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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Informative and friendly - and free!

I went on the Golden Gate Bridge Walk and found the guide very good, with lots of info on the bridge and surrounding area. Well worth it - wish I'd had more time to go on some of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I went on the Golden Gate Bridge Walk and found the guide very good, with lots of info on the bridge and surrounding area. Well worth it - wish I'd had more time to go on some of the other walks!

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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

i have lead walks around Fresno and was wondering what a City Guides would be like. Paul C was knowledgable and interactive with our group of 8. We talked about the Conservancy of Flowers, how Golden Gate Park was developed, the AIDS Memorial Grove, the second worst man in San Francisco, the Academy of science, and many more areas. It... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I went for their Chinatown tour in the begg of March 2015. Our tour guide was a professor at SFSU and had a wealth of knowledge to share. Stories of her personal experience with chinese herbal tea and recommendations for restaurants and places to see when we have more time- was what made the real difference in the tour! The... More 

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Antioch, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We have now gone on 3 of the 54+ tours offered by City Guides, and have enjoyed each one. Two weekends ago, we did the Fort Mason/Aquatic Park tour. Our guide was informative, fun, and even lived at Fort Mason when she was young, which made the tour so much more richer. These tours give insights you would not receive... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

We travel a bit and like to stay away from crowded tourist traps. Exploring a city, on foot, being led by a knowledgeable local guide, is the only way to experience it! San Francisco's City Guides are the best! Highly recommend any of the tours they offer...you won't be disappointed (unless you prefer ordinary!)

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Elkhart, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We were in San Francisco for a week, our second visit to this wonderful city. On our first visit, we discovered the City Guide Tours (Nob Hill) and had such a great experience that we vowed to take more on our return. We did the Chinatown, Japanese Tea Garden, Ferry Building, and North Beach tours this time. We cannot praise... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I went on the Golden Gate Bridge and Nob Hill tours. First thing is they are very informed and have so many great stories of the places we visited. The two guides who led our tours on 3/5 were excellent and you just get engaged in the story. I learned so much about the Golden Gate Bridge and many of... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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169 reviews 169 reviews
21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

These city walk tours are great. All of the tour guides are volunteers and really enjoy showing off the various areas and neighbor hoods. Price is free however a donation envelope is passed around at the end of the tour. You learn an incredible amount about areas of the City you never knew existed

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Vancouver, WA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
29 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I am in San Francisco at least once or twice a year and I always manage to work in a City Guides tour or two or three. Tours are free but a yellow envelop is passed around for donations and I always stuff a five dollar bill in the envelop. I enjoy the tours so much, I also sponsor City... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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