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    Haight-Ashbury Tour

    When they say "if you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair" they're talking about Haight Ashbury. Synonymous with "The Summer of Love", Haight Ashbury was a hotbed of hippie culture in the '60's. On this tour you will have the opportunity to see the sites of Panhandle, the Haight-Ashbury sign, a former site of the Grateful Dead, and Amoeba Music. And don't worry -- your expert and entertaining guide will be very welcoming. After all, "If you're going to San Francisco, you're gonna meet some gentle people there."
    Haight-Ashbury Tour

    Oak St & Masonic Ave, San Francisco

    • Stroll through the streets that held the heart of the hippie movement
    • Take in the iconic sites of Panhandle and the famous Haight-Ashbury sign
    • Check out the former sites of "Dead Head"gatherings
    • Walk in the footsteps of some of the most unique characters of the Haight
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    Full Exposure: Complete History of North Beach

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    Discover the complete history of this iconic neighborhood, from its relationship to the Barbary Coast to the birth of the Beatniks, all the way to its current position as a world-famous Little Italy. You'll visit famous sites like "perfect" Washington Square Park, The Condor, home of both topless and bottomless dancing, The Hippodrome, a dance hall from the Barbary Coast era, among many other interesting sites. You will be wowed by the architectural beauty of the only downtown district to survive the Fire of 1906. This isn't one of those tours where you follow along, eyes glazing over as you try to absorb dry facts and figures. Interactive fun is at the heart of the tour. You'll answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. Learn about firemen fanatics, swindlers, drinkers, poets, gamblers, whiskey, and why it's called North Beach in the first place, since there isn't any beach.
    Full Exposure: Complete History of North Beach

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Discover the full history of North Beach on an entertaining walking tour
    • Learn the neighborhood's history, from the Barbary Coast era through the Beatniks, as you visit iconic dance halls, bars, and parks
    • Play fun games and answer trivia questions as you go
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    San Fran All in One Tour

    Why scope out just a piece of the city when you can see the whole thing? This tour is designed to help you cross off as much of your SF Bucket List as possible. You will begin where San Fran started itself, at City Hall. From there, the BART (San Francisco's rail transit), will whisk you off to Embarcadero, where you'll start your winding journey through diverse neighborhoods and up a hill or two. Stops along the way include the Golden Gate Bridge, War Memorial Opera House, Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Chinatown Dragon Gate Transamerica Building, Lombard St., Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, National Maritime, National Historic Park, and Ghirardelli Square. Along the way, your incredible guide will regale you with stories from San Francisco's past and present. Don't forget to bring your camera -- the picturesque elegance of city life is something you'll want to capture forever.
    San Fran All in One Tour

    Polk Gulch, San Francisco

    • See the best of San Francisco in a city-wide tour
    • Take in iconic sights like The Embarcadero, Chinatown Dragon Gate, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz
    • Learn about the city's fascinating history
    • Get comfortable using BART (San Francisco's rail transit) to travel between sites
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    Chinatown Tour

    To most, Chinatown is a bustling San Francisco tourist hub, full of good food, cheap crafts, and lots of people. On this guided walking tour, you'll be exposed to its much, much darker side. From your expert local guide, hear chilling tales of Chinatown's sinister past, including the stories behind the recent raids on the most powerful Tong in San Francisco. From sex slavery in Bartlett Alley through Tong wars on Waverly Street, from the hidden gambling dens through the opium dens, to the most famous crimes in Chinatown history, no stone will be left unturned on this tour!
    Chinatown Tour

    672 Jackson St, San Francisco

    • Experience a much darker side of Chinatown than you'd expect on this guided walking tour
    • Travel through Chinatown's historic streets as you uncover their mysteries
    • Hear stories behind the recent raids on the most powerful Tong in San Francisco from your expert local guide
    • Learn about everything from sex slavery in Bartlett Alley to hidden gambling and opium dens
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    Lousy Yerba Buena Tour

    The Lousy Tour is an entertaining walking tour that incorporates points of interest for history, architecture, flora & fauna and culture in a fun and humorous way. Nothing is taken too seriously and SK, your hilarious guide, often makes guests his playful victims. Yerba Buena (Good Herb) was the aptly prophetic name for the original village that became San Francisco. This tour will start with a quick history recap in Portsmouth Square, where you'll travel back in time through the Gold Rush era, visiting sites like Empire Park, the Wells Fargo History Museum, and a graveyard of sunken ships. See remnants of the Barbary Coast like the Old Ship Saloon and Jackson Square, as well as the few historic buildings, like those at Hotaling Place that remained standing after the 1906 Earthquake and fire. You'll even visit sites for recent history like the Trans America Pyramid and Sidney G. Walton Park. Bring your sense of humor, this tour is a unique and bitingly sassy take on SF history you don't want to miss out on!
    Lousy Yerba Buena Tour

    Portsmouth Square, San Francisco

    • Experience a unique and humorous twist on your typical historical walking tour
    • See the only historic buildings of the Barbary Coast that survived the 1906 Earthquake and fire
    • Enjoy points of interest for history, architecture, flora & fauna and culture like never before
    • Become a playful victim of your guide, SK Morton, as he plays pranks on you and other guests
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    Hobnobbing with Gobs of Snobs: Nob Hill Tour

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    Nob Hill is the pinnacle of San Francisco's elite, filled to the brim with world-class mansions, hotels, and churches. But as is so often the case, the cleanest streets are sometimes home to the dirtiest secrets. Learn how The Railroad Barons and The Bonanza Kings used insider trading, price gouging, money laundering, forgery, bribery, and more to build their empires from San Francisco's most exclusive address. You'll visit the surviving buildings from the Fire of 1906, The Spite Fence, which literally separated the "Haves" from the "Have Nots," and the Grace Church, a 50 year old church with 500 year old flair. This isn't one of those tours where you follow along, eyes glazing over as you try to absorb dry facts and figures. Interactive fun is at the heart of the tour. You'll answer questions, play games, and laugh along the way. Good thing that kind of corruption is ancient history. Right? Probably.
    Hobnobbing with Gobs of Snobs: Nob Hill Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Explore Nob Hill, San Francisco's wealthiest neighborhood on an entertaining walking tour
    • Discover the extraordinary corruption that built Nob Hill as you visit historic mansions, Grace Church, and The Spite Fence
    • See breathtaking architecture and answer trivia questions
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    9 positive reviews
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    The Barbary Coast Tour

    On this expertly guided walking tour, travel back to a rough and tumble world of gold digging and railroad barons to learn about the fascinating past of San Francisco's Barbary Coast! Walk the infamous Barbary Coast trail and see where Shanghai Kelly kidnapped sailors and where the gold rush began. Hear dark stories about San Francisco's toughest saloons, lowest brothels, and the legendary Bella Union Theatre from your expert local guide, and visit the 500 block of Pacific Street, where rough music halls produced the music and dance crazes that swept the world in the early 1900s!
    The Barbary Coast Tour

    424 Merchant St, San Francisco

    • Travel back in time to learn about the fascinating past of San Francisco's Barbary Coast
    • Walk the infamous Barbary Coast trail and see where Shanghai Kelly kidnapped sailors and the gold rush began
    • Hear stories about San Francisco's toughest saloons, lowest brothels and the legendary Bella Union Theatre
    • Visit the 500 block of Pacific Street, where many dance crazes that swept the world in the early 1900s were born
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    Historical Tour of the Castro

    Discover the incredible past and present of The Castro, which remains to this day a hotbed of LGBT or Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender culture and rights. In two hours, you'll cover San Francisco's beginnings in the Gold Rush, up through the Civil Rights Era and Harvey Milk's legacy. Visit the Harvey Milk Plaza, the Civil Rights Academy, the original site of the AIDS Names Quilt Project, and The Castro Theater. You'll see Pink Triangle Memorial Park, which honors homosexuals persecuted in WWII, and the Rainbow Honor Walk, which pays tribute to famous LGBTs in history. There are few neighborhoods more important to LGBT history. It's time to find out why. Booking Note: Tours meet at the Rainbow Flag pole at the corner of Castro & Market Street above the Harvey Milk Plaza and the Castro MUNI underground rail station and across from the "F" Line streetcar.
    Historical Tour of the Castro

    Castro St & Market St, San Francisco

    • Explore The Castro, a Gay Mecca and epicenter of LGBT rights and culture
    • Learn about the neighborhood's history and iconic cultural events
    • Visit the "Hope For A Cure"Mural, Harvey Milk's camera shop, and Pink Triangle Memorial Park
    • Check out the Rainbow Honor Walk and other historic sights
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    Lousy Downtown Tour

    Sure, there's a bunch of walking tours that you can take from Lotta's Fountain to Maiden Lane to Union Square. But how many tour guides try to trip you along the way? SK will -- SK Morton, your hilarious tour guide that is -- and he's got a pretty good record of acquittal. The Lousy Tour is an entertaining walking tour that incorporates points of interest for history, architecture, flora & fauna and culture in a fun and humorous way. Nothing is taken too seriously and SK often makes guests his playful victims. Once you settle into your recommended Stockholm Syndrome you may just get to see the city skyline from a rooftop garden on Market Street, tour the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed building in San Francisco, examine, up close and personal, a monumental work by famed artist Ruth Asawa, and pass through the gates of Chinatown on your way to Old St. Mary's park and church. And if you're good, maybe have a bite and a pint at the Irish Bank...maybe.
    Lousy Downtown Tour

    350 Townsend #290, San Francisco

    • Experience a unique and humorous twist on your typical historical walking tour
    • See the famous San Francisco Skyline from a rooftop garden and walk through the iconic Chinatown
    • Enjoy points of interest for history, architecture, flora & fauna and culture like never before
    • Become a playful victim of your guide, as he plays pranks on you and other guests
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    San Francisco Time Machine Tour

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    Emperor Norton's Fantastic Waterfront Time Machine is a lively, informative, and entertaining walking tour of historic San Francisco led by Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico! On this tour, you'll learn the fascinating story of Emperor Norton, the man and the myth, as you explore the secrets of notable waterfront locations such as the Embarcadero, the Emperor Norton Bridge, the Produce District, Coit Tower, the Labor Movement, Meigg's Wharf, the Muni F Line, the Cannery, Pier 39, and Fisherman's Wharf. Discover a lesser-known side of city history and see San Francisco in a whole new light, whether you're a local or just visiting!
    San Francisco Time Machine Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Discover a lesser-known waterfront side of San Francisco
    • Enjoy colorful commentary by Emperor Norton I during this fun and unusual guided walking tour
    • Explore the secrets of notable locations such as the Embarcado and Fisherman's Wharf
    • Learn the fascinating histories of the Emperor Norton Bridge, the Produce District, and Pier 39
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