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The Castro District, known otherwise as simply, "the Castro," is widely considered the United States' gay capital. Not only is it the largest, but also the country's first.

Regardless of a visitor's sexual orientation, the Castro is full of wonderful attractions, including the Castro Theatre, one of San Francisco's more popular movie palaces, complete with a world-class interior chandelier and designed with a colonial Spanish Baroque facade. 

Perhaps the area's most culturally significant landmark, the GLBT Historical Society includes a museum and archives documenting the history of the gay and lesbian communities in the U.S. Aside from its core purpose, the building also houses other interesting institutions including the Cartoon Art Museum, which features well over 6,000 different cartoons and comics, and the Catharine Clark Gallery, an exhibition including  different forms of media for contemporary, living artists.

Also be sure to check out Harvey Milk Plaza, named after the famous openly gay politician, commonly labeled the "martyr of gay rights."

Practical Info

The most efficient way to commute to the Castro District is via the MUNI Metro system, either by the L, K, or M line. For a more scenic and exciting experience you can also take the famous F Market streetcar line that will tour you through the Castro's lovely downtown area and Fisherman's Wharf.
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The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District

Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this 2-hour 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$25,00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$25,00

Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts

Wander through the heart of San Francisco on this 3 hour walking tour of the Castro and Mission neighborhoods. Starting in the Castro, a local guide will lead you through such historic places as Harvey Milk Plaza and the nation’s first LGBT museum. After stopping for lunch you’ll continue on to ever-popular Dolores Park, 18th Street’s food corridor and the Mission’s famous street art. Throughout the tour you’ll see the underground and counter-cultural forces that have shaped San Francisco’s history and continue to impact it today. What better way to get to know the city than by walking through it, all with the help of a local, informative guide?
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$24,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Mini Majestic Electric Bike Tour

San Francisco is famous for its skyline views, rich cultural landscape, and iconic architecture. While the city’s steep streets and thick traffic can make foot and car travel difficult, this guided electric bike tour allows you to cruise up hills with the assistance of a battery-powered bicycle, avoid traffic, and see some of the city’s best-known neighborhoods, parks, and attractions up close.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$84,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Love Tour

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$55,00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$129,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this 30-minute tour. Fly over some of the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour

Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by private luxury minivan. The 4-hour tour takes you to parts of the city where buses aren’t allowed.  With maximum five passengers, you’re guaranteed a window seat, while you listen to live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at six of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$48,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Holiday Lights Tour of San Francisco

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$55,00
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tours

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$65,00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$495,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour of San Francisco

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$249,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Electric Bike Tour of San Francisco

Tour San Francisco and tackle the hills with the help of an electric bike on a full-day tour with a guide. Zip through several of the city's most interesting neighborhoods on a 20-mile (32-km) spin through districts such as Hayes Valley, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, and the Mission. You'll have time for stops at Golden Gate Park, the Pacific Ocean, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and refuel with lunch (own expense) at one of the city's great local restaurants.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$93,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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The New Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

See San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods during this biking tour that avoids the big hills and moves at a leisurely pace. A guide tells you all about the city and its most intriguing stories as you pedal through the Mission, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, and Alamo Square. Plus, your bike and helmet rental are included for a stress-free experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$74,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

See the best of San Francisco in one day with this 9-hour tour from Fisherman's Wharf. You'll visit 11 different locations with five stops for photo ops, plus take a tour to Alcatraz Island in the afternoon. On board the minibus, you'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood trees of Muir Woods Redwood National Monument, and listen to commentary from your guide about San Francisco's culture, history, and other places to check out on your own.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$159,00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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San Francisco Love Night Tour

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 2-hour 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$65,00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Urban Electric Bike Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$89,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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The Essential San Francisco Bike Tour

Pedal the streets of San Francisco during this 5-hour cycling adventure covering some of the city’s top parks, landmarks and scenic neighborhoods. Get out your car and onto two wheels as you explore this bike-friendly paradise, checking out iconic Bay Area sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Baker Beach,  famous neighborhoods like the Presidio, Mission District, Haight-Ashbury, and much more. You’ll cycle a laid-back 15 miles during your ride. A guide, bike and helmet, water and snacks are also included.
  • Duration: 270 to 300 minutes
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US$79,00
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  • Duration: 270 to 300 minutes
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San Francisco Food, Mural Art, and History Bike Tour

Explore one of San Francisco’s ‘foodie-est’ neighborhoods—the Mission District—on a bike tour that introduces you to local culture and the best places to eat. A favorite neighborhood among locals for its bars, shops, ever-trendy restaurants and beloved weekend hangout Dolores Park, where the city comes together to picnic and people-watch, the Mission is home to street art, taquerias, history and a lively atmosphere. Learn about and see it all as you pedal the streets with a guide, stopping at eateries such as Bi-Rite Market and Tartine Bakery.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$79,00
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Hybrid Bike Rental

Explore San Francisco like a local with a full-day bike rental. You’ll be matched with a custom-fit hybrid bicycle at the bike shop where you can choose from a selection of Trek, Giant or Cannondale models. Then set off to explore the streets of the city! You're ensured a comfortable ride, even on steep hills. A helmet, lock, light and map, along with a refreshment for the road, are all provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$36,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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The Best Self-Guided Bike Tour of San Francisco

Take a self-guided bicycle tour of San Francisco neighborhoods, from the Mission District to the Haight and more. Explore acres of flat terrain in Golden Gate Park or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to see charming Sausalito. Customize your sightseeing schedule to your preferences, whether you’d like a leisurely route or hill climbs with expansive views. This bike rental is valid for up to 24 hours from pickup time.
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$39,00
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  • Duration: 1 day
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