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San Francisco City Guides

San Francisco, CA, USA
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About San Francisco City Guides
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. Note that currently we are offering limited tours with the safety of our guests and guides in mind. Please refer to our website and review our safety guidelines.
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mark b wrote a review Yesterday
Alameda, California5 contributions
Excellent easy walk right by the Pacific Ocean. The guide was personable and informed and I really enjoyed the walk, the views and learning about these old baths.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Charming SF wrote a review Oct 22
San Francisco, California4 contributions3 helpful votes
I’m a San Franciscan, and City Guides walking tours is an absolute treasure that’s one of my all-time favorite things to do in our fair city! With more than 80 tours packed with fascinating stories and history and led by top-notch guides who receive extensive training, there’s truly something for everyone — no misinformation, rumors, or exaggerations as found with many other tour-guides. The tours also vary in walking distance and terrain, which nicely accommodates people with different levels of mobility. When I learned that tours were being offered again after being on hiatus for several months due to the pandemic, I instantly made reservations. Since then I’ve taken the Golden Gate Bridge tour with Jack Grippi, which included some of the best views of the bridge I’ve experienced. As a geologist by profession, Jack’s knowledge lends itself to interesting info and an engaging angle on historic events. I was delighted to see that he also led the 1906: Earthquake and Fire tour downtown so I signed up, and his expertise made for an enlightening afternoon tour. 1850s San Francisco: Paris of the Pacific led by Rose Feeney was also delightful, and I couldn’t get over the beautiful French cathedral downtown I’ve somehow managed to overlook for many years. I’m planning the rest of my tours in advance as much as possible, because pre-registration is now required, and the tours have been filling up fast.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Hoping to see you again on our tours soon!
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Barbara D wrote a review Oct 22
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Wonderful way to learn about the city. Guides are friendly and extremely knowledgeable about their subject.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Natalie M wrote a review Oct 16
Scottsdale, Arizona2 contributions
We’ve been to San Francisco many times and always attend as many San Francisco City Guides walking tours as possible. They are unique with the added benefit of guides who are local volunteers so you know they care. This tour was no different. Carol, our guide , was pleasant and knowledgeable. She had a personal interest in saving and revitalizing the pier so she shared many unusual and interesting facts. The pace was good and the walk was never boring. We’d do it again! Please support this volunteer group!! What they do is amazing and you won’t get a better bang for your buck. PS If you sign up, please show up or be courteous enough to call and cancel so those on the wait list can attend. Once the COVID restrictions are lifted you can just show up at the designated meeting spot without a reservation.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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We also think that the personal stories make for the best tours. See you again on your next trip!
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Tonya L wrote a review Oct 13
La Mesa, United States6 contributions
We took two tours on our weekend trip to San Francisco. We are three; husband, wife, young adult daughter. • Preregistration is required. • Masks are required. • We ended up with a private tour, because the other people who preregistered did not show up. (Don't be that person - if you say you will be there, then show up!) • You must be comfortable standing for 2 hours; the walking is not strenuous. • Read the description for the exact location to meet, which includes a photo of the landmark to wait by. • Our guides, Kathy and Tim, were friendly and very knowledgeable. Our two tours: **Golden Gate Park: American History Memories in Trees, Stone & Bronze with Kathy. A great overview of this beautiful park, focusing on stories about quirky and important people in San Francisco's past. **1906 Earthquake and Fire tour with Tim. Great stories, with historical images sent to my email (available for reference on my phone during the talk). We have a much better understanding of this tragic event.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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