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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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The Presidio, Mission Dolores Neighborhood, and Noe Valley come to life!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
realjewell
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Chico, CA

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Chico, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Found this organisation whilst researching our trip to SF. Seemed like a sensible idea to discover a place with a local expert, and as no need to pre-book; if plans do change you havn’t lost anything. Fred our guide has lived in the area for many years, and was so knowledgeable and personable; it was almost like you’d known him... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

I took two tours today, 20th century architecture and Victorian architecture. Both were given by very knowledgeable volunteers with terrific presentation skills. These free tours are a great way to learn all about San Francisco.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

We went on the Chinatown tour with Ron as our guide. Great tour with fascinating facts about things you'd never otherwise have known. Ron is funny, charming and engaging. And it's all free! We were more than happy to donate to this wonderful organisation.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

City Guides have been around for many years. The guides are well trained, knowledgeabe and often entertaining. There's a tour for just about everyone and in most neighborhoods. This is a must do for locals and visitors alike.

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Bristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

We went on two of the guided walking tours offered by the City guides, all volunteers, who offer their services and time free of charge - the one on the Golden Gate Bridge, with David and the one around Fisherman's Wharf with Bethel. Both were informative, and very interesting, with a good mix of hard fact and light stories about... 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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