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San Francisco City Guides

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Address: 100 Larkin Street, SF Public Library - Main Branch, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415-557-4266
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: City Guides are local volunteers who love the city, lore and legends and...
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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Excellent walking tours in San Francisco

Get up, get out and explore SF for free! San Francisco City Guides are excellent. Go to their website www.sfcityguides.org and you will see that they have a tour for just about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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San Mateo, CA

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San Mateo, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Get up, get out and explore SF for free! San Francisco City Guides are excellent. Go to their website www.sfcityguides.org and you will see that they have a tour for just about everything interesting in San Francisco. The guides are wonderful incorporating history with stories. Very professional and they volunteer their time and their passion shows. Yesterday I did the... More 

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cairns,australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is such a wonderful way to learn about the history of the city and get a perspective on life from a local's point of view. We did two walks, the first one with Jack last Sunday down at the Presidio Park and my husband and his best mate (war buffs) were just enthralled with Jacks substantial knowledge and story... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We just returned from 4 1/2 days in lovely San Francisco, the city that really knows how to treat visitors, from trolley drivers to S.F.'s finest (police). We have been taking the cityguide dot org tours for years now. We just went on two this last visit. They are such an informative, fun way to experience the city and learn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Not to be missed, these walks are informal and informative with knowledgeable guides. There are various walks to choose from.

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This organization is an offshoot of the San Francisco library and is funded by a few corporate entities and the hotel tax in the City. The tours are free but a donation that goes to pay the overhead is requested but is absolutely optional. The guides are all unpaid volunteers who pay for their own training. We have taken in... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We visited in June 2015 and took two tours, one of the Japanese Tea Garden on a Sunday, the other of San Francisco's Financial district hidden places on a Wednesday. The guide, Jay for the tea garden combined humour with fact, a little opinion and successfully negotiated the political shenanigans behind the Tea Garden's History. We learned a huge amount,... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you want to know a little more about some corners of San Francisco, try one of these free tours, organized by the SFO library. Volunteers taking time to guide you around, give you an insight in the history of the town and who take you to places you wouldn't discover yourself. Last friday a tour in the financial district... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We took two different walks, one on Hitchcock's locations and SF connections, and the other through the East end of Golden Gate Park. Both were fun, informative, and well-paced--just the right length. Obviously the guides have a love for their city, and we appreciated their sharing it with us. Wish we would have been able to take more walks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

This tour was the highlight of our SF vacation. Our guide, Gloria, was a lovely Italian - American who grew up working in her family's restaurant in NYC, so she knows her Italian food! We walked all over the North Beach area, and Gloria had a story for every spot. The history, the food, and the views all made for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We discovered these tours on our visit and have taken two of them & plan two more. The website is clear about what is available each day. We took the City Scapes and Public Places [tour guide Jay Streets] and Nob Hill [tour guide Saundra Keyes. Both tour guides were very informative and excellent guides. The tours were full of... More 

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Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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