San Francisco Walking Tours

Welcome to Free Tours by Foot, the premier name-your-own-price San Francisco walking tours. Our expert guides will help you plan your trip and find the best San Francisco attractions. Whether you’re in town for a day trip or a weekend, our guided tours are some of the best things to do in San Francisco.

Sightseeing doesn’t have to be expensive or boring. Suited for any budget, our San Francisco walking tours will take you all over this amazing city, keeping you entertained, educated, and excited the entire way. If you don’t like what you see, all you lost was your time. It’s the best guarantee in the business. So come along and discover hidden neighborhoods, sample world class cuisine, and learn the incredible stories of the men and women who built the City by the Bay.

Can’t join us on a guided tour? Don’t worry, we offer self-guided GPS enabled Audio tours of San Francisco!


Our San Francisco Tours

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The Original San Francisco Tour

Our Original San Francisco Free Tour takes you on a quick (2.5-3 hour) walk through our favorite parts of San Francisco. We’ll talk about the history, the people, the art and architecture, and plenty more! Taking this tour will give you a good overview of the city in just a few hours. We will also stop at an authentic Italian bakery for a food and drink break. Join us un this tour to see the best of our city with us!

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San Francisco in One Day

If you want to see the whole city in a day, this is the tour for you! On this five-hour tour (including a lunch break), we will see all best parts of San Francisco. We visit the historic district, Nob Hill mansions, hidden alleys of Chinatown, Little Italy delights, and modern downtown skyscrapers. We’ll even take a cable car ride to get the full San Francisco experience! Sign up to see the entire city with us!

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Lombard Street, Little Italy, Fisherman’s Wharf

Set around a climb up the famous Lombard Street, we will be visiting Little Italy, one of San Francisco’s hidden delights. So join us on this tour to explore these amazing Italian neighborhoods of the city. We’ll begin our tour in Little Italy to explore the neighborhood, we’ll visit an authentic Italian bakery to sample some of our incredible local treats, and we’ll finish with a behind-the-scenes look at Fisherman’s Wharf. Along the way, you’ll learn why Little Italy is most San Franciscans’ favorite neighborhood!

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Secrets, Scandals, and Scoundrels of San Francisco

Did you know that the most luxurious hotel in San Francisco was built almost entirely with stolen money? Or that pioneers once fought a war over eggs? (Yes, eggs!) Were you aware that there was once an Emperor of the United States? Our Secrets, Scandals & Scoundrels tour will take you through this Gold Rush city and the later days of the Barbary Coast, when men could be shot, hanged, or kidnapped without warning. Sign up to travel back in time to see what the Wild West was really like!

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Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous sights in the world, and we are lucky enough to have it right here in San Francisco! Join us for a great walking tour of Golden Gate Bridge as we go around, under, and onto the bridge that many people said was impossible to build. On this tour we’ll take you through the whole history of the bridge. We’ll show you how the bridge was conceived, how it was built, how it became so famous, and you’ll get some of the best photo opportunities in the whole city. Trust us–you don’t want to leave San Francisco without seeing the best part of the city!

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Sign up to join us while we explore the oldest, largest, and most vibrant Chinatown in the western hemisphere. Most tours will bring you through the “touristy” parts of Chinatown (the places you see on postcards). If you take our tour, we will venture through the backroads and the hidden alleyways of the Chinatown to show you how the residents truly live. From the start of the tour at the Dragon Gate, to the famous Golden Gate fortune cookie factory, to the site of an incredible underworld battle on the streets of San Francisco, we’ll take you through the fascinating history of Chinatown.

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Downtown SF: Architecture, Art & Secret Parks

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 parks that even the locals don’t know about!

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The Castro and the Fight for Equal Rights

The Castro district is the historic center for the gay rights movement in the United States. Join us on a walk through the history of one of the most interesting neighborhoods of San Francisco. We’ll discuss how San Francisco became the first place in the United States where gay men and women were not just tolerated, but celebrated. We’ll meet some of the heroes of the civil rights movement and the tragedy that befell many of them.

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