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San Francisco City Guides

Address: 100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
Phone Number: 415-557-4266
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Ranked #35 of 458 Activities in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: City tours, Sightseeing Tours
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all...
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Type: City tours, Sightseeing Tours
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and they will share it all with you--for free. There is a large selection of tours available all over town and lasting 90 minutes to 2 hours.

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Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

From Fisherman’s Wharf up to Pacific Heights… from the Golden Gate to the markets of the Ferry Bldg…. and from the temples and tongs of Chinatown to the lore of Castro Village, the best way to see the city is with City Guides. Their walking tours were the highlights of our recent, two-week vacation in San Francisco. (And we’re “picky,”... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I did the Victorian SF tour. I understand that since the tours are operated by volunteers, there could be off days. It felt like our guide was very new on this tour, kept repeating the few facts. But, I guess I'll try another tour since I like the concept and would like to give it another chance. Judging from the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I love getting the history of cities. My tour this morning with Ted around downtown was fabulous. Lots of fun stories and good background on the development of the local city government. I would highly recommend this to fellow history buffs or fans of just good storytelling.

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Los Angeles, California
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55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A program of the public libraries where volunteers actually pay to get training and offer free tours of the city to tourists; who would think such.an idea would work? But work, it does... they offer over 70 different tours and volunteers actually like sharing their knowledge on particular tours... from Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Japanese Tea Gardens to the gaudy... More 

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I visit SF each year in December and I always take one walking tour and have been been doing this for at least 10 years! This is by far the most enjoyable experience in SF and it is FREE (with donations). I was thrilled that they added several new walks and I did the 1850s SF: Paris of othe Pacific.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
24 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We participated in 2 walking tours on consecutive days. The first was the Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike and the second was City Scapes and Public Places. We enjoyed both walks as they take you behind the scenes to places not on the usual tourist trail. Having a local share off-the-beaten-track insights into a city is both interesting and informative as... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I've lived in SF for 10+ years and realized after taking a few of these SF City Guide tours that there is still so much more left to learn and see! The tours are great -- very informative and interesting. The guides are friendly and eager to share their knowledge and passion for the city. I recommend doing a tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I stumbled upon the city guides while looking at things to do in San Francisco and so glad that I did! They offer a large variety of daily tours, focusing on different aspects of the city. The tours are free of charge, however they do request gratuity which they use for continuing education, etc. The guides are all unpaid, they... More 

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San Ramon, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Ok - I have to admit, being able to be the 200th reviewer for SF City Guides was an attractive idea, but I have to say that we have NEVER had a bad tour from City Guides in our several years of taking their tours. We live local, and once retired we committed to touring in the city at least... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I took two of the SFCG tours during my stay, the Ferry Building tour and City Scapes and Public Places. There are many different walks to choose from offered at various times of the day, every day of the week. They are very informative, a great way to get to know the city and the guides seem to truly enjoy... More 

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