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San Francisco City Guides

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Address: San Francisco, CA 94102-4705
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+1 415-557-4266
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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
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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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Great guided walking tours - donations accepted

Loved the Fairmont Hotel tour and the Glass tour. Stella and Robin are great tour hosts. Great way to spend time learning about San Francisco culture and history - we've taken... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bridget M
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Sacramento, California

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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the Fairmont Hotel tour and the Glass tour. Stella and Robin are great tour hosts. Great way to spend time learning about San Francisco culture and history - we've taken several tours -always delightful!

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New Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in San Francisco visiting relatives who have lived here for thirty years. They were impressed as we were. We took the Nob Hill tour with Ken and enjoyed every minute. The tour took about two hours and started at the Stanford Hotel and ended at the Fairmont. Lots of interesting history about the wealthy and powerful men of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The free San Francisco City Guides, put on by volunteers through the SF Public Library, is a great way to see the city. Most of the guides are locals to the neighborhoods where the tours preside. You'll get a great history of the neighborhood and insider tips on places to see off the beaten path. They're a fun way to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our school took a group of 28 students for a study tour to San Francisco and I was so really exceptionally fortunate to hook up with this organization and to our guide for the Chinatown tour, Dennis. The San Francisco City Guides who are volunteers, give free tours of San Francisco. I chose to do the Chinatown tour. Even before... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the rain on Sunday and Monday, we thoroughly enjoyed our time with Carlos and Beth are the two walking tours we did. Each lasted about 2 hours. The Guides gave us a historic background to the areas we walked while provided stories that made the history of the areas come alive. This is a marvelous non profit organization that... More 

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Chico, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

This weekend I was privileged to take part in three San Francisco City Guides walking tours. The weather was spectacularly clear and sunny, though a bit chilly, and blue skies always make the City sparkle. The Presidio tour encompasses a lot of history--the history of the settlement of San Francisco, as well as the influence this vast army outpost exerted... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

I cannot express how much I love these walking tours. Each is led by a knowledgable local who is keen to share their city with you. In the 9 years I have lived in SF I have taken more than 20 of their tours and learned so, so much. All the tours I took were good, but especially enjoyed Japantown/Fillmore... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

numerous tours to choose Some easy little walking others more channeling some inside some outside no reservations except for larger groups just turn up at the stated location sand go from there Donations accepted check the web for details

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Centennial
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

We were visiting San Francisco and I googled things to do and discovered San Francisco City Guides--volunteers with the San Francisco Library that give free tours all around San Francisco. We did the Chinatown tour. Our tour guide did a great job of trying to keep our large group together and she even endured the rain without an umbrella! I... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

So going to a new city and wanting to see not only the tourist spots but some off the beaten track places, look into taking a free walking tour with SF City Guides. Find them on the web at sfcityguides.org and choose one of almost 70 different walking tours. Do it early during your stay just in case you liked... More 

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Civic Center
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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