Private Walking Tour of The Castro and Mission District
Explore two of San Francisco's most eclectic and beloved neighborhoods with a private guide.
Things to know
Couples, Culture Vulture, Friends, Looking for Local
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
Entrance to Mission Dolores
Type of tour:
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
Meeting points: At the corner of Market and Castro, outside the 'Twin Peaks'
What makes this tour special
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 neighborhoods, 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 neighborhood’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 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.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).