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Best Walking Tours in San Francisco

By Viator, September 2013

4.5 20 Reviews | Add your review

San Francisco is a great city to see by foot. Ranked as the nation’s second most walkable city by an independent research group, San Francisco has plenty of neighborhoods that are safe, fun, and offer much to entice the average passer-by. The City of Seven Hills is easily broken down into bite-sized chunks, and by walking you get to experience the city at a slower pace, and more up-close, than you would if you were taking an alternate method of transportation.

The Financial District and Embarcadero are two distinctly walkable neighborhoods within San Francisco. Start at the Embarcadero, grab a bite to eat and do a little shopping at the Ferry Building Marketplace, and make your way to Pier 15, which houses the Exploratorium, before continuing on to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf for a cup of clam chowder and a glimpse at the colony of sea lions who make the pier their home.

Nearby, the Financial District is home to some of the city’s best restaurants. Great for shopping and seeing the bustle of Market Street, the Financial District is also adjacent to two other fabulously walkable San Francisco neighborhoods – the Jackson Square Historic District and Chinatown. The Mission, the city’s Spanish speaking (and now hipster) neighborhood, and Haight-Ashbury, known for its role in the hippie movement, are also great ‘hoods for exploring on food.

If it’s views you’re after, be prepared to out in a little effort, as you’ll need to climb of the city’s massive hills (or at least ride a bus or cable car to the top). From neighborhoods like Nob Hill and viewpoints at Lands End and the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll get sweeping views of the city and bay. All it takes is a little legwork.

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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 - 3 hours (depending on if lunch is selected)

From USD $30.00

Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Are you fascinated by ghosts? Join this evening walking tour and let the local guides bring to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown's supernatural past ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.99

The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

Step out on a historical walking tour of San Francisco's internationally renowned gay neighborhood, the Castro. While walking you will learn about the history ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00

Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Spend an evening exploring two of San Francisco's vibrant areas for food and nightlife on a walking tour through Chinatown and North Beach. On their own, they ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

Walking Tour of Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach with Cable Car Ride and optional Alcatraz Ticket

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Take this guided walking tour and see the best that San Francisco has to offer! Visit the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, take in fantastic views of the Golden Gate ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $49.99

San Francisco Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

San Francisco Urban Hike: Coit Tower, Lombard Street and North Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Get ready to climb lots of steps and go off the beaten path on this challenging 5-mile walking tour of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill and North ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

San Francisco 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 ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.00

San Francisco Urban Hike: The Presidio

Enter a new world as you embark on an urban hike through the historic Presidio in San Francisco. Following your expert guide, wander through groves of pine, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2.5 to 3-hours

From USD $45.00

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