We Share The 10 Best San Francisco Walking Tours

It's a small city, bordered by two world-famous bridges and the Pacific Ocean. San Francisco walking tours allow you to learn a lot about the city a step at a time — from Harvey Milk's Castro to Chinatown & North Beach to a coastal walk along the ocean.

Here are our favorite San Francisco walking tours — An evening exploring spooky ghost stories in Chinatown. Nibbling your way through North Beach. Or a radical SF route where you choose your own adventure. Learn the history of the city and area, discover the past, and glimpse into the future. Along the way have a few bites of pizza, dim sum or a Tequila Sunrise watching the sun set on the Pacific.

Taste of North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour

North Beach Evening Food and Wine Tour

Beat poets, Italian immigrants & salty sailors — that's the colorful history of North Beach. Explore one of the most vibrant and historic neighborhoods in the USA. Nibble your way through North Beach on this exhilarating food & wine walking tour.

Your expert guide leads you on an evening stroll to off-the-beaten-path locations that most tourists will never find. Sample aged Parmesan, fresh buffalo mozzarella, wood-fired pizza, handmade cannoli and Italian desserts. Meet the owners, learn local tips, and hear stories about this neighborhood's lively history. See where Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe and where the Beat poets drank red wine and generally grooved out.

Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

Spend an evening exploring two of San Francisco's most diverse neighborhoods that have co-existed for over a century.

The tour starts in Chinatown where you travel to hidden alleys & temples, taste dim sum and learn about Chinese mysticism and culture. Then, in North Beach, sample locally roasted coffees & Italian treats. You'll also discover authentic Chinese and Italian crafts & pottery on this two-hour tour.

Coastal Walking Tour – G.G. Bridge to Cliff House

Coastal Walking Tour from the Golden Gate Bridge to Cliff Hous

There's no better way to discover SF's stunning scenery than on this walking tour of the city's western edge. You guide knows exactly where she's going, so follow her on a rambling route along the coastline starting at the Golden Gate Bridge. Then take a gentle path along the coast, passing Baker Beach and Sea Cliff to Land's End. The walk ends with a drink at the historic Cliff House, where you'll watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. The small-group tour is limited to 12 to make sure you get personal attention.

Fisherman's Wharf & North Beach + Cable Car Ride

Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach with Cable Car Ride

San Francisco is a small city and, starting from Fisherman's Wharf, you're able to cover a lot of territory. You take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Washington Square in North Beach, Lombard Street, Coit Tower… the list goes on. You also have the option to travel to Alcatraz Island. After your walking tour, grab your ticket to ride the cable car and explore the city on your own.

Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

It's the oldest Chinese community in the USA, yet most tourists never experience vintage Chinatown. You do just that when you join this evening walking tour and discover the tales & legends of Chinatown's supernatural past. Follow your guide by lamplight as you journey through historic passageways, mysterious streets and hidden alleyways. The mystical folklore will keep you on edge, as you hear the scintillating stories of SF's Chinatown.

Historical Walking Tour of The Castro

Historical Walking Tour of The Castro

Here's a chance to learn the history of The Castro — San Francisco's vibrant Gay & Lesbian District — and visit the landmarks that remain a symbol and source of inspiration for that community. The comprehensive walking tour follows a trail of the diverse history of San Francisco's Castro neighborhood — Twin Peaks, Triangle Park, Castro theatre, the murals, Dolores Park, and Milk Plaza.

San Francisco Urban Hike – Hills & Hidden Gems

San Francisco Urban Hike Hills and Hidden Gems

This activity takes you on a 3-hour urban jungle hike to see wild side of the city. Tackle San Francisco's famous hills — like Kite Hill and Tank Hill — and unmarked trails in tranquil forests. Soak up views from Twin Peaks, and visit off-the-hidden paths like the Seward Street Slides. Expect plenty of lush greenery and hilly landscapes.

Food Tour – Ferry Building & Farmers Market

Food Tour  Ferry Building & Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

You're in the food capital of the country, so why not tantalize your taste buds on a culinary journey through the historic Ferry Building, now known as a market destination.

Sample the local bounty of seasonally-grown foods — meats, cheeses, breads & chocolates. If your timing's right, graze your way through the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, prized by locals for their seasonal, sustainable produce and tempting treats. With your epicurean concierge by your side, you'll discover San Francisco's artisanal food community.

The Classic San Francisco Route

The Classic San Francisco Route

Here's a good way to discover the best of the city's past.

Learn all about how this pop-up city started in the Gold Rush and then became one of the wealthiest cities of the world. Discover shocking stories of the Great Earthquake of 1906…and of 1989 to learn how the city transformed with each earthquake.
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The Radical San Francisco Route

The Radical San Francisco Route

Explore the neighborhoods that shaped the city.

Visit Harvey Milk's gay rights movement locations. Learn how feminists, Latinos, artists and activists have fought, and shaped the city. This San Francisco walking tour is ideal for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path history lesson about the radicals who helped define the city we all love.
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