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    Haunted SF Walking Tour

    Wild SF Walking Tours
    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.
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    Parks and Beach Tour

    City Sightseeing SF
    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.
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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.
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    San Francisco Time Machine Tour

    Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine
    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!
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    Daring Divas of the Past Tour

    Foot! Fun Walking Tours
    From social activists to actresses to literary legends, San Francisco has been home to world-changing women. You'll walk in the footsteps of 10 ladies who left their legacy on the landscape, like Isadora Duncan, Maya Angelou, and Lillie Coit. Starting with the brave pioneer women who worked just as hard as the men, but in corsets, you'll meet the Madonna of the 1800's, learn the difference between SF's working girls and working women, and visit the street where three major divas' lives intersected. On this tour, you'll span both centuries and neighborhoods. Then, work your way through the theater district, Maiden Lane, Chinatown, and North Beach. 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 San Francisco's amazing history and the tough, talented woman who made it that way.
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    Full Exposure: Complete History of North Beach

    Foot! Fun Walking Tours
    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.
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    Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach Tour

    Roam Local
    In Roam Local's "Chinatown, Russian Hill & North Beach" walking-tour, you'll explore the hidden streets and sites of three of San Francisco's most famous and picturesque neighborhoods. Beginning and ending at the Friendship Gate of Chinatown, you'll travel through the colorful back alleys of the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world. Here you'll find the first Chinese temple ever built in the United States. From there, you'll ascend Russian Hill, famous for its writers' salons and eclectic vibe, and explore Barbary Lane, the hidden street that famously inspired Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novel series. Next up, you'll descend into North Beach, epicenter of the Beat Generation, the Bohemian artists and nonconformists behind the great San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. If you're looking for an insider's view of SF, this is a tour you'll not want to miss!
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    Drag Me Along Tour

    Drag Me Along Tours
    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.
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    Fishermans Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge Tour

    Things to do in San Francisco
    From Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge, this 4-hour waterfront walk offers a "fluid" touring experience for those new to San Francisco! This leisurely walking experience starts at Hyde Street Pier and follows the shore of Aquatic Park to Marina Green and Crissy Field. You'll also visit historic Fort Point below the Golden Gate Bridge before climbing to the Golden Gate Bridge Overlook for an incredible view. Tours are kept small so as to offer an intimate learning experience, helping you to get to know the city like a local, from a local. Bring lunch and snacks to enjoy on the way!
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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.
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