused by the great earthquake and fire of 1906, and how the rebuilding created one of the greatest cities in the world. You’ll also see why every building in the area looks so interesting and unique, with hidden places in the middle of downtown that even the locals don’t know about!
Sites we cover include:
- The "Path of Gold" through the heart of the city
- The famous San Francisco Ferry Building
- Hidden parks of the city, built on the tops of buildings or in hollowed-out banks
- Amazing art deco skyscrapers
- The Palace Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in San Francisco for many years. (And built with stolen money!)
We also have a highlight version of this tour that explores Market Street as a self paced Audio Tour. (Esto también está disponible en español!)
Where: We meet just outside the Embarcadero BART station, at the corner of Market Street & Spear Street. We will be on the south side of Market Street (if you're looking at Market, the tall Ferry building tower should be on your right. Use our Google map for directions to the tour starting point. Look for your guide with the orange shirt.
Duration: The tour lasts about 2 hours. The total walking is just over one mile (1.6km).
When: View our Calendar
Cost: This is a name-your-own-price tour. That means the tour is free to attend, and at the end of the tour, you decide how much the tour was worth to you. Our guides are happy to take cash or credit card, whatever is most convenient to you!
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