Private Walking Tour of The Castro and Mission District in San Francisco, CA

Travel CuriousAt the corner of Market and Castro Street, outside the 'Twin Peaks' Tavern.San Francisco, CA 94114
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Overview

Explore the Castro and Mission Districts of San Francisco and learn about the protests and campaigns that shaped not only the city, but also the entire country! This guided walking tour will take you through the hippest neighborhoods, visiting landmarks like the iconic LGBTQ protest grounds, the historic Old Spanish Mission, views from Dolores Park and more.

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • Hear all about San Francisco's hand in social change on this Castro and Mission District walking tour!
  • This entire tour is approximately 3 hours in duration.
  • This tour is suitable for history buffs of all ages!
  • Food, drinks and gratuities are not included on this tour.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.
  • Note that if you wish to visit the Mission Dolores Basilica, it is only open on tours scheduled for Thursday through Sunday.

Description

from The Castro and Mission District: Private Walking Tour
Explore the Castro and Mission, two of San Francisco’s coolest neighbourhoods, famous for their artsy vibe and political activism, especially the anti-war protests of the 60s and the LGBTQ campaigns of the 70s.
You'll hear about Harvey Milk's role as California’s first openly gay elected official, and his legacy that over 500 LGBTQ people now hold public office in America. Whilst in the Castro, your guide will tell you how residents have put a stop to demolition halted four-lane freeways and made positive in-roads in feminism and LGBTQ rights. You'll pass by many of the fun LGBTQ bars, pubs and vibrant drag show venues.
The Mission District is an eclectic mix of galleries, basement bars and sizzling street food, which can be enjoyed in the lush greenery of Dolores Park. You'll be taken down Clarion Alley, famous for its vibrant urban street art and political graffiti and follow in the footsteps of artists, activists and feminists who fight to uphold the soul of San Francisco.

- Enjoy the personalised attention of your knowledgeable, local private guide.
- Visit two famed San Francisco neighbourhoods: The Castro and the Mission District.
- Learn about The Castro, which has been at the heart of the LGBTQ movement for decades.
- See its highlights, including Harvey Milk Plaza, the Pink Triangle Memorial, and the Rainbow Honor Walk.
- Walk all the highlights of the Mission District, including Clarion Alley famous for its bold political murals and amazing urban street art.
- Stroll through Dearborn Garden, the city’s rooftop urban community allotment.
- Enjoy stunning panoramic views from Dolores Park.
- End on Valencia street, famous for its fabulous street food!
- Please note: if you wish to visit the Mission Dolores Basilica, it is presently open to guests Thursday through Sunday. Please book your tour accordingly.

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Castro and Mission District: Private Walking Tour

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Castro and Mission District tour at the corner of Market and Castro Street, outside the 'Twin Peaks' Tavern, San Francisco, CA 94114, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire The Castro and Mission District is approximately 3 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the The Castro and Mission District?

You will be seeing and touring the following areas: (1) The Harvey Milk Plaza, Pink Triangle Memorial and the Rainbow Honor Walk, where protests for feminism, peace, and LGBTQ rights happened (2) Dolores Park full of beautiful downtown views and greenery (3) Dearborn Garden, an elevated urban garden on the city's rooftop (4) Clarion Alley, home to a lot of vivid and beautiful murals and political artworks (5) The Mission Dolores, area where the oldest building in San Francisco, The Old Spanish Mission, resides (6) Valencia Street, where the hottest eateries, cafés, and food joints can be found Note that if you wish to visit the Mission Dolores Basilica, it is presently open to guests Thursday through Sunday.

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour around San Fransisco. Transportation is not included in the The Castro and Mission District walking tour.

Is parking provided?

Street parking is widely available off of Crestline Drive and turning right on Twin Peaks Blvd will lead you to a free parking lot. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advise on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the The Castro and Mission District will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour as San Fransisco's steep slopes are a challenge. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended. San Fransisco's weather is very volatile. Ensure that you're prepared for cold, rainy, humid or sunny weather!

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.