Find the Best Walking Tour for Your Next San Francisco Visit
San Francisco is one of America's most scenic big cities, both naturally and architecturally. Thanks to beautiful, temperate weather that lingers year-round, it's also one of America's best cities to explore on foot. Companies throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area offer a selection of guided walking tours, on which you can experience different neighborhoods that interest you or check out particular sites or even businesses that spark your fancy. If you're looking for the best walking tour in San Francisco to fit in your visit, check out some of the best options below.
Quick, Convenient Tours
If you don't have much time but still want to take in as much of the city as you can, the following walking tours are good options for you.
Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour
Still feeling the Summer of Love? The Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour is the best option for you. This tour walks you through the neighborhood's beautiful Victorian architecture and explains the area's famous rock 'n' roll and hippie past.
Chinatown Adventures with Wok Wiz Tours
Take a walking tour through Chinatown and enjoy its sights and sounds with Chinatown Adventures with Wok Wiz Tours. This tour will give you an overview of the history of the area, and then it will feed you a dim sum lunch in one of the neighborhood's best restaurants.
All About Chinatown Tours
All About Chinatown is another walking tour that gives you a deeper look into San Francisco's Chinatown. You can take their food tour of Chinatown to sample all of the neighborhood's best culinary delights. You can also walk through historic landmarks, browse famous markets and look inside a hidden Buddhist temple.
San Francisco By Gilles
Parlez-vous Français? If so, the San Francisco By Gilles walking tour is the right walking tour for you. This tour, given entirely in French, takes you through multiple San Francisco neighborhoods and gives you a good general introduction to the history and culture of the city.
City Guides offers tours in a variety of neighborhoods, focused on a number of different topics—and they're all free! Led by local volunteers who are passionate about San Francisco, a tour with City Guides is an easy, authentic, and affordable way to explore the city.
Tours for Foodies
There is no doubt that San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area is one America's culinary capitals. If you're a traveler who loves to eat, one of these walking tours is a great option for you.
Local Tastes of the City Tours
Want to learn about the food in San Francisco? Local Tastes of the City is the walking tour for you. On this tour, you'll learn about the food history and culture in multiple neighborhoods, including North Beach, Chinatown and more.
SF on Tap Tours
SF has a great beer scene to pair with its awesome food scene. Taste some of the best local brews during a SF on Tap Tour. This tour is limited to 12 people, so you get loads of personal attention, and it walks you to the city's best breweries. Plus, you can get a taste of the beers made on site at each stop.
Local Food Adventures
Local Food Adventures is a walking tour through Oakland and the East Bay, where you can learn both about its culinary past and where it fits in the food scene today. The tour is a "progressive eating experience," so come hungry and expect to try a lot of different foods at a lot of different restaurants (and optional drinks, too!)
Avital Food Tours
Don't just taste the food on an SF walking tour; learn about how and where it's made. Avital Food Tours takes you to some of the city's best restaurants, then takes you behind the scenes to meet the restaurant's owners, managers, chefs and more.
If you have a group and you want to make sure your tour fits everyone's needs, then try one of the tours below.
Edible Excursions is the right choice for a group that wants to learn about food, but that wants to have a say in what's on the menu. Looking to sample San Francisco's best BBQ or the city's most unusual delicacies? Edible Excursions can create an itinerary just for you. These tours take you through a wide range of locations: the Ferry Building, the East Bay, North Berkeley and more.
Go Behind the Scenes at Oracle Park (Formerly known as AT&T Park)
Oracle Park is home to the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. If you love baseball, you can take a Behind the Scenes tour at Oracle Park, where you'll go through the dugout, the visitors' batting cage, the press box and more. Customize a tour through the park for a group of any size.
Got some specific interests? No problem; there's something for everyone in San Francisco. These tours give you an opportunity to delve deeper into your singular tastes.
San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour
San Francisco is a city with a rich past — and maybe even a haunted one. Learn about some of the city's most haunted neighborhoods on the two-hour San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour. The tour goes through Pacific Heights, one of the few neighborhoods to survive the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.
Wild SF Walking Tours
Do you love the music history of SF and its place in Beat or hippie cultures? Take the Wild SF Walking Tour. You'll be led through the city on foot, learning about famous characters—famous criminals, musicians and artists who changed the world—all from some pretty entertaining characters themselves.
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