Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

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Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
A short hike along the batteries and bluffs in the Presidio of San Francisco

This short trail provides a great way to see the bluffs near the Presidio and offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin that are hard to beat. The trail is marked moderate because there are several places with steps and some climbing if you decide to take the side trip down to Marshall Beach. The trail is pretty short, which allows for you...
Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Headlands host beauty and history of San Francisco Bay Area

The Marin Headlands are intoxicating and sobering. The hills north of San Francisco are peppered with relics of America's wars, so in the same afternoon you might see wonderful examples of waves crashing amid grim reminders of nations clashing. The Headlands are a section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, managed by the U.S. Park Service....
San Francisco Walking Tour: The Castro
San Francisco Walking Tour: The Castro
San Francisco, California, United States
 
There’s always a party in the city’s first gay neighborhood.

The Castro came out in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, when gay men started buying Victorians in the once-sleepy suburb. Today, the neighborhood is one of San Francisco’s most vibrant areas, best known for being the center of the city’s queer culture. It’s a destination during the day, but an even livelier host in the evening. Whether you want to...
One Perfect Day in San Francisco
One Perfect Day in San Francisco
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 7.1 miles, Full day
A good day schedule when you have guests in town

San Francisco is a small city full of culture, art and history. People live here are from all over the world. They bring in their culture, mix all elements together, and become today's San Francisco. This guide won't have those well known points of interest such as golden gate bridge and fisherman's wharf. It's more like a guide that locals will...
San Francisco Walking Tour: Haight/Ashbury
San Francisco Walking Tour: Haight/Ashbury
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Go beyond the city’s counter-culture past to explore this diverse neighborhood’s new haunts.

Although “The Haight” is best known for being the center of ‘60’s hippy culture, there’s more to the strip between Baker and Stanyan streets than just smoke and nostalgia shops. One look beyond the tie-dye reveals a host of neighborhood gems that reflect the diverse character of the people who actually live there. The area is home to San Francisco’s...
A Trip through the 1960s in Haight-Ashbury
A Trip through the 1960s in Haight-Ashbury
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, Half day
The historical, groovy and fun neighborhood near Golden Gate Park

As the Mamas & the Papas suggested in their hit 1967 song, "if you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." Good advice, especially if your visit includes a stop in the Haight. The song was written to promote the Monterrey Pop Festival in June 1967, an event that attracted some of rock's biggest names (Janice Joplin, Jefferson...
San Francisco Walking Tour: Hayes Valley
San Francisco Walking Tour: Hayes Valley
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Explore one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Wedged between the Civic Center and the Western Addition neighborhoods, Hayes Valley is home to some of the best food, design, and clothing the city has to offer. Just twenty years ago the area was better known for being a seedy stretch with a freeway ramp, but the 1989 earthquake changed the area for the better when it damaged the Central Freeway....
San Francisco Walking Tour: SoMa
San Francisco Walking Tour: SoMa
San Francisco, California, United States
Go “South of Market” for art, green space, and more.

Industrial roots give this “South of Market” neighborhood a bigger scale than the rest of downtown. (Although now industry is more often high-tech than wholesale.) Several outstanding museums cluster around Market and Third streets, yolked together by the Yerba Buena Gardens, while restaurants and clubs snap up former warehouses.
San Francisco Walking Tour: Japantown
San Francisco Walking Tour: Japantown
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Great finds abound in this cool Asian enclave.

At the heart of Japantown is the Japan Center, a blocks-long mall that features a branch of the Japan’s largest bookstore, a specialty pen shop, several places to sing karaoke, and sushi galore. The area was built up in the 1960’s, when the city sold a parcel of land to a Japanese-American group from Hawaii who transformed it into a shopping center....
Union Square and SoMa
Union Square and SoMa
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 1.6 miles, Half day
Shops, museums, parks and dining in Union Square and South of Market Street

San Francisco's famous shopping, culture and cuisine begin with a trip to Union Square. There is so much more to see just off the main plaza, however. This trip may start with high levels of retail punctuated by loud (yet endearing) cable car bells, but it then takes the visitor south of Market Street to the SoMa district, where world-class and lesser-known...
San Francisco Walking Tour: Pacific Heights
San Francisco Walking Tour: Pacific Heights
San Francisco, California, United States
 
This well-heeled neighborhood has something for everyone.

In the late 1800s, the newly rich started setting up in Pac Heights, and to this day it remains a place mostly inhabited by the moneyed. The area is largely residential with a stretch of Fillmore Street—roughly from Post to Presidio—occupying its commercial center. Here, the specialty boutiques comfortably integrate with big name clothing and design...
Powell-Mason Cable Car
Powell-Mason Cable Car
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 2.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hill and past many must-see destinations

Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars have been around since a year after inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie tested the first line in 1873 (he gained inspiration after witnessing a cart sliding backward down a slippery hill, dragging five horses with it). Today,...
Union Square to Golden Gate Park
Union Square to Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 6.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Just 3.2 miles from downtown San Francisco to the oasis of green that is Golden Gate Park.

We help you navigate the streets of San Francisco, picking the best route through the concrete jungle to reach the celebrated Golden Gate Park. Our route takes you from the bicycle lanes of Market Street, through 'the wiggle' of streets where we dodge the hills and the worst of the traffic, before ending up on the bike trails of the Panhandle. From...
Touring Chinatown
Touring Chinatown
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 1.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Experience the largest Chinatown outside of Asia

Nestled in prime real estate between retail-happy Union Square, the bustle of the Financial District and the beatnik funkiness of North Beach, Chinatown beckons to tourists and locals with its irresistible green-tiled gate at the intersection of Grant and Bush streets. Once inside the gate, the entrance and first block are really peaceful. Deeper...
San Francisco in One Day
San Francisco in One Day
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 6.0 miles, Full day
San Francisco--the City by the Bay--all major sights in one guide

San Francisco--beautiful city by the bay. Over the years so much has been said and written about San Francisco, does it even need an introduction? Since you are reading this guide you are either already here or are looking forward to visiting. This guide provides information to all the must-see places that San Francisco is so well known for. The...
Mission District Food, Art, and Shopping
Mission District Food, Art, and Shopping
San Francisco, CA, USA
 
Easy: 1.2 miles, Half day
Cutting-edge art, colorful murals, vibrant restaurants, boutiques and a roof-top view

Known for its vibrant Latino culture, colorful murals and hip, artistic spirit, the Mission is experiencing a second coming with a new crop of restaurants, boutiques and more. While some locals have bemoaned the "gentrification" of the Mission during the past decade with scores of tech start-up workers flooding the neighborhood as renters and homeowners,...
Powell-Hyde Cable Car
Powell-Hyde Cable Car
San Francisco, California, United States
Easy: 2.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hill and past many must-see destinations

Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars have been around since the year after inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie tested the first line in 1873 (he gained inspiration after witnessing a cart sliding backward down a slippery hill, dragging five horses with it). Today,...
Weekend in SF's Mission District
Weekend in SF's Mission District
Mission District, California, United States
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, Half day
Known for its vibrant Latino culture, colorful murals, and hip, artistic spirit. . .

the Mission is now experiencing a second coming with a new crop of restaurants, boutiques, and more. -By Jaime Gross
California Cable Car
California Cable Car
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 1.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Ride on a historic cable car over San Francisco's famous hills and past many must-see attractions

Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars have been around since the year after inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie tested the first line in 1873 (he gained inspiration after witnessing a cart sliding backward down a slippery hill, dragging five horses with it). Today,...
A Beatnik Walk through North Beach
A Beatnik Walk through North Beach
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Experience the remnants of Beat culture in one of San Francisco's great neighborhoods

Beyond the aroma of cappuccino and focaccia, the café tables spilling onto the sidewalk, and the convivial air, North Beach is alive with the spirit of the Beatniks, those revolutionary artists who electrified San Francisco and shocked the country in the 1950s and '60s. Listen for the rhythm of Beat poetry, of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence...
North Beach and Little Italy
North Beach and Little Italy
San Francisco, California, United States
Easy: 3.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Explore the Italian-American culture, learn about the Beat Poets and explore one of San Francisco's earliest settlements

North Beach is one of San Francisco's distinct, famous, and oldest neighborhoods, dating back to the village of Yerba Buena in the 1830s. Today Little Italy is home to the city's Italian American community, which means you can find some great food here! If you look carefully, you can find some signs of the city's rough past from the Barbary Coast...
Waterfront for Families
Waterfront for Families
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 2.1 miles, Half day
Explore the city by the bay and appeal to kids of all ages

There are many neighborhoods in San Francisco that are great to explore with children. This guide aims to capture some of the city's most popular sites in a walkable half-day format. By starting at the Ferry Building near the downtown Financial District, families can fuel up on great food, coffee and provisions for the day as they prepare to leisurely...
San Francisco Walking Tour for kids 8 to 68
San Francisco Walking Tour for kids 8 to 68
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Moderate: 2.3 miles, Full day
Full day family-friendly urban trek of SF Waterfront and Bay up Telegraph Hill through North Beach and Chinatown.

The new Exploratorium on the waterfront completes this classic walking tour of downtown San Francisco. This walk will take you through iconic San Francisco landmarks like the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid and Old St Mary's Church. You will also get to see Chinatown, North Beach, vestiges of the infamous Barbary Coast, a peek of the...
San Francisco Walking Tour: Embarcadero
San Francisco Walking Tour: Embarcadero
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Stroll the Bay City’s scenic waterfront.

The Embarcadero, which traces San Francisco’s eastern shoreline, memorably demonstrates the good that can come from a natural disaster. After the 1989 earthquake, the old freeway was torn down, replaced by a breezy, beautiful promenade. Now you can stroll along the waterfront, past redeveloped piers, all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Walk across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with great views of San Francisco in the distance

The Golden Gate Bridge is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, and the opportunity to walk across at least part of it should not be missed. The bridge spans 1.7 miles, but most people only walk to the first tower and back again. If you are feeling more adventurous, walk across the bridge and continue under the bridge...
Free Ride
Free Ride
San Francisco, California, United States
Blaze your own trails through San Francisco and beyond with this guide for all ages and abilities.

Explore the region at your own pace with the Free Ride guide, safe in the knowledge that you're riding on 165 miles of the best bike routes around. Key: • Red tracks: Beginner and intermediate routes using bike trails, bicycle lanes and the most bike-friendly streets possible. • Pink tracks: Advanced road biking routes for experienced cyclists...
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Moderate: 18.0 miles, Full day
Explore the best of San Francisco in a single day!

We take you on a counter-clockwise Grand Tour of San Francisco, on an 18 mile cruise around the best sites of the city. We visit famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cycle along the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, visit the beach and cycle the full length of the Golden Gate Park. And that's not even mentioning Haight Ashbury, the Painted...
Bay to Breakers
Bay to Breakers
San Francisco, California, United States
Easy: 16.3 miles, Full day
From Ferry Building to Pacific Ocean we recreate an old San Francisco tradition and fit in some great sightseeing.

Bay to Breakers is a century old road race through San Francisco celebrated in equal parts for its athletic challenge and notoriety. Although the 7.46 mile race hasn't changed much over the years, the event is probably best known for the tens of thousands of unofficial entrants who walk the route behind the runners, often dressed in costumes, and...
Bridge to Tiburon
Bridge to Tiburon
San Francisco, California, United States
Moderate: 19.5 miles, Full day
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin and tour several picturesque bay-side towns. Return by ferry.

We trace a route along the shores of San Francisco Bay, over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the picturesque towns of Marin Country to take you on a tour you'll never forget. Beyond the attractions of San Francisco, you'll also get to experience the towns of Sausalito and Tiburon which are famed equally for their restaurants and shopping opportunities....
Bridge to Marin Headlands
Bridge to Marin Headlands
San Francisco, California, United States
Moderate: 19.2 miles, Full day
Escape the city and head for the hills! Cross the bridge in search of nature, beaches, lighthouses and awesome roads!

Just a few short miles from the bustle of San Francisco lies the relative peace and quiet of the Marin Headlands where you can enjoy Golden Gate views among rolling hills and soaring raptors. Our route guides you along the San Francisco bay shore past numerous side trips and on to the Golden Gate Bridge. From there we hang a left and head for the...
Bridge to Sausalito
Bridge to Sausalito
San Francisco, California, United States
Easy: 7.9 miles, Half day
Fun and leisurely cruise across the bridge to the shoppers and diners mecca of Sausalito. Return by ferry.

Discover the quieter side of the San Francisco Bay across the Golden Gate Bridge in the former fishing village of Sausalito. You'll find this a perfect place to browse the little boutique stores that line the bayside road, followed by refreshments or a meal at one of the many well regarded restaurants near the center of the town. When you've had...
Bike the Bridge
Bike the Bridge
San Francisco, California, United States
Easy: 7.6 miles, Half day
The shortest and flattest possible route to the Golden Gate Bridge, with plenty of great side trips on the way!

No journey to San Francisco is complete without a trip to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and there's no better to experience it than by bike. Take your time weaving through the crowds on the eastern sidewalk and enjoy the city views, or speed along on the bike-only western sidewalk and marvel at the engineering and architectural genius behind the...
Embarcadero and Union Square
Embarcadero and Union Square
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 2.2 miles, 1 hour or less
Connecting Fisherman's Wharf with the heart of San Francisco's shopping district, with plenty of sightseeing on the way.

The scenic Embarcadero is a memorable way to connect two of San Francisco's biggest attractions, and is also a conveniently short and flat route. Union Square is the center of San Francisco's shopping district and the great place to browse the flagship locations of some big name stores. Market Street is also the beginning of our guide to Golden...
Find Nature at Lands End
Find Nature at Lands End
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.4 miles, 1-3 hours
The wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco is a land of rich history and spectacular nature

Lands End is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, a corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. At the tip of Lands End is Point Lobos, named by the Spanish for its many lobos marinos (sea wolves); the barks of those sea lions, as they are called today, drifted up from the rocks below. The sea lions have since relocated to the...
California Coastal Trail - San Francisco
California Coastal Trail - San Francisco
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 8.9 miles, Half day
Hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge

This section of the California Coastal Trail runs from the Cliff House near the Sutro Baths all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and passes many landmarks including Baker Beach, the Seacliff area, Marshall Beach, and the Batteries to Bluffs Trail. This area of San Francisco is unknown to so many residents, even though it is one of the most beautiful...
Downtown Architecture Walk
Downtown Architecture Walk
Financial District, California, United States
 
Easy: 0.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Discover some of the best-kept architecture secrets of downtown San Francisco

This walking tour through the heart of downtown San Francisco provides an engaging mini-history class on the architecture of one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the United States. The tour takes you along several of the most significant buildings in San Francsisco, including one of the most important buildings in the word, the Hallidie...
San Francisco Walking Tour: Chinatown
San Francisco Walking Tour: Chinatown
Financial District, California, United States
 
Let your senses get lost in the country’s oldest Chinese neighborhood.

North America’s oldest Chinatown is a sensory immersion: You’ll hear clicking abacus beads, catch a whiff of incense, and gaze up at the buildings’ flaring pagoda flourishes and varying flags (the red Chinese banner or Taiwanese blue). Saturdays are busiest, when locals join the shopping swarm.
San Francisco Waterfront
San Francisco Waterfront
California, United States
 
See for yourself why San Francisco's waterfront attracts travelers from around the world.

Water surrounds San Francisco on three sides, but the shoreline between the Golden Gate and Bay bridges gets all the attention. It's well deserved. Something charming or funky or eye-popping pops up every few yards along these six miles of San Francisco Bay beachfront. Even the mobs of rubber-neckers at Fisherman's Wharf (a Grade A tourist Trap...
Angel Island
Angel Island
San Francisco, California, United States
Moderate: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Picture perfect San Francisco Bay views on this tranquil tour of a remote island with hardly a car in sight.

Away from the hustle of the city, Angel Island offers a retreat to tranquility surrounded by magnificent San Francisco Bay views. This six mile biking tour is great for both beginners and intermediate cyclists, highlights all of the major sights, an occasional side-trips and introduces some of the island history. If you're concerned about hills,...
Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail
Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail
Seacliff, California, United States
 
Moderate: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Explore the spectacular cliffs along a short trail above the Pacific Ocean less than 30 minutes from San Francisco.

Point Bonita Lighthouse, located at the South Western tip of the Marin headlands, is an active lighthouse with a rich history. The lighthouse was the 3rd lighthouse on the West Coast and was first built in 1855. The short (0.3 miles) trail from the parking lot offers spectacular views on the Pacific Cliffs.