Meet your guide in San Francisco's Financial District to begin your walking tour of the remains of the Gold Rush and Barbary Coast eras. As fortune-hunters flooded San Francisco in the mid-19th century, a red-light district flourished in what is today downtown San Francisco. Named after the Barbary Coast of North Africa where pirates and slave traders were rampant, this tawdry area of the city was one of the most dangerous places anywhere in the US.
Listen to your guide share fascinating anecdotes of the scandalous happenings that were part of everyday life in San Francisco's Barbary Coast as you stroll along the old waterfront and imagine how the area was once crammed with rowdy bars and brothels.
See historic buildings in Jackson Square from that era, and visit the remains of the Niantic, a ship that brought treasure-seekers to the city during the Gold Rush until it ran aground and was converted into a hotel. Walk along the block of Pacific Avenue (then Pacific Street) between Kearny and Montgomery that boomed with jazz clubs and dance halls in the early 20th century and was known as Terrific Street.
During your tour, stop into old San Francisco saloons for three cocktail tastings, mixed by modern bartenders who revive traditional drinks or invent their own creations. You'll learn more about the city's colorful past as you sip, including the once-exotic ingredients shipped to the San Francisco port.
Your 3-hour walking tour concludes near where it began in the Financial District, leaving you with a much clearer idea of just how much San Francisco has changed over the years.