Castro Tour

How did this once sleepy little village called Eureka Valley change into the predominant center in the world of the gay civil rights movement? Join us on a walk through history of one of the most exciting 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.

Sites we cover include:

  • The famous Rainbow Flag
  • Harvey Milk’s home and camera store
  • The first openly gay bar in the United States
  • The Castro “Walk of Fame” honoring famous gay men and women throughout history
  • A memorial to commemorate gay people killed in the Holocaust

…and many more!

You can also take this as a self-guided GPS enabled audio tour.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Where: We meet underneath the large Rainbow Flag, at the corner of Market Street and Castro Street. Use our Google map for directions to the tour starting point . Look for your guide with the orange shirt.

Duration: The tour lasts about 90 minutes. 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 take, 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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