My parents recently went on a Tour of Homes to see Christmas decorations in AL; jealous, I started looking for something similar in San Francisco. Well, one click led to another, and after researching a few $20 and $40 walking tours, I found a whole slew of walking tours all over the city… for free!
SF City Guides is an organization originally started by the SF Public Library to operate a tour of City Hall; now, they have 70 different tours throughout the city, operating over 350 days of the year, with approximately 300 volunteer guides. All guides are on a volunteer basis, and the tours are free, although donations are welcome.
Sam and I decided on a whim to try out the Gold Rush walking tour in the Financial District at 2 PM last Sunday. We were the first to show up, but by 2 PM there were about 15 other people.
The guide was knowledgable, with lots of interesting stories and historical facts to share. I love wandering the city, finding out tidbits of background information I never would have known existed.
My favorite fact of the day: much of the Financial District used to be under water. Land was created by piling up trash and rocks from the hills; because of this, there are a ton of buried ships under the buildings!
Here are some city sights from our day and the Gold Rush walking tour:
More City Sights Soon!