Best Walking Tours in San Francisco
Welcome to Free Tours by Foot, the premier name-your-own-price San Francisco walking tours. Our expert guides will help you plan your trip and find the best San Francisco attractions. Whether you’re in town for a day trip or a weekend, our guided tours are some of the best things to do in San Francisco.
Sightseeing doesn’t have to be expensive or boring. Suited for any budget, our San Francisco walking tours will take you all over this amazing city, keeping you entertained, educated, and excited the entire way. If you don’t like what you see, all you lost was your time. It’s the best guarantee in the business. So come along and discover hidden neighborhoods, sample world class cuisine, and learn the incredible stories of the men and women who built the City by the Bay.
Our San Francisco Tours
San Francisco in One Day
If you want to see the entire city of San Francisco in one day, you must take this tour! On this five-hour tour (including a lunch break), we will take a trip through the all best parts of San Francisco to show you everything you’ll need to see in the city. We visit Gold Rush-era buildings, Nob Hill mansions and palaces, hidden alleys and secrets of Chinatown, North Beach/Little Italy delights, the biggest cathedral in the city, and modern day downtown skyscrapers. And we’ll even take a cable car ride to get the full San Francisco experience. Sign up to see the entire city with us!
NEW TOUR! Lombard Street, Little Italy, Fisherman’s Wharf (Begins January)
Little Italy is one of San Francisco’s hidden delights. So join us on this tour to explore these amazing Italian neighborhoods of the city. We’ll begin our tour in Little Italy to explore the neighborhood, we’ll visit an authentic Italian bakery to sample some of our incredible local treats, we’ll climb up Lombard Street, and we’ll finish with a behind-the-scenes look at Fisherman’s Wharf. Along the way, you’ll learn why Little Italy is most San Franciscans’ favorite neighborhood!
NEW TOUR! Golden Gate Bridge (begins January)
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous sights in the world, and we are lucky enough to have it right here in San Francisco! Join us for a great walking tour as we go around, under, and onto the bridge that many people said was impossible to build. On this tour we’ll take you through the whole history of the bridge. We’ll show you how the bridge was conceived, how it was built, and you’ll get some of the best photo opportunities in the whole city. So don’t leave San Francisco without seeing the best part of the city!
Secrets, Scandals, and Scoundrels of San Francisco
Did you know that the most luxurious hotel in San Francisco was built almost entirely with stolen money? Or that pioneers once fought a war over eggs? (Yes, eggs!) Were you aware that there was once an Emperor of the United States? Our Secrets, Scandals & Scoundrels tour will take you through this Gold Rush city and the later days of the Barbary Coast, when men could be shot, hanged, or kidnapped without warning. Sign up to travel back in time to see what the Wild West was really like!
Sign up to join us while we explore the oldest, largest, and most vibrant Chinatown in the western hemisphere. Most tours will bring you through the “touristy” parts of Chinatown (the places you see on postcards). If you take our tour, we will venture through the backroads and the hidden alleyways of the Chinatown to show you how the residents truly live. From the start of the tour at the Dragon Gate, to the famous Golden Gate fortune cookie factory, to the site of an incredible underworld battle on the streets of San Francisco, we’ll take you through the fascinating history of Chinatown.
Downtown San Francisco
On this tour, we will explore the heart of San Francisco. Join us and you’ll discover who San Franciscans are. You’ll see what we care about, what we spend our time on, and how we designed this city to be a beautiful place to live. You’ll see the history of the construction of the city, the destruction caused by the great earthquake and fire of 1906, and how the rebuilding created one of the greatest cities in the world. You’ll also see why every building in the area looks so interesting and unique, with hidden parks that even the locals don’t know about!
The Wild West, the Gold Rush, and the Early Years of San Francisco
Join our tour to travel back in time 170 years to the Wild West! In these years, San Francisco was the most dangerous city in the United States. On this tour you’ll meet you’ll discover hidden underground tunnels and sunken ships, visit the oldest neighborhood in the city, and you’ll learn how 2,000 San Franciscans fought against the most violent outlaws in the West and created the city that we have today.
The Castro and the Fight for LGBT Equality
The Castro district is the historic center for the gay rights movement in the United States. Join us on a walk through the history of one of the most interesting neighborhoods of San Francisco. We’ll discuss how San Francisco became the first place in the United States where gay men and women were not just tolerated, but celebrated. We’ll meet some of the heroes of the civil rights movement and the tragedy that befell many of them.