Introducing San Francisco Walking Tours

Happy holidays, everybody! As you have probably seen, Free Tours by Foot has been growing rapidly in the past few years, providing name-your-own-price walking tours in cities all over the United States and throughout Europe. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are now expanding to the West Coast. Starting Saturday, November 28, we will begin offering free walking tours in San Francisco!

Our first guide is Britt, a Bay Area native who has lived in the area for over 20 years. For the past year, he has been working with Free Tours by Foot in Washington DC, offering tours of our Nation’s capital.

We will begin by offering five different tours covering all different parts of the city and to explore various eras of San Francisco history. Maybe you’re interested in the hidden alleyways of Chinatown, one of the most vibrant and active areas of the city. Or you may want to learn about the massive art deco skyscrapers along Market Street, known as the “Path of Gold.” Or for the more adventurous visitors, maybe you want to learn about the Wild West outlaws during the Gold Rush on our Secrets, Scandals, and Scoundrels tour. We have something for everyone!

If you are interested in learning more about our San Francisco walking tours, you can read the descriptions below. Or, if you want to sign up for some of these great tours, click on the Tour Calendar page to register!

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact us any time. Otherwise, we hope to see you soon in the City by the Bay!

Our San Francisco Walking Tours


Join us as we explore the streets and hidden alleyways of one of the oldest, largest and most active Chinatown in the world. In this tour you will discover how this 24 square block area was transformed from unwelcoming sand dunes in the 1700s to the bustling center of activity that it is today.

Chinatown was the first step for millions of Chinese immigrants in what would become their (often difficult and painful) American adventure.

North Beach/Little Italy

Starting our tour at the tallest building in San Francisco and walking back through 150 years of history, you’ll get to experience a little piece of Italy in this city. From the earliest days of Italian fishermen bringing their catch back to Fisherman’s Wharf to the hub of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation in the 1950s, North Beach has been a cultural institution in San Francisco.

We’ll visit all of the important landmarks of North Beach, including the place to get the best Italian sandwich in San Francisco!

Secrets, Scandals and Scoundrels of San Francisco

Welcome to the Wild West! In the 1850s, San Francisco was a frontier land where gambling and prostitution were legal, and gunfights were commonplace. Hundreds of thousands of people made the difficult and dangerous journey to San Francisco to try to strike it rich in the Gold Rush. When most of them failed, many turned to “other” pursuits to make their fortune.

On the Secrets, Scandals and Scoundrels tour, you’ll learn about famous outlaws, robber barons, great hoaxes and swindles, and even a war fought over eggs (yes, eggs!)

Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square

In earlier days, San Francisco was the West Coast hub of fishing and shipping. When the city was growing up, hundreds of fishermen would gather at Fisherman’s Wharf in the morning, earn their day’s catch, and meet back here in the evening. These days, the Wharf has turned into one of the most highly visited spots in San Francisco.

As we walk through the area we’ll see Ghirardelli Square, home of the legendary chocolate maker, the world famous San Francisco cable car, and we’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into how Fisherman’s Wharf really operates.

Market Street

Market Street is San Francisco’s Main Street. On this tour, you will see how the city developed from a tiny village on the far edge of the world to a center of our global economy. This street was born as the city’s first major boulevard, and is now compared to the Champs Elysees in Paris, and Fifth Avenue in New York City.

We will explore the history of this region and the fascinating buildings lining both sides of the boulevard.