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Closely associated with LGBTQ culture, San Francisco’s vibrant, brash Castro district is a lively neighborhood of shops, bars, rainbow flags, and hilly streets lined with impressively restored Victorian homes. Harvey Milk—California’s first openly gay elected official—was a famous Castro resident, honored here with Harvey Milk Plaza.

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San Francisco Love Tour

San Francisco Love Tour

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Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.
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  • 2 hours
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$30.96
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The Castro Human Rights Walk

The Castro Human Rights Walk

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Take a walk back in time to learn about the history of civil rights during this tour of San Francisco's Castro district. With a small group, you'l follow your guide through the neighborhood, pausing at places of interest to hear about their historical importance. Traveling with a small group means you'll get an intimate group atmosphere and plenty of chances to ask questions.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.00
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour
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Combo Tour: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Grand City Tour

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Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this 2-in-1 tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Plus, enjoy a coach tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
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$120.00
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San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

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Conquer San Francisco's urban jungle on this 3-hour urban hike. Trek your way up Tank Hill and Kite Hill, spots favored by locals for great city views, and stroll through hidden forests. Visit the Seward Street Slides to play like a local kid and take spectacular photos from the top of Twin Peaks. Between the forests, lush greenery and hidden pocket parks, you'll find it hard to believe you're in the midst of one of the country's busiest cities. Learn urban legends, history and culture from your local hiking guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Castro to the Mission Small-Group Tour in San Francisco

Castro to the Mission Small-Group Tour in San Francisco

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San Francisco is known world-wide for it's place in LGBTQ history. Start your Castro to the Mission tour by learning how the movement caught fire during the 1960's and 70's in the historic Castro neighborhood. From there we'll take you through the side-streets (so you can view some of the best street murals you'll ever see) to the nearby Mission District, which was the birthplace of San Francisco itself. It was here, in 1776, that colonists built a Mission to establish control of the area for the Spanish King. During the tour you'll also be able to enjoy some great local food, including San Francisco's very own Mission Style Burrito, artisanal cheese and lovely home-made chocolate.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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San Francisco Super Saver: Grand City Tour plus Muir Woods & Sausalito Day Trip
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San Francisco Super Saver: Grand City Tour plus Muir Woods & Sausalito Day Trip

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Combine two of San Francisco’s top tours into one Super Saver, which provides a comprehensive look at the best of the Bay Area. Travel by bus to Muir Woods, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the way, and be wowed by the towering redwood trees of the old-growth forest. Then visit the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco for a deluxe city tour that takes in major attractions like Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, and Twin Peaks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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The Essential Electric San Francisco Bike Tour
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The Essential Electric San Francisco Bike Tour

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On this 100% local electric bike tour you’ll experience SF’s most essential sights in one unforgettable adventure. The awesome tour route features a full ride on the Golden Bridge and includes SF’s best landmarks, parks, neighborhoods, Victorian architecture, and hidden gems along the way. We’ll even have a picnic in the park, w/ epic views. • Make the most of your SF time & explore more! This is the coolest, most expansive way to see the city. • See the Bridge from unique areas not offered on any other tour • Explore the best parts of SF’s grand Golden Gate Park • Nick leads all the tours - get SF’s most experienced guide every time • Ride an awesome custom-built electric bike, for easy, safe, & extra-fun pedaling (these are the best bikes in SF, hands down) • Wireless audio system to guarantee you don’t miss a thing & ensures the safest ride • Picnic feat. SF’s best sandwiches • Captivating stories & iPad collection of cool historical photos • Professional photo gallery included
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF
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Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF

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Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

San Francisco Private Love Tour
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

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If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$528.00
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Half-Day San Francisco Highlights Tour
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Private Half-Day San Francisco Highlights Tour

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Explore San Francisco on a personalized excursion with your own group of up to six people. Enjoy the undivided attention of a private driver-guide and visit highlights such as Union Square, Chinatown, Fishermen's Wharf, and Golden Gate Park, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned van. Plus, soak up views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, and other San Francisco landmarks.
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  • 4 hours
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day, 2-tour combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco all electric bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The date prior to your Alcatraz tour, you'll enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Holiday Lights Tour of San Francisco

Holiday Lights Tour of San Francisco

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Experience the beauty of San Francisco at Christmastime with this holiday lights tour. Set out on a small-group, 2-hour guided tour from Fisherman's Wharf, taking in the city's waterfront as well as well-known sights such as Lombard Street, Chinatown, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Union Square. In true San Francisco fashion you'll travel in '70s-style VW vans decked out with shag rugs and bed curtains and all donning Santa hats―perfect for snapping that pic for next year's Christmas card in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 2 hours
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

The San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: A Golden Gate Ticket to 30+ Attractions

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Explore San Francisco at your own pace with the San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. Select two, three, four, five or six attractions and schedule your visit during a 30-day period of your choice. Choose to visit popular destinations such as Madame Tussaud's and the Legion of Honor art museum, and opt for a select San Francisco sightseeing tour. Receive your pass instantly after booking, with a code that allows immediate use.
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  • 30 days
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Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise

Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise

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Get acquainted with the City by the Bay during this 3.5-hour San Francisco tour, including a 1.5-hour cruise around Alcatraz Island. First make your way through the city’s most popular neighborhoods, and see main attractions, such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Then, hit the water on a cruise around Alcatraz Island, and learn about the history and the former inmates of the notorious penitentiary.
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  • 5 hours
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San Francisco Castro Mission Loop Tour

San Francisco Castro Mission Loop Tour

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Your tour guide Ryan is a spirited San Francisco local. For over a decade, Ryan has designed private urban hike tours throughout the City so he can share his passion with others. As a historian, Ryan integrates old photos, blueprints, and illustrations to better paint the City’s narrative and share a new side of San Francisco to both tourists and locals.Ryan’s personal urban adventures balance physically-rewarding routes and exceptional views. What makes his tours stand out are the hidden passages and pockets of local history.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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Private Walking Tour of The Castro and Mission District

Private Walking Tour of The Castro and Mission District

The Private Tour of Castro and Mission will introduce you to the city’s hippest neighbourhoods, notable for their LGBTQ community and cool, artsy vibe. In The Castro, learn about the extraordinary accomplishments of SF residents in halting demolition, stopping four-lane freeways and affecting positive change in feminism, peace, and LGBTQ rights. The neighbourhood’s many spirited LGBTQ bars range from brew pubs and bustling dives to ritzy drag shows. Explore Milk’s Ground Zero and immerse yourself in the legacy of California’s first openly gay elected official - and the role Castro played. In the Mission District, you will venture down Clarion Alley’s brightly-hued urban graffiti and satirical political street art and stroll in the footsteps of feminists, Latinos, artists and activists who continue to fight for the soul of San Francisco. Then, pop into the Mission Dolores to see the oldest building in San Francisco.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.00
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San Francisco Four Peaks Tour

San Francisco Four Peaks Tour

Your tour guide Ryan is a spirited San Francisco local. For over a decade, Ryan has designed private urban hike tours throughout the City so he can share his passion with others. As a historian, Ryan integrates old photos, blueprints, and illustrations to better paint the City’s narrative and share a new side of San Francisco to both tourists and locals.Ryan’s personal urban adventures balance physically-rewarding routes and exceptional views. What makes his tours stand out are the hidden passages and pockets of local history.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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The Real San Francisco Walking Tour

The Real San Francisco Walking Tour

This ain't your typical walking tour. This is The Real San Francisco, as presented by Clyde Always, the Bard of Bay City. Hold on to your hats, as Clyde leads you through a maze of colorful settings, each lending itself to be the backdrop of one of his signature, all-American, all-original TALL TALES. International audiences have delighted in these wild narratives, some written in comic verse a la Shel Silverstein, others told more like something from the pages of the Brothers Grimm. A word to the wary: in spite of Clyde's infinite charm, his monologues may contain the errant swear word--nothing too vulgar--but may the faint of heart be warned. The route was carefully planned out by the host, himself. It requires no hill climbing and minimal exertion. Best of all, it includes portions of three very popular neighborhoods: the Mission, the Castro and the Haight. This tour is sure to enthrall and uplift all who care to come along.
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  • 2 hours
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$20.00
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The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & Tours

The San Francisco Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG at 30+ Attractions & Tours

For a near-perfect San Francisco experience ideal for first-time visitors, you can save a bundle and see the best of the city with a San Francisco Sightseeing Pass. For up to five days, you can use your pass for easy access to more than 30 different attractions and activities, from bike tours and museum visits to discounts at top area restaurants. Stroll through North Beach, Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the Asian Art Museum, and more—all included.
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  • 1 to 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Should I book The Castro tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since The Castro can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit The Castro 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to The Castro costs USD 20.00. Guided The Castro tours start around USD 20.00 per person.
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