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The Castro

Synonymous with the city's historic gay culture, The Castro is one of San Francisco's most colorful and vibrant neighborhoods.

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Harvey Milk Plaza
As the gateway to the Castro and part of a large metro station, Harvey Milk Plaza can almost be missed but is an essential part of learning about San Francisco's story.
Mission Dolores
San Francisco's oldest surviving building, Mission Dolores withstood the earthquake of 1906 and remains an active Catholic mission today.
Mission Dolores Park
One of the most popular city parks, Mission Dolores Park offers great panoramic views of the city.
Misión San Francisco de Asís
The first San Francisco designated landmark, Mission Saint Francis of Assisi is the oldest intact building in the City, dating back to the Spanish era
Women's Building
An institution in the Mission District, the Women's Building proudly features the MaestraPeace, one of San Francisco's largest and best known murals.
Dandelion Chocolate
Dandelion Chocolate is a small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate factory focusing on single origin cacao beans.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of The Castro and Mission District
San Francisco’s pioneering activists and counter-cultural forces have powered societal change for over five decades, shaping the modern city. Today San Francisco (“SF”) is a byword for direct action from the anti-war protests of 1967 and Harvey Milk’s mid-1970s gay civil rights campaign to the modern fight against gentrification in one of the most attractive and exciting cities in the United States. On your private guided tour of The Castro and Mission District, you will:

  • See Harvey Milk Plaza and the LGBTQ protest grounds
  • Enjoy sweeping downtown views from leafy Dolores Park
  • Stroll the hottest destination eateries, cafes and food joints in Valencia Street 
  • See Dearborn Garden, the city’s rooftop urban community allotment
  • Admire the boldly-hued political murals and urban artworks in Clarion Alley
  • See the Old Spanish Mission, the Bay Area’s most historic building
The Private Tour of Castro and Mission will introduce you to the city’s hippest neighbourhoods, notable for their LGBTQ community and cool, artsy vibe.  In The Castro,  learn about the extraordinary accomplishments of SF residents in halting demolition, stopping four-lane freeways and affecting positive change in feminism, peace, and LGBTQ rights. The neighbourhood’s many spirited LGBTQ bars range from brew pubs and bustling dives to ritzy drag shows.  You will hear how, today, America has elected more than 500 LGBTQ politicians into public office - from city council members, mayors and members of Congress to state legislators and governors - yet, 40 years ago, the tally was just a handful of gay men and lesbians, of which Harvey Milk was one. On the Private Tour of Castro and Mission, explore Milk’s Ground Zero and immerse yourself in the legacy of California’s first openly gay elected official - and the role Castro played.  

In the Mission District, you will venture down Clarion Alley’s brightly-hued urban graffiti and satirical political street art and stroll in the footsteps of feminists, Latinos, artists and activists who continue to fight for the soul of San Francisco. Pop into the Mission Dolores to see the oldest building in San Francisco, along with shrubbery and a garden reflective of the mission in the early 1790’s. With a buzzing cultural mix and sizzling street food, Mission is famous for its galleries, neon-lit clubs and basement bars and is blessed with the leafy greenery of picturesque Dolores Park. 
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