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    San Francisco Time Machine Tour

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    Enjoy an 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 cover over two miles and countless years of SF history. Learn the fascinating story of Emperor Norton, the man and the myth, as you explore the secrets of notable locations such as Union Square, The St. Francis Hotel, Maiden Lane, Lotta's Fountain, the sites of the 1906 earthquake and fire, Bummer & Lazarus, The Palace Hotel, Jackson Square, The Barbary Coast, and Portsmouth Square. 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 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 Union Square and the sites of the 1906 earthquake and fire
    • Learn the fascinating histories of The Palace Hotel, Jackson Square, and The Barbary Coast
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    Drag Me Along Tour

    Leave it to San Francisco to create a tour as whimsical, rich, and amusing as the city itself. In this unique 2.5-hour walking tour that covers 2 miles, the storied historical figure Countess Lola Montez comes to life through the power of drag and escorts you along the streets of SF, sharing stories that meld the past and present. As you learn all about Lola's life, you'll discover the highs and lows she faced as well as unique facts about the city itself. From rags to riches and laughter to tears, there are countless tales to be told from Lola's perspective.
    Drag Me Along Tour

    733 Kearny St, San Francisco

    • Tour San Francisco with a one-of-a-kind, historically-minded tour guide by your side
    • Learn all about Countess Lola Montez as you learn the connection between past and present in San Francisco
    • Discover the humor, sadness, and beauty of the City by the Bay
    • See a combination of drag and history like no other
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    Haunted SF Walking Tour

    Take a dark and murderous tour through the seedy past of downtown alleys and streets. Get spooked by after-dark tales of famed ghosts, mysterious deaths, ruthless villains, the old red light district, shocking assassins and more. Meet your creepy storytelling guide, an entertaining historian, near Union Square for this eerie hour-long tour. Not recommended for young children.
    Haunted SF Walking Tour

    Union Square, San Francisco

    • Go into the infamous Tenderloin District's streets to hear about the unexplained mysteries that happened there by night, including:
    • The St. Francis Hotel and nefarious Hollywood deaths
    • Pinecrest Diner and the "poached eggs"murder
    • Curran Theater, the haunted playhouse
    • The "suicide alley"of 1911
    • Tenderloin District and the underbelly of SF crime
    • Glide Memorial Church, connected to cult leader Jim Jones
    • Site of Tessie Wall's notorious brothel
    • Ends at a local bar!
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    Chinatown Walking Tour

    Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage and culture of this storied neighborhood as your insider guide takes you to popular and off-the-beaten path locations, including an authentic Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an unassuming 2-block-long alley full of interesting history. Stroll by the street food markets, sample fortune cookies at the factory where they're made, and upgrade to include a 10-course dim sum lunch. You'll leave with a whole new appreciation for this slice of the city!

    Meet at Old St Mary's Cathedral to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most popular sights and hidden locales. Your guide will teach you all about the history and culture of Chinatown, explaining how the remarkable authenticity of ancient Chinese culture has been preserved and celebrated in its road to becoming a must-visit San Francisco attraction.

    As you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights, have your camera out as you admire eye-popping Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Pass pagoda-style buildings and hear about their significance, and step inside an herbal pharmacy to learn about the uses of ginseng root for longevity, pearl pills for beautiful skin and gecko lizards for energy.

    Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the Bay Area. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture as you visit an authentic Buddhist temple, where you'll see dazzling altars adorned with red lanterns, gold antiques and incense-filled bronze urns. You'll also see a Chinese language school to find out how local Chinese families keep alive language and cultural traditions for their children.

    At your next stop, Waverly Place, your guide will give you the inside scoop on Chinatown's most interesting alley full of temples, private clubs and secret societies. This 2-block-long street may seem unassuming at first glance, but you may be surprised at what you learn.

    If the intoxicating sights, sounds and smells aren't enough, get ready for a great taste of Chinatown. Visit a fortune cookie factory to sample these 'wise' cookies and watch how they're made. Upgrade to include a hosted 10-course dim sum luncheon at one of Chinatown's most popular restaurants!

    Ending back near your original starting point, you'll leave with a list of recommended stores and restaurants in Chinatown, so you can continue exploring Chinatown like a real insider.

    Chinatown Walking Tour

    660 California St, San Francisco

    • Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on a walking tour led by an insider guide
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich heritage of this storied neighborhood
    • Explore both popular and off-the-beaten path locations as you navigate a historic maze of mysterious sights
    • Visit a Buddhist temple, an herbal pharmacy and Waverly Place, an alley full of interesting history
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    San Francisco Coastal Walking Tours

    From the Bridge to the beach, it's no "bluff" to say that this 4-hour walking tour is the perfect way to "sea" what San Francisco is all about! Featuring the scenic north coast of San Francisco, you'll meander along with a local guide, discovering the unspoilt wild by means of an well-tended footpath network. Check out the views from atop coastal bluffs and dip your feet in the waters of hidden beaches. Your walk will begin with a quick visit to Fort Point beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, before taking you to the Golden Gate Bridge Overlook. Then you'll follow the Coastal Trail to mile-long Baker Beach for a lunch break. Looping back via a higher trail for panoramic views of the Pacific and Marin Headlands offers an entirely different perspective of the sights you saw on the inbound trip. Where city meets sea, this is "shore" to be a walk to remember!
    San Francisco Coastal Walking Tours

    983 Marine Dr, San Francisco

    • Embark on a 4-hour walking trip to discover hidden views and beaches in San Francisco
    • Explore Fort Point beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge Overlook
    • Dip your feet in the water at Baker Beach and relax during a mid-tour break
    • Learn about the history of the area courtesy of a knowledgeable local guide
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    Japantown Tour

    Looking for tour with a little more Zen? This tour of San Francisco's Japantown ought to do the trick, as you'll be exploring a hidden world that favors harmony over usual clamor of urban life. Your guide will offer you an intimate introduction neighborhood's history and culture, as you check out some its most popular landmarks and shops. This tour isn't about rushing from site to site, but enjoying the walk and taking the time to study and learn about your surroundings. If you appreciate history and variety, this is a tour you'll want to check out. It's also a great chance to add to your kimono collection.
    Japantown Tour

    Japantown, San Francisco

    • Get an inside look at San Francisco's Japantown during a guided urban exploration
    • Learn about the history and culture of this tranquil neighborhood while visiting various landmarks
    • Check out some of the neighborhoods speciality shops and meet their friendly owners
    • Enjoy learning about Eastern culture while getting some light physical exercise
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    Parks and Beach Tour

    If you're a lover of nature, you won't want to miss out on this Parks and Beach tour, which will take you to some of the most beautiful attractions in San Francisco! You'll visit the expansive Golden Gate Park, home to many of SF's famous sites, including St. Mary's Cathedral and the Japanese Tea Gardens. Along the way, you'll also be able to stop by the California Academy of Sciences and the De Young Museum, two renowned institutions home to beautiful educational exhibits. And of course you can't go to California without visiting the beach, right? Stop by Ocean Beach in SF, where you'll enjoy the cool sand between your toes and the sight of waves crashing on the shore.
    Parks and Beach Tour

    2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco

    • Hop on a tour of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach
    • Visit famous and beautiful sites in the park, such as the Japanese Tea Gardens
    • Stop by the California Academy of Sciences and the De Young Museum for an educational exploration
    • Relax on the cool, soft sands Ocean Beach as you watch the waves crash on the shore
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    Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

    Definitely one for the food lovers, the Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour is a glimpse into the blend of culture and cuisine of San Francisco. Stroll amongst the cafes and bakeries of North Beach, San Francisco's own Little Italy.

    North Beach awakens your senses, from the cafes and restaurants, to the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. Discover quaint shops with crafts and ceramics from around the world. Delve into North Beach life as you join family bakers kneading love into every loaf of bread. Just when you think you have reached food heaven, you'll come across coffee shops which roast fresh coffee beans daily. And if that was not enough, you will uncover authentic Italian cathedrals where hundreds of couples have felt their heartstrings tug! And, as you taste everything from great coffee, truffles, breads, olive oil, specialty meats, and more, you'll learn how the food is made and what to look for back home.

    Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

    Washington Square Park, San Francisco

    • Explore two of San Francisco's food and nightlife hubs on a walking tour through Little Italy and North Beach
    • Awaken your senses to new flavors, ancient cultures, and diverse lifestyles
    • Stroll amongst the cafes and bakeries of North Beach while taking in the aroma of fresh bread and coffee
    • Discover quaint shops selling crafts and ceramics from around the world
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    North Beach Pub Crawl

    Explore some of San Francisco's best bars on this pub crawl through the vibrant district of North Beach! You'll discover the legendary and sometimes-quirky watering holes that make the city's nightlife scene so unique. On this 2.5-hour small-group walking tour, stroll the streets of this festive neighborhood and taste local wine and beer. Don't miss the chance to end your day by the bay in true San Francisco style! Your San Francisco pub crawl begins at Vesuvio Café, a famous café that many literary geniuses used to frequent. Here you'll have ample time to enjoy an Anchor Steam Ale, which has been locally produced since 1896, or a glass of wine from California Wine Country. As you soak up the atmosphere of this bohemian hangout that inspired a generation of writers from the Beatnik generation, you'll see photos of influential actors, writers and authors on the wall.

    Next you will walk by a number of bars and sidewalk cafés, taking in the local flair and learning about the history of the neighborhood. You'll visit places such as an off-the-wall pub decorated with forgotten maritime trinkets and a bar that claims to be the city's oldest pub and hosts flourishing jazz performances.

    Later into the evening you can down an espresso in a traditional Italian café that plays classic jukebox music or even serenade the house at a local karaoke bar! With a maximum of 12 people, this small-group tour ensures a personal experience so you can get to know your fellow travelers as you wind through North Beach.

    Your tour will conclude in Washington Square, where you may continue exploring North Beach on your own. Walk to Coit Tower, take photos of Saints Peter and Paul Church or return to the sidewalk cafés in North Beach for dinner.
    North Beach Pub Crawl

    North Beach, San Francisco

    • Explore some of San Francisco's best bars on a pub crawl through the vibrant district of North Beach
    • Visit the past hangouts of many influential actors, writers, and authors
    • Sample a wide variety of local wines and beers, including the famous and historic Anchor Steam Ale
    • Experience firsthand what makes San Francisco's nightlife so unique
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    Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

    Take a walking tour to the next level! Embark on a 3-hour urban jungle hike through San Francisco to experience the city's wild side. Tackle the city's famous hills including Kite Hill and Tank Hill, discover unmarked trails in hidden forests, soak up sweeping views from atop Twin Peaks, and visit off-the-hidden path areas such as the quirky Seward Street Slides. With all the lush greenery and hilly landscapes, you won't believe you're still in San Francisco! Meet your guide in front of the Castro Theatre at your selected departure time. Be sure to wear walking shoes or hiking boots and brace for trail dust on this moderate 5-mile (8-km) trek through central San Francisco.
    Following your expert guide, conquer the city's famous hills starting with Kite Hill, a grassy knoll offering great views of the city. At the nearby Seward Street Slides, grab some cardboard and hop on for a fun ride down the curved cement slides.

    Entering a hidden eucalyptus forest, you'll forget you're in an urban city as you hike along the dirt trails behind Sutro Tower, an iconic 3-pronged antenna tower. Take an unmarked hiking trail to the summit of famous Twin Peaks, where you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of San Francisco and the East Bay in the distance.
    Your next hilly adventure is Tank Hill, located 650 feet (198 km) in elevation, where you'll get a panoramic view of Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge and Downtown San Francisco.
    Make you way back via the 211-step Pemberton Place Stairway, flanked by beautiful landscaping brimming with beautiful plants, trees and flowers such as azaleas and Japanese maples.
    By the end of your urban jungle hike, you'll leave with a whole new appreciation for the beauty and diversity of San Francisco. You'll end your tour back at the Castro Theatre.
    Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

    18th St & Castro St, San Francisco

    • Conquer San Francisco's most famous hills including Kite Hill and Tank Hill on a walking tour
    • Discover unmarked trails in hidden forests and experience San Francisco from a nature-full perspective
    • Following your expert guide, visit off-the-beaten path areas such as the quirky Seward Street Slides
    • Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of San Francisco and the East Bay from atop the Twin Peaks
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